A gathering storm

In July 1945, at the close of World War II, the leaders of the US, Great Britain and the Soviet Union gathered at a Prussian royal palace in Potsdam outside the conquered German capital to hammer out the new global order. The seeds were sown for the...

House panel votes 70-11 against ABS-CBN franchise application

AFTER 12 hearings, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises on Friday rejected the franchise application of the ABS-CBN Corporation. This, after the House Committee on Legislative Franchises adopted a resolution—based on the work of a hastily formed technical working group—denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN...

PHL’s banner fruit export is slowly but surely losing its global market foothold

By Manuel T. Cayon & Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas DAVAO CITY—Home-grown bananas, the country’s banner agricultural export crop, may be progressively losing their share in the world market due to a range of issues ranging from high tariffs, plant infections, rising competition and an aggressive,...

Business loans eyed to create jobs

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is moving for the early passage of remedial legislation providing for a business loan program to create more jobs in a bid to “curb unemployment.” The senator suggested  adoption of a subsidy program similar to the Paycheck Protection Program of the United...

Nation

4 TFAT personnel at Naia test positive for Covid-19

The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the closure of the Task Force Against Trafficking (TFAT) office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after four of their personnel tested positive for Covid-19. The four TFAT personnel were tested at the Philippine General Hospital last July 2, 2020,...

Just wait for SC’s verdict, Peco told

The congressional representative in the lone district of Iloilo City has appealed to Panay Electric Co. (Peco) to refrain from conducting events, or even issuing statements, meant to push its claim to the ownership of the Iloilo City power distribution franchise. “Peco has raised a...

PSA satellite office opens in Valenzuela with addl services

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Civil Registry System Valenzuela City Outlet is now open to deliver closer and more convenient to Valenzuelanos. Rooted from the Task Force Project AYOS, through Executive Order 153, Series of 2015, it once rolled out caravans in various communities of...

Go to LGU execs: Don’t waste SEF

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has called on local government units (LGUs) to wisely utilize their Special Education Fund (SEF) allotment in preparation for the country’s learning continuity plan amid the pandemic. The senator on Wednesday reminded LGUs to carefully and wisely utilize their respective SEF...

‘New normal’ videoconferencing hastens release of 43,171 PDLs

A TOTAL of 43,171 former jail inmates, or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs), have already been released from various prison nationwide through videoconference hearings, which has become the “new normal” in court proceedings amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In a report to Chief Justice Diosdado M....

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SFA Locsin: Arbitral tribunal award of 2016 non-negotiable, victory for law-abiding nations

ON the fourth anniversary of the unanimous award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the South China Sea case, rendered in favor of the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. said on Sunday, “The award is non-negotiable.”

The US-China rivalry is broadening from trade to everything

By Enda Curran |  Bloomberg News The US-China rivalry is shifting into new and unpredictable areas, engulfing everything from a popular video app to Hong Kong’s status as a global financial hub. The latest tensions are overshadowing a trade agreement in January that...

‘Pandemic of intolerance’: Senators assail House vote displacing 11K workers when 7M have lost jobs

FOR now, it's improbable that they will ever get a chance to act on the franchise of ABS-CBN, but that didn't stop senators from weighing in on the stunning House committee vote to reject the giant network's application on Friday, throwing out 11,000 workers in the middle of an economically crippling pandemic.

Economy starts to pick up after trade contraction in May–NEDA

The country’s external trade performance continued to take a beating as data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed exports and imports growth continued to contract in May 2020. Based on the preliminary data released by the PSA on Friday, exports contracted 35.6 percent while...

Demand prompts BPI to shorten period for Covid debt-paper offer

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) announced it shortened the offer period for its Covid bonds on the back of robust demand. The Ayala-led bank said in a disclosure on Thursday that the offer period was concluded on July 8, more than a week...

Column

When the pandemic is gone II

IN our column last week, we provided a probable picture of how...

Who’s winning the pandemic tax war?

Not all is well in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic war, including that...

‘What’s so bad about that?’

WE all expect good things in return whenever we do good things....

Giving, earning and sustaining: The 3 principles of omnipreneurship

IF you have a business, your immediate concern during the time of...

When the pandemic is gone

IT has been more than a hundred days since the Luzon-wide lockdown...

Opinion

Covid-19 protection with new technology

IF you took the time to look at your spam e-mail in the...

Saving lives with convalescent plasma

Plasma is the liquid portion of our blood,...

The true enemy

Brothers and sisters, just last week, Presidential Spokesperson...

Policy Brief–Developing the National Bicycle Policy

AS the economy gradually opens up amid the...

‘Our own Mt. Rushmore Memorial’

The US of A had a grand birthday...
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‘Arbitral tribunal award of 2016

‘Arbitral tribunal award of 2016non-negotiable’

“The Philippines, as a law-abiding, peace-loving and responsible member of the international community, reaffirms on this occasion its adherence to the award and its enforcement without any possibility of compromise or change. The award is non-negotiable.” — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., on the fourth anniversary of the unanimous award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the South China Sea case

Sports coverage in new normal

As US team sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same reckoning that their colleagues who cover politics and entertainment have encountered—coming up with new approaches despite reduced access.
By Carolynn Look & Alexander Weber European policy-makers who frantically assembled plans to help their economies weather the coronavirus lockdowns are starting to focus on how to prevent cascading bankruptcies that could derail the rebound. The next big idea gaining traction among...

Czech volunteers develop working ventilator in days

By Karel Janicek / The Associated Press PRAGUE—Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators—he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill Covid-19 patients in northern Italy, he was...

Womenomics pioneer tells bosses in Japan to nurture female talent

By Isabel Reynolds Japan has hit a wall on progress for working women after a big push, and the pioneer of “womenomics” thinks she has the answer. It’s been 20 years since Kathy Matsui, vice chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, first showed...

Key nations agree to help bring home seafarers stuck on ships

More than a dozen countries with crucial global shipping hubs agreed to ease port and border restrictions for seafarers to help the more than 200,000 workers still stranded on vessels return home. Nations including the US, Singapore, Greece and the United Arab Emirates said they...

Seoul mayor left note saying ‘sorry’ as South Korea mourns

SEOUL, South Korea—Seoul’s mayor left a note saying he felt “sorry to all people” before he was found dead early Friday, officials in the South Korean capital said as people began mourning the liberal legal activist seen as a potential presidential candidate. Mayor Park Won-soon...

Singaporeans head to the  polls as city grapples with the virus

Singapore headed to the polls Friday as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling party seeks to extend its 55-year rule with a fresh mandate to counter the city-state’s worst-ever recession amid the coronavirus pandemic. Special precautions  such as  temperature screenings, the use of disposable gloves...

Oil slides on IEA’s coronavirus warning, Libyan export restart

Oil fell as the International Energy Agency said a jump in Covid-19 cases could derail the market recovery, while Libya signaled the potential restart of crude exports. Futures slipped below $39 a barrel in New York, and are down 4.7 percent this week. The IEA...

IT-BPM sector delivers service to global clients amid contagion

Trade Undersecretary and Board of Investments (BOI) Managing Head, Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo, along with key officials of the Philippine IT and business-process management (IT-BPM) industry, reached out on Wednesday (July 1, 2020) to...

3 Things You’re Getting Wrong About Organizational Change

Whether it’s through running a low-cost “embarrassment warm-up” or exploring the more complex idea of asset sharing, you have to make “adaptability” a part of daily life to survive and thrive in a risky, interconnected world in constant flux. This is not a one-off project, like building a house. It’s much more like a child in a state of continuous growth. And in my book, childlike openness, growth and renewal are exactly what we need right now.

Taiwan’s export slump worsens as 2nd-wave fears sap demand

Taiwan’s exports fell for a fourth straight month in June as officials warned global demand may struggle to recover in the face of a resurgent worldwide coronavirus outbreak and continuing trade tensions between the US and China. Overseas shipments from Taiwan fell 3.8 percent last...

US company brings solution to help PHL companies face new challenges

AMERICAN company Maxava is set to deliver its high availability and disaster recovery solution to the domestic market—amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis—through an alliance it forged with the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Co. (PT&T). “Being prepared is half the battle won. Our...

Entrepreneurs pressed anew to speed up digital transformation to hasten recovery

Entrepreneurs are advised to develop business models and offerings that fit the needs of the market as they prepare for digital transformation amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a virtual training organized by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop), e-commerce expert Janette...

Audit all Covid-related financial transactions, lawmaker asks COA

A lawmaker on Thursday asked the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit on all financial transactions using the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which includes government spending as well as foreign loans, grants and bonds related to the Covid-19 response. Citing...

‘Reflections and the Future of Associations’

After three months of attending the weekly “Strengthening Associations Series” webinars of the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), I made sure not to miss the last one on June 24, 2020. Entitled “Reflections and the Future of Associations,” it...

Kia exec: Car sales in PHL this year to beat forecasts

The automotive industry may be challenged by the decline in consumer spending caused by the global pandemic, but it can still sell at least 275,000 units in the country, according to the local distributor of Kia units. Kia Philippines President Manny Aligada said his firm...

Zobel: Embrace S&T for a ‘better normal’

Embracing science and technology is key to a better, more resilient normal. Ayala Corp. Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala gave this message in his keynote address at the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the National Academy of Science and Technology that was...

PHL scores higher, at 47.6%, against global average of 40.2% in GHS index

Despite the criticisms on how the Philippine government is handling the measures to address the coronavirus pandemic, a welcome news is that the country scored 47.6 percent in overall readiness rating, or higher than the global average of 40.2 percent among 195 countries rated for the Global Health...

DOST-FPRDI prioritizes study of tree plantation species

The country’s wood industries have been suffering from a shortage of raw materials for many years now. This has been caused mainly by decades of indiscriminate logging which have systematically reduced the areas of the country’s natural growth forests. To help beef up the country’s...

Connecting schools, developing digital skills for equitable, quality education

Although digital technology plays a vital role in the current scenario in education, 50 percent of the world’s population don’t have Internet access, and there are still a lot of people who don’t have the skills to use digital devices. Chinese technology giant Huawei said...

DOST pushes for 30-year ‘foresight plan’ to solve PHL woes

By Edwin Galvez The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) exhorted scientists, researchers and government policy-makers to craft a 30-year “strategic foresight plan” offering inclusive and sustainable solutions to the country’s woes. “This is the perfect time to convene for solutions to...

Pagasa: 10 to 14 typhoons to hit PHL from July to December

An estimated 10 to 14 tropical cyclones or typhoons may enter the country or develop between July to December this year, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). In a recent webinar, Pagasa senior research analyst Ana Lisa Solis presented an...

Isotope techniques used to ensure clean freshwater in Pampanga

The new coronavirus pandemic underscores the need for freshwater for health and hygiene. Thus, constant water shortages in various parts of the country are not only inconvenient but also pose a threat to efforts in preventing the spread of Covid-19. To help ensure that the...

OBITUARY | Zeny Maranan, transport leader who fought for PUV workers’ rights as lockdowns gouged them, dies

Zenaida de Castro Maranan, a transport advocate who relentlessly fought for the rights of ordinary public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers especially in the past months that the Covid-induced lockdowns had wiped out their sector, died on Saturday afternoon, her family said.

Court filing alleges $400K paid to Williamson family in 2018

THE legal fight over National Basketball Association (NBA) rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation that his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before his lone season for Duke. Prime Sports Marketing and company President Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer...