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Fourth Industrial Revolution: Are we there yet?

As the fourth industrial revolution sweeps the West, pundits are antsy. Many are also worried local small businesses may only get charcoal bits from...

Industrial cybersecurity in the Internet age: Lessons and opportunities

SOCHI, Russia—Mouse: the one thing feared by elephants and the world’s largest companies today. Just one click could spell disaster—the Bangladesh bank money transfer...

Global financial crisis 10 years after: PHL learned lessons well

ONE word made nil the nesting egg of Wilson Ramirez, one of many Filipino and American workers who lost their pension funds when the...

The inflation train: Are policy-makers all on board?

EVERY scoop of rice that canteen owner Lolit Gogolin puts on a customer’s plate is getting costlier as inflationary pressures increase every day.

‘Workers’ Spring’ looms amid government bias against labor-only contracting LABOR CAUTIONED:...

THE seeds of a “Workers’ Spring” have been sown on the fertile garden of labor-only contracting, with business raising the alarm bells over how...

Snapshot of rice-consumption data remains grainy as Pinoys grapple with supply,...

AS Filipinos’ appetite for rice becomes as big as its political-economic implication, a snapshot of data on its consumption remains grainy. This is so because the government uses two data sets to estimate the amount of rice consumed by every Filipino. Having two data sets to compute for a single amount can result in data discrepancies that make rice demand and supply difficult to evaluate.

Swapping Goods: The costs and potentials of a PHL-US bilateral free...

OPPORTUNITY knocks only once and Trade Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo Jr. wants to tap on the door of the world’s second largest trader: the...

Fowl farmers’ fears persist 1 year after bird flu flare-up PHL...

FIFTY-five weeks ago, poultry farm owner Librada Sese celebrated life; today she can only recall death as thousands of chickens, some she raised, were...

Climate change, land lack nip floriculture sector in the bud Roses...

WHILE the country’s production of chrysanthemums, orchids and roses remained stable, the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed cut flowers posted...

Young population, ICT spur growth of PHL’s gig economy

FOOT traffic was already ankle deep when Elias Amurao (not his real name) stopped at an intersection on the way to the train station...

Duterte’s Sona pitch leaves Congress with full plate of measures

AT a meeting of Senate and House leaders last March 13 on their common legislative agenda, the senators came away with a list of...

Japan offers railway lore to boost PHL’s battle vs. monstrous traffic...

METRO Manila traffic. It is as much of a Filipino monster as the legendary aswang, tiyanak or tikbalang—except it is no myth. Filipinos live...

The quest for federalism: Is it worth changing the Charter?

If it ain’t broke, why fix it? This is a question some pundits posed when President Duterte started tinkering with the Constituton of the...

Government opening doors for nondiploma jobs AFTER having been a bean...

Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista of the University of the Philippines defines the PQF as “a quality-assured national system for the development and recognition...

Groups call on coal-energy backers to rethink power-base future

By Lenie Lectura & Jonathan L. Mayuga | Reporters Anne Gumapos & Marc Dela Paz | Interns GREEN should be the new black. That is, if...

Water: Too big a problem to solve?

Like air, it’s a commodity that used to be free but now comes in bottled form. Water, and the plastic bottle that carries it,...

Oversupply sees egg trade treading on shells

AMID whistling winds and wet weeks, farmers and dealers still see the sunny side of the egg trade. Their optimism, which has waned due to...

Flaw in law threatens to slow seeds sector’s success

THERE’s a borer pestering the seed industry—and it’s not even an insect. This pest, which the government and private sector are trying to exterminate,...

Profiteers seen riding the ‘TRAIN’

By Cai U. Ordinario, Elijah Felice Rosales, Recto Mercene, Jovee Marie dela Cruz & Jasper Y. Arcalas MANY may believe the ride toward economic growth...

Why investing in this earthquake-free paradise matters

IT is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Philippines because of its vibrant tourism industry. As one of the Philippines’ major tourist drivers,...
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