Tuesday, April 13, 2021
ECONOMIC managers will likely revise their growth target for the year as the country reverts to stricter movement and travel restrictions to address the rising Covid-19 cases in major economic hubs in the country.

WFH is real work, WFH workers are regular workers

The authors of the Telecommuting Act in Congress, more popularly known as the Work-from-Home (WFH) law, probably never imagined that it would become the norm for many businesses the way it is now because of pandemic-induced lockdowns. Enacted back in December 2018, the law has allowed many businesses to...

Will Biden bash Beijing?

United States foreign policy under the Obama/Biden administration could be characterized as ranging from impotent to counterproductive to both US and global interests. In 2017, the Pacific Council on International Policy held a...

Covid-19 Stats

All countries
137,011,670
Total confirmed cases
Updated on April 13, 2021 2:45 am
Philippines
876,225
Total confirmed cases
Updated on April 13, 2021 2:45 am

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

Around the world, hospitalizations are dropping in countries where vaccines have been rolling out including Israel, England and Scotland — regardless of which shots are given.

Top stories

BSP: FDI grow 41.5% in January on more upbeat mood

FOREIGN investors mirrored the optimistic sentiment of Filipino firms in the first month of the year, as long-term investments made by global...

Government infrastructure spending rises to P107.4 billion as of end-February—DBM

STATE infrastructure spending as of end-February surged by 14.4 percent to P107.4 billion from last year’s P93.9 billion, data from the Department...

DTI: Nearly 95% of NCR firms comply with health protocols

NEARLY 95 percent of the business firms and establishments in the National Capital Region (NCR) were found to be compliant with the...

CDC says it abides by COA guidance, explains side on 2020 Observations

THE management of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) on Monday replied to key points raised from its 2020 Commission on Audit (COA)...

DOTr bid to include seafarers on vaccine priority OK’d

FILIPINO seafarers get a closer shot at getting vaccines against Covid-19 as the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) had...

‘Some MSMEs remain closed until end-April amid MECQ’

THE lockdown measures, despite the recent easing, have proven to be a burden for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), with...

Drive-through Covid shots available soon at Nayong Pilipino–DOT chief

A GAME changer. That is how Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat described the temporary vaccination center that will rise...

Senators, producers step up warnings on pork industry crisis

SEN. Panfilo Lacson, taking up the cudgels for over 80,000 Filipino businessmen and workers relying on the local hog industry, asked President...

World

India posts record infections as total cases top 13.5 million

India reported a record 168,912 new Covid-19 cases on Monday with the total tally pushing past 13.5 million, potentially on track for...

Muslims navigate restrictions in second pandemic Ramadan

CAIRO—For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at...

Brazil’s virus outlook darkens amid snags in vaccine supply

RIO DE JANEIRO—April is shaping up to be Brazil’s darkest month yet in the pandemic, with hospitals struggling with a crush of...

Charles: Royal family ‘deeply grateful’ for world’s support

LONDON—Britain's Prince Charles offered a heartfelt tribute to his “dear Papa” on Saturday as Buckingham Palace offered the broad outlines of...

Myanmar security forces kill 82 protesters in 1 day

YANGON—At least 82 people were killed in one day in a crackdown by Myanmar security forces on pro-democracy protesters, according to...

Why shortages of a $1 chip part sparked crisis in global economy

To understand why the $450 billion semiconductor industry has lurched into crisis, a helpful place to start is a one-dollar part called...

Biden’s orphaned AstraZeneca supply rises to 20 million doses

The US stockpile of the controversial AstraZeneca Plc coronavirus vaccine has grown to more than 20 million doses, according to people familiar...
- Advertisement -

Livestreams

Podcasts

Webinars

Solon pushes household lockdowns instead of community quarantines

With the country’s limited resources, an economist-lawmaker on Monday proposed to the national government to impose household lockdowns instead of widespread community...

Lanao del Sur clash leaves extremist subleader dead, 7 cops, soldier hurt

Seven policemen and soldier were wounded, while a subleader of an extremist group allied with the Islamic State (IS) was killed following...
The state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Monday said it will probe allegations of “upcasing” following the proliferation of video posts that health-care providers allegedly collude with patients to declare minor respiratory symptoms such as asthma...

US urged to conduct ‘more frequent’ FON patrols in SCS, warn China on incursions

TO deter Chinese incursions into the Philippine maritime territories, a lawmaker on Wednesday urged the US to conduct “more frequent” freedom of...

Zambales tightens border entry through S-PaSS travel management system

IBA, Zambales—The Zambales provincial government has put into effect stricter border controls with the adoption of a travel management system to properly...

Time to build more hospitals

The rising Covid-19 infections have overwhelmed our hospitals and exposed the vulnerability of our health-care system. But it is not too late...

Opinion

Greed is good

Maybe one of the reasons you are not rich—or richer—is because you are not greedy or greedy enough. “Greed”...

What are experts saying about miracle drugs?

So…does Ivermectin actually work against Covid-19? When there are doctors of medicine debating on whether or not a drug works against a...

New guidelines in the availment of tax treaty benefits

The Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Order 14-2021 (RMO 14-21) purportedly to streamline the procedures...

Hallelujah!  I got vaccinated

To God be the glory!  Finally, I received my first jab of Sinovac after a long, anxious wait. I was waiting for the AstraZeneca...

Counting online losses, and still hoping

WE have been counting losses online. Deaths by Covid-19. The technologies have given us...
- Advertisement -

Economy

A leader of the House of Representatives on Monday said the lower chamber is now working on the May 17 target passage of the P370-billion Bayanihan 3, whose funding would be derived from  “obese” government-owned and -controlled...

NCR plus ECQ displaces 17K workers in two weeks–DOLE

OVER 17,000 workers lost their jobs during the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its surrounding...

We need CIOs in business today!

A lot has changed since the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) roles emerged in the 1980s.

Oil firms slash gasoline, kerosene fuel pump price; diesel unchanged

Oil firms will slash prices of petroleum products starting Tuesday morning. Gasoline prices will be reduced by P0.25 per...

DA lifts import ban on chicken MDM from The Netherlands

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has partially lifted the importation of mechanically deboned chicken meat, or MDM, from certain areas in The...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Rice imports seen declining due to higher production

The Philippines would reduce its purchases of imported rice due to higher output this year, the United States Department of Agriculture...

PHL pork imports seen doubling on ASF impact

The Philippines is expected to double its pork imports this year due to the shortfall in domestic supply caused by a...
Climate change has been holding back food production for decades, with a new study showing that about 21 percent of growth for agricultural output was lost since the 1960s. That’s equal to losing...

‘Cut agri insurance tax to spur farm growth’

The government should reduce the tax on nonlife and agriculture insurance premium to encourage the private sector to offer such insurance...

PHL to lose P548M from rice tariff cut–group

The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) said the government may lose P548 million, or more than nine-fold higher than the P60-million...

Where mindfulness falls short

By Christopher Lyddy, Darren J. Good, Mark C. Bolino, Phillip S. Thompson & John Paul Stephens Over the...

Harvard Management Update

A little recognition can provide a big morale boost

As we enter the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, front-line public sector workers such as health-care...

Use Art to Reignite Your Team’s Motivation

After a year of working from home, remote teams are at risk of losing motivation. Luckily, business leaders can revitalize teams...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Companies

SEC allows e-signature in financial statements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has allowed corporations enrolled in its new system dubbed Online Submission Tool to submit electronically signed...

‘PLDT has fastest fixed line network’

PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. continued to clinch the top spots for the fastest fixed line and mobile networks, at least...
Eagle Cement Corp. on Monday said its net income plunged 44 percent to P3.4 billion last year from the previous P6 billion, as its operations were temporarily halted at the height of the lockdown in 2020.

44 local energy service companies register with DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has registered 44 Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and is hoping that more would sign up with the...

Cebu Pacific, AirAsia to fly only essential travelers

Cebu Pacific said on Monday that it will continue to operate its domestic and international flights as scheduled despite the decision of...

Tenders for T-bills hit P54.7 billion, more than 2x the P25-billion offer

THE Bureau of the Treasury fully awarded P25 billion in Treasury Bills (T-bills) on Monday’s auction as rates ended up mixed.

Banking & Finance

LandBank joins Cebu’s rural development drive

CEBU CITY, Cebu—State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) announced it entered into an agreement with the Provincial Government of Cebu to...

Good debt versus bad debt

FINANCIAL freedom can be described as the ability to live life on one’s terms. Saving and investing help achieve financial freedom.

DBP loans, funds issued to businesses, LGUs hit billions

THE Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) announced it has extended P6.13-billion in loans to enterprises badly hit by the economic shock...

Release of additional ‘ayuda’ needs new law–Roque

MALACAÑANG on Monday said it is open to additional legislated funds to provide the needed assistance to people affected by quarantine restrictions...

Extend tax-return filing to 30 days, solon urges

A leader of the House of Representatives has asked the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)...

PhilHealth vows to pay claims of HCFs meeting requirements

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) announced plans to initially pay 60 percent of the total applicable in-process claims of each...
- Advertisement -

Of heartbreak, pandemic struggle and a promising pâté enterprise

A HEARTACHE could be a real tough battle in life. One may end up like a loser, dwelling on swirling sense of...

Homegrown retailer Frankie & Friends expands in Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Philippine homegrown fashion and lifestyle retailer Frankie & Friends General Store, an intentional marketplace for a conscious and holistic lifestyle expands...

Export Unlimited

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has identified technology and halal as potential areas for trade and investment collaboration with Indonesia in a move that signals the country’s commitment to deepening bilateral relations with the largest economy in...

National Arts and Crafts Fair goes online to boost MSMEs

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the National Arts and Crafts Fair (NACF) Artisanal Shop to help micro, small,...

India may resume vaccine exports by June

NEW DELHI—The world’s largest vaccine maker, based in India, will be able to restart exports of AstraZeneca doses by June if new...

EDC lauds quick response to cut cost of fruits, veggie exports

The Export Development Council (EDC), the export policy-making body in the country, has lauded the swift and positive response of the Department...

‘Covid vaccine storage facilities need back up power solutions for uninterrupted immunization’

THE Philippines, although a bit behind some countries when it comes to immunization, has just started to roll out its Covid-19 vaccination...
- Advertisement -

PHL addresses legal separation issues with power of law

"FOR richer, for poorer.” These words are often heard from couples tying the knot, vowing to stay together in marriage; no matter...

The Broader Look

Holocaust survivors harness social media to spread knowledge

With short video messages recounting their stories, participants in the #ItStartedWithWords campaign hope to educate people about how the Nazis embarked on an insidious campaign to dehumanize and marginalize Jews — years before death camps were established to carry out murder on an industrial scale.

EXPLAINER: Was officer’s knee on Floyd’s neck authorized?

A critical factor for jurors to consider at a former Minneapolis police officer's trial in George Floyd's death is whether he violated the department's policy on neck restraints when he knelt on Floyd's neck.

Expanding operations in PHL and the US: How US-PHL economic ties allowed three firms to flourish

Since the Philippines and the United States of America first formalized diplomatic ties 75 years ago, the relationship between the two...

A Base for Business

In 1898, a tract of land located 100 kilometers north of Manila was used as a U.S. military camp for the...
- Advertisement -

Hideki wins Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia—Hideki Matsuyama almost turned down his first chance to play the Masters. It was a month after a devastating earthquake and...

Ancajas shifts focus on helping Marcial train for Tokyo Olympics

DONE with his successful defense of his world title, Jerwin “The Pretty Boy” Ancajas will embark on his next mission: help Eumir...

Macrohon, 7 others join Diaz in Tashkent

SOUTHEAST Asian Games gold medalist Kristel Macrohon leads a seven-member team that will join Rio 2016 silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz in the...
TEAM Philippines Chef De Mission to the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games Ramon Fernandez will be the special solo guest on Tuesday in the online edition of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. Fernandez, a commissioner...

Jon Jones challenge

IF there’s anyone who can solve the puzzle that is Francis Ngannou, it’s Jon Jones.

Leaders Talisay, Mandaue collide

MJAS Zenith-Talisay City and KCS-Mandaue City dispute the early lead at the resumption on Tuesday of the Visayas leg of the 2021...

PSC on 10-day lockdown

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will be on a 10-work day lockdown starting Tuesday after personnel tested positive of Covid-19.
- Advertisement -

SG gallery to mount first retrospective survey of master’s ink oeuvre

Singapore-based art space artcommune gallery will be presenting next month the first-ever retrospective survey of the entire...

Life

Love is a decision

MANY in the local entertainment orbit were taken by surprise when Derek Ramsay proposed marriage to his...

Mobile TV receiver allows you to watch live TV broadcasts on your phone

THERE are millions of television sets in homes across the Philippines, but not a lot of those...

Buzzwords and buzzkill: Why MSMEs need continuity planning

Cloud computing and data science have been buzzwords in the IT and business fields in the Philippines...

The terrible beauty of dancing for life

THE story has been done many times: a person is imprisoned, convicted of a crime, and now...

My ‘ones’ in managing anxiety: Part III

OVER the past two weeks, I have shared “water” and “words” as my “ones” in reducing family...

The power of powerful stories

I SPOKE one time at a church, and I talked about a man who carried water from...

Blind Spot

PROBLEMATIC PARENTING MANY people were shocked to see the TikTok video of a girl...

‘Dito at Doon’ a happy kind of surprise we need at this time

Everyone seems to be talking about the movie Dito at Doon, a small beautiful film from TBA...