(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 30 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 360 km East of Basco, Batanes (20.1°N, 125.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h. It is moving North Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. FORECAST WEATHER CONDITION: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. Moderate to strong winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters).

Tuesday, 30 May 2023

DOST Caraga, CSU conduct forum on innovative packaging, labelling in PDI 

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga, in partnership with Caraga State University (CSU), recently concluded the Packaging and Labelling Innovation Center (PLIC) Forum in San Jose, Dinagat Islands on May 5, 2023.

The forum promoted the services offered by PLIC, which is located at CSU Butuan City, the first innovation center in Mindanao specializing in packaging and labelling.

The forum was well-attended by representatives from local business enterprises, provincial line agencies, and offices, including Elmer Natad, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Engr. Milagrosa B. Bulawan, provincial director of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the Congressional Office, and the Dinagat Islands business chamber.

Engr. Emman Lliam Prisco of DOST Caraga and experts from PLIC CSU led the discussion on the science behind packaging materials, mandatory labelling requirements, and the latest packaging developments. The topics raised participants' awareness of the importance of packaging and labelling and its innovations, relative to the services and assistance offered by PLIC CSU.

The forum emphasized the importance of continuous innovation and collaboration in enhancing the packaging and labelling processes in the industry and its vital role in improving local practices in the region. DOST Caraga and PLIC encouraged businesses and partner agencies to seek their assistance to ensure the safety and protection of local products.

The DTI Dinagat Islands played an active role as a proactive partner in the successful conduct of the forum. 

Overall, the PLIC Forum was a valuable platform for sharing knowledge and insights into the importance of packaging and labelling in promoting local products' safety and enhancing their marketability. (DOST- Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Tuesday, 30 May 2023

DBM urges agencies to increase budget utilization 

The Department of Budget and Management is urging government agencies to further ramp up their budget disbursement and spending, after it recorded the utilization rate of government agencies at 90 percent from January to April 2023.


The latest data is reflected on the report on utilization of Notices of Cash Allocations (NCAs) for national government agencies and budgetary support to Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) as of end April 2023, published on the DBM website.


The 90-percent utilization rate is equivalent to P1.175 trillion of NCAs utilized for the said period.


NCAs are cash authority documents issued by the DBM to the account of agencies/operating units through the authorized government servicing banks to cover the cash requirements of the agencies for their programs and projects.


“We all know that our national budget is the lifeblood of all government programs and projects. The faster we disburse and utilize our funds, the faster we can procure and implement our projects,” DBM Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman said.#

“That’s why we want to remind our agencies to avoid underspending, given our very limited fiscal space. Again, we need to instill discipline in our national government agencies or we shall put the money to agencies which can really implement them. We have to remember, as early as the start of the year, we have emphasized that only implementation-ready proposals will be included in the 2024 Budget,” Secretary Pangandaman added.

As of 30 April 2023, the DBM has released P2.982 trillion or 94.8 percent of total agency specific budget to various national government agencies. In sum, the DBM has released P4.518 trillion or 85.8 percent of the P5.268 trillion national budget as of 30 April 2023.  (DBM/PIA Caraga)


TOP STORIES – Monday, May 29, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

29 May 2023, Monday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Weather updates:

-Betty reduces speed; wind signals remain over 19 provinces – PAGASA

-Classes in 109 cities, municipalities suspended

[DZBB, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Inquirer]


2. Degamo slay:

-Teves says recantations not enough to convince him to come home

-'Stiffer penalty' awaits Teves, but what will it be?

-House denies Teves' request to attend hearings via Zoom

-Teves urges House to probe Romualdez-led company’s deal with ABS-CBN

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


3. Veteran journo Joe Torres takes oath as PIA chief

[Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, News5, Rappler, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


4. Gasoline prices up for third straight week Tuesday; kerosene down

[Inquirer, Manila Times, News5, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


5. Tax reforms generated P202.8B in revenues in 2022

[Manila Times, Philstar, Business Mirror, BusinessWorld]


6. PHL budget surplus ballooned in April

[Daily Tribune, Philstar, Inquirer]


7. Senate OKs estate tax amnesty extension bill on final reading

[Rappler, Philstar, GMA News]


8. PSE trading floor transitions to event hall

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Philippine Star, News5PH]


9. PCG sets first ever trilateral drills with US, Japan counterparts in June

[GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]


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TOP STORIES – Monday, May 29, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

29 May 2023, Monday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. Weather updates:

-Signal no. 2 raised over 3 areas as 'Betty' speeds up slightly

-Some flights, sea trips cancelled due to 'Betty'

-Batanes, Camarines Norte, Isabela, Quirino announce class suspensions

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, CNN PHL, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]


2. Arroyo rejects rumor linking First Lady to House coup [ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, One News, Philstar, Manila Standard]


3. NGCP activates ₱10.2-B Hermosa-San Jose line to boost Luzon transmission [BusinessWorld, Inquirer, Malaya, Manila Standard, Philstar, CNN PHL]


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TOP STORIES – Sunday, May 28, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

28 May 2023, Sunday, as of 4:00 p.m.

1. Typhoon Betty update

-Signal No. 1 still up over 12 areas as Betty decelerates 

-Classes suspended in Cagayan due to typhoon Betty

-PH Ports Authority suspends trips due to Typhoon Betty

-OCD: P108M worth of non-food items, P244M quick response fund ready for Betty

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, Interaksyon]  


2. Filipino cyclists hurt in hit-and-run incident in Kuwait; Driver surrenders 

[GMA News, DZBB, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Philstar] 


3. MIF bill update 

-Senate to approve Maharlika Fund, other key bills before June 2 adjournment –Zubiri 

-Minority bloc vows to stop Senate passage of Maharlika bill 

[GMA News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]


4. Marcos renews call for passage of national land use policy 

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]


5. Marcos forms inter-agency body on inflation, market outlook 

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]


6. President Marcos Jr., VP Sara grace grand launching of Pier 88 in Cebu 

[Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Sunstar]


7. PHL celebrates National Flag Day

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin]


8. Fallen US, Filipino soldiers honored on Memorial Day 

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL] 


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