(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 18 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 310 km East Northeast of Davao City (8.3°N, 128.2°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Mindanao. 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 cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to LPA. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains. 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 Northeast to Northwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

TOP STORIES – Monday, 31 July, 2023

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

31 July 2023, Monday, as of 5:00 p.m.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (L) gestures to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during her visit at Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on July 31, 2023. The two leaders are expected to hold bilateral meetings to bolster European Union-Philippines relations and discuss matters on trade, security and global challenges in infrastructure. Aaron Favila, AFP/Pool

1. PH, EU forge stronger ties; agree on trade, climate change, maritime security, green economy expansions

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Bulletin, Rappler, GMA News, Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Philstar. CNN PHL]    https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/07/31/23/philippines-eu-to-restart-free-trade-talks


2. Bongbong Marcos creates inter-agency council for Pasig River rehab efforts

[BusinessMirror, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Remate, Philstar, Pilipino Star Ngayon]



3. Malaysian firm, PHL partner to invest $50 M for RE projects

PH, Malaysia BAC explore agri cooperation and MSME development

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Business Mirror, Business World, Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, ABS-CBN News, Rappler]



4. Egay aftermath

-Typhoon Egay leaves 25 dead, 2.3 million affected; Cagayan, more provinces declare state of calamity; farm damage rises to P1.3B

-Marcos vows housing aid for Egay victims; House sends P287-M aid to 'Egay' victims 

-EU provides P30.3 million for Egay humanitarian response

-PCG: Boat used by 4 missing Coast Guard rescuers found near Calayan Island

-Gov’t conducts inventory of damaged public schools before classes start 

-Storm damage to cause price hikes

-Gov’t assures adequate supply of drinking water to typhoon-hit areas

[GMA News, Inquirer, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, Remate, Bulgar, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, People’s Tonight, Daily Tribune, Business Mirror]



5. Falcon update

-Falcon further intensifies; rains in western Luzon for 3 days

-PH may have 2 or 3 tropical cyclones in August — PAGASA

[Manila Standard, BusinessMirror, GMA News, ABS-CBN News, Rappler, Manila Bulletin] https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/31/23/falcon-further-intensifies-rains-in-western-luzon-for-3-days


6. Big-time fuel price hike set Tuesday: P3.50 per liter for diesel, P2.10 for gas; Transport groups to meet amid P3 oil price hike

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



7. PNP starts resignation process of 18 senior officers linked to illegal drugs

[Manila Times, Philstar, Remate, One News PH, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, People’s Journal]



8. LRT, MRT update

-LRT-1 fares to increase on August 2

-DoTr to privatize MRT3, LRT2 as a package

[Manila Times, GMA News, CNN PHL, Philstar, Inquirer] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/07/31/2285195/lrt-1-lrt-2-fare-hike-set-august-2-ticket-prices-announced


9. Landbank prepared to execute proposed merger with DBP

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Times, Daily Tribune]

Senate probe won’t affect Landbank-DBP merger —Diokno [GMA News]



10. Palarong Pambansa 2023 opens; PBBM, VP Sara lead opening ceremonies

-LRT gives free rides for Palarong Pambansa athletes

[ABS-CBN News, Sunstar, Rappler]



11. Tolentino wants previous bills included in new Gov’t Procurement Code

[GMA News, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/877386/tolentino-wants-previous-bills-included-in-new-gov-t-procurement-code


12. Fire hits Palacio del Gobernador

[Rappler, CNN PHL, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1809903/fwd-fire-hits-palacio-del-gobernador-comelec-unscathed


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