(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 21 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 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 Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times 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 Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).


TOP STORIES – Thursday, 3 August, 2023

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

03 August 2023, Thursday, as of 5:00 p.m.

1. 2024 NATIONAL BUDGET

-DBM submits proposed 2024 budget to Congress; Romualdez assures PBBM, PH: P5.7T 2024 nat’l budget OK’d in Oct.

-Marcos admin proposes P9.2B for confi, intel funds in 2024; P1.4B for trips, state visits in 2024 budget

-Education, public works get top shares in draft 2024 budget

-Health top priority in budget, vows PBBM

-National govt allots P30.9B for rice program

-NEP 2024 proposes 17% hike in climate-change spending to P540B

-DBM retains fuel subsidies for PUVs, farmers in proposed 2024 budget

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard, Rappler, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Pilipino Mirror, CNN PHL, People’s Journal, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, Manila Bulletin]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/videos/2023/8/2/DBM-submits-proposed-2024-budget-to-Congress.html

2. Foreign relations

-Marcos, Duterte meet in MalacaΓ±ang, discuss meeting with Xi

-Zubiri on appointing Duterte as special envoy to China: Why not?

-Marcos to visit Vietnam in January

[Manila Bulletin, GMA News, Maila Times, ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, CNN PHL, Rappler, Daily Tribune, Philstar, Manila Standard, People’s Journal]

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/8/3/marcos-duterte-meeting-xi-jinping-china-visit.html

3. West Philippine Sea issue

-Senators to discuss WPS Reso with Marcos

-Zubiri to urge PBBM to be firm in dealing with China on WPS issue; says PBBM ‘respects’ Senate stand on WPS

-US raises concern on Chinese firm in Manila Bay reclamation; US senator bares $9-B initiative vs Indo-Pacific threats

-Gov’t urged to seek Supreme Court’s recognition of ‘foreign judgment’ on 2016 Hague ruling

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/02/23/senators-to-meet-marcos-after-reso-condemning-china

4. Classes in public schools for SY 2023-2024 to begin Aug. 29 — DepEd

[Rappler, ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL, Philstar, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/877785/classes-in-public-schools-for-sy-2023-2024-to-begin-aug-29-deped/story/?just_in

5. Typhoon

-Egay death toll climbs to 27; over 2.8 million affected; Damage to agri exceeds P3-B

-NDRRMC: 140 injured so far due to Egay, ‘habagat’; Nearly 200 areas under state of calamity due to Egay, Habagat

-Pag-IBIG offers typhoon victims with quick loans

-Manila suspends classes, gives free rides amid rains, floods

-DSWD starts giving emergency cash payout in Ilocos Norte 

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/02/23/egay-death-toll-climbs-to-27

6. Rice Supply

-DA: Rice supply enough amid ‘Egay’; P20 rice still feasible

-Be wary of India rice export ban, Poe urges gov’t

[Daily Tribune, Business Mirror, Remate, Manila Times, Inquirer, People’s Journal]

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/08/03/zambales-solon-p20-kilo-rice-possible

7. DBM’s Pangandaman says study on MUP pension system to be finished within the month

[Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News, Business Mirror, Abante Tonite]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/877786/dbm-s-pangandaman-says-study-on-mup-pension-system-to-be-finished-within-the-month/story/?just_in

8. Marcos meets with Kacific execs about improving digital connectivity in PH

[Manila Bulletin, People’s Tonight, Inquirer, BusinessWorld]

https://business.inquirer.net/413743/ph-eyes-30-m-infusion-into-singapore-based-satellite-firm

9. Marcos tells actors: Raise PH film standards

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/08/03/23/marcos-asks-artists-to-continue-raising-standards-of-ph-films

10. Missing Cessna plane located in Apayao, passengers confirmed dead

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

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/regions/877687/missing-cessna-plane-located-in-apayao-passengers-confirmed-dead/story/

11. BOC-NAIA seizes P46M worth of shabu

[Manila Bulletin, Abante, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Inquirer, GMA News]

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/877766/parcel-containing-nearly-p46-m-worth-of-shabu-seized-in-naia-pdea/story/?just_in

12. More Filipino families experienced hunger in past 3 months — survey

[Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, Philstar, Inqurier]

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/08/03/2285948/more-filipinos-went-hungry-2nd-quarter-2023-sws

13. Bill declaring national election day a regular holiday gets House nod

[Pilipino Star Ngayon, GMA News, CNN PHL, Inquirer, Rappler]

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1811148/house-oks-bill-automatically-declaring-natl-elections-as-holidays

14. Pag-IBIG home loan releases reach record-high P57.07B in H1, up 10%

[Pilipino Star, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, People’s Journal]

https://mb.com.ph/2023/8/2/pag-ibig-home-loan-releases-reach-record-high-p57-07-b-in-h1-up-10-from-same-period-in-2022

15. Boat tragedies

-50 rescued from half-submerged motorbanca in Northern Samar

- PCG files estafa raps vs. M/B Aya Express owner, association after Binangonan tragedy

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

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/03/23/50-rescued-from-half-submerged-boat-in-northern-samar

16. Meralco keen on exploring nuclear energy, says exec

[Business Mirror, Philstar, Business World]

https://www.philstar.com/business/2023/08/03/2285752/meralco-eyes-nuclear-power

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