Malampaya operator selling 45% stake

SHELL Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEx), operator of the Malampaya deepwater gas-to-power project, said Wednesday it is selling its 45-percent stake in the offshore Palawan project that fuels five power plants with a combined capacity of 3,211 megawatts (MW). “As part of an ongoing portfolio rationalization to simplify and...

Tariff recoveries from BOC audit eyed for farmers’ benefit

RICE industry groups on Wednesday hailed the Bureau of Customs’ decision to charge erring importers who undervalued their imports, calling it a victory for Filipino farmers since the amount to be collected from them could mean additional funds to support local production. They urged the BOC to allocate the...

IC hopes Covid response blunts impact

PREMIUMS earned by the insurance industry for the first quarter of 2020 grew by 10.53 percent to P78.15 billion compared to the same period in 2019, data that regulators said do not fully reflect yet the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This, even as they aired hopes the sector’s hit during the...

Duterte’s SCS ruling pitch highlights speech at UNGA

PRESIDENT Duterte’s much-awaited debut before the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) late Tuesday night (early morning Manila time) was marked with a strong affirmation of the Philippines’s rights in the South China Sea, anchored on a UN convention and a 2016 arbitral ruling. In the unprecedented virtual assembly,...

Nation

Lawmakers push additional P1-billion budget for national mental health program

With the increase in suicide-related calls amid the Covid-19 pandemic, lawmakers are pushing for a resolution calling for an additional P1-billion budget for the National Mental Health Program. In House Resolution 1225, Marikina Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo said her proposal is urging the Committee on Appropriations to allocate an...

LGUs told: Protect sanitation crew from Covid-19 infection

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reminded local government units (LGUs) to protect environmental frontliners against the continuing threat of Covid-19 infection. The DENR recently held a webinar among environment officers of various LGUs where the issue of garbage collectors and estero rangers being exposed to...

Duterte allows HCWs with contracts as of Aug. 31 to work abroad but retains total deployment ban

AN additional 1,500 health-care workers (HCW) have been allowed to be deployed abroad. This developed as President Duterte approved the proposal of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to extend the exemption period for the said workers from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) temporary deployment ban from...

Mindanao terror group ‘recruiter’ arrested in QC

Police intelligence operatives have arrested over the weekend a local “recruiter” for the Islamic State (IS) in what was seen as a major setback for the international terrorist group to beef up its ranks with “imports” from outside of Mindanao. Kevin B. Madrinan, who goes by the aliases Ibrahim...

DepEd told: Tap P4 billion in Bayanihan 2 law to invest in information technology

The Department of Education (DepEd) was told to tap the P4-billion funding in the Bayanihan to Recover as One law 2 to invest in information-technology tools for teachers upgrading to alternative learning modules. Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian made the suggestion during a Senate hearing to...

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Aid from foreign friends for PHL Covid-19 response nearly $10B, reports DOF

THE Department of Finance (DOF) has so far secured nearly $10 billion in loans and grants from foreign lenders to fund the government's Covid-19 response.  Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III told senators on Wednesday that the total financing secured by the government for its Covid-19 efforts reached $9.9...

DOJ, DepEd work on tight protocols to ensure children’s cybersafety in pandemic

RECOGNIZING the threats to the safety of children in the cyberworld, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday welcomed a Public Advisory of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) on the Conduct of Online Classes Using Video Conferencing Services.“The Public Advisory on the Conduct of Online Classes Using Video Conferencing Services by the...

8-mo budget deficit hits P740.7B on Covid

THE national government’s budget deficit ballooned to P740.7 billion from January to August this year, equivalent to more than six times the budget gap in the same period last year. Latest data from the Bureau of the Treasury showed the year-to-date budget deficit soaring by 515 percent from last...

Financial institutions ready transition plans from IBORs

WITH 15 months left, the majority of the financial institutions are prepared to transition to alternative credit rate benchmarks from the incumbent interbank offered rates (IBORs), according to a survey by Moody’s Investors Service. The debt watcher said it surveyed 85 banks and nonbank financial institutions (NBFIs) across the...

DOH, DOLE move on health workers’ pay

THE government is now pushing for better pay and benefits for its medical workers in a bid to persuade them to stay put amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Department of Health (DOH) wants to raise the salaries for government nurses with higher positions to address prevailing wage distortion among...

Column

Accountability and the responsible voter

Traditional voter education teaches us that voters have rights. As a part...

Useless criticism

Some of us are clinophiles, people who love reclining and lying in...

Short in action, long in intention

IT is easy to mistake good intentions with the necessary actions required...

The ‘Chinafication’ of Philippine telecom

Dito Telecommunity, the third telco to challenge the so-called duopoly of Globe...

BBB: Can it rev up a flattened economy?

IN the proposed national budget for 2021, the focus is on the...

Opinion

Meralco’s P200-M lifeline discount

Flattening economies and killing hundreds of thousands of people, the Covid-19 pandemic has been causing unprecedented devastation...

Editorial: Reliable database can help farmers

The renewed interest of many Filipinos in planting or agriculture bodes well for a government that is...

Saving for your retirement

Imagine yourself strolling by the beach, watching the sun rise upon waking...

RSA’s dream: A new airport in Bulacan

The Covid-19 pandemic has virtually put foreign and local direct investments on...

What are the different types of coronavirus tests?

There are three broad categories of coronavirus tests in the US. Two diagnose whether you have an active infection, and a third indicates if you previously had the virus.
When the coronavirus swept across Europe this spring, overwhelming hospitals and killing thousands each day, few but the sickest patients could be tested, leaving health officials in the dark about how widely Covid-19 had spread. Six months on, with the virus surging again, authorities can point to dramatically expanded...

China’s rejection of Taiwan buffer zone raises risk of war

China is ratcheting up the risk of military confrontation in the Taiwan Strait, as Beijing seeks to deter Taipei from continuing to deepen ties with the US and other like-minded democracies. People’s Liberation Army aircraft repeatedly breached the median line between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland last week, in...

Melbourne to ease lockdown as India seen surpassing U.S.

MELBOURNE, Australia—Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30, after 21 were reported on Saturday, the lowest daily number since June 19. There...

Hemingway’s favorite Key West bar reopens from virus closure

KEY WEST, Florida—Sloppy Joe’s, the iconic Key West bar that Ernest Hemingway frequented during the 1930s, reopened Thursday after closing six months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. By noon, the bar had already reached the 50 percent capacity allowed by law, including three Ernest Hemingway look-alikes. Concerns about...

South Africa says 12 million ‘probably’ had coronavirus

CAPE TOWN, South Africa—About 12 million people in South Africa have “probably” been infected with the coronavirus, but that startlingly high number has not caused a similarly high death rate and might indicate a widespread “level of immunity,” the country’s health minister says. More than 20 percent of South...

EU leaders press China president on market access, human rights

BRUSSELS—The European Union on Monday urged China to further open its markets up to European companies and prove that it really does want to secure an investment agreement this year with the bloc, its largest trading partner. After a two-hour videoconference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Council President Charles...

Asia’s economy seen shrinking for first time since 1960s–ADB

Developing Asia’s coronavirus-battered economy will shrink for the first time since the early 1960s, with the level of output next year still seen below pre-pandemic projections even as growth recovers, according to the Asian Development Bank. The region’s gross domestic product will decline by 0.7 percent in 2020, down...

URC Thailand bags FDA Quality Award

The Thai unit of Universal Robina Corp. (URC), the food group of the Gokongwei family, has bagged Thailand’s FDA Quality Award for Year 2020, making it the only Filipino company to receive such recognition in the food category. URC (Thailand) Co. Ltd. was recognized for its use of efficient...

SMC backs govt effort to clean up Manila Bay

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) President and COO Ramon S. Ang lauded the government’s effort to clean up and rehabilitate Manila Bay which required the dredging and removal of silt, trash, and other obstructions from tributaries. “Government has done a really good job cleaning up Manila Bay. Water quality has...

PhilRatings upgrades credit rating of PBB

Philippine Business Bank (PBB) received a PRS Aa credit rating with a stable outlook from the Philippine Rating Services Corp. (PhilRatings). “The Issuer Credit Rating takes into account PBB’s above satisfactory asset quality, funding profile, and continued positive operating results, amid the community quarantine and pandemic, supporting expectations that...

Loan payments from electric coops declined in H1—NEA

The country’s electric cooperatives (ECs) posted a total of P773.91 million in loan payments for the first six months of the year, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday. The amount, which translates to 95.90-percent collection efficiency, is 27 percent lower than the P1.098 billion registered in the...

SMC ties up with NGOs for nutribun distribution

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) on Tuesday said it has started implementing a plan, together with nonprofit groups, to distribute free nutribuns in disadvantaged communities via feeding kiosks at identified Petron service stations. Ramon S. Ang, the company’s president and COO, said it allotted initially 4 Petron stations that served...

NGCP pushes back timeline for vital transmission projects

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has appealed for understanding as the timeline of its vital transmission projects has been pushed back because of the Covid-19 pandemic. NGCP said Tuesday that it is continuously assessing the impact of the global health crisis to transmission projects, particularly to...

i-ACADEMY to offer Alibaba courses

Alibaba Business School’s Global Digital Talent (GDT) program has chosen iACADEMY, a Makati-based school, to implement its digital and e-commerce-driven business college courses. In an online media briefing, Zhou Yong, Secretary General of GDT Network said they picked iACADEMY for it is “one of the famous private educational institutions...
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‘The real value of science is public good’

"The recognition given to us awardees is not just a recognition of our excellence. It is a recognition of how much we have given back and how much we have served the community. We perform science not for us but for the good of the community. That is the real value of...

Researchers analyze chromosomes for radiation safety nuke emergencies

To ensure the safety of occupationally exposed workers, as well as potential victims in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency, researchers from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) continue to study blood samples for any signs of radiation exposure beyond the allowable regulatory limits.

Flying car, anyone?

The long-dreamed of flying cars are around the corner, which are considered “the most significant aviation development since the advent of the jet age 60 years ago.” Were it not for the coronavirus pandemic, the world would have seen a dozen models debuting in major...

Pisay to use KHub online platform

The current quarantine protocols required by the government to prevent the spread of the fatal coronavirus pandemic ruled against the gathering of big crowds, including in schools. Thus, the Department of Education (DepEd) ordered the blended teaching, including online, in lieu of face-to-face meeting of...

DLSU HS student tops 2020 NOI.PH finals

De La Salle University Senior High School’s Dan Alden Baterisna backed up his top-ranked status when he scored 609 points to place first in the National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI.PH) held online on August 8 and 9. Baterisna’s win came back-to-back with his bagging the...

Exec: Innovative IQOS sits at the top of PMI’s sustainability efforts

Its innovative smoke-free product IQOS highlights Philip Morris International’s transformation and sustainability initiatives, according to a top communications executive of PMI. Tommaso Di Giovanni, PMI vice president for international communications, said that for the company, sustainability means taking care of tobacco-farming communities; protecting the health,...

DOST-aided start-ups are shaping a better normal

In the late 2016 at a coworking space in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, a few months after “retiring” as the country’s game development pioneer, Elson Niel S. Dagondon decided it was time to “start working again and tick off one item in my bucket list—invent something” to help modernize...

CEAP taps PLDT ‘holistic’ e-learning solutions

A Catholic Church-based school organization tapped PLDT to augment their e-learning programs with enterprise-grade online applications and connectivity solutions for their members. The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) teachers and school superintendents will readily have access to the applications through the Online Learning...

Parents, teachers lead the way in mental health

How important is it for parents and teachers to look after their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic? Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), Inc. National Executive Director, Dr. Carolina Uno-Rayco has underscored the importance...

PBA Clark bubble looks good to go?

IN the words of Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) effort to resume its shuttered 45th season in a Clark bubble looks rosy. Very rosy that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases could give its approval to the PBA’s return-to-action...

Nuggets makes it 2-1 with game 3 victory

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida—They had just lost a playoff heartbreaker, and two nights later the Denver Nuggets quickly went from in control to in trouble. Escaping trouble is what these Nuggets do best. “Everybody always has us packing our bags and leaving, but we’re not ready...

National youth, masters online chessfest set

THE Endgame Sports Multi-Events Inc. and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) teamed up for the 2020 National Youth Online Chess Championships and Masters Challenge set from September 29 to October 10. A guaranteed cash pot of P77,000 will be up for grabs in the tournament that will...

Pride of Makilala hangs PBA jersey after 17 seasons

PETER JUNE SIMON retired after a 17-season career in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), leaving behind a legacy that borders from his relentless style to a reliable off-the-bench type of player who springs surprises when his team needed them most. Simon, who owns the moniker “Scoring Apostle,” announced his...

Tolentino: Definitely I’m running

REP. ABRAHAM “BAMBOL” TOLENTINO officially declared on Tuesday his intention to seek a full four-year term as president when the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) holds elections on November 27. “I won’t deny it, definitely I will run for president,” Tolentino, a congressman from Cavite’s Eighth District, announced during the...

Players agree to stiff fines for bubble violators

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) players are more than amenable to the league imposing a hefty fine and suspension to whoever violates health and safety protocols in the Clark bubble that starts on Saturday. But for many-time national player Marc Pingris, the veteran Magnolia wingman, he would prefer heavier penalties.

Do cash prizes in cycling keep up with suffering?

IT took three weeks of suffering and a stratospheric final time trial but Tadej Pogačar and UAE Team Emirates brought home the overall victory at the Tour de France. How much did they earn in cold cash—in official prize money—for their efforts? A total of €624,230 ($734,000).

Mobility Awards set on World Car-Free Day

THE first-ever Mobility Awards was launched on Tuesday in celebration of World Car Free Day and to recognize the most bike-friendly cities, workplaces and commercial establishments in Metro Manila. The awards aim to spur concerted action among  government, commuters, and the private sector to make a bikeable Metro Manila,...

Choose your battles

WE were all busy with work when two of my colleagues started discussing excitedly how to get to a particular place. I knew where it was and when they were going off...

Let’s go: Sports ‘kidspirations’ (Part II)

LAST week, I shared how grateful I am about the role coaches have played in my kids’ lives. I remember how my daughter’s first basketball coach, Paolo Rivero, pushed her with tough conditioning exercises even if she was then only 10 years old. I remember how their...

Developers maintain a bullish outlook in the next 2 to 3 years

A BIG number of the country’s real-estate developers believe there will be continuing challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a recent survey by Cushman and Wakefield Philippines, 67 percent of real-estate developers  said they are unsure of the country’s economic recovery path in the next 12 months. As...

Lamudi PHL appoints new CEO

LAMUDI Philippines has welcomed Kenneth Stern to lead the company’s overall operations as chief executive officer (CEO). He thanked Bhavna Suresh—his predecessor who has served the firm for four years—for the trust, while recognizing the legacy she’ll leave behind the company. “Bhavna played a huge role...

The impact of nature on one’s well-being

"HOME is where your health is” may not be the standard adage that pertains to your living space, but the statement cannot be more true especially in this time of a global pandemic. With most of the world shuttered at home to keep safe, the yearning for “green spaces”—urban or architectural structures...

TLDC embraces ‘new normal’ with shift to digital and agile work arrangements

ADAPTING to limited people mobility caused by the pandemic, real-estate developer Torre Lorenzo Development Corp. (TLDC) has ramped up its digital transformation and shift to agile work arrangements to ensure continuity amid the quarantine. “Our top priority remains ensuring that our employees, as well as those who live and...

Zendaya is youngest lead drama actress to win Emmy

LOS ANGELES—Zendaya said her “heart was filled” when she saw her fellow nominees, including Jennifer Aniston, cheering on the Euphoria actress for becoming the youngest drama lead actress to win an Emmy. The 24-year-old Zendaya became emotional after she took home the trophy for her role in the HBO...

Blind Spot

WILL SHE MAKE THE MOVE? AN actress is being eyed by a network to replace one of its prized talents in a project that’s already been launched and promoted. The network talent backed out of the project because she has a family and can’t...

Samantha Ashley Lo, Sam Ajdani win Superbods 2020

FORMER Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Ashley Lo and Mr. World 2016 Sam Ajdani were declared as the winners of this year’s Century Tuna Superbods competition. In a pre-recorded finals event hosted by Marc Nelson, Nadine Lustre and Alden Richards that was streamed online last September 19, Lo...

The coronavirus chronicles: What kind of remote worker are you?

‘YOU actually go to your office to work?” Many of my colleagues in public relations and marketing express surprise—and disbelief—when they learn that yes, I have been going to office regularly since May. On the other hand, I continue to be amazed on how...

A timely call for good manners and positive values

SO much in our lives have drastically changed since March 2020. Suddenly our social behavior is racked by rules brought about by a monstrous plague: we need to stay and work from home; we need to shun socializing, even with our own family members;  we need to...

BMPlus

Spearhead charity drive for displaced jeepney drivers

Early this September, premiere truck and parts distributor and service provider Autokid Trucks, together with leading canned food manufacturer and distributor Mega Global Corporation, launched the Mega Care Caravan, an initiative by the company to help displaced jeepney drivers. Targeting nearly 7,000 jeepney drivers as beneficiaries, the project aims to provide basic...

Bantayan gets emergency power supply

Vivant Energy President Arlo A.G. Sarmiento expresses the company’s commitment to provide stable and reliable power to Bantayan for the immediate and the long-term needs of island residents. Vivant Energy subsidiary Isla Norte Energy Corporation installed generators that is providing 3 megawatts to BANELCO and is constructing a...

Villar Farm Schools help cultivate modern Filipino farmers

To date, there are 2,367 accredited farm schools all over the country that serve as learning sites for farmers and plant enthusiasts who are given the opportunity to train for free on the ways of modern farming. Included in this roster are four farm schools operated by the Villar...

Villar sets up portable hand-washing stations in crowded areas

Sen. Cynthia Villar has set up portable hand-washing stations in areas where people usually converge such as tricycle terminals, market and crowded communities to provide a way for people to keep clean outside their homes. The portable hand-washing station is made of steel with angle bar framing and plain...

SM named ‘Organization of the Year’ at the 2020 APAC Stevie Awards

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) bagged the ‘Organization of the Year’ Grand Stevie Award, the most coveted award given by the prestigious Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, which recognizes outstanding businesses for creating innovations in the workplace. SM also won the Grand Stevie for ‘Most Honored Organization’ in 2019. The...

Las Piñas COVID Lab now open

The COVID-19 testing lab which is expected to serve patients in Las Piñas City is now opening its doors and starting operations to help improve the country’s testing capacity and recovery rate for the new coronavirus disease. A team of experts went to the COVID testing facility of the...

SoundStrip

John Lennon’s killer says he sought glory, deserved death penalty

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The man who killed John Lennon in 1980 says he was seeking glory and deserved the death penalty for a “despicable” act. Mark David Chapman made the comments in response to questions last month from a parole board, which denied him parole for an 11th...

BTS ARMY teams up with Rotaract, scouts group and Mayani to support drivers and farmers

What happens when legions of Filipino fans of BTS, now the world’s most popular K-Pop boy band, unite towards a community cause? A lot. Last September 20, almost 2 metric tonnes of rice and kamote were donated to the jeepney and tricycle drivers of Balic-Balic in Sampaloc, Manila. This...

Celebrating 10 years of #KPopTwitter with over 6.1 billion Tweets worldwide

Over the past 10 years, Twitter and K-Pop have grown side by side to become a true dream team. This September 22, #KPopTwitter is one of the largest global conversations on the platform. Despite the global COVID outbreak, the love for K-Pop remains strong with over 6.1 billion K-Pop related Tweets in...

Ebe Dancel appointed Artist & Repertoire Manager of Widescope Entertainment

Hot on the heels of its recent appointment of seasoned record label executive and multi-platinum awarded record producer Neil Gregorio, another pillar of Original Pilipino Music is joining Widescope Advertising Agency. As part of Widescope’s plan to build a formidable Entertainment arm, the agency is welcoming multi-awarded and hitmaking...

Harvard Management Update

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.

What to do when your employee is harassed online

US law requires employers to create a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. But what happens when staff members confront a torrent of hate and abuse online? Given that over 44 percent of Americans say they’ve experienced online harassment, chances are employers will have people on staff who have been affected.

Becoming a more patient leader

By David Sluss Leading effectively—especially during a crisis—takes patience.  If you can’t retain your composure in the face of frustration or adversity, you won’t be able to keep others calm. When your direct reports show signs of strain, you need to support them, not get irritated. Solutions to new...

Does Your Company Have a Long-Term Plan for Remote Work?

By Mark W. Johnson & Josh Suskewicz Mark Zuckerberg recently shared his plans for the future of remote work at Facebook. By 2030, he promised, at least half of Facebook’s 50,000 employees would be working from home. A few days before, Jack Dorsey had announced that Twitter and Square’s...

The Broader Look

Private sector’s journey amid pandemic marked by fortitude, innovations

AT the same time a small store’s window is flung open in Muntinlupa, a woman crosses a narrow overpass in the eastern part of the metropolis; a bicycle in tow. It’s another day of trudging on against the unknown but with a simple plan: both for Loida, the sari-sari...

Live or die: Libor phase-out leaves local banking sector with lots of work, options

SOME bankers would consider adjustments to the phaseout of Libor less a labor of love, as the end of the 34-year-old financial tool brings additional tasks the sector must undertake. “The most important number in finance will disappear in 2021,” lawyer Russell Stanley Geronimo wrote in an opinion piece...

Recovery requires resolve, rapid release of resources–economists

MOTHER Nature—if President Trump’s “kung-fu” virus allegation is disbelieved—could be a bitch, sometimes. She made that point in 2020. The year had a lot of “should haves” and “could haves,” according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua.

Debt burden: How long can the PHL carry that weight?

By Bernadette D. Nicolas and Tyrone Jasper C. Piad FIVE decades since the The Beatles advised people “to carry that weight” in 1969, the Philippines’s debt burden stood at P7.73 trillion ($159.34 billion) as of end-2019. The dollar amount was equivalent to the budget deficit...

Envoys & Expats

SFA Locsin bats for robust counterterrorism links in Asean

IN the 27th Asean Regional Forum (ARF), Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. called for continuous cooperation to fight terrorism. The country’s top diplomat expressed gratitude for the expressions of support the Philippines received in the wake of the Jolo bombings, as he reminded colleagues that...

India’s ambassador-designate pays virtual courtesy call on SFA

AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE of the Republic of India to the Philippines Shambhu S. Kumaran paid a virtual courtesy call on Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on September 17. Both took stock of the state of Philippine-Indian relations, as they acknowledged the high degree of engagement across all...

Rotary Club of Japan sends face shields

IN an effort to contribute to the Philippines’s fight against the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Japan donated 144,000 face shields which were received by the Philippine Consulate General in Nagoya. In a message to Deputy Consul General in Nagoya Jerome Castro, Rotary Club of Nagoya-Wago Chairman Tetsuzo Fukuda...

In pandemic, this airport worker controls not just ramp traffic–but also his inner fears

Asked how he feels about out working when almost everyone else is locked in their homes, Naia Ramp Controller Engr. Michael Barbieto shrugs his shoulders, not in submission, but more as a defiant gesture. “Mahirap ang napasukan ko, pero ito ay privilege, ito ang sinumpaan kong tungkulin, kaya kailangan gampanan.”

Broadband specialists risk Covid-19 infection to keep people connected

Almost everyone is online right now, but participating in the digital economy — be it socially or for productivity — entails one key ingredient: Internet connection. Without this vital requirement, people would find it hard to cope with...

Crematorium workers struggle with more tasks, and the pain of witnessing rushed good-byes

They’re used to the "drill" of helping grieving relatives give a proper sendoff to their dearly departed. They'd give them all the time they need to say their final good-byes, with their prayers and flowers and rosaries. These days, however, all those extended farewells are gone. Under strict health protocols prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, they must help those in mourning make swift goodbyes, before they cremate the dead.

Locked down in power plants, they ensure people can tolerate being cooped up at home

Walter Alimusa, 55, has not come home for three weeks now. While most Filipinos work from home while the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is in effect, Alimusa needs to be physically present in his work area to make sure that the supply of electricity is not disrupted so people would stay at home.

Motoring

Kia unveils expansion, growth, and upcoming model launch

KIA Philippines recently hosted an online media session via zoom meeting. They discussed the current economic situation, its impact on the automotive industry, and how Kia intends to use its Power to Surprise to help ease its...