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TOP STORIES – Thursday, April 27, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

27 April 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. Sudan crisis

-409 Filipino nationals from conflict-torn Sudan have been evacuated - Malacañang says

-Alert level 3 raised in Sudan – DFA

-Bus rental for Sudan evacuation shoots up to $30K each --- DFA

-DMW cites Egypt’s stricter border control in Filipinos’ crossing issues

-PH, Malaysia sharing info on Sudan update to secure OFWs

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/4/27/409-filipinos-evacuated-sudan.html

2. Marcos witnesses contract signing of the North-South Commuter Railway Project

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, GMA News, Daily Tribune]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/04/27/2262060/govt-firms-sign-contracts-portions-north-south-commuter-railway

3. Consortium proposes over ₱100-B in upgrades to NAIA

[GMA News, Daily Tribune, Rappler, CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/business/2023/4/27/consortium-naia-upgrades-proposal.html

4. DOH launches ‘Chikiting Ligtas 2023’ immunization drive vs measles, rubella, polio

[CNN PHL, Daily Tribune, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/4/27/doh-launches-chikiting-ligtas-2023-immunization-drive-vs-measles-rubella-polio

5. COVID-19 update

-COVID-19 positivity rate in PH rises to 12.9%

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

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1761814/covid-19-positivity-rate-in-ph-increases-to-12-9

6. Economy

-PSA: ‘Digital economy’ hits P2.08T in 2022, accounts for 9.4% of GDP

-Metro Manila's economy grew by 7.2% in 2022 as measured by GDP

[Businessworld, GMA News, Manila Times, Manila Standard, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/868228/psa-digital-economy-hits-p2-08t-in-2022-accounts-for-9-4-of-gdp/story/

7. P6.8M worth of illegal drugs seized; over ₱4B others destroyed

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

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/4/27/seized-destroyed-illegal-drugs.html

8. LTO plate and license crisis

-LTO grappling with shortage in materials for plates, driver’s licenses

-Poe wants LTO's 'complete report' on plates, licenses backlog

-Rep. Herrera wants LTO’s plastic card shortage for drivers licenses probed 

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

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/same-problem-lto-grappling-with-shortage-in-materials-for-plates-drivers-licenses

9. NEA seals deal for add’l ‘free’ 2-month power supply for Occidental Mindoro

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/868243/nea-seals-deal-for-add-l-free-2-month-power-supply-for-occidental-mindoro

10. Palace names latest appointments in PCO, DICT, AFP

[GMA News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/868251/palace-names-latest-appointments-in-op-dict-afp/story

11. 20 rescued as Chinese merchant ship runs aground off Eastern Samar

-PH Coast Guard probes grounded Chinese ship off Eastern Samar for leaks, damage

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/27/23/20-rescued-as-chinese-ship-runs-aground-off-eastern-samar

12. 3 Filipinos killed, 5 hurt in Taiwan factory fire —Bello

[Business Mirror, GMA News, Filipino Times]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/pinoyabroad/dispatch/868219/3-filipinos-killed-5-hurt-in-taiwan-factory-fire-bello

13. Arroyo proposes ‘K+10+2’ to produce job-ready grads

[Inquirer, Philstar, CNN PHL]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1761625/gma-proposes-k-102-to-produce-job-ready-grads

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