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State volcanологists say the Mayon volcano unrest can be considered an eruption
but they assure the public it's not hazardous yet.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr asserts Manila's ties with Beijing remain strong
despite closer relations with Washington.
And former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns from Parliament over the so-called Partygate scandal.
Good afternoon, I am Rika Lazo.
Dateline Philippines weekend begins right now.
The Mayon volcano in Albay province is showing more signs of unrest.
State volcanologists say Mayon's recent activities indicate that an eruption is already taking place
but Phi Volks assures the public this is not yet hazardous.
As of 5am kanina, meron po tayo na record na isang volcanic earthquake
at 59 na incidente ng pagbagsak ng mga mainit na bato.
And kagabi nga po, may nakita tayo ang crater glow.
Ang crater glow ay nagsasabi na yung magma is malapit na sa bibig ng vulkan.
Dahil po sa init nito, yung mga volcanic gases ay nai-ignite.
Eruption na talaga. Pero it's not an eruption, hazardous eruption,
kasi yung eruption nasa summit lang or nasa bunganga.
Again, tinitingnan muna natin ito.
We are waiting for several parameters before we can raise the alert level to alert level 4,
meaning we are waiting for an increase in sulfur dioxide.
We are also waiting for an increase in seismicity.
Albayo was placed under a state of calamity Friday due to the threat of Mayon.
Evacuations were conducted for over 10,000 residents living inside the volcano's 6-kilometer permanent danger zone.
The Office of Civil Defense says help is on the way for the residents.
Ang na-available ngayon sa OCD,
mayroon 250 million pesos.
Ito ay cash, or available funds that we can use.
But for OCD, we have enough resources.
Yung naka-stockpile alone worth 108 million pesos.
Ito yung mga non-food items na binibigay namin.
Like malong, yung mga tents.
Let's get the latest from Albayo from our correspondent, Jose Carretero.
Jose, what do you have for us? What's the latest there now?
DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian visited Albay Province today
to personally assess the situation in the province amidst Mayon Volcano's unrest.
Gatchalian had a dialogue with the local chief executive of Albay headed by Governor Edson Greco-Lagman.
Gatchalian said DSWD has already provided 102,000 food packs for the evacuees.
He also assured local chief executives additional help will be given if the volcano's activity worsens.
He instructed the mayors of the cities and municipalities to look for warehouses to be used in prepositioning possible additional relief goods.
Gatchalian will visit also some of the warehouses including in the province where goods have been prepositioned.
We already have 102,000 food packs on the ground.
60,000 ang nasa Albay and then another 40,000 ang nasa neighboring areas that we can easily pull out.
Part of our mandate will be early recovery.
When the time comes na kailangan na nila bumalik sa kanilang mga tahanan,
later on, alam natin na ang tala yung kanilang mga ahanap buhay,
the department also has emergency cash transfers.
The department has also a cash for work program.
Meanwhile, evacuation of residents inside the 6-kilometer radius permanent danger zone of Mayon is still ongoing today.
Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office or APSIMO officer in charge, Eugen Escobar, said
some 2,000 families or close to 7,000 individuals were already evacuated since yesterday.
Escobar said the needs of the evacuees staying mostly in schools are properly addressed.
Albay Governor Edfield Greco-Lagman said since the province is now in crisis,
PhilPesos Quick Response Fund can be used for food, water, medicines, and other needs of the affected residents.
Meanwhile, Alert Level 3 remains over Mayon Volcano.
For the past 24 hours, PHEVOLCS recorded 59 rockfall events compared to the 199 rockfall events yesterday.
One volcanic earthquake was recorded also.
PHEVOLCS has not detected hydroplastic density current.
Residents are advised to avoid the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone volcano.
Yes, Jose, just a couple of questions.
The first one would be what is the local government's measures when it comes to taking care of the agricultural products of the residents?
Actually, Rica, some farmers are still allowed to go to the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone.
Especially those farmers with farms or with crops and vegetables that are now ready for harvest.
In the meeting with DSWD Secretary Rex Yatsolian, the provincial governor Lagman announced that
the provincial government will buy the produce of the farmers inside the permanent danger zone.
The PNP and the army deployed in the area will help in harvesting those crops that are ready for harvest, Rica.
Are they also giving evacuation facilities for farm animals?
Yes, Rica. Farm evacuation was implemented yesterday.
The provincial agriculture office has provided evacuation centers for animals.
Especially those domesticated animals and farm animals inside the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone.
Alright, thank you so much, Jose Carretera reporting live.
Over in Batangas, health officials have raised a code white alert as residents fall ill from the smog brought by Taal Volcano's restiveness.
Officials have noted some residents have reported experiencing cough, colds and itchy throats.
That means all chiefs of hospitals, all hospitals in Calabarzon region are on standby for any response operations.
So we are ready for that.
State volcanologists said Taal, which is still under alert level 1, is emitting lesser sulfur dioxide.
But they remind the public this does not mean that the volcanic activity has completely stopped.
This is an indication that we will lower the alert level.
We haven't been in contact with water for the past few days.
That's why we don't have any beaming right now.
But that's how it is. Sometimes there's beaming in the morning, but not in the afternoon.
Or sometimes it comes out in the afternoon.
Aside from the Taal and Mayon volcanoes, Mt. Canlaon in Egres province is also showing signs of an impending eruption.
But state volcanologists say the simultaneous restiveness of several volcanoes in the country is not unusual.
Rafael Bosano reports.
Three volcanoes in the country are currently placed under an alert level.
Taal and Canlaon volcano are both under alert level 1, while Mayon volcano is under alert level 3.
The Philippines has 24 active volcanoes, 10 of them being monitored by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
Volcanologists say it's not surprising for the volcanoes to record simultaneous activities.
Statistically, if we have a lot of active volcanoes,
the chances are high that we will have periods of simultaneous activity of volcanoes.
The activity of Mayon is not related to the activity of Canlaon or Taal.
The systems that live in these volcanoes are different.
State volcanologists are on the lookout for certain characteristics.
For Mayon, aside from lava, the public is advised to be cautious of pyroclastic density currents
or the raging flow of hot ash and volcanic gas, as well as lava and other materials it may carry.
It's very lethal.
It can cause a fire.
So if we have a cloud, even if we are just a small part of it, we will die.
Secondly, the PVC will flow or evaporate quickly.
It's between 30 to 700 kilometers per hour.
So if we are hit by PVC, it's like we were hit by a car.
PHIVOX says it doesn't see the need to raise the current alert level
as the sulfur dioxide it emits is still not high enough.
Meanwhile, authorities are closely monitoring the sulfur dioxide emitted by Taal Volcano.
Last June 5, it emitted over 9,300 tons of sulfur dioxide, the highest for the year.
And while Canlaon Volcano has been under alert level 1 since 2020,
continuously monitoring the volcano's activities remains important.
The chance of a phreatic or steam-driven eruption from its crater is increasing.
The problem with phreatic eruptions is that there are a lot of eruptions
that occur without precursory signals.
And in recent years, phreatic eruptions have been killed more often
than magmatic eruptions.
Borna says it's been years since the volcano had a magmatic eruption,
making it even more possible.
The Office of Civil Defense continues to prepare for any eventuality.
It continues to remind the public that entry into the permanent danger zone is prohibited.
In the case of Taal, it's the volcano island.
For Mayon, it's the 6-kilometer radius and 4-kilometer radius for Canlaon Volcano.
Rafael Bozano, ABS-CBN News.
In other news, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. reiterates
the country's ties with China remain strong.
In a social media post Friday, Marcos marked the 48th anniversary
of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations,
crediting his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., for it.
Marcos added he looks forward to stronger bilateral relations with Beijing,
including better cooperation in tourism and agriculture.
The statement comes after he earlier denied he's pushing away China
amid ongoing tensions in the West Philippine Sea,
as well as efforts by his government to strengthen ties with the U.S.
Amid tensions with China, the Philippines, Japan, and the U.S.
are eyeing to hold their first trilateral talks next week.
According to Japanese media, Japan's National Security Secretariat,
the planned summit in the capital is on Tokyo on June 16.
The meeting originally scheduled for April is expected to show
the three countries' commitment to strengthening their deterrence
against China's maritime assertiveness.
The three countries earlier this month concluded their first joint coast guard drills.
Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming
125th Philippine Independence Day celebration on Monday.
Andrea Taguinas joins us on the line for more. Andy, good afternoon.
Good afternoon, Rika. The rains did not stop the armed forces of the Philippines
from preparing for their civic military parade
on the 125th Independence Day celebration on June 12.
Hundreds of uniformed personnel marched around the Quirino Grand stand
in Manila this morning, a rehearsal for the actual parade on Monday.
35 motorized assets and 26 aircraft of the Philippine Army, Navy,
and Air Force were also on display.
Aside from the AFP contingents from the Philippine National Police,
Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection,
and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penalty are also located in the parade.
Major Erwin Sumangka of the Public Affairs Office of the AFP says
this year's Independence Day parade will showcase not only their internal security capabilities
but also their territorial defense capabilities
or their ability to defend and protect the Philippines in case of invasion.
Sa mounted contingent, meron tayong mga tanke.
Sa fly-by contingent, meron tayong 21 fixed wing and 5 rotary aircrafts.
Meron tayong mga Black Hawks, so Pertukano, and others. Meron tayo doon.
This year's Independence Day rites will be President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s first
as the country's Commander-in-Chief.
Vice President Sara Duterte is also expected to attend the event on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has released
a list of alternative routes that motorists may use on Monday
amid the scheduled road closures in Manila.
Front Boulevard from P.M. Talao Avenue to T. Burgos
as well as Katik Bug Drive, Independence Road and South Road
will be closed from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
as we give way to the flag raising and reflame ceremony
that will be held at the Rizal Monument
and for the Civic Military Parade that will be held here at the Quirino Grandstand.
Back to you, Rita.
Thank you so much, Andrea Tajines reporting live.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport saw another power outage on Friday
as Jackie Manaba tells us the outage comes as the government pushes
for the privatization of the country's main gateway.
It was a hot Friday afternoon at Naia Terminal 3
made worse by a sudden power outage around 1 p.m.
Computer systems went down, paralyzing check-in counters and immigration booths.
Seven flights were delayed, five domestic, two international.
It was a poor start to the long Independence Day weekend.
Most large airports, I think probably all of them have some auxiliary backup
and it's so important to keep the flights going and things like that.
It's very quite hot in the airport and then this is a famous country.
Why have this happened, have this problem in Philippines?
Power came back after 13 minutes, but it took another 30 minutes
for the air conditioning units to reset and the queues to start moving.
We would like to apologize to all the passengers and stakeholders
that were here at Terminal 3 today that were inconvenienced.
The Manila International Airport Authority explains
the 37-minute power outage was caused by human error.
The terminal was undergoing a comprehensive electrical audit Friday morning,
an offshoot of the 8-hour power outage on May 1st
where 9,000 passengers were affected.
As they were about to energize the substation after a comprehensive check,
there was an inadvertent outage of test equipment at roadway number 2 substation
that caused a shortage.
That's what caused the power outage here at Terminal 3
that caused the 37 minutes of power interruption.
I was able to identify the root cause.
The timing of the incident was questioned
as transportation authorities are currently discussing
the possible privatization of the whole airport.
MIAA denied that the outage was related to the NIA upgrade project.
Whether privatization is there or not,
MIAA has demanded to improve, operate,
and of course ensure that our NIA airport is reliable.
We're procuring all of these items,
but we need to improve the reliability and resiliency
of our electrical and other critical systems.
The comprehensive electrical audit is not yet over.
MIAA intends to install recently procured emergency generator sets next week
and conduct another audit afterwards.
The government intends to invite more interested firms
to bid for the privatization of NIA this September
with the goal of completing a deal by early 2024.
They estimate the rehabilitation of the airport will cost about 141 billion pesos.
Next week, the Department of Transportation expects to meet Super Consortium
which submitted a 100 billion peso unsolicited proposal
to rehabilitate NIA.
Jackie Manabat, ABS-CBN News.
Philippine Senator Minuans Lam's airport officials
for the latest power outage.
Senator Grace Poe says these events show the need
for urgent power augmentation in the country's main gateway.
She also questions if these outages,
which happened during a holiday,
are a coincidence or intentional.
Poe adds despite ongoing plans to privatize NIA,
airport authorities should still exercise technical oversight
to prevent future outages and travel disruptions.
The Philippine Energy Department is calling for a faster rollout
of electric vehicles in the country
to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
But is the Philippines actually ready for this?
Let's find out from Edmund Araga,
the President of the Electric Vehicles Association of the Philippines.
Hi, Edmund. Good afternoon.
Thank you for joining Dateline Philippines.
Hi, Ms. Rika. Good afternoon.
Let's talk about the push for electric vehicle use in the Philippines.
How is the government starting this initiative?
Well, at present, Department of Energy leads the way
together with the other government agencies from DTI
LTO, DOTR, DOST and LGUs from DILG.
So, we as a corporate stakeholder or private stakeholders,
we work together with them in addressing the concerns
of uplifting the industry,
the future of the industry of electric vehicle.
Because I do know that there are so many hurdles we have
to go through before this becomes, I don't know,
quite accepted in the country.
It's easy because we have the electric vehicles
for alternative mode of transportation.
But we also have to consider that there has to be regulations for this.
There has to be laws for this.
And there actually is an executive order number 12
that gave tax breaks, but only to very select electric vehicles.
We have electric kick scooters, electric four-wheel vehicles.
We even have electric unicycles.
But should this be reviewed?
Because there is a lot of electric vehicles out there
and regulation for this is even questionable up until now.
Well, for one is that we have to have it on a lateralized approach.
And that on the amendment of the tariff of under EO 12,
it's at state stares on the four-wheelers
as to electric cars is concerned.
Wherein it give an impact on the consumers
to look out for shifting into electric.
As we address concerns on the EV cars in particular
who are more capable of buying these units.
Now, under the EVDA or through the spearheading of the Department of Energy
on leading the credit, the regulations are being taken place
and that it has evolved on the number of categories
as factory in the short-term, mid-term, and long-term rate.
At present, the Department of Energy is really taking its cudgels
and that it's on track.
And that it paves way to open other consumers
to look out for alternatives such as electric vehicles.
And then the impact is really good.
In a way, as per report on the LTO,
that more users are buying or shifting to electric.
We have gathered data from LTO.
More than 100% were increased in terms of buying of electric vehicles.
Alright, so let's zero in on what you mentioned earlier
because you mentioned that for mass transportation,
is the government's push for EV transport
first catering to mass transportation first
and then will trickle down to individual purchases, personal usage?
Yes. At present, the potential really,
we look at it as a public transportation segment.
In fact, there is a program already that is rolling out,
the PUB modernization program wherein we supported it.
In fact, we are part of the technical committee.
It rolls out already though it was affected during the pandemic situation.
It was put on hold due to the situation.
But apparently, it comes alive in terms of
considering the number of vehicles that has to be phased out
in terms of EGIPs or ICE to EGIPs is concerned.
Though we have part of it or we have a share of the pie
with the Euro 4 compliant engines that are being available in the market.
Now, we are also looking at the three-wheel segment
wherein the number of three-wheels or tricycles all over nationwide are already there.
It's a huge market and there are a lot of local manufacturers
who are capable of supplying the units.
That makes sense of giving concerns that there is already a regulation that is taking place
and that it has to roll out with the local government unit support for us to move forward.
With the use of electric vehicles as a mass transportation facility,
this would mean that it will cater to a lot of people
and will be running for a lot of hours every day.
There are worries of breakdowns.
Of course, we have to keep maintenance on this and the upkeep of the vehicle.
Spare parts are to be discussed as well.
How is the government looking at this particular issue?
Okay, in terms of the after-sales service,
that's one of the duties that are being addressed by the Department of Trade and Industry
in having it on a local, localizing the supply side of things
in terms of producing it locally in EGIPs and ICE for public transportation.
These suppliers have to be capable enough to address concerns of the after-sales
and to replace parts concerned that bogged down the operations of the fleet operators.
That makes it really more than a decade already
that is being proven by our local manufacturers and our members
that we can do better and we can address this concern
if that really is the concern of the consumers.
Let's go now to driving an electric vehicle in public roads in the Philippines.
How safe is this here?
And how is the charging infrastructure knowing that the traffic situation,
especially in Metro Manila, is really harsh?
Okay, in terms of public safety, in terms of deployment of the electric vehicles,
mind you, it is more safer than before.
And it has addressed concerns on the standards that is related to international law.
Certain accreditations and certificates are being provided for by the suppliers.
And that in terms of the charging station is concerned,
the proliferation of the charging stations are taking place.
And that at present, there are about 370 charging stations combined DC and AC.
And that malls, gasoline stations, and other new buildings and condominiums
are looking at this direction on providing charging stations to their consumers
or to their market.
So for them to help ignite, promote the industry.
Let's talk about greener energy because DOE is saying that the prices of fuel is high now,
but electric consumption is also increasing.
They're also raising rates, especially on this month.
So that alone is already an issue that we have to look at.
For personal users, the electric community is worried of this.
Would the government do something when it comes to electric fees?
Will we be able to have maybe discounts on this if you're an electric vehicle user?
Will there be, what do you call this?
Electric subsidy or more areas where we can charge on public places?
Okay. On that segment, as to the rates,
if you're making a comparison of the gasoline rate as to consumption of electricity,
making use of electric vehicle, it is very far from comparing it
because imagine how much liter of gasoline is for unleaded.
That's about 69 or 65 per liter as compared to 10 to 11 pesos per kilowatt per hour.
And then how many hours you would have to charge the electric vehicle on a single charge,
like three hours to four hours for slow moving and then 45 minutes for a fast charge.
That makes a difference.
So if only the people would analyze how much money they would save using electric vehicles, that makes sense.
All right. Let's go now to the pros and cons of having an electric vehicle.
The pros now first, the ease of mobility and alternative mode of transport.
Do give us a quick thoughts on this, please.
Okay. I see parts that has to be maintained.
There are more than 4,000 vehicle parts to be needed for you to assemble one IC or common car.
But as to electric vehicle, it is more than half of it that is needed for you to build an electric car or electric vehicle.
And in terms of preventive maintenance is concerned, the only thing that you have to be concerned of is on the charging.
And the consumption of the tires that is being worn out.
But as to electric vehicle, as to ICs, you have to make a monthly maintenance as to change oil,
as to a lot of periodic maintenance is concerned that is needed to address with going to a dealer.
That would save you a lot of money.
All right. It seems we're pressed for time, Sir Edmond, but it's nice that we've been able to speak about this
because the members of the electric community are doing as much to expose the Filipino people to this kind of transportation.
Thank you so much for your time, Sir Edmond, and have a good day ahead of you.
You're welcome, Ms. Rica. Thank you.
Thank you. That's coming up next.
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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns as a member of Parliament.
The move comes after he reportedly received a copy of the yet-to-be-published report on the investigation of the so-called Partygate scandal.
Johnson is accused of misleading the House of Commons when he said all COVID-19 rules were followed during parties in government buildings
while the nation was in lockdowns back in 2020 when he was prime minister.
In a statement on Friday, Johnson claimed he was being forced out with no shred of evidence.
Johnson's resignation will trigger a by-election for his Parliament seat.
Two lawyers defending former U.S. President Donald Trump quit a day after he was indicted on federal charges over classified documents probe.
Attorneys John Rowley and Jim Trustee offered no reason for resigning, only saying they believe Trump will be vindicated.
Trump is facing 37 criminal cases, including charges of unauthorized retention of classified documents and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The Justice Department made the court documents public Friday.
According to the indictment, the top-secret files recovered from Trump's home contain some of the most sensitive U.S. military secrets,
including information on Washington's nuclear program and vulnerabilities.
Trump is the fourth former U.S. president to be indicted on federal charges.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Ukrainian counteroffensive has begun.
Putin cites the use of strategic reserves of the Ukrainian army.
According to Putin, fighting has been very intense over the past three days, but he claims Ukrainian forces have so far failed to achieve their objectives.
Putin's remarks comes days after the destruction of the Kharkov Dam, flooding towns in southern Ukraine.
Kiev and Moscow traded blame over its destruction.
Analysts say the road has been flooded over a possible line of attack for Ukrainian troops to keep Russian forces off balance.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has announced a new $2.1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine that could aid its offensive.
The package includes critical air defense and ammunition capabilities.
Over in Colombia, the four children who went missing after a plane crash in the Amazon jungle 40 days ago have been found alive.
Colombia President Gustavo Petro says the kids, aged 13, 9, 4 and 1, are currently receiving medical attention.
The children were rescued by the military with help from local indigenous communities living near the site of the crash.
The Colombian president came under fire last month after reporting and then deleting a Twitter post that said the children were found on May 17.
Switching gears now, the Philippines' biggest and grandest food show is back.
MAFBEX, or the Manila Food and Beverages Expo, will kick off this June 14 at the World Trade Center in Pasay, offering visitors a taste of some of the best cuisines from around the world.
What can visitors expect during the event? Let's ask one of its organizers, Lea Salonga.
Good afternoon, Lea, and welcome to the program.
Hi, Rika. Good afternoon. Thank you very much for always having us.
Yes, our pleasure, Lea.
Let's jump now to MAFBEX and talk about the latest trend in the food industry.
There are trends in the food industry?
That's true, Rika. I think over the past two years, we've seen the growth and the interest of the business sectors in the food and beverages industry.
I think that comes along to all the generations, especially during the past two years.
I think we're able to transcend and we're able to understand more the true flavors of the true Filipino flavors and the true Filipino cuisine.
And there is also another rise of the generation, especially the young ones, to put up a business in the food and beverages.
I think a lot of us Filipinos really love to cook.
And eat. There's a lot of us who love to eat.
Yes, that's true. I think that's one thing that MAFBEX is doing also.
We're like a buffet. There's a lot of freebies from one corner to another, from one food stall to another.
Definitely, we're going to satisfy your food cravings.
That's nice because, as you mentioned, there are food trends.
And people who go to these kind of expo do have the chance to taste the different food trends that you're talking about.
So let's give us the highlights of the events, please, and activities that we have to watch out for.
Yes, Rika. As you notice, our key visuals, you'll notice zonings.
You have the food beverages. You also have the franchise zones.
You also have the organic produce from our young farmers from the Department of Agriculture.
We also have the Young Hoteliers Exposition, just to name a few.
And we form them together. And when you form it together, it's an edible city.
It's a place where people of all ages can actually enjoy.
And aside from that, if you're kind of lost along your way of business journey,
we're here to introduce you to our business opportunities from our international partners,
from Poland, from Europe, from Southeast Asia, and China as well.
So we're providing you an opportunity to showcase your food adventure.
Leo, I've had the pleasure of, I think, hosting one of the expos that you did years back.
But I do remember that there were some competition before.
Will this also happen now? And is the MAFBEX Expo, you know, is it happening on different,
extended on different days or will this be on a single day?
Yes, we're happening from beginning June 14 up to 18.
That's right. We have a lot of competitions in place across the days of MAFBEX,
especially our Kulinari Cup Home Chef Edition from hundreds of entries from all the home chefs out there.
We've come up five finalists and that's going to happen.
The competition is going to happen on June 15 at the World Trade Center.
That's from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
And aside from that, we also have our Chefs of the World.
We're going to be giving you cooking demos from top chefs from local and international restaurants
in the Philippines as well.
So there's a lot of things that you're going to watch out for for the upcoming MAFBEX.
Fully loaded flavors.
So ditch your diet if you're planning to go to MAFBEX because this is the biggest...
Let's forget about our diet.
Yes, this is the biggest food and beverage expo.
There's coffee, there's wine, there's food tasting.
It's everywhere that you mentioned earlier.
Yes, and also the packaging.
If you need something for your packaging for your food business,
we also have a lot of packaging materials for you.
For those interested, are you still accepting concessionaires
who want to join or to participate in this year's MAFBEX?
Karika, you know what?
I think everyone's really excited for MAFBEX.
That's why last January, we've been fully booked already.
We have more than 400 participating brands.
That's local and international.
So that is really something that we look forward to.
What about for those who would want to experience the expo?
It's a multi-day expo.
Can you invite us, please?
How do we go there?
Do we have to pay for an entrance fee?
Do invite us, please.
Yes, we're inviting everybody to please come over
at the World Trade Center this coming June 14 up to 18.
Celebrate your Father's Day weekend with us
at the World Trade Center.
Manila Food and Beverages Expo is back.
Fully loaded flavors.
Tickets starts at 100 pesos.
You can purchase your tickets online.
Just skip the long queuing.
We're available at www.mafbex.com.
And we also have a lot of freebies,
tickets freebies on our social media sites.
So please stay tuned, stay put on our social media networks.
And with that, I will let you go.
Hope to see you there, Leo.
Thank you and good afternoon to you.
That's Leo Salonga, the Marketing Communications Manager
of World Bex Services Internationals.
Moving to business news now.
The Philippine government revises its inflation forecast
for this year, citing positive developments
in the domestic economy and recent global trends.
Economic managers narrowed the forecast range
to 5% to 6% from the previous 5% to 7%.
The Development Budget Coordination Committee
attributed the better outlook to a consistent slowdown
in inflation in the past four months.
It expects inflation to settle between 2% and 4%
over the next five years.
As the administration, through the Interagency Committee
on Inflation and Market Outlook, or the IAC-IMO,
provides proactive measures to address
the primary drivers of inflation.
This, together with the appropriate
monetary policy actions of the DSP,
we will ensure a return to the inflation target
over the policy horizon.
The Philippine government's economic team
is preparing a 5.75 trillion peso national budget
That's 9.5% higher than the current year's spending plan.
The proposed budget will prioritize
infrastructure development, food security,
and digital transformation.
Budget planners say the national expenditure program
will only include agency proposals
that are ready for implementation.
Globe Telecom warrants its subscribers
against scammers who send phishing emails.
According to the telco, the emails mimic
its official communication about SIM card registration,
telling subscribers that their registration was unsuccessful.
They would then be asked to click a suspicious link
that will steal sensitive information.
But Globe's chief privacy officer clarifies
they don't personally reach out to individual prepaid users
for SIM card registration concerns.
There's no instance where if you're an individual user,
your Globe will reach out proactively
to register your SIM card.
Our process is on the Globe website
and on the Globe One app.
For the business customers,
we have Globe representatives
that they are already familiar with.
More countries expressed interest
to hire Filipino skilled workers.
This prompted the Philippine Migrant Workers Department
to release new policies
that will protect the rights of OWs.
We have Zen Hernandez with that story.
The demand for skilled Filipino workers overseas
is higher than ever.
And teacher Benj is grabbing this opportunity.
If you're aiming for a better life,
the solution is going abroad.
The Department of Migrant Workers have ongoing talks
with a number of countries interested
in the mass hiring of skilled Filipino workers.
A joint committee meeting is scheduled in July
with the United Arab Emirates.
A similar meeting will also be held with Qatar in September.
Oman has also extended an invitation
to Secretary Susan Opley
while a special hiring program is in the works
for the one million Filipino workers needed in Saudi.
There have been talks with Hungary and Portugal
while a labor agreement is expected to be signed
with Austria soon.
Of course we know the high demand for our healthcare workers.
But they also said that they would also need
in their country around 200,000 workers
spreading I think 98 occupations.
The DMW is also reviewing deployment of OFWs to Israel
appealing that a tax be waived
for Filipinos while also requesting
for caregiver deployment quota
to be increased to 6,000 per year.
The DMW also wants contracts to be expanded
to three years instead of two years.
This is due to the fact that workers are treated well in Israel
with the Israeli government even increasing
the minimum wage recently.
There are almost no welfare cases in Israel.
And they last 10 years or more
while they are still alive.
So at least if the contract is three years
they would be able to save more.
In the midst of aggressive recruitment overseas
the DMW signed new rules for the recruitment
and deployment of land-based workers.
A major change is the one-strike policy
and perpetual cancellation of license
for recruitment agencies that committed
any one of 20 serious offenses
including the deployment of minors,
forgery of documents,
offering non-existent or misleading job opportunities,
failure to respond to workers in emergency situations,
human trafficking, and the newest addition,
graft and corruption.
They will see the political will of the department
that even if you are a famous agency
or you are just starting out as an agency
as long as you committed one of the 20 offenses
your license will be terminated.
Recruitment agencies support the DMW's new regulations
but appeal for faster processing of workers
particularly for countries with especially
high demand for Filipinos.
It's not just in Europe.
Kasi marami pong electronics companies sa Europe
na nangangailangan po ng operators,
technicians sa manufacturing companies
and food processing.
Like Hungary, they need about 10 to 20 thousand.
Ease of doing business.
Padalihin yung mga proseso
para mapabilis na magkaroon ng trabaho
ang ating mga kababayan.
The DMW assured that an incentive system
for compliant recruitment agencies
will include priority processing of documents.
This is also a way to bring back
pre-pandemic levels in deployment
which dropped dramatically to 549,000 in 2020
from a high of 2 million per year.
It improved to over 700,000 in 2021
and 1.2 million in 2022
but this year from January to April
the deployment has already breached 800,000.
Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News.
Heads up motorists.
Fuel prices are headed higher in the coming week.
Estimates show motorists would have to pay
at least 1 peso and 10 centavos more
for a liter of gasoline.
Diesel may also increase by up to 1 peso and 50 centavos.
Kerosene also headed higher by up to 1 peso and 40 centavos.
The price high comes days after Saudi Arabia announced
it will cut oil production by 1 million barrels per day.
A Filipino author releases a children's book
centering on Filipino food
especially the iconic Lumpiang Shanghai.
Romel Conclara gives us a look.
Nina Daza Puyat performs a reading
of a recently published book
The Legend of the Lumpiang Shanghai
to Philippine Consul General in San Francisco
Neil Ferrer and his staff.
This was all part of the ceremonial turnover
of her book to the San Francisco Public Library.
Daza Puyat wrote the book in 2022
and found Filipino illustrator Sean Irwin Santilla
to help create the story.
She says she's surprised at how fast her work
will be shared with children all over the world.
It's just, I never expected it
to think that there will be more children
not just Filipino children
who will be able to read my story.
This story that is a work of fiction
it's The Legend of the Fried Spring Rolls.
It's really my way of sharing my love and knowledge
about Filipino food.
The Legend of the Lumpiang Shanghai
will head to the Filipino-American Center
of the San Francisco Public Library.
Philan librarian Abraham Flores Ignacio Jr. says
Daza Puyat's book will join a collection
that includes fiction, literature, and history
that highlights the Filipino-American experience.
There's a number of authors that have come out,
Filipino authors and also Filipino-American publishers
that have published bilingual books, which is great.
So I'm glad we're bringing that to the fore
because we want to bring our culture to our people here
and to the broader community
to learn all about our culture and also our languages.
Hopefully this will increase more awareness
to our people, not just the young, but the adults
and everyone interested to learn more
about the richness of our Philippine history and culture.
The book not only centers around the iconic Filipino dish
but it also provides instructions
on how to make the fried spring rolls.
So I wrote this children's story
with a recipe in the back of the book
because I want the children to cook the recipe
also after they read the story.
If you want to cook the Lumpiang Shanghai,
imagine that after they read the story
they'll want to tell their parents,
let's go and buy the ingredients
and make Lumpiang Shanghais.
To me that's something that makes me happy.
Daza Puyat is the daughter of Nora Daza,
the acclaimed Filipina chef
and best-selling author of cookbooks.
Yes, of course, the recipe for the Lumpiang Shanghai
came from my mom's cookbook.
It's my mother's recipe.
And so I just took it a step further
and created this little children's story.
So it's also a tribute to my mother
but it's also carving my own path.
Daza Puyat hopes to produce more fictional tales
based on her mother's recipes in the near future.
Outside of libraries, The Legend of Lumpiang Shanghai
is available to purchase online
Ron Malcolm Clara, ABS-CBN News, San Francisco.
The Denver Nuggets are one win away
from their first ever NBA title
after torching the Heat 108-95 in Game 4.
It had looked an equal game in the first half
but the Nuggets became too much for the Heat
to handle in the third and fourth quarters.
Bruce Brown stole the show off the bench for Denver
dropping 21 points after Nikola Jokic
exited early in the fourth
due to foul trouble.
The best of seven series now heads back to Denver.
In tennis, Filipino ace Alex Ayala
continues her winning streak
in the ITF Women's Tour in Europe.
The third-seeded, 18-year-old
subdued qualifier Alana Smith
from the U.S. in two sets
to reach her third quarterfinal of the year.
Ayala, who was fresh from her third
ITF Women's Singles crown last week,
will face another American,
fifth-seeded McKenna Jones, in the quarters.
Critics in Los Angeles rave about
a new original play titled
The Bottoming Process.
Our Hollywood correspondent, Yong Chavez,
talks to the Pinoy talents behind this film,
LGBTQIA plus Tori.
Award-winning Broadway performer George Salazar
is the lead star of the stage play
The Bottoming Process.
Salazar shares the stage with Rick Cosnett
in a story that deals with
modern-day relationship issues
and honestly depicts gender politics
and racial stereotypes.
Salazar explains how he related to Milo,
his Filipino-American character.
What I love about Milo
is that he's imperfect.
He's messy, you know, he makes mistakes.
He learns from his mistakes.
I mean, what we're doing is telling
a really universal story
that's, like, really relatable,
but we're telling it through the lens
of the Filipino-American existence.
I spent a long time
kind of chasing after this
same man, you know, like
he's gotta be tall and white.
We're still decolonizing our minds.
The Philippines went through,
you know, hundreds of years
of Spanish colonization
and conquering, right?
It's like, it's kind of,
it's a part of our
We carry that with us,
whether we know it or not.
The actor also played George Conway on TV
in American Crime Story Impeachment
and also appeared for two seasons
in NBC's Superstore.
The bottoming process was written
by Nicolas Pilapil
and it is his first full production project.
He shares that he started the story
as a romantic comedy.
As America grappled with social issues
in the last couple of years,
he felt compelled to include some aspects
that he learned as the country was changing.
Writing it as Filipino-American,
you know, who am I
based off of what I do
and what I experience,
and less than who am I
based off of my family's trauma
or my family's sacrifices,
which is there's nothing wrong
with telling those stories,
but I think we know those stories.
And so what I'm really trying to explore
is what makes me, me.
What's been so wonderful
is people come up to me afterwards
and they're like,
thank you for writing my story.
And I'm like, oh, did I do that?
You know, I'm like,
I always say like,
I'm so sorry that this is your story
because it's kind of rough.
It kind of goes there.
It's a lot of heartbreak.
And yeah, just hearing that
and knowing that by me being myself,
other people are able to see themselves.
It's kind of touching and meaningful
and something I didn't plan out to do,
but it's a nice surprise.
The play has gotten rave reviews from critics
and is hailed for its insightful take
on interracial relationships
and identity politics.
The bottoming process is directed by
film actor-director Rodney To.
A veteran actor in Hollywood,
To was also one of the Filipino cast members
of the movie Easter Sunday.
You know, I remember when I was young
being like, oh my gosh, it was exciting.
But this is exciting in a way.
It's accelerated, right?
There's not only are the projects available,
but we're finally playing ourselves
in all these complex characters.
We're playing ourselves.
We're playing different versions of ourselves.
We're now starting to see many of us
in the same project.
Whereas it was always just one.
That's how we all became friends, right?
We became friends because we were all
in the same waiting rooms
and we were all fighting for the same
one opportunity, right?
That's how many of us,
the Reggie Lees of the world
and Alec Mapos and John John Briones,
were coming into a world,
into a time when we were just,
we were hoping that we were that one person
getting that one track.
The bottoming process is playing
at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's
Renberg Theater till June 12.
Yoang Chavez, ABS-CBN News,
here in Hollywood.
And that's Dateline Philippines Weekend.
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