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TOP STORIES – Friday, 30 June 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online and print media monitoring)

30 June 2023, Friday, as of 5:00 p.m.

Philippines President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. salutes during an arrival ceremony for a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery May 4, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia. Marcos, who met with U.S. President Joe Biden two days ago, is on the third day of his state visit to Washington, DC. Win McNamee / Getty Images / AFP

1. MARCOS FIRST YEAR

-Marcos' leadership fuels collaborative, transparent governance — experts

-Most senators give Bongbong Marcos high grades, seek focus on foreign investments

-President accepts 'incomplete' grade

-A year into presidency, Marcos quietly keeps Duterte’s drug war going — rights groups

-‘We have to undo 30 years of neglect’

-Transforming agriculture will be Marcos Jr’s legacy — Concepcion

-PBBM priority measures encourage economic growth, foreign investments

- Marcos Jr. gets ‘above-par’ rating for 1st year as President

-PBBM made 26 trips abroad, returned with P4.48T in investment commitments

-PBBM's 'Pambansang Pabahay' on track to 1M shelters

-1 year on, Marcos administration bravely faces debt challenges

- Castro urges Marcos to focus on pro-people bills in 2nd year of office

-Senators want Marcos to focus more on agriculture

-Group gives Marcos score of 7/10 as Agri chief

[The Manila Times, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Business Mirror, Abante Tonite, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, PhilStar, GMA News]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/06/30/2277722/marcos-leadership-fuels-collaborative-transparent-governance-experts

2. WAGE HIKE

-Minimum wage hiked by P40 in Metro Manila

-Marcos says minimum wage hike may be implemented soon —Palace

- P40 minimum wage hike will hurt PH economy: economist

- P40 minimum wage hike in NCR not enough, labor groups say

- P40 hike in Metro Manila minimum wage still not enough — senators

-Estrada: Senate push for legislated wage hike to continue

[philstar.com, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, inquirer.net, CNN Philippines]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/06/29/2277514/wage-board-approves-p40-hike-minimum-wage-metro-manila

3. AFGHAN REFUGEES

-Marcos says Afghan refugees' PH stay still under study

-Still open to study: PBBM says no deal yet on hosting of persecuted Afghans

- Zubiri in favor of granting Afghans temporary settlement in PHL

[Business Mirror, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Manila Bulletin, The Manila Times, People’s Journal. tribune.net.ph]

https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/06/30/news/national/marcos-no-deal-yet-on-afghan-refugees/1898467

4. LGBTQIA+ RIGHTS

-Gov’t will protect LGBTQIA+ community against discrimination — Marcos

-Marcos tells LGBTQIA+ community: 'We should all be treated the same'

-Advisory body on LGBTQIA+ affairs pushed; Marcos ‘sure’ to OK it, says wife

[tribune.net.ph, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, manilatimes.net]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/06/30/govt-will-protect-lgbtqia-community-against-discrimination-marcos/

5. PBBM promises improved partnership, coordination with private sector

-Kanegosyo Center boosts Marcos' MSME agenda

-Marcos asks businessmen to help strengthen MSMEs

[Daily Tribune, The Manila Times, tribune.net.ph, The Philippine Star]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/06/29/pbbm-promises-improved-partnership-coordination-with-private-sector/

6. PCA 50th ANNIVERSARY

-Hasten coconut industry modernization, Marcos tells PCA

-President eyes PH as biggest coconut products exporter

-PBBM urges coco authority to invest in tech

[Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard, Remate, tribune.net.ph]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/06/30/2277540/marcos-jr-wants-coconut-industry-modernization-fast-tracked

7. Bong Go lauds Marcos admin’s pandemic recovery efforts

[People’s Tonight, Remate, People’s Journal]

https://journalnews.com.ph/bong-go-lauds-marcos-admins-pandemic-recovery-efforts/

8. TOURISM

-Marcos reaffirms support for DOT campaign

-Recto backs Marcos admin’s ‘Love the Philippines’ drive

-New tourism slogan gains senators' support

-PH tourism 'incomplete' without Mayon, says Salceda

[The Philippine Star, People’s Tonight, People’s Journal, mb.com.ph, manilatimes.net]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/06/30/2277552/marcos-reaffirms-support-dot-campaign

9. BSP expects cooling inflation to continue in June

[CNN Philippines, GMA News, tribune.net.ph, inquirer.net, philstar.com, @businessmirror, ABS-CBN News]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/business/2023/6/30/bsp-june-inflation-forecast.html

10. SC to Meralco: issue notice 48 hours before disconnection

[ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN Philippines, inquirer.net, mb.com, philstar.com, manilatimes.net]

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/06/30/23/sc-to-meralco-issue-notice-48-hours-before-disconnection

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