Join us, as we celebrate our 15th anniversary with stories of foresight and cutting-edge strategies, of versatility and innovativeness, of finding windows of opportunities, of saving lives and jobs, of reopenings and recoveries—of making the impossible possible. Stories of learning to survive and move forward, and hope for better days, as the nation copes with the pandemic, shuttered but unyielding, the Pinoy bayanihan spirit shining through. We’re all in this together, dear readers, locked down but looking up.

BSP still undecided on digital currencies

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) remains undecided on whether to issue its own central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the future, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno told journalists on Thursday. This, after the local Central Bank recently completed its exploratory study on CBDC. The research was carried out by...

Over 600,000 PHL garments workers may lose jobs on Covid’s impact–ILO

OVER 600,000 workers in the local garments industry are now at risk of losing their jobs as the Covid-19 pandemic reduces plant production and consumer demand worldwide. The International Labour Organization (ILO) issued the statement on Thursday after it observed that domestic garment firms have reduced their exports by...

Palace pleased by Pope’s go-ahead for gay civil unions, but PHL bishops skeptical, want to read exact words

Malacañang on Thursday said Congress no longer has any excuse no to pass legislation allowing the civil union of same sex couples after it was recently backed by Pope Francis.  "With no less than the Pope supporting it, I think even the most conservative of all Catholics in Congress...

500,000 OFWs affected by pandemic, says Bello

THE employment of at least half a million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) was affected by the Covid-19 crisis, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). As of Wednesday, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III disclosed 505,837 OFWs were already “affected” by the pandemic.

Nation

PNP general in Laguna helicopter crash dies

A senior police official who reportedly remained comatose following a helicopter crash in March this year in Laguna has died and will be accorded with full honors, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Jose Victor Ramos, former director for comptrollership of the PNP, died at...

Navy chief reveals plan to create, deploy maritime militias to secure PHL territory

The Philippine Navy is crafting a plan to create and deploy maritime Cafgu Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) in its various naval forces who will be tasked to act as “force multipliers” in securing the country’s maritime waters. Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said that although...

DA orders mandatory installation of VMM, ERS to all fishing boats

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has ordered the mandatory installation of vessel monitoring measures (VMM) and electronic reporting system (ERS) to all fishing vessels in a bid to intensify the country’s efforts against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF). Dar signed the Fisheries Administrative Order 266 last October 12...

PNP chief Cascolan reorganizes police DIPOs, appoints four new commanders

National Police chief General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan has ordered a new round of reorganization by designating new commanders of four of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) integrated offices, which are equivalent to area commands in the military. The reassignments involving commanders of four PNP-Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO),...

‘P2.5 billion for vaccine not enough’

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday concurred with Marikina City Second District Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo that the P2.5 billion appropriation the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines in 2021 may not be enough. In an online media forum, Vergeire said that the DOH will be needing P10.5 billion to...

Top News

‘PHL has 3 options on rice imports without breaching WTO rules’

THE Duterte administration has three options to regulate rice importation without violating existing rules of the World Trade Organization and the Rice Tariffication Law, the head of the Senate’s Economic Affairs committee said. Sen. Imee Marcos made the assurance at the Senate joint hearing of the Agriculture, Agrarian Reform...

PHL banks lend the least to MSMEs among Asean-5

MICRO, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines receive the least volume of bank loans compared to their counterparts in peer nations, a recent study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) showed. ABD’s recent study entitled Asia Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Monitor 2020 shows that Philippine banks...

BOC looking to collect P1 billion more from 2020 undervalued shipments

THE Bureau of Customs expects to collect at least an additional P1 billion from undervalued shipments this year, Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero said on Thursday. This sum, Guerrero told senators, would be on top of the P1.417 billion it recently charged from undervalued rice shipments of 47 rice...

Bicol, NCR, Davao fastest-growing regions

THE Bicol, Metro Manila and Davao regions were considered the fastest growing nationwide last year, according to the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The PSA said the Bicol region posted the fastest growth at 7.4 percent in 2019, followed by the...

In pandemic, hospitals’ 2021 budget cut P2 billion

SENATOR Risa Hontiveros on Thursday flagged a whopping P2-billion reduction in the 2021 budget of the Department of Health (DOH) for public hospitals, aghast that this cut happens even while the country copes with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Palace action was done, “in the face of historic unemployment and...

Column

The virus is still around

IN recent days, there have been some changes in policy surrounding the...

Sleeping with the enemy

What happened last week? In one fell swoop, the government relaxed a...

The Thor Hammer

Muscular hydrostats are animal organs that are composed almost entirely of muscle,...

Transformation through diversity

Part 1 I was appointed Dean of my alma...

Studying in Madrid

I was lucky enough to take my graduate studies in Spain for free, thanks to a scholarship...

Opinion

Editorial: Covid cash

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the...

Who are we in this pandemic?

“Events of future history will be of the same nature—or nearly so—as...

The debt burden

Recent reports show that our national debt will grow to a whooping...

Community service as a multilevel solution

Any crime, if proven to be true, should be given the proper...

FDA approves first Covid-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir

The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc. is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery by five days — from 15 days to 10 on average — in a large study led by the US National Institutes of Health.

UK to infect healthy volunteers to speed up vaccine efforts

The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents say it may produce results faster than standard research, which waits to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment get sick. The government is preparing to invest £33.6 million ($43.4 million) in the study.

What are the treatment options for Covid-19?

Aside from drugs, doctors have learned more about ways to treat hospitalized patients, such as putting them on their bellies and other measures that may prevent the need for breathing machines.

World struggles as confirmed Covid-19 cases pass 40 million

The US, Brazil and India are reporting by far the highest numbers of cases, although the increase in recent weeks has been driven by a surge in Europe, which has seen over 240,000 confirmed virus deaths in the pandemic so far.

Asia Today: South Korea testing at hospitals, nursing homes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Monday began testing tens of thousands of employees of hospitals and nursing homes to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at live-in facilities. Fifteen of the 76 latest cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency were from the southern port city...
LONDON—Danica Marcos wants to be infected with Covid-19. While other people are wearing masks and staying home to avoid the disease, the 22-year-old Londoner has volunteered to contract the new coronavirus as part of a controversial study that hopes to speed development of a vaccine. Marcos and other young...
WASHINGTON—The US regulators who will decide the fate of Covid-19 vaccines are taking an unusual step: Asking outside scientists if their standards are high enough. The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus. On...

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia security ties to counter China

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Japan’s new prime minister pledged on Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country’s vision for greater international cooperation to counter China’s influence in the region. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, speaking in...

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G; official labels China ‘biggest threat’

Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a top security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats. The Swedish telecom regulator said Tuesday that four wireless carriers bidding for frequencies in an upcoming spectrum auction for the new...

Argentina passes 1 million cases as Covid-19 slams Latin America

USHUAIA, Argentina—At the edge of Argentina in a city known as “The End of the World,” many thought they might be spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. Sitting far from the South American nation’s bustling capital, health workers in Ushuaia were initially able to contain a small...

As coronavirus flares globally, new strategies target hot spots

NEW YORK—After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and US states are trying more targeted measures as cases rise again around the world, especially in Europe and the Americas. New York’s new round of virus shutdowns zeroes in...

New Zealand’s Ardern credits virus response for election win

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—A day after winning a second term in a landside victory, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday she sees the election result as an endorsement of her government’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus and reboot the economy. Speaking at a café near her...

G-20 suspends poor nations’ debt payments for six months

WASHINGTON—The Group of 20 nations, representing the world’s biggest economies, agreed on Wednesday to extend the suspension of debt payments by an additional six months to support the most vulnerable countries in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension of what the G-20 says could provide relief of...

FGEN asks 3 firms to submit bids for FSRU

FGEN LNG Corp. (FGEN LNG), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Gen Corp. (First Gen), has formally issued a request to tender for a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) to 3 interested bidders.

SMC Global raising capital for Batangas LNG terminal

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. is raising $400 million from the issuance of senior perpetual capital securities to fund, among others, its entry into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business. “The net proceeds of the 2020 Securities will be used for capital expenditures and investments in LNG and related...

Lockdown restrictions cut Belle Corp. 9-month profit

Belle Corp., which owns half of City of Dreams Manila, said its income in the January-to-September period plunged by 96 percent to P93 million from last year’s P2.56 billion, as the pandemic shuttered its facilities and halted tourist arrivals. Revenues were down by half for the period to P2.91...

EDC told to woo Japanese firms moving out of China

The chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means has urged the Department of Finance and the Department of Trade and Industry to come up with “proactive strategies” to attract Japanese firms moving out of China. In letters to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez and Trade Secretary Ramon...

Cargill still bullish on PHL market

CargilL Philippines Inc. (Cargill) on Thursday said it remains committed to investing a total of P12.5 billion in the Philippines until 2023 despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic to its businesses. Cargill President Sonny Catacutan said the company remains confident in investing in the Philippines due...

Scheme to cut plastic waste pushed

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is encouraging businesses to adopt the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, a critical policy tool with a track record in holding manufacturers accountable for the end-of-life impacts of their plastic products and packaging. This scheme, according to WWF will also encourage holistic...

PhilCare, Silicon Valley start-up promote mental wellness

PhilCare, a leading health maintenance organization in the Philippines, upholds it commitment to address Filipinos’ mental health needs by partnering with MyGolana—the most advanced mental wellness platform in the Philippines, developed by a Silicon Valley start-up with operations in Manila. The partnership is timely, as mental wellness concerns have...

SMC to buy plastic waste for cement facility

Congolomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) on Thursday said it is buying tons of used plastic wastes to fuel its cement manufacturing facilities. Northern Cement Corp., an affiliate of the conglomerate, is capable of consuming up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. It is targeting to reduce...
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Students in need of STEM resources? DOST-STII library is open online 24/7

Students are currently learning at home through the blended online and modular platforms as part of the protocol to avoid big crowds in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. With the schools closed, so as their libraries. Thus, the students have limited access to information besides...

For farmers, ‘plantitas:’ HormoGroe, natural plant growth stimulant

Good news for Filipino farmers and “plantitas” and “plantitos”! A new, natural plant product that stimulates root growth will soon be available in the market. The plant stimulant yielded a positive result after being tested in coffee, cassava, banana, vegetables and some ornamental plants—such as gumamela and bougainvillea.

STEM resources now widely available to students, teachers

Teaching and learning the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will no longer be distant or remote to students and teachers as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has made STEM resources widely available to them through weekly national radio broadcast, the use of social-media channels, and access to digital...

D.O.S.T-FPRDI‘s bamboo-framed face shields get another adopter

A second company is now mass producing the bamboo-framed face shield developed by the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). Following the institute’s design and specifications, the Bataan-based QGM Plant Nursery and Garden (QGM-PNG) has recently started commercially producing the face shields. The first company...

Searca leads development of national road maps for agriculture value chain in Asean

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) is set to lead the development of national road maps for key agri-based value chains where smallholders play a prominent role in five countries, including the Philippines. Under the five-year project “Agricultural...

U.P. College of Engineering receives scholarship grant from Huawei

Huawei Technologies Phils. Inc. recently announced its first scholarship program with the University of the Philippines (UP) through a virtual launching ceremony. The scholarship is accepting applications from third-year to fifth-year students of UP College of Engineering, said the Huawei news release. An annual stipend and...

3 books tell the human side of S&T

As their titles connote, these books look they are not easy reading: Science for Scale: Stories of How Companies Embraced Innovation for Growth; Science for Success: Stories of How Science and Technology Can Help Your Business; and Science for Social Change: Helping People Help Themselves. But as the idiom...

Math apps launched for students for new normal

Web-based and mobile mathematics applications were announced recently to aid Filipino students to better adapt to online and blended education in the new normal. The free Mathplus apps were introduced during Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU)-School of Science and Engineering’s webinar series titled “Senso Eskwela Pilipinas at Iba pa.”

EDC: Forging pathways for regenerative future

After championing sustainability, the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) recently said it is high time to be regenerative to ensure the survival of the planet. “For us in the Lopez Group of Companies, which EDC...

TNT goes gaga and claims win No. 5 for solo lead

WITH Jayson Castro resting a tight calf muscle, TNT Tropang Giga hardly encountered any trouble in taking care of business inside the Clark bubble that returned to “normal” less than 24 hours after getting a scare from the Covid-19. Roger Pogoy and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. joined forces in...

Lowe homers twice as Rays hold off Dodgers, 6-4, to even Series

ARLINGTON, Texas—Brandon Lowe kept finding his name near the top of Tampa Bay’s lineup even as his offensive struggles continued to mount this postseason. After Lowe finally busted out in Game 2 of the World Series, the Rays and Dodgers are tied deep in the heart of Texas.

Casimero expects easy win for Inoue against Moloney

NOT to belittle Naoya Inoue’s Australian rival, John Riel Casimero said it will be just a walk in the park for the “Japanese monster.” Casimero doesn’t see the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight champion Inoue losing at the hands of his latest challenger, Jason...

PBA players wield financial shields courtesy of FWD

FWD Life Insurance Corp. (FWD Insurance), part of the pan-Asian FWD Group, has launched #WeKanDuuThis campaign with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) via FWD Kamustahan Live episodes on Facebook. This initiative highlights the importance of financial protection in these tough times through its digital products, KanMend and KanLive.

Prince sits on Kings throne

PRINCE CAPERAL is playing like a king of hoops for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel inside the isolated kingdom in Pampanga known as the Clark bubble. But for the Gin Kings head coach, Tim Cone, Caperal is playing true to expectations. “We’re not surprised by Prince’s play...

Munzon, Zamboanga City Chooks top President’s Cup Leg 1

JOSHUA MUNZON delivered the goods when it mattered most as Zamboanga City Chooks-Family’s Brand Sardines beat Butuan-Uling Roasters, 21-17, late Wednesday to rule Leg 1 of the Chooks-to-Go President’s Cup at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna. Munzon scored four of his team’s last seven points in staving...

Valientes making Zamboangueños proud

THE Zamboanga Valientes MLV have proven themselves capable of competing in the 3x3 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas after making the semifinal round of the first leg on Wednesday at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna. The Valientes—the only full homegrown team in the inaugural 3x3...

Sweating it out

International Boxing Federation world super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (in yellow) and newly-minted pro and Tokyo Olympics-bound Eumir Felix Marcial sweat it out on Wednesday morning as their coach, Joven Jimenez, takes a video in their Bellevue home in Los Angeles, California.

This good Earth according to Attenborough

STRANGE and hopeful it is that, at the age of 94 years, David Attenborough looks back at the Earth whose cause he has documented fervently. Attenborough, a historian of...

Lea Salonga leads Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

NOT many people know this but name a Broadway musical and chances are there’s a Filipino in the cast. For many years now, talented Filipino and Filipino-American artists have found themselves dancing, singing and acting on Broadway. With Broadway theaters remaining dark until at...

Isuzu celebrates 300,000 unit sales milestone

ISUZU Philippines Corp. (IPC) recently achieved another momentous milestone—marking its 300,000 unit sales.  It was only last August when the Isuzu Leyte dealership concluded the significant deal of an Isuzu D-MAX RZ4E pickup. Twenty-four years since IPC began operations in 1996 up until the end of August 2020, a...

Toyota affirms power to lead with unveiling of new Fortuner

CONTINUING its streak of digital vehicle launches, leading mobility company Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has started the last quarter of 2020 with a highly anticipated update on one of the most popular models in its lineup—the Toyota Fortuner. The New Fortuner range is headlined by the new LTD variant...

RSA for president in 2022; Honda helps again

SINCE its eventful global launch in 2004, the Fortuner has never been lacking in adulation in virtually all aspects of what a vehicle should be since the invention of pizza.  So consistently awesome this machine is that in 2017, it even outsold Vios, its cute little sister...

How art helps in distance learning

IT has been a few months since online classes started for our kids. Based on my observation and the feedback from parents, distance learning has brought out a recurring doubt if kids, especially those in the lower-year levels, are able to absorb information effectively in this set...

Help needed: volunteers

I WAS fixing a bulletin board when somebody asked me what I was doing. I told him the bulletin board needed some decorations so the kids in the Sunday school would stop to read and parents would be drawn to the announcements. He then asked me how...

Golden Globes group gives $5.1 million in grants

LOS ANGELES—Some of entertainment’s biggest names from Nicole Kidman to John David Washington shared encouraging words for aspiring young creators whose organizations were collectively granted millions by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organizations during the “HFPA Philanthropy:...

Blind Spot

MANIPULATIVE NOW that the sexy actress is single again, she was reportedly eyeing a reconciliation with her ex, an actor who is dating another actress. The sexy actress is said to have made a play for the actor but he diplomatically warded off any...

The coronavirus chronicles: Is this a good time to start your own business?

AMID all the economic difficulties, as well as the growing anxieties brought about by the effects of the pandemic, there could be a spark of hope, a silver lining ahead of us. Looking back in history, Geoffrey James recalls in an Inc.com article “5...

How these corporate women shifted from the boardroom to WFH (and even started home-based new businesses)

HALF a year after the deadly virus started ravaging our populace, the pandemic is shaping up to be a marathon—not a sprint. With the finish line not yet in sight, "work from home" has become the mode of survival for a great number of professionals.

BMPlus

Growing together: A tale of two businesses

For a small business, growing at a comfortable pace can be tough. Not only do you have to worry about keeping yourself out of the red, you’ll also have to make the right amount of profit so you have enough to invest back into developing your business. This was...

PhilHealth issues statement on how to proceed with payment to PRC

Official Statement PhilHealth with the support of its Board of Directors, shall wait for DOJ’s opinion on the PhilHealth-PRC MOA for proper legal guidance on how to proceed with its payment to the PRC. It is reiterating that it has the funds to pay its obligations to PRC....

MSD joins PHL National Immunization Conference to strengthen vaccine confidence, HPV immunization awareness

Some vaccine-preventable diseases have been on the rise recently. Based on the monitoring system of the World Health Organization (WHO), childhood diseases such as measles and polio continue to increase. Incidence of measles grew from 619 reported cases in 2015 to 48,525 in 2019 while reported polio cases topped at 15 from...

PLDT Home powers the biggest ESGS 2020 virtual experience

The much-awaited Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) takes on a whole a new turn—from a completely on-ground event to a virtual one, now fully livestreamed online. PLDT Home, the country’s fastest fixed network, powers the biggest gaming convention in the country that will bring in the best esports and gaming experience...

Health advocates pushes for implementation of Cancer Care Act and Universal Health Care law amidst COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) tags cancer as the second leading cause of death around the world, with 9.6 million (or 1 in 6) succumbing to the disease in 2018. In the Philippines, there were over 141,000 new cancer cases and around 86,000 deaths recorded in the same year. Because of these...

Private institutions and Department of Education Region XI partner for Brigada Eskwela

Davao City, Philippines—As the school year 2020 – 2021 begins in the face of the new normal, Udenna Foundation, in partnership with Global Synergy Trade and Distribution partnered with the Department of Education-Region XI to provide essential items for use by public schools and learning communities. School supplies and...

SoundStrip

WATCH | Sabby Sousa recalls the good times in a past relationship with ‘Emerald’

Toronto-based artist Sabby Sousa is no longer a stranger to the digital music realm. Her effervescent pop smash “Cream n’ Frosting” from last year became a viral hit on both Spotify and iTunes Philippines and the rest...

7K Sounds launches ‘The Search for the Sound of Seven Thousand Christmas Songs’

Rising music label, 7K Sounds, is on a mission to bring out the Christmas spirit in their newest show, “The Search for the Sound of Seven Thousand Christmas Songs.” The online reality search aims to discover Filipino Christmas Songs that will amplify how hopeful Filipinos are for a happy...

THE SHOW MUST GO ON | PhilPop relies on technology to hurdle challenges caused by pandemic

For this year’s PhilPop Festival, the new normal posted quite a lot of challenges. The people behind this yearly songwriting contest had to depend on the things that connect the industry more than the external, pandemic-related factors that cause division. According to Festival Chair...

LIGHT AMID THE DARKNESS | Tyler Shaw on hoping for a better tomorrow

Even though summer plans and parties were cancelled this year due to the pandemic, let Canadian artist Tyler Shaw bring some summer fun back into your quarantine. The Vancouver native, who shot to fame with his 2012 hit “Kiss Goodnight”, recently released “Remember”, the first track of his upcoming 2021 album. 

The beat goes on for Raymund Marasigan

A generation of Filipinos still associates Raymund (formerly spelled Raimund) Marasigan with the Eraserheads even if the quartet has not played together for years. It’s as if his musical epitaph is complete and his legacy laid to rest. However, Raymund's journey is far from over. He continues to forge...

Harvard Management Update

How to Manage a Hybrid Team

By Rebecca Knight Your employees’ needs are always varied. But right now, as many companies navigate a return to the office in some shape or form, your team members are likely contending with vastly different situations. Some have limited or no child care or are managing their kids’ online...

Quantify your company’s impact on people

By Caroline Rees and Robert G. Eccles The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust into the limelight the far-reaching effects that business has on vulnerable people in work forces and communities across the world, putting the imperative of tackling inequalities on a political par with climate change. What will this mean...

Diverse Teams Feel Less Comfortable—and That’s Why They Perform Better

By David Rock, Heidi Grant & Jacqui Grey In numerous studies, diversity—both inherent (e.g., race and gender) and acquired (e.g., experience and cultural background)—is associated with business success. For example, a 2009 analysis of 506 companies found that firms with a greater degree of racial and gender diversity enjoyed...

5 principles to guide adaptive leadership

By Ben Ramalingam, David Nabarro, Arkebe Oqubuy, Dame Ruth Carnall & Leni Wild The Covid-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, with leaders facing unpredictability, imperfect information, multiple unknowns and the need to identify responses quickly, all while recognizing the multidimensional (health-related, economic, social, political and cultural) nature of the crisis.

The Broader Look

Back to zero? Pandemic tests efficacy of measures vs proliferation of plastics

ZERO is both the easiest and most difficult goal, especially in waste management; just ask Jovito L. Benosa, Zero Waste Program Officer of nonprofit EcoWaste Coalition. Benosa’s and his coalition’s work are cut out for them with the proliferation of plastic and its use, especially after government imposed lockdown...

Safety nets cushion pandemic fallout for poor Filipinos

FOR some, the number 13 is a most unlucky number. But when it comes to cash transfers, it seems 13 is a winner, especially for recipients. Thirteen years ago, then Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Felipe M. Medalla floated the idea of giving cash to both...

Will distance learning work? Parents, teachers not so sure, but hopeful

RESIDENTS of Barangay Buso-Buso in Laurel, Batangas, have more reason to be wary when school opens. The village was among the hardest hit when Taal Volcano erupted in January, and families were still scraping mud off their homes when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Confronted with two crises, teachers and parents in...

Cut consumption could ‘cancel’ Christmas

Instead of the usual fare of hamon, quezo de bola, salad, leche flan and other Christmas favorites, some Filipino families may likely swap these for roasted chicken, a simple noodle dish, rice and a no-frills dessert from more affordable ingredients.

Envoys & Expats

PHL joins regional pandemic response, recovery confab

FOREIGN Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever M. Mahilum-West led the Philippine delegation in the fourth meeting of the Asean Coordinating Council Working Group on Public Health Emergencies (ACCWG-PHE) and the East Asia Summit (EAS) Experts’ Meeting held consecutively by videoconference on October 14. Said meetings provided the country with a...

SFA receives Hungarian officials, bids Egypt’s ambassador adieu

SECRETARY of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. welcomed Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto to Manila on October 15. Their meeting was the sixth between the two top diplomats, and the first visit to the Philippines of a foreign minister since travel restrictions were imposed due to...

Austrian Ambassador, EU gender champion meet with Philippine Commission on Women

Ambassador of Austria and EU Gender Champion Bita Rasoulian (center) welcomed Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director Kristine Yuzon-Chaves (left) and Chairman Sandra Montano for an exploratory meeting and harmonization of strategic initiatives in gender and development, especially as women and girls are disproportionately affected in times of crisis such as the...

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