As PHL moves to ensure access to Covid vaccine, 2 nations seen unlikely to charge reservation fee

PRESIDENT Duterte appears to be certain that at least two countries will provide the Philippines with a supply of Covid-19 vaccines without asking for a reservation fee, Malacañang said on Tuesday.  In a virtual Palace briefing, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte is sure that China and Russia will...

Pag-IBIG eyes 2022 contribution hike

THE Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) is now considering resetting the implementation of its contribution hike to 2022. This is part of its comprehensive intervention measures to help members affected by the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19), especially the crippling lockdowns. Delayed implementation

‘Half of PHL needs biodiversity protection’

MORE than half of the Philippine archipelago should be protected to preserve rare and endangered species and high-biodiversity areas, according to US-based scientists. The report, “A ‘Global Safety Net’ (GSN) to reverse biodiversity loss and stabilize the Earth’s climate,” said 54 percent or 15.8 million hectares of the Philippines...

‘Delisting telcos from public utilities in new PSA is constitutional’

THE chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means on Tuesday issued a rebuttal to arguments of retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio questioning the constitutionality of the House-approved New Public Service Act. Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, the panel chairman and principal author of the measure, made...

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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Sagada, other North Luzon destinations eye reopening to tourists

MORE destinations in Northern Luzon are considering reopening to tourism, following in the footsteps of Baguio City, which will be accepting tourists from the Ilocos region by October 1. Benguet and Ifugao are also looking forward to tourists, after meeting with the governors of both provinces on Monday,...

Rice importers charged P1.4 billion on undervaluation

OVER 40 rice importers have been told to pay a combined total of P1.4 billion “additional audited assessment” after the Bureau of Customs (BOC) found them liable for undervaluing their rice shipments from March to June last year. Sixty entities with the “most number of incidents of deviation and...

DOH hails ‘calamity’ status extension as Covid cases rise

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday welcomed the extension of the declaration of a state of calamity in the country as a means for sustaining the response to Covid-19, as confirmed cases surged to 291,789. Of the confirmed cases, 56,097 (19.2 percent) are active cases, 230,643 (79.0 percent)...

DOJ to reopen BI corruption probe as NBI lawyer stumbles

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday it is ready to reopen the investigation into corruption in the Bureau of Immigration  (BI) known as the pastillas scheme, following the arrest of a high-ranking official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for allegedly accepting a bribe in exchange for clearing other individuals who may...

DA: Bird flu outbreak in Taytay under control

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said the bird flu outbreak in backyard farms in Taytay, Rizal, which affected a few hundreds of muscovy ducks and native chickens, is now under control and government authorities have started disinfection procedures in the affected farms. DA Avian Influenza Technical Spokesman Arlene Vytiaco...

Column

His eyes 24/7

I asked students how they have managed online classes thus far. Short...

Regulatory compliance ecosystem

Fourth  of a series With the changes in the...

Smart nationally equals smart city

Unfortunate is the recent news on the ranking of Manila in the...

Allocation of Bayanihan 2 funds

The long wait is over. President Duterte finally signed Bayanihan 2 (Bayanihan...

The bogusness and normalness of Covid-19 data

The pandemic is terrible obviously because of the more than 4,000 deaths...

Opinion

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...

VUCA world 4.0 and the Covid-19 pandemic

IN 1991, the US Army coined the acronym VUCA in response to...

FPI: The making of a proactive advocacy group

In 1990, or four years after President Corazon C. Aquino declared a...

Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?

It appears the virus can spread among children and teens, but how easily may vary by age. Research is still underway, but children under age 10 seem to be less likely than older kids to transmit the virus to other children and adults.
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...
UNITED NATIONS—The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary on Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major global powers. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ appeal for a...

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...

China warns US of ‘serious damage’ to relations over Taiwan trade talks

TAIPEI, Taiwan—China warned the United States on Monday of potential “serious damage” to their relations if it does not withdraw from an upcoming economic meeting with Taiwan that is expected to be attended by a senior American official. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged the US at a...

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....

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...

SC orders GMA to reinstate, pay cameramen

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that television giant GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) had illegally dismissed 30 cameramen and assistant cameramen in May 2013. Thus, in a ruling penned by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the Court’s Third Division directed GMA to reinstate the cameramen and pay their backwages, allowances,...

PPA wants to automate port ticketing

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it is auctioning off the contract for a “unified electronic ticketing system,” which will be implemented in all ports in the country, to provide Filipinos with digital ticketing solutions for sea voyage. Jay Daniel Santiago, the port chief, said the new ticketing system...

Pandemic prompts Wilcon to scale back store openings

Wilcon Depot Inc., the retailer of home improvement and construction materials, said it will have to scale back store openings this year as the lockdowns delayed construction work on some of its sites. Lorraine Belo-Cincochan, Wilcon president, said the company plans to open two more stores by the end...

‘ERC scrutinizing power supply applications’

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said Tuesday that power supply applications are being thoroughly evaluated as some electric cooperatives (ECs) and power suppliers are engaged in a legal tussle. The Bantayan Island Electric Cooperative (Banelco) and Isla Norte Energy Corporation (INEC) recently filed for approval of their joint application...

Demand for T-bonds pushes rates up; government rejects all bids

The Bureau of the Treasury rejected all bids for the reissued 10-year Treasury Bonds (T-bonds) on Tuesday’s auction as expectations of steady policy rates throughout the year pushed the average rate up. Nonetheless, the auction was oversubscribed as total tenders reached P44.507 billion, higher than the P30-billion offering.

Local banks provide relief as crises linger

AS the economic and health crises linger, local banks are offering relief to debtors by extending the deadline of payments. BPI Direct BanKo Inc. said its clients can avail of the term extension program to reschedule their amortization payments based on their current cash flow. In...

CitySavings, FinScore ink credit-scoring deal

City Savings Bank Inc. announced it recently inked a partnership with financial technology (fintech) firm FinScore Inc. for credit scoring and fraud flagging. The thrift bank subsidiary of Union Bank of the Philippines Inc. said that the fintech company will provide credit scoring for its motorcycle loan applicants. The...
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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...

PHL now has 17 minor basilicas

Quezon City’s oldest Church was formally declared a minor basilica recently, making it the 17th Catholic place of worship in the Philippines with such title and dignity. The Franciscan-run Santuario de San Pedro Bautista...

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.

3×3 league health protocols impress GAB chairman

GAMES and Amusements Board Chairman Baham Mitra hailed the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3’s test run for the resumption of its tournament. The league, led by owner Ronald Mascariñas and Commissioner Eric Altamirano, showed GAB the entire process of its competition while observing health and safety protocols inside Inspire Academy in...

Djokovic gears up for Roland Garros

ROME—For four or five days after being defaulted from the US Open, Novak Djokovic did some serious soul searching. Then he got back on the tennis court—and since then it’s been fairly straightforward, at least in terms of results. Dropping only one set all week, Djokovic...

Nuggets struggle against Lakers

WOUNDED. Still hurting. Still bleeding. That’s the sorry state the Denver Nuggets are in when they battle the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three today (Wednesday) in the Western Conference Finals of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Why the horrible misery? Anthony Davis...

Lakers triumph on Davis’s triple

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida—Anthony Davis has never been this deep in the playoffs, never had the chance to take such an important shot. It’s nothing new for the Los Angeles Lakers, though. So when Davis’s three-pointer swished through the net as time expired to give the...

Go to PBA: Follow protocols

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go told the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to follow health protocols before resuming its 45th season in a bubble at the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone in Pampanga on September 26. A big fan of the PBA since 1983—particularly Crispa hotshot Atoy Co—Go expressed...

Bambol in forum

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) President, Cavite Eighth District Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, is returning as the exclusive guest on Tuesday of the now online weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. Tolentino is expected to talk about the November 27 POC elections, the recent signing of the Bayanihan Act 2,...

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...

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...

‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps comedy categories at Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES—Schitt’s Creek, the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats, including Frasier and Modern Family failed to achieve. The Pop TV show’s awards included best comedy series and awards for its stars, including...

Catch Hallypop wave on Philippine TV

BRACE yourselves for a more exciting viewing experience as GMA officially brings Hallypop, the newest and first-ever digital channel that’s a one-stop shop for K-pop, lifestyle, and entertainment in the Philippines which made its debut last September 20.   This groundbreaking partnership between GMA and Jungo TV gives Filipino viewers 24/7 access to the...

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

Meralco aids Caviteños with reliable power supply to Imus’ COVID-19 treatment center

Meralco crews work round-the clock to provide safe, adequate, and reliable supply of electricity to United Imus Doctors Inc., one of Cavite's COVID-19 treatment facilities located in the city of Imus. The project involves the upgrading of metering facilities, installation of two concrete poles, and replacement of two...

Strength and stability committed as MAPFRE steps up to be among the top strongest insurance brand in the world

MAPFRE, a non-life insurance company offering general insurance products for optimum financial protection and risk management, was recently recognized by Brand Finance as the seventh strongest insurance brand in the world. Brand Finance is a London-based independent branded business valuation consultancy. In addition, it was also lauded to be the 38th most...

SSS enforces its mandatory online transaction and checkless disbursements

The Social Security System (SSS) on Monday said that mandatory online transaction and checkless disbursements are now being implemented to provide members, employers, pensioners, and beneficiaries/claimants with faster, safer, more convenient, and economical means to register, submit their loan and benefit applications, and receive their loan proceeds and cash benefits from SSS.

Be a Mekeni Home2Home Partner for as low as P1,500

Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have emerged as key drivers of economic growth and employment in the Philippines; and while the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis has slowed down our economy and put many MSMEs at their most vulnerable, they remain as resilient and agile as ever. There is...

Lamudi Philippines welcomes new CEO

Kenneth Stern, the former country manager of RE/MAX Philippines, a global real estate franchise, is the new CEO of Lamudi Philippines. Kenneth takes the helm from Bhavna Suresh, who has served the company for four years. “I'm excited to hand over the baton to Ken. He knows the real...

PCPPI wins Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards 2020

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages and snacks in the Philippines—was hailed as the Sustainability Rising Star during the recently concluded Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability (ACES) Awards 2020 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The Sustainability Rising Star Award is presented to organizations that create...

SoundStrip

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...

WATCH | K-Pop sensation Budy drops music video for ‘a week’

Singer Budy (버디) recently made the long-awaited release of her latest music video for the single 일주일 ("a week"). The romantic and melancholic song marks the comeback of the rising star in style after the success of her last single, "Stray Cat." The song is already on all streaming platforms. 

Drown out your pandemic blues

THE ITCHYWORMS, Waiting For the End To Start A first single, the blues rocking “Armageddon Blues” from a forthcoming album titled  Waiting For the End To Start couldn’t help but raise alarm...

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

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...

Work from home: Legislative foresight helps keep economy running amid pandemic

Overnight, what many businesses had taken too long to acknowledge reluctantly complying with the law’s mandate for each workplace to have its own internal implementing mechanism for telecommuting suddenly became a necessity, not an option. Indeed, it became a matter of survival for millions of workers faced with the chilling reality that the colleagues and friends and clients they mingle with each day could in fact be asymptomatic carriers or “super spreaders” of Covid-19. Or, vice versa, they could be threats to them as well.

Envoys & Expats

SFA Locsin, FM Wang Yi lead Asean-China Ministerial Meeting

SECRETARY of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, cochaired the Asean-China Ministerial Meeting on September 9 by videoconference. The foreign ministers reviewed the progress in their dialogue relations and discussed ways to deepen their cooperation across the political-security, economic...

EHEF 2020: Excellence in higher education goes virtual

WITH the pandemic bringing the world to a halt, the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines sees a great opportunity to champion higher education as an essential tool for young people to influence the world today and in the near future. With that in mind, the...

SoKor streams Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Park Seo-jun into Filipino homes via 21-day Korean Film Festival

NOT even a pandemic can stop the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines from putting together its most sought-after annual spectacle for the Korean cineastes. This year though, to ensure all K-culture fans’ safety while still sharing joy, entertainment and the Korean culture, the Korean Film Festival (KFF)...

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...