UN Raps PH for Slow Housing of Haiyan Refugees

The United Nations on July 31 urged the Philippines to speed up completion of housing for thousands of people made homeless by super typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) nearly two years ago. Official government records obtained by Reuters showed only 2.5 percent of the targeted 21,012 permanent housing in the worst-hit Eastern Visayas region were ready as of June. The National Housing Authority reported only 542 houses were complete, reports GMA News.

PH Is Most 'Social' Nation in the World -- Report

The Philippines is the world’s “most social nation” based on social media activity of Internet users, a report by software Opera Mini said on July 30. In its State of the Mobile Web Report, the browser software said Internet users in the Philippines have the highest social media activity worldwide, reports Inquirer.net.

Fil-Am Murder Suspect Flees from PH

A Filipino-American suspect in the killing of a woman from Subic, Zambales fled the country a day after the crime was committed last July 25. The suspect, identified as Jonathan Dewayne Ciocon Viane, left the Philippines  the next day, according to records from the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Viane, 29, hails from Anchorage, Alaska, reports ABS-CBN News.

First Fil-Am Elected to Jacksonville, FL City Council Sworn In

Anna Lopez Borsche (Source: Linkedin)

Anna Lopez Borsche (Source: Linkedin)

“I am proud to be the first Filipino American and Asian American elected to the Jacksonville City Council, particularly in light of Jacksonville having double the population percentage of Filipino Americans of all Florida counties," said Anna Lopez Brosche, who was sworn in on June 25 and formally took office last July 1, reports Inquirer.net.

PH Gov't to Borrow Less Next Year

The Philippine government plans to borrow less next year and slash the debt stock to a record low of 41.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), according to documents on the proposed 2016 national budget submitted to Congress on July 28, reports Inquirer.net.

Human Trafficking Persists in PH -- US State Dep't Report

Human trafficking remains pervasive in the Philippines under the watch of President Benigno Aquino III although a number of convictions sparked hope that reforms are in progress, the US State Department said in an annual report released on July 27, reports GMA News.

PH Tax Collection Higher in June But Misses Target

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said that it collected P109.55 billion ($2.40 billion) in tax revenues in June. This is 16.39% higher than collections made in June last year, but 7% lower than its target of P117.81 billion ($2.58 billion) for the same month this year. The BIR did not explain why it missed its collection goal last month, reports Rappler.com

PH Imports Post Lowest Drop in 6 Years, Could Affect Exports Growth

Imports posted their steepest drop in almost six years last May even as the government maintained that volumes remained robust and supportive of manufacturing. But UK-based Standard Chartered Bank warned that the slower imports to date could also impact on exports growth, reports Inquirer.net.