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.

VisMin-to-Luzon hog shipments ramped up

HOG industry players have committed to increase their shipments of hogs and “pork-in-a-box” from Visayas and Mindanao to Luzon to boost supply and arrest spiking retail prices, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday. The DA said the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) hog industry players have committed to...

Major coal players to abide by D.O.E. ban on ‘new’ projects

MAJOR coal power plant producers are supporting the Department of Energy ‘s (DOE) pronouncement to stop endorsing new coal power plant projects. The country’s power mix is dominated by coal, being the cheapest among the technologies available.  Based on DOE figures, coal’s share in the capacity mix stood at  40.5 percent,...

DOJ creates core group to go after corrupt execs

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra has created a “core group”  that will go after corrupt government officials during the last two years of President Duterte in Malacañang. The core group was formed following Guevarra’s meeting with senior officials of the Department of Justice, including Prosecutor-General Benedicto Malcontento and National Bureau of...

DILG to LGUs: Clear local roads by January 15, 2021

Road clearing operation are set to resume on Nov. 16, 2020 under the new issuance of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).  Interior Secretary Eduardo Año issued Memorandum 2020-145 instructing local government units (LGU) to complete the said operation before or until Jan. 15, 2021.

Nation

Quinta kills at least nine before leaving for Vietnam

Typhoon Quinta (international code name Molave) killed at least nine people and left 13 others missing in the Philippines, according to disaster-response officials, before heading over to the South China Sea on its way to Vietnam. The storm affected more than 900,000 before exiting at about 8:00 a.m. on...

Quinta batters Luzon, Visayas; leaves 1 dead, 13 others missing

Disaster authorities reported a lone fatality and 13 fishermen missing as Typhoon Quinta battered Luzon and a big portion of Visayas hours after it made successive landfalls in Albay in the Bicol region, affecting thousands of people. The Philippine Coast Guard reported that a yacht  with eight people on...

SC urged to act on motion to issue injunction against ATA and its IRR

THE Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and the Movement Against Tyranny on Monday filed a motion before the Supreme Court to immediately grant their plea to issue a status quo ante order, or a preliminary injunction, to enjoin the implementation of the Republic Act 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and its implementing rules...

Bill proposes to harness power of media ‘for the common good’

A lawmaker is pushing for the passage of a bill mandating broadcast media and online news sites to allocate a portion of their airtime to disseminate information on enacted laws and government services involving national emergencies and public interest. In House Bill 7819, or the proposed “Public Service Announcement Act,” Camarines Sur Rep....

DFA suspends CO operations in Laguna, Batangas, Albay

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  announced on Monday that its Consular Offices (CO) in San Pablo, Laguna; Lipa, Batangas; and Legazpi, Albay will be closed on October 26, 2020, due to inclement weather brought about by Typhoon Quinta “and in line with the pronouncements of their respective provincial governments.”

Top News

Only a third of OFWs had savings from remittances–PSA

ONLY a third of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) last year set aside savings from their remittances, according to the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The 2019 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF) showed that 32.8 percent of the 1.934 million OFWs had savings from the remittances...

Disasters’ 10-year toll in PHL: 463-billion damage, 12,000 lives

NATURAL extreme events and disasters cost the Philippine economy nearly half a trillion pesos between 2010 and 2019, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday. PSA data showed that these extreme events and disasters cost the economy P463 billion and caused as much as...

Velasco to ensure funding for cancer patients’ aid law

THE leadership of the House of Representatives on Wednesday vowed to ensure funding for the implementation of Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control (NICC) Act of 2019 in the 2021 national budget. Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, in a statement, said the House will push for adequate...

Groups claim China’s BRI projects plagued by problems

Projects funded through China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) suffered from socioeconomic and environmental problems, according to civil society groups. In a book titled "Belt and Road through My Village," eight civil society organizations told tales of 100 villages affected by Chinese-funded projects through the BRI. The total population...

WB, ADB, WHO to help DOH with Covid vaccine procurement and distribution

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that the World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Health Organization (WHO) have committed to help the Philippine government with its Covid-19 vaccine procurement and distribution. With the possibility of Covid -19 vaccines becoming available, hopefully by next year,...

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

‘Every nation gets the government it deserves’

A White House statement issued on October 27 said: “President Trump’s coronavirus response has saved over 2...

An open letter to the Filipino youth

In 2019, with more than 62 million people voting or a voter...

Wanted: Servant leaders

IS our religion vain ostentation or sincere practice? The tirade against the...

UN Secretary-General calling for social contract for new world governance

IN his Nelson Mandela lecture last July in New York, UN Secretary-General...

China: A nearly flat tire?

A country’s national anthem is part of its national statement. However, one of the oldest national anthems,...

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.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration's anti-China campaign to Indian Ocean islands considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation. Pompeo is visiting Sri Lanka and the Maldives to press the two countries to be on guard...
BOISE, Idaho—Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the US are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in practically every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.” With Election Day...

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to investigate king

BANGKOK—Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The protesters acted while criticizing their own Parliament, which began a special two-day...

Protests in Italy over new restrictions turn violent

MILAN—Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Turin, Milan and other Italian cities and towns on Monday to vent their anger, sometimes violently, at the latest pandemic restrictions that force restaurants and cafés to close early and shutter cinemas, gyms and other leisure venues. In the northern city of...

Spain orders nationwide curfew as infections surpass 1 million

BARCELONA, Spain—Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating the near collapse of the country’s hospitals. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the decision to restrict free movement...

Thai parliament opens special session over protest tensions

BANGKOK—Thailand’s Parliament began a special session on Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister’s resignation. As Speaker of the House Chuan Leekpai began the session, only 450 of the total of 731...

Malaysian PM welcomes king’s rebuff of Covid-19 emergency

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia’s prime minister said his government was prioritizing protecting people from Covid-19 amid a new outbreak after the king rebuffed his emergency proposal that critics saw as an undemocratic attempt to hold onto power. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s proposal for the king to declare a state of...

FDA okays first Covid-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir

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...

PHL’s P4.27-billion loan request for BOC gets World Bank approval

The World Bank has approved a new loan to help the Philippines modernize the operations of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). In a statement, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved an...

SMC sets sights on hydropower

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) unveiled plans to develop some 5,000 megawatts (MW) of hydropower projects to support its clean energy portfolio. SMC President Ramon Ang said the company’s power unit, SMC Global Power Holdings Inc., is determined to pursue various renewable energy (RE) projects to help ramp up...

Puregold income rises in January-September

Puregold Price Club Inc., the grocery chain operator led by businessman Lucio Co, said its income in January to September grew 4 percent to P5.05 billion, from last year’s P4.55 billion. The company said growth was driven by the continuous organic expansion of the group’s grocery retail outlets on...

SEC greenlights bond offer of Filinvest Land, Megawide

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved public bond and preferred share offerings of Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), Megawide Construction Corp. and Cityland Development Corp., with a combined amount of P36.4 billion. In its en banc meeting on October 27, the agency approved the registration statements of FLI...

Meralco: 9 gencos keen on joining power supply auction

Nine power generation companies (gencos) have expressed interest to participate in the competitive auction for the 1,800megawatt (MW) power requirements of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). “As of October 23, TPBAC Secretariat already received Expressions of Interest from several gencos with offered capacities totaling 3,600MW, utilizing a variety...

Converge unfazed by slump in share price

Angeles City—Converge ICT Solutions Inc., the country's pure end-to-end fiber internet service provider, said it is unfazed by the 9.4-percent decline in its share price during its initial public offering (IPO) on Tuesday. Converge announced after its listing ceremony on Monday that it will spend P29 billion for its...
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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...

Envoy at UN assembly: End weaponization, politically motivated use of human rights

NEW YORK—Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, the Philippines’s permanent representative to the United Nations, recently addressed the Third Committee of the General Assembly in its opening session, as he highlighted the country’s commitment to promote, protect and fulfill...

Pampanga beats La Union, wins NBL Season 3 crown

PAMPANGA defeated La Union, 76-68, in Game 4 on Wednesday to capture the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 3 President’s Cup at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga. The Delta of head coach and Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda claimed their first NBL championship, beating the...

Female football star sues schools to offer girls’ program

SALT LAKE CITY—Sam Gordon’s staggering football skills made her famous at age nine. But they didn’t make her fully welcome on the field. As the only girl in a tackle football league in Utah, she heard parents from opposing teams urge their kids to “beat the girl.”

CIGNAL TV/TV5 confirms interest in NCAA, but Fr. Calvo says ‘no vaccine, no opening’ for Season 96

THE National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is on the bidding table but whoever wins between aspirants CIGNAL TV/TV5 and GMA, the league’s shuttered Season 96 won’t open until a vaccine is out against Covid-19. “No vaccine, no opening,” said Letran’s Fr. Victor Calvo Jr., the NCAA Management Committee chairman...

Way to go Dodgers!

ARLINGTON, Texas—No dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face—the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could have imagined prior to the coronavirus pandemic. They started the party without Justin Turner, too, after their red-headed star received...

No rush for ‘The Beast’

A NIGHT after leading Phoenix Super LPG to a rousing victory in his comeback, Calvin “The Beast” Abueva isn’t looking far ahead inside the Clark bubble. A run for the title, he said, is not for the picking just yet. “We’ll take it step by step....

Dizon: Health, safety priority in Clark

BASES Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President Vince Dizon sought the understanding of players, coaches and officials on the third cancellation of games in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup inside the Clark bubble. Dizon, also the deputy chief implementer of the government’s response against Covid-19—told the BusinessMirror on...

Don’t count Zamboanga Valientes out

ZAMBOANGA Valientes MLV will carry the dark horse tag as the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Pilipinas holds its Leg 5 and Finals starting on Friday at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna. After making the semifinals in the first leg and advancing to the playoffs of the following legs, the...

Fighting Maroons get additional boost

THE University of the Philippines Men’s Basketball Team (UPMBT) got another shot in the arm after renewing its partnership with staunch backer Januarius Holdings Inc. (JHI) and its subsidiary STATS Performance Apparel for the next two University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) seasons. The company’s support was instrumental...

Death in colored lenses

NOVEMBER 1 always brings me poignant thoughts. Maybe because death has been a recurring theme in my life. Allow me to delve into this feeling for this entry of Diary of a...

Bring the Sheraton Manila Festivities to Your Homes As Early as Now!

There’s no stopping the holidays this year despite the setbacks; it’s still a season we can make merry and bright. With the preference of people now to stay at home mostly, Sheraton Manila made this an inspiration for their “Home for the Holidays” offering. As early as now, the hotel has made...

Boomi Partners with Aible to Equip Business Users with AI Insights

Boomi, a Dell Technologies business and leading provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS), today announced a partnership agreement with Aible, a leading automated machine learning platform, to help business users more simply and rapidly build and deploy artificial intelligence (AI) models at an enterprise scale. The partnership will enable...

Bria Homes eyes aspiring homeowners market

Owning a home is one of the top priorities of Filipino families especially in these so-called dystopian times. Juan dela Cruz  believes a home provides everything that his  family needs—well-designed spaces for learning and work, access to transportation, proximity to essential locations, and recreational options, among others. 

Filinvest Mimosa+ sustains progress amid pandemic

As the country adapts to the new normal, Filinvest Mimosa+, a prime mover in the real-estate industry, remains committed to deliver its promise of providing a premier lifestyle, leisure, and business environment in Central Luzon. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Filinvest Mimosa+ has demonstrated resiliency by constantly expanding its portfolio of establishments and...

Study bares growing interest in provincial properties

THE Southern Tagalog mainland has drawn much interests from among the property seekers compared to the National Capital Region (NCR) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, revealed a study. Based on the latest trend report, dubbed “The Outlook by Lamudi: Provincial cities and overseas interest contribute to real...

LG lets you live life in details in the new normal

Half a year into the pandemic, staying at home has become the new normal. Most of the activities you’ll engage in, whether for work or for leisure, will be confined to the four corners of your home. However, just because you can’t go outside doesn’t mean you have to compromise. Working from...

Leading without authority

HE looked down on himself because he was not a college graduate. That, however, did not stop Nor from doing really great work—way better than some of those with college degrees. We recognized his potential, so we gave him a team to supervise temporarily because people respected...

Young Filipina named top designer, bags back-to-back awards in the US

Filipina designer Bea Cruz swept awards at the recent prestigious 14th International Virtual Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon Exhibition and the Fashion Week San Diego. The first event, the ARC Salon Exhibition, was hosted by Sotheby’s New York, the first international auction house. In partnership with ARC, the largest...

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’s Malagos Chocolate awarded four golds in international competition

Malagos Chocolate claimed four Gold awards at the World Drinking Chocolate Competition 2020 in Hannover, Germany. The Davao-based chocolate manufacturer was given the top prize, receiving the Gold award in the Plain/Origin Drinking Chocolate Dark (made with water) category, besting entries from all over the world. It was also...

Mrs. Garcia’s: The meat of the matter for the New Normal

It has been said that “mothers know best.” These remarkable women seem to know the answer to everything. Their so-called mother’s instinct can tell who is sad, who is mad, who has a problem, or who just needs a loving hug. Their skills at home management have also been honed from years...

Vivant turns over four science labs

The Vivant Group recently turned over newly-completed science laboratories to four schools in Metro Cebu. Vivant Energy Corporation, through Vivant Foundation, has completed the retrofitting of one science laboratory each for Mabolo National High School in Cebu City, Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School, Liloan National High School, and...

Baguio City chooses Cisco to fulfill Smart City vision

As the ongoing pandemic accelerates innovation, Baguio City pushes forward with its goal of building the first Smart City in the country. After several investments in technology for digital governance, crowd density monitoring, and real-time weather prediction, City Mayor Benjamin Magalong enlisted the expertise of Cisco in creating the Integrated Command and...

New ‘PLASibilities’ presented at Taiwan Excellence Plastic & Rubber Machinery Online Press Conference 2020

Ever since the invention of the first synthetic polymer, later called plastic, back in 1869, it ushered an era where human manufacturing need not harm any living thing. Same goes with rubber, which comes in the form of latex harvested from the rubber tree. It can be of the...

Facing a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world the Atenean way

“A tsunami of evermore complex issues.” That’s how Ateneo de Manila President, Fr. Bobby Yap, S.J. describes the challenges faced by everyone, especially educational institutions, amid this pandemic. Speaking to thousands of teachers and administrators at the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Congress 2020...

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...

Four albums to free your mind from the pandemic dread

I AM Z, I Wanna Be Free One man act I am Z counts among his influences The Eraserheads, The Beatles and Daft Punk. The E-heads and The Beatles are pretty obvious in the melodies and hooks Z crams...

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,...

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

Suffer not the children: Stakeholders weigh in on challenges, hopes in helping the vulnerable

A BANGING sound from the front door jolted her mid-morning musing, driblets of black coffee dropping from the white porcelain cup she held. In three wide strides Helen reached the door and flung it open; only to see her 11-year old child banging the steel lever on their gate.

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...

Envoys & Expats

John Paul II: Ahead of his time

IN his lifetime, John Paul II was often reproached for having his eyes fixed on the past, for not understanding the present and for not keeping up with the world. Admittedly, his role in overthrowing Communism was widely recognized, but it was also believed that he was unable to find his place...

Intellectual property rights enforcement: Key to robust PHL-EU bilateral trading

THE Delegation of the European Union (EU) in the Philippines has called on intellectual property (IP) offices in Southeast Asia to reassess their role in helping economies and businesses survive while remaining resilient by continuing to be innovative and competitive during this pandemic. Trade Counsellor Maurizio Cellini of the...

New US funding to shield local areas from calamities

THE United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional P170 million (about $3.5 million) to bolster the Philippine government’s capacity in helping protect high-risk communities against the impacts of natural disasters. USAID will assist communities in Metro Manila as well as...

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