(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 02 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 675 km East of Aparri, Cagayan (18.8°N, 128.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 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 rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Trough of TS Jenny / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to West will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

TOP STORIES – Sunday, 03 September 2023

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

03 September 2023, Sunday, as of 4:00 pm.

1. Govt to mobilize 'rice price monitors'

- DTI, DA, LGUs to deploy teams to enforce rice price ceiling

- DILG to launch nationwide rice price cap info drive

- Violators of rice retail price cap may face fines of up to P1M —DTI exec

- NEDA: Rice price ceiling not permanent

-'Ayuda' for rice retailers amid price cap? Romualdez says it's an option

[Manila Times, ABS-CBN News, Daily Tribune, The Philippine STAR, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, GMA News] https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/09/03/news/national/govt-to-mobilize-rice-price-monitors/1908207

2. Rice retailers to defy price caps, cite losses

- CdO rice vendors balk at price cap

- Lagman suggests farmers' subsidy alongside rice price cap

[Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Daily Tribune]



- INC's Manalo named envoy for OFW concerns

- Nat’l Treasurer Rosalia de Leon named as new Monetary Board member

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, GMA News, The Philippine STAR]



- Año: PH insurgency-free before Marcos steps down

- Año welcomes Church in drive vs insurgency

- Bishop clarifies CBCP’s involvement with NTF-ELCAC

[Inquirer, Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin]


5. Anti-trafficking council suspends travel guidelines

[ABS-CBN News, Manila Times, GMA News, Manila Bulletin] https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/09/03/news/national/anti-trafficking-council-suspends-travel-guidelines/1908221


- Signal No. 1 remains over Batanes, Babuyan Islands due to Hanna

- Two dead, over 400,000 affected by 'habagat' due to 'Hanna', 'Goring'

- Agricultural damage due to Typhoon Goring reaches nearly P900 million

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


7. ‘Morale-boosting’: Depite flak senators defend West PH Sea shirts in Gilas vs. China World Cup match

[Rappler, ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL] ‘Morale-boosting’: Depite flak senators defend West PH Sea shirts in Gilas vs. China World Cup match

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