(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 19 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: 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 rain showers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).


TOP STORIES –Tuesday, April 11, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

11 April 2023, Tuesday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1.TD Amang update

- 13 areas under Signal No. 1 as Amang accelerates towards Catanduanes

-Classes suspended in most Bicol areas due to ‘Amang’ 

-TD Amang disrupts sea trips in Bicol ports

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/weather/866552/13-areas-under-signal-no-1-as-td-amang-accelerates-towards-catanduanes/story/

2. Underemployment rate eases, jobless rate steady in February

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/11/23/underemployment-rate-eases-jobless-rate-steady-in-february

3. Marcos defers approved LRT fare hike – DOTr

[Philstar, Rappler, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, GMA News, News5, CNN Phl]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/11/23/marcos-defers-lrt-fare-hike-dotr

4. Maritime Issues

-Marcos directs gov't agencies to comply with EU standards on seafarers' certification

-CHED, MARINA need more staff to monitor maritime training centers

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

https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/11/marcos-directs-gov-t-agencies-to-comply-with-eu-standards-on-seafarers-certification

5. Balikatan 2023/ EDCA

-Groups protest as PHL-US launch ‘Balikatan Exercises 2023’

-Manila police confirms arrest of 2 after rally at US Embassy; UP Maskom calls for release of student arrested at US Embassy protest

-Enhancement of PH’s defense needed due to ‘repeated infringements’ on its sovereignty —DFA

-Protesters hold rally at Times Square New York vs. EDCA

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, DZBB, GMA News, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Philstar]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/multimedia/photo/04/11/23/protest-vs-balikatan-exercises-2023

6. Result of probe on construction of MT Princess Empress may be out this month —MARINA

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/11/23/mindoro-spill-findings-on-mt-princess-empress-may-be-out-soon

7.Economy issues

-PH posts $3.88 billion trade deficit in February: PSA

-Manufacturing output down in February —gov't data

-Foreign direct investments decline in January

-Gov’t borrows P13.9 B from local banks

-Medalla says rate hikes worked as BSP mulls tightening pause

[Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Philstar]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/11/23/ph-posts-388-billion-trade-deficit-in-february-psa

8.Meralco cuts power rates this April

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

https://business.inquirer.net/395307/meralco-cuts-electricity-rate-by-p0-118-kwh

9. ROTC revival

-78% of Pinoys favor mandatory ROTC in college —Pulse Asia poll

-Dela Rosa optimistic of mandatory ROTC bill's enactment before end of 2023

-If mandatory, ROTC could cost PH gov’t P61.2 billion

[ABS-CBN News, Philstar, Manila Bulletin, Rappler, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/866561/78-of-pinoys-favor-mandatory-rotc-in-college-pulse-asia-poll/story/?just_in

10.PDEG chief Domingo, 9 others to go on leave over P6.7-B shabu case

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/866545/10-police-officers-to-go-on-leave-over-p6-7-b-shabu-case-pdeg-chief-domingo/story

11. Human trafficking

-Solon seeks probe vs bogus overseas job offerings

-BI: Some airline personnel allegedly involved in trafficking scheme

-Bong Go condemns immigration extortion case

-BI offloaded over 6k passengers from January-February 2023

-BI arrests Korean who posed as Filipino at NAIA

-Hontiveros says it’s time to overhaul the BI to prevent anymore similar cases

[ABS-CBN News, CNN Phl, Daily Tribune, GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/04/11/2258124/house-inquiry-sought-increase-bogus-overseas-work-offers

12. DOTr intends to complete 18 airport maintenance projects before Marcos' SONA

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/11/do-tr-vows-to-complete-18-airport-maintenance-projects-before-marcos-sona-in-july

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