With ABS-CBN closure, MECQ, displaced hit 15,000

THE declaration of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in some areas as well as the mass retrenchment at ABS-CBN Corp.—shut down by Congress’ refusal to renew its franchise—contributed to the spike in the number of jobless workers last week, which reached over 15,000. This...

DOJ: All PhilHealth execs tied to anomalies should go on leave

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday called on  all officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) being linked to multibillion-peso anomalies in the  agency to go on leave voluntarily. These included, according to Guevarra, the 36 high-ranking and low-ranking officials earlier recommended by the...

Red Cross rescues nurse thrown out for Covid-19

FOLLOWING an incident involving a Covid-infected nurse who was kicked out of her boarding house and was seen roaming the streets of Makati City, Sen. Richard J. Gordon called for well-defined policies on the Covid-19 response of local government units (LGUs). The senator, who is...

PHL in fine balance between US, China in South China Sea–DND

THE country is protecting and keeping its stake in the West Philippine Sea by balancing its relationship with superpowers in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday. He said this as the Philippines refuses to be dragged into the rivalry between China and the...

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PUV drivers, vendors priority in Makati’s Covid pooled testing

Mayor Abby Binay on Thursday said Makati City will be the first local government unit in the country to conduct pooled RT-PCR Testing for Covid-19, and will give priority to public- utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and market vendors when it starts testing on August 15.

Dizon: Covid-infected count jumped due to PHL’s massive testing

The Philippines now has the biggest Covid-19 testing capacity in the whole of Southeast Asia. Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) chief and Covid-19 testing czar Vince Dizon said the country’s over 30,000 daily tests is almost double than those from its neighboring countries like...

Task force chief tags populated areas, ecozones as virus ‘hot spots’

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 has identified economic zones and densely populated areas as the most likely “hot spots” for infections because of poor compliance to quarantine measures in the said areas. At the launch of the One Hospital Command (OHC) Center in...

Gamboa rallies cops to carry out mandate as PNP observes police service anniversary

National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa enjoined policemen on Thursday to adhere to their mandate of serving the country and Filipinos in the sustained effort of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to evolve into a world-class organization. “In honor of our legacy, we will continue...

Sobejana, of PMA Class 1987, Medal of Valor awardee takes top Army post

A veteran of the military’s anti-terrorism campaign in Mindanao and one of the more “famous” members of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1987 formally assumed the helm of the Army’s leadership on Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana was installed as the new commanding general of...

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Exports nightmare in 2020: A 21.4% plunge

THIS is the worst time to be an exporter, even worse than in the 2008 financial crisis. Just as China and the United States are beginning to settle their trade conflict, the coronavirus pandemic erupted this year to thwart all hopes of stabilizing the global...

House approves P162-billion Bayanihan II

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the proposed Bayahinan to Recover as One Act or the Bayanihan II, which seeks to mitigate the economic cost and losses from the Covid-19 pandemic. Voting 242 affirmative, 6 negative and zero abstention, lawmakers approved House Bill...

House cuts on tourism recovery assailed

WORKING capital. That is what the tourism industry needs the most to get back on its feet, according to 17 of the biggest stakeholder groups in the country. In separate letters to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate President Vicente Sotto III dated August...

Stricter lockdown rules to hurt consumer spending recovery

WITH the Philippines returning to a stricter lockdown, the path to recovery of consumer spending—one of the major economic growth drivers—may be bumpy after quarantine measures ease. Moody’s Analytics noted in a report on Monday that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 9...

Expert pitches for creation of ‘travel bubbles’ to revitalize tourism industry

Creating “travel bubbles” will help the tourism industry recover from the ongoing pandemic, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In an Asian Development Blog, ADB Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department Economist Matthias Helble said travel bubbles are created through an exclusive travel partnership...

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What’s next?

Last August 1, 2020, I had the opportunity to launch the latest...

Deliver us from Covid

A shared social-media post caught my attention, supposedly originating from a local...

We are in a recession, now what?

First of two parts Our economy has plunged into...

Fixing the road at this time

Despite the tragedy that is the Covid-19 pandemic, many nations around the...

Tax exemptions to retrenched employees

By Marco Fernando L. NgDEBIT CREDIT AS we have opened up our business two...

Opinion

RIP: Recession, inflation and pandemic

Recession is a dreaded term in politics. No...

A refresher on some technical defenses against assessments

The best defense against any assessment is always...

Home delivery is the future

The world has changed. King Umberto I of...

Recession signals need for vigorous reopening

The sharp decline of the Philippine economy in...

Temporary adjustment or permanent change?

IT seems like almost every day we are faced with a new situation. Shaking hands has been...
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DOH asks hospital chiefs, LGUs to check illegal trade in convalescent plasma of recovered Covid patients

Reports reaching the DOH in the past weeks said families of critically ill Covid-19 patients were allegedly buying convalescent plasma from recovered patients, hospital staff or fixers. Other reports even claimed that some people intentionally infect themselves so that their plasma can be donated after recovery, for which they are promised remuneration.
ROME—With confirmed coronavirus cases in the US hitting 5 million on Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe. Perhaps nowhere outside...

Bill Gates: US virus testing has ‘mind-blowing’ problems

Microsoft Corp. founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said it’s “mind-blowing” that the US government hasn’t improved Covid-19 testing that he described as slow and lacking fair access. “You’re paying billions of dollars in this very inequitable way to get the most worthless test results...

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law

HONG KONG—Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the publisher’s headquarters on Monday in the highest-profile use yet of the new national security law Beijing imposed on the city after protests last year. “Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign...

Donald Trump tests China’s red line on Taiwan using Beijing’s playbook

It didn’t take long for Donald J. Trump to throw out the long-established diplomatic rulebook on Taiwan: A month before taking office in January 2017, he accepted a telephone call from President Tsai Ing-wen. That 10-minute conversation amounted to the first time a president-elect had...

How travelers are beating tough flight restrictions in Covid-19 era

Travel curbs and border restrictions are upending lives around the globe, with some people resorting to chartering planes on their own or paying many times the regular ticket price to get back to their jobs and homes. Eight months into the pandemic, the push to...

Coronavirus hunters sift through sewage to detect Covid-19 hot spots

Wearing face shields, masks, two layers of gloves and navy cotton overalls, two scientists carefully lift off a metal manhole cover to reveal the cumulative waste of some 400 migrant workers. As one of them lowers a yellow rubber tube into the fetid sewer outside...

India hits 2-million coronavirus cases as deaths pass 41,000

NEW DELHI—India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases of infection and more than 41,000 deaths. India’s health ministry also reported recoveries as a share of total cases are also growing. India has the third-highest caseload in the...

Lower spot prices, IPP prices cut Meralco’s August power rates

POWER spot market prices and a reduction in charges from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) resulted in a decrease of P0.2055 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in overall power rates this month for residential consumers...

House committee approves bill giving incentives to GFIs

The House Committee on Ways and Means on Monday approved the tax exemptions of government financial institutions under the proposed “GFIs Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery,” or Guide, Act. Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda said committee members approved the Guide bill to strengthen the capacity of...

Weak performance of units drags down DMCI income

Engineering conglomerate DMCI Holdings Inc., the holding firm of the Consunji group, said its income in the first half fell 69 percent to P2 billion, from last year’s P6.5 billion, as most of its subsidiaries registered a decline in profits. For the second quarter alone,...

Eagle Cement’s income plunges 61% in first half

EAGLE Cement Corp. said its income for the first half of the year ending June fell 61 percent to P1.3 billion from last year's P3.33 billion on steep drop in economic activity due to Covid-19 lockdown measures. Net sales fell 44 percent to P5.9 billion...

More Power to Peco: Let’s set aside row for sake of Iloilo electricity consumers

MORE Electric and Power Corp. (More Power) urged Panay Electric Co. (Peco) to cooperate and set aside their differences for the benefit of the Iloilo City power consumers. More Power President Roel Castro said it has been two years since the company extended a “reconciliation...

Life insurance for children: Pros and cons of buying one

You probably heard from an insurance agent that you need to buy life insurance for your child. Getting life insurance for your kids has advantages and disadvantages. Buying life insurance for children has become a debated issue in financial circles. Those who are for it...

How HR Leaders Can Adapt to Uncertain Times

By Sue Bingham Human resources departments had a difficult job before the pandemic. In 2019, more than 50 percent of HR leaders struggled to ensure that employees had the skills necessary to navigate an increasingly digitized workplace. But, admittedly, this “future of work” had always seemed a safe distance...

Remote managers are having trust issues

By Sharon K. Parker, Caroline Knight & Anita Keller COVID-19 has thrust many leaders into remote management, a mode that calls for skills that are very different from those required in face-to-face management. For the most part, managers have had to make this transition quickly and without training. While...
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Russia’s race for vaccine alarms world’s scientists

MOSCOW—Russia boasts that it’s about to become the first country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials—and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could backfire. Moscow...

Ateneo releases report; commits to greater sustainability

The Ateneo de Manila University doubled down on its commitment to pursue sustainability as it shared the highlights of its third Sustainability Report. The Ateneo Sustainability Report, which is released on a triennial basis and covers the years 2016 to 2019, focuses on the efforts...

U.S. kids, parents perform D.I.Y. tests for coronavirus science

In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many US children and teens are infected? How many kids who are...

2020 National Informatics Olympiad set online

After nabbing a bronze medal in last year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), the organizers behind the country’s participation in the prestigious plum are wasting no time—pandemic and all—to put together the best team to challenge the world in programming. This, as the National Olympiad...

Masks made from abaca cut Covid’s plastic waste

Fiber from a relative of the banana tree—the abaca—could replace plastic in millions of face masks and hospital gowns the world is making to fight the coronavirus. Abaca—a fiber from the Philippines used in teabags and banknotes—is as durable as polyester but will decompose within...

PHL to compete in first online International Math Olympiad

With the pandemic affecting all sorts of gatherings and travels, the toughest mathematics competition in the world will be held online. The 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), originally set to be held last July in St. Petersburg, Russia, will push through but via the first-ever...

Ateneo’s ‘Mathinic’ makes math tick for new normal

As teachers scramble for ways to find a viable and effective way of teaching mathematics in the new normal, the  Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) developed an online platform that makes math more interesting, compelling and engaging for students. Developed by a team led by...

CBCP to the public: Stay home, help the frontliners

The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recently urged the public to do their share in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by staying home.

Morikawa, 23, finishes with a bang!

By Doug Ferguson / The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO—The shot will be remembered as one of the best under pressure that hardly anyone witnessed. It made Collin Morikawa a major champion Sunday in a thrill-a-minute Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Championship that not many will forget.