Join us, as we celebrate our 15th anniversary with stories of foresight and cutting-edge strategies, of versatility and innovativeness, of finding windows of opportunities, of saving lives and jobs, of reopenings and recoveries—of making the impossible possible. Stories of learning to survive and move forward, and hope for better days, as the nation copes with the pandemic, shuttered but unyielding, the Pinoy bayanihan spirit shining through. We’re all in this together, dear readers, locked down but looking up.

El Nido reopens to tourists, but with strict Covid testing

THE white-sand beaches, multicolored coral reefs and fish, and massive limestone cliffs in El Nido, Palawan, will be within reach once more as the municipality starts welcoming tourists on October 30. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat made the announcement over the weekend while visiting the municipality for a series...

Crack whip on substandard goods’ importers, DTI urged

INDUSTRY leaders have asked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to cancel the license of traders importing substandard goods to intensify the enforcement of laws on consumer welfare and product quality. The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) said it will submit to the DTI’s Bureau of Philippine Standards...

Did some parties sabotage PRC, PhilHealth testing deal? Possibly, says Gordon

THE Philippine Red Cross will “definitely” resume Covid-19 testing on Monday (October 26) once PhilHealth pays what it owes the humanitarian organization, now tallied at P1.1 billion, Senator Richard J. Gordon, the PRC chairman, said on Sunday. At the same time, Gordon raised the possibility that certain individuals or...

Sotto sees no need for ‘same-sex union’ law; house’s zaldy co pitches for one

PROPERTY rights of all Filipino citizens, regardless of gender, are well protected in existing statutes, and there is no need to legislate a “same-sex civil union” for the purpose, Senate President Vicente Sotto III assured at the weekend. Interviewed by DWIZ, Senate President Sotto said the move by some...

Nation

PNP general in Laguna helicopter crash dies

A senior police official who reportedly remained comatose following a helicopter crash in March this year in Laguna has died and will be accorded with full honors, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Jose Victor Ramos, former director for comptrollership of the PNP, died at...

Navy chief reveals plan to create, deploy maritime militias to secure PHL territory

The Philippine Navy is crafting a plan to create and deploy maritime Cafgu Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) in its various naval forces who will be tasked to act as “force multipliers” in securing the country’s maritime waters. Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said that although...

DA orders mandatory installation of VMM, ERS to all fishing boats

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has ordered the mandatory installation of vessel monitoring measures (VMM) and electronic reporting system (ERS) to all fishing vessels in a bid to intensify the country’s efforts against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF). Dar signed the Fisheries Administrative Order 266 last October 12...

PNP chief Cascolan reorganizes police DIPOs, appoints four new commanders

National Police chief General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan has ordered a new round of reorganization by designating new commanders of four of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) integrated offices, which are equivalent to area commands in the military. The reassignments involving commanders of four PNP-Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO),...

‘P2.5 billion for vaccine not enough’

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday concurred with Marikina City Second District Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo that the P2.5 billion appropriation the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines in 2021 may not be enough. In an online media forum, Vergeire said that the DOH will be needing P10.5 billion to...

Top News

PHL, despite observer status, seen playing bigger role as it assumes key post in ILO

THE country will playing a bigger role in global employment affairs in 2022 once it assumes the vice chairmanship of an influential body in the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Governing Board. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the county was elected last month to the plum seat...

Manage risks, don’t avoid them–govt agencies to business, LGU

THE government has issued an advisory appealing to local leaders to reduce their curfew hours and to business owners to distribute their work shifts, as the country shifts its Covid-19 policy to managing risks instead of avoiding them to reopen the economy. In Joint Advisory 20-01 dated October 22,...

BSP: 4-m new basic deposit accounts opened in pandemic

MILLIONS of Filipinos opened basic deposit accounts (BDA) since the nationwide lockdown was implemented, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said, as people are being forced by the Covid-19 to do away with cash and more into online financial transactions. “During the pandemic, over 4 million new...

As pork prices rise: DA probes, groups weigh in

LOCAL hog raisers said pork prices climbed beyond P300 per kilogram in Metro Manila due to lack of supply in Luzon, as 40 percent of the sow population nationwide is gone due to African swine fever (ASF)-related actions. In the view of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag), there...

Floods, slides even before Quinta makes landfall

TROPICAL Storm Quinta brought heavy to moderate rains even before it could make a landfall, triggering flooding and landslides in two provinces in the Visayas and forcing the preemptive evacuation of families in the Bicol region and Southern Tagalog. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesman Mark Timbal...

Column

The WFH phenomenon as a double-edged sword

There was a survey done last month (September) by US-based Enterprise Technology...

Enjoying the sound of silence in the city

In the early days of the pandemic lockdown, when authorities had everyone...

Of fire and ice

A good friend of mine describes her provincial address as a number...

Transformation through diversity

Conclusion The University of the Philippines Virata School of...

The virus is still around

IN recent days, there have been some changes in policy surrounding the...

Opinion

The US elects a president

Chinese historians recorded visits by explorers and merchants that are thought by some to have been emissaries...

Editorial: Covid cash

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the...

Who are we in this pandemic?

“Events of future history will be of the same nature—or nearly so—as...

The debt burden

Recent reports show that our national debt will grow to a whooping...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes harbors after 609 test positive

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday closed at least two fishery harbors and many stalls after a surge of 609 cases linked to the country's main fish market. The...

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

MANILA — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the economy, which slipped into...

China rapidly expands use of experimental Covid-19 vaccines

Chinese drug companies have five vaccines in final stages of testing but none is approved for public use. They are part of a global race to develop a vaccine that, if successful, offers the fledgling Chinese industry the potential for prestige and worldwide sales.

UK to infect healthy volunteers to speed up vaccine efforts

The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents say it may produce results faster than standard research, which waits to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment get sick. The government is preparing to invest £33.6 million ($43.4 million) in the study.

What are the treatment options for Covid-19?

Aside from drugs, doctors have learned more about ways to treat hospitalized patients, such as putting them on their bellies and other measures that may prevent the need for breathing machines.
CHICAGO—Confirmed coronavirus infections continued to soar on Saturday in many parts of the US and Europe. In some cases, so did anger over the restrictions governments put in place to try to stem the tide. Oklahoma, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan were among states announcing new record highs in...
US regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat Covid-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given to hospitalized patients through an IV. The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc. is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery by five days—from 15 days to 10 on average—in a large study...

Huawei sales up, but growth slows under virus, US pressure

BEIJING—Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday its revenue rose 9.9 percent in the first nine months of this year, but growth decelerated in the face of US sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. Huawei Technologies Ltd., gave no sales figure...

Regulators, experts take up thorny vaccine study issues

WASHINGTON—The US regulators who will decide the fate of Covid-19 vaccines are taking an unusual step: Asking outside scientists if their standards are high enough. The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus. On...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro rejects Covid vaccine from China

SÃO PAULO—Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday rejected the announced purchase of 46 million doses of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus being developed by a Chinese company and tested in a state governed by a political rival, prompting some to question if he was allowing politics to steer public health decisions.

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia security ties to counter China

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Japan’s new prime minister pledged on Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country’s vision for greater international cooperation to counter China’s influence in the region. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, speaking in...

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G; official labels China ‘biggest threat’

Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a top security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats. The Swedish telecom regulator said Tuesday that four wireless carriers bidding for frequencies in an upcoming spectrum auction for the new...

Argentina passes 1 million cases as Covid-19 slams Latin America

USHUAIA, Argentina—At the edge of Argentina in a city known as “The End of the World,” many thought they might be spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. Sitting far from the South American nation’s bustling capital, health workers in Ushuaia were initially able to contain a small...

AREIT acquires Ayala Land mall in Pasig

The board of AREIT Inc., the Ayala Land-led real estate investment trust (REIT), has approved the acquisition of a commercial development called The 30th in Pasig. The said mall was transferred to AREIT from...

Expert: Create more jobs by modernizing PHL agri

Returning migrant Filipino workers can turn to agriculture if the government is able to put in place targeted policies and programs that will develop the sector, according to an expert from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In an Asian Development Blog, ADB agriculture economist Matthias Leitner said an improved...

Tesda, farm school to train youth leaders in Manila

TO promote the importance of food sustainability to the younger generation, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) recently signed an agreement with OMA Farming School Corp. to train members of Sangguniang Kabataan and other identified households in Manila in urban farming. Tesda Director General Isidro Lapeña assured...

Govt keen on privatizing, operating mining assets

The government is keen on privatizing and operating its mining assets to boost revenues, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). The DOF also said efforts are now underway to “untangle” the legal issues surrounding these assets. The DOF said the Privatization and Management Office (PMO)...

LandBank to list bonds for environmental projects

The Land Bank of the Philippines is set to list its P3-billion bond offering with the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. next month. In a recent statement, the state-run bank announced the launch of its sustainability bonds aimed at raising funds for environment and social projects.

UnionBank to onboard all biz clients to The Portal by 2021

Union Bank of the Philippines is eyeing to onboard all its corporate clients to the online banking platform by next year amid the increasing demand for the digital due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We look to complete our digitization efforts before the end of 2021. The conversion effort is...

‘SC to expedite ruling on water firms’ compliance with CWA’

CHIEF Justice Diosdado Peralta has assured that the Supreme Court (SC) would expedite its final resolution of its decision compelling water concessionaires to comply with its obligation under the Philippine Clean Water Act to provide wastewater treatment facilities. It has been more than a year since it issued a...

Coco sector upbeat on VCO potential to fight Covid-19

Coconut industry stakeholders are upbeat on recent trials that show coconut oil has strong potential in fighting Covid-19, as this may provide a much-needed boost to the industry where the country has an advantage. Marco Reyes, vice chairman of industry advocacy group United Coconut Associations of the Philippines, said...

URC income expands in Jan-Sept

Universal Robina Corp. (URC), the food group of the Gokongwei family, said its income in the January-to-September period rose 12 percent to P8.13 billion, from last year's P7.27 billion, mainly on lower foreign exchange losses, as its revenues remained flat. URC sales for period, reached P99.77 billion, flat from...
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TekNegoShow: Technologies for new normal

Was your livelihood affected by the pandemic? Do you need an extra income? Are you planning to start a business? The TekNegoShow, which was launched virtually on October 22, may be the answer to your concern. TekNegoShow, that supports the “Science for the People” advocacy of the DOST, is...

DOST’s Montoya named among 15 authors of 2023 UN SDG Report

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, executive director of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), was appointed recently by UN Secretary General António Guterres as one of the 15 eminent scientists to draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), said a UN official announcement in New...

Students in need of STEM resources? DOST-STII library is open online 24/7

Students are currently learning at home through the blended online and modular platforms as part of the protocol to avoid big crowds in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. With the schools closed, so as their libraries. Thus, the students have limited access to information besides...

For farmers, ‘plantitas:’ HormoGroe, natural plant growth stimulant

Good news for Filipino farmers and “plantitas” and “plantitos”! A new, natural plant product that stimulates root growth will soon be available in the market. The plant stimulant yielded a positive result after being tested in coffee, cassava, banana, vegetables and some ornamental plants—such as gumamela and bougainvillea.

Concert to showcase bamboo musical instruments

Attention ethnic music enthusiasts. The rich diversity of the country’s bamboo musical instruments will be put on full display in a Virtual Concert happening on November 24. Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), the event will showcase a wide range...

Searca launches ‘innovEIGhts’ model for open ties in agriculture

An Emerging Innovation for Growth (EIG) Program powered by the “Searca innovEIGhts” model of open collaboration for academe-industry-government partnerships was launched on October 14. At the virtual launch held virtually via Facebook and Zoom, Director Dr. Glenn Gregorio of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...

STEM resources now widely available to students, teachers

Teaching and learning the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will no longer be distant or remote to students and teachers as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has made STEM resources widely available to them through weekly national radio broadcast, the use of social-media channels, and access to digital...

D.O.S.T-FPRDI‘s bamboo-framed face shields get another adopter

A second company is now mass producing the bamboo-framed face shield developed by the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). Following the institute’s design and specifications, the Bataan-based QGM Plant Nursery and Garden (QGM-PNG) has recently started commercially producing the face shields. The first company...

Why Catholics pray for and to the dead

Every year without fail, corporate consultant Juris Umali-Soliman, 68, travels before sunrise to San Jose in Batangas at least a day before All Saints’ Day to visit the graves of her brother, grandparents and relatives at the...

Stumbling stunner! Rays shock Dodgers in 9th as Rays tie Series 2-2

ARLINGTON, Texas—Brett Phillips squatted on the field crying, Randy Arozarena sprawled in the dirt pounding his hands on home plate. Tears of joy, smacks of celebration — and a crucial, crazy win for the scrappy Tampa Bay Rays. In one of the wildest World Series finishes...

Pagdanganan in hot pursuit

GREENSBORO, Georgia—Ally McDonald held onto the lead Saturday in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Drive On Championship-Lake Reynolds Oconee, shooting a three-under 69 to take a one-stroke advantage into the final round. Winless on the LPGA Tour, the 27-year-old from Mississippi had a 13-under 203 total on the...

Go praises Kiwanis Manila for donating 655 balls for softball

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Senate Youth and Sports Committee Head Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go found an ally in the Kiwanis Club of Manila in the effort to enhance the government’s youth sports program. The PSC received 655 softballs from the Kiwanis Club of Manila and its...

Welcome back, Calvin!

CALVIN ABUEVA returns to action beginning on Monday and although he admitted to having learned his lesson after getting indefinitely suspended that lasted 17 months, he said he would remain as “The Beast” of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). “I don’t like to be over excited and I don’t...

Magramo against all odds in Japan fight

GIEMEL MAGRAMO needs all the help possible from the gods of boxing against Japanese Junto Nakatani who has all the advantages leaning on his side in a showdown for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight belt at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on November 6. For starters, the...

Anything is possible: Hart can claim unlikely Giro title

SESTRIERE, Italy—In a year filled with tragedy, disappointments and bad luck, the team that has dominated cycling for most of the past decade looks like it might finally have something to celebrate. And it won't be Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas or Egan Bernal raising the trophy when the Giro...

Wellens wins Vuelta’s 5th stage, Roglic keeps lead

SABIÑÁNIGO, Spain—Tim Wellens of Belgium won the fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while defending champion Primoz Roglic held on to the leader’s red jersey. Wellens pulled away from Guillaume Martin and Thymen Arensman near the end of the 184-kilometer ride from Huesca to Sabiñánigo to claim...

Swiatek to quarantine

FRENCH Open champion Iga Swiatek said she will quarantine after meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Duda’s office announced Saturday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The 19-year-old Swiatek met with Duda on Friday. The Polish player said on Twitter that she has no symptoms...

Why ‘Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast’ is a must-watch

ONE of the shows on Netflix that I keep going back to is Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast or Hyori’s Homestay. As far as Korean shows are concerned, it’s on my Top 10 list. The...

Lisa, Son Ye-jin and matte lipstick in the news

OF the three biggest beauty news of the past week, two were Korean-related. First came the news that Lisa of the phenomenal Korean girl group BLACKPINK had been named the global brand ambassador for Estee Lauder-owned beauty brand MAC. “MAC is truly at the forefront...

Is the way we consume news detrimental to our health?

The way we consume news has been profoundly altered by media developments. The increase of online news, particularly when presented via social-media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram (see main story) has affected how we access and consume our news. When news was delivered via traditional one-way...

Instagram is the home of pretty pictures. Why are people flocking to it for news?

We know Instagram is the most influential app when it comes to lifestyle and beauty trends. But recent research shows increasing numbers of people are also going to Instagram for their news. A report by the Reuters Institute found the use of Instagram for news has doubled across all...

Global identity solutions provider introduces new card printing machine

HID Global has unveiled its new offering globally, including the Philippines, targeting government entities, financial card issuers and service bureaus. The latest HID Element product line is the industry’s first heavy-duty, fully modular desktop-based card personalization portfolio that builds a new category for midrange and high-volume market segments.

Younger generations to boost PHL mobile banking

THERE is a huge potential for mobile banking in the Philippines as the younger generation are bound to prioritize digital services when choosing a bank. Sergey Sedov, CEO of Singapore-based fintech holding company UnaFinancial, told BusinessMirror in an e-mail interview that the youth belonging to the 18 to 30...

If Google’s a monopoly, who is harmed by its market power?

GOOGLE has long defended itself against charges of monopoly by stressing that its products are free and that no one has to use them. And it’s avoided tough government scrutiny for years based in part on the idea that people searching the Internet are not Google’s true customers.

Beyond 100: The Bauhaus and Modernism

Oftentimes, because we are surrounded by numerous modern buildings, we often simply turn a blind eye on them. This comes as no surprise as we were never truly taught in appreciating new structures in the same way we were trained to celebrate their older counterparts. But, let us look...

Qatar Airways introduces vegan range of gourmet dishes

Qatar Airways has introduced its first range of fully vegan dishes to its à la carte menu for Business Class passengers on all flights, designed to cater to the increasing demand for plant-based food while elevating passengers’ culinary experience when they travel with the award-winning airline. The newly crafted...

Prompting behavior change to prevent the spread of diseases

THE key to preventing the spread of Covid-19, and many other diseases, is in our hands—literally. It has taken a pandemic to make people realize that the simple act of washing one’s hands with soap can very well spell the difference between life and death. Never have we been...

The coronavirus chronicles: Is this a good time to start your own business?

AMID all the economic difficulties, as well as the growing anxieties brought about by the effects of the pandemic, there could be a spark of hope, a silver lining ahead of us. Looking back in history, Geoffrey James recalls in an Inc.com article “5...

BMPlus

PHL in Top 10 among worldwide telco investments – study

The Philippines is among the top 10 countries who are pouring in massive investments in telecommunications to improve infrastructures and internet connectivity, according to IMD World Digital Competitiveness Rankings (WDCR) of 2020. The recent study by the Switzerland-based IMD World Competitive Center ranked the Philippines 10th along with India...

The Inteligente Publishing, Inc. gears up to help schools and shape up young minds

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken a significant toll on both economy and people across the globe by creating unprecedented disruptions in our daily lives. Schools and universities are among the most affected sectors as they remain in lockdown, leaving the education system in a difficult situation. Students, teachers, and...

Villar gets donations for her relief efforts during pandemic

Sen. Cynthia A. Villar personally received medical protective materials and medicines from the Philippine Fujian General Youth Association, Inc., headed by its President James Go, during a simple turn-over ceremony. The donations include, among others, face shields and face masks and medicines. Villar would in turn distribute the...

WATCH | Lark presents 3 ways to encourage job autonomy, empower employees to be more productive

Working from home has shown many employees the importance of job autonomy. Workplace autonomy simply means that team members are granted a level of freedom to accomplish tasks in the best way that they can.  Those that are granted autonomy at work typically thrive because they feel valued by...

Widus Clark offers beautifully intimate weddings

True to its commitment of being the preferred leisure and wedding destination in the north, Widus Hotel and Casino rolls out its new standard of indoor and outdoor nuptial celebrations that highlights intimacy, safety, and elegance amid the pandemic. “We have made it our goal to provide a safe...

Trend Micro PH aims to elevate Cyberdefenders’ skills amid a transforming world

The need for any business to transform has become urgently necessary, more especially with the abrupt and unexpected emergence of the ‘new normal.’ As numerous businesses are forced to streamline or even halt their operations, it is not surprising that cybercriminals continuously thrive, even more creatively and strategically than ever.

SoundStrip

WATCH | Sabby Sousa recalls the good times in a past relationship with ‘Emerald’

Toronto-based artist Sabby Sousa is no longer a stranger to the digital music realm. Her effervescent pop smash “Cream n’ Frosting” from last year became a viral hit on both Spotify and iTunes Philippines and the rest...

RENAISSANCE WOMAN | Jannine Weigel on finding her niche through YouTube

When 10-year old Jannine Weigel first stepped on the stage to sing, she immediately knew this was the career she wanted to take. Now a solo artist under RedRecords, Jannine has emerged as a renaissance woman who is putting Thailand on the global music stage with her single “Passcode.”

WATCH | Ely Buendia’s first online concert for the Toyota Fortuner launch a hit among fans

Last October 17, the digital world jammed with OPM legend Ely Buendia during one of the highlights of the launch of the country’s best-selling SUV, the Toyota Fortuner. Over 750,000 viewers nationwide enjoyed the virtual launch and interactive games, followed by the free online concert. Entering the stage in...

SYNTH POP REDUX | One Click Straight’s fine ‘backtrack’ mess

One Click Straight’s debut EP under Island Records Philippines, “Sumaya. Sumigaw. Huminga.” Is a nod to the synth pop of OPM music of the late 1980s with the band’s modern sensibilities thrown in. There’s tunefulness to the songs, soaring and emotive vocals that take you back to Dingdong Avanzado,...

Given to Vote: Pearl Jam gets political again during hiatus

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stone Gossard made some serious promises this campaign season. Pearl Jam fans who answered FaceTime calls from the rhythm guitarist got something extra for taking a vote-by-mail pledge — the latest offering from the band in a career full of activism and advocacy for political causes.

Harvard Management Update

How to Manage a Hybrid Team

By Rebecca Knight Your employees’ needs are always varied. But right now, as many companies navigate a return to the office in some shape or form, your team members are likely contending with vastly different situations. Some have limited or no child care or are managing their kids’ online...

Quantify your company’s impact on people

By Caroline Rees and Robert G. Eccles The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust into the limelight the far-reaching effects that business has on vulnerable people in work forces and communities across the world, putting the imperative of tackling inequalities on a political par with climate change. What will this mean...

Diverse Teams Feel Less Comfortable—and That’s Why They Perform Better

By David Rock, Heidi Grant & Jacqui Grey In numerous studies, diversity—both inherent (e.g., race and gender) and acquired (e.g., experience and cultural background)—is associated with business success. For example, a 2009 analysis of 506 companies found that firms with a greater degree of racial and gender diversity enjoyed...

5 principles to guide adaptive leadership

By Ben Ramalingam, David Nabarro, Arkebe Oqubuy, Dame Ruth Carnall & Leni Wild The Covid-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, with leaders facing unpredictability, imperfect information, multiple unknowns and the need to identify responses quickly, all while recognizing the multidimensional (health-related, economic, social, political and cultural) nature of the crisis.

The Broader Look

Back to zero? Pandemic tests efficacy of measures vs proliferation of plastics

ZERO is both the easiest and most difficult goal, especially in waste management; just ask Jovito L. Benosa, Zero Waste Program Officer of nonprofit EcoWaste Coalition. Benosa’s and his coalition’s work are cut out for them with the proliferation of plastic and its use, especially after government imposed lockdown...

Safety nets cushion pandemic fallout for poor Filipinos

FOR some, the number 13 is a most unlucky number. But when it comes to cash transfers, it seems 13 is a winner, especially for recipients. Thirteen years ago, then Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Felipe M. Medalla floated the idea of giving cash to both...

Will distance learning work? Parents, teachers not so sure, but hopeful

RESIDENTS of Barangay Buso-Buso in Laurel, Batangas, have more reason to be wary when school opens. The village was among the hardest hit when Taal Volcano erupted in January, and families were still scraping mud off their homes when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Confronted with two crises, teachers and parents in...

Cut consumption could ‘cancel’ Christmas

Instead of the usual fare of hamon, quezo de bola, salad, leche flan and other Christmas favorites, some Filipino families may likely swap these for roasted chicken, a simple noodle dish, rice and a no-frills dessert from more affordable ingredients.

Envoys & Expats

PHL joins regional pandemic response, recovery confab

FOREIGN Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever M. Mahilum-West led the Philippine delegation in the fourth meeting of the Asean Coordinating Council Working Group on Public Health Emergencies (ACCWG-PHE) and the East Asia Summit (EAS) Experts’ Meeting held consecutively by videoconference on October 14. Said meetings provided the country with a...

SFA receives Hungarian officials, bids Egypt’s ambassador adieu

SECRETARY of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. welcomed Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto to Manila on October 15. Their meeting was the sixth between the two top diplomats, and the first visit to the Philippines of a foreign minister since travel restrictions were imposed due to...

Austrian Ambassador, EU gender champion meet with Philippine Commission on Women

Ambassador of Austria and EU Gender Champion Bita Rasoulian (center) welcomed Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director Kristine Yuzon-Chaves (left) and Chairman Sandra Montano for an exploratory meeting and harmonization of strategic initiatives in gender and development, especially as women and girls are disproportionately affected in times of crisis such as the...

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