(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 28 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 825 km East of Northern Luzon (17.1°N, 129.5°E), with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Trough of TY BETTY / Southwesterly Windflow. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas / (2.5 to 5.0 meters).

TOP STORIES - Tuesday, January 31, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

31 January 2023, Tuesday, as of 5PM

1. Gov't housing projects:

-At QC housing launch, Marcos says government to help beneficiaries pay for units

-Marcos mulls P1-B subsidy fund for gov't housing tenants

-Marcos tells Congress to provide budget for housing

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


2. DSWD's 72nd anniv, inaugurates new building:

-Marcos tells DSWD to continue giving cash grants to poor Filipinos

-Marcos commends DSWD for stability, public service reliability

-Social protection programs get P151 billion funding under 2023 budget, says DBM

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


3. Vergeire says she is now ready to become Health Secretary [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, News5, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Rappler, Inquirer]


4. DOJ seeks to deport 2 of 4 Japanese fugitives by end of week [Philstar, Rappler, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News]


5. Efforts underway to bring home detained Filipino tourist in Myanmar [Manila Bulletin, Philstar, GMA News, CNN PHL]


6. Inflation to remain elevated in January — BSP [Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


7. World Bank to lend Philippines $600M for pandemic recovery, climate financing [CNN PHL, GMA News, Philstar]


8. PHL expecting arrival of bivalent COVID-19 vax donation from Covax in March —DOH [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, Philstar, Manila Bulletin]


9. Voter registration deadline:

-COMELEC sees surge in registrants on last day of voter registration

-New registered voters now at 1.5 million — COMELEC

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, DZBB, Rappler, Manila Times]


10. US reinvigorating relations with ASEAN after years of neglect, says ex-envoy [Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News, ABS-CBN News]


 11. Missing plane:

-No letup in search for missing Cessna plane

-Plane searchers getting sick from rain, cold weather

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Philstar]


12. OFW arrested for cracking bomb joke in plane in Davao [ABS-CBN News, News5, Philstar, Rappler]


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