Ex-DA chief pushes Congress fertilizer probe

LAWMAKERS were urged by a former Agriculture secretary to pursue their respective investigations into allegations of overprice in the contracts for urea fertilizer under the government’s emergency stimulus program in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Federation of Free Farmers President Leonardo Montemayor said the Department of Agriculture must address...

DFA closes 2 consular offices for disinfection

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Office of Consular Affairs located in Aseana in Parañaque City, and its Consular Office in NCR South (Metro Alabang Town Center) will be closed on Monday, July 6, 2020. The DFA said the consular offices have been hit by Covid-19, “so...

Govt marks 9.3-B liters of fuel in steady fight vs tax leakages

THE government has so far marked 9.3 billion liters of fuel in a bid to plug tax leakages. An infographic on fuel marking shared by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III with reporters over the weekend showed 75 percent of the marked fuel were in Luzon, 20 percent in...

Lawmakers cite urgency of Bayanihan 2’s passage

By Butch Fernandez & Jovee Marie N. dela Cruz LAWMAKERS on Sunday reiterated willingness to tackle measures to help businesses and workers recover from Covid-related disruptions, as they await  Palace’s final confirmation of the date for a special session for the purpose. And, unlike the Bayanihan 1...

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PCG urged to file raps vs captain of Hong Kong cargo ship in sea mishap

AS the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) continues its search and rescue operation for the missing crew of Liberty 5, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) urged the government to take legal action against the Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel’s captain who may be held liable for the sea mishap.

‘Misencounter’ or gunslay in cold blood?: NBI probes death of 4 Army men in Jolo

All policemen involved in the reported “shootout” in Sulu on Monday that resulted in the killing of four Army soldiers, including two junior officers, have been disarmed as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) begins its probe into the incident. The disarming of firearms and...

Makati mayor padlocks Bel-Air bar, says city pubs to remain closed under GCQ

Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay had ordered the closure of Skye Bar at Barangay Bel-Air for illegally operating and violating laws and protocols under the general community quarantine (GCQ). Binay also reminded owners of bars in the city that they are not yet allowed to...

Go to DOH and DSWD: Mental health concerns should be a priority amid raging pandemic

SEN. and Senate Committee on Health Chairman Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is appealing to the Departments of Health (DOH), and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to bolster efforts to extend psychosocial assistance to individuals struggling with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and other more serious psychological...

Anti-plastic pollution group welcomes adoption of reusable packaging system

A group advocating against pollution from disposable plastic lauded the position of 115 health experts from 18 countries vouching for the safety of the reusable packaging system by employing basic hygiene. Health and environmental groups under the Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) movement welcomed the statement, which addresses the...

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‘Beyond bringing them home under strict health rules, stranded people need help’

BRINGING the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) back to their home provinces does not end there, the Senate Health committee chief said at the weekend as he renewed call for strict implementation of health protocols in the return of LSIs to their provinces. While stressing the need for such stringent...

New twist in Wirecard mess: fake Bureau of Immigration record

The fictitious entries were discovered following a thorough check on the CCTV footage, airline manifests, and other records. This, following confusion arising from reports that Marsalek, said to have a Filipino wife, had entered the country, just as an international search focused on him over his role in the scandal. Wirecard AG claimed to have lost €1.9 billion or $2.1 billion due to fraud.

Nearly 70K OFWs back home, says DFA

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)facilitated the return of almost 10,000 overseas Filipinos (OFs) last week, bringing the total number of repatriated OFs to 68,440 since it began bringing home Covid-19-displaced migrant workers in February 2020. Of the total number, 51.23 percent (35,059 OFs) are sea-based and 48.77 percent...

Travel agencies harassed over refund demands

TRAVEL agencies in the country are being harassed and insulted by customers demanding refunds for their canceled tour packages when travel restrictions were implemented to control the spread of Covid-19. The harassment followed approval by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) of Resolution No. 51 on...

Online purchases seen to push up PHL food retail sales

ONLINE food purchases by Filipino households during the Covid-19 pandemic will drive the country’s food retail sales to rise by a fifth to a record-high $60 billion this year, according to the Global Agricultural Information Network (Gain). The Gain report, which was prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture...

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When the pandemic is gone II

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

Who’s winning the pandemic tax war?

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

‘What’s so bad about that?’

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Giving, earning and sustaining: The 3 principles of omnipreneurship

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When the pandemic is gone

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Restarting tourism: Industrial change and travel bubbles

“Thailand is considering travel bubbles with nations where Covid-19 is largely contained such as China, South Korea and Vietnam, although initial travel may be focused more for medical and business purposes. Vietnam, on the other hand, is planning to bring in international visitors on a trial basis, with Phu Quoc Island as the test destination. International tourists would have to undergo a Covid-19 test, but they will be able to move freely on the island—but only there.” — Sonny M. Angara | Better Days

What Your Youngest Employees Need Most Right Now

Though the coronavirus has been merciless in its impact on people of all ages, the long-term effects on the Generation Z cohort are likely to be particularly severe. Overnight, these young people lost their daily interactions with the teachers who trained them, coaches who mentored them, clubs that fulfilled them and friends who sustained them through the painful ordeals of youth. Milestones such as proms, plays and graduation — crucial moments in the social and emotional development of an individual — swiftly vanished.
HSBC Holdings Plc. pledged to boost investments in China to capture more wealth and retail clients even as political tension escalates after Beijing launched sweeping new security legislation to crack down on Hong Kong. The bank, which has come under fire over its support for...

Tesla Q2 deliveries rise over Q1 despite factory shutdown

DETROIT—Tesla says it delivered more electric vehicles worldwide in the second quarter than it did in the first. The increase came even though coronavirus restrictions forced it to shut down its only US factory for much of the period. The company says it delivered 90,650...

Budweiser brewer turns off taps at post-lockdown London office

Just as British pubs reopen, the world’s biggest brewer is shutting the bar in its London offices. That’s just one of the changes in store as Anheuser-Busch InBev NV prepares to welcome employees back to its UK headquarters site. The move makes the brewer of...

Trump threatens ‘decoupling’ as US-China feud gets nasty

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy & Todd Shields / Bloomberg News The US and China are moving beyond bellicose trade threats to exchanging regulatory punches that threaten a wide range of industries including technology, energy and air travel. The two countries have blacklisted...

Can Facebook weather the advertising boycott?

By Barbara Ortutay / AP Technology Writer On July 1, 2020, more than 500 companies officially kicked off an advertising boycott intended to pressure Facebook into taking a stronger stand against hate speech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with its organizers early next...

Hong Kong bankers recruited by Taiwan after security law

Taiwan is ramping up efforts to lure bankers and other skilled workers who want to escape China’s tightening grip on Hong Kong. Just hours after the financial hub’s controversial new security law came into effect on June 30, Taiwan officially opened an office dedicated to...

Hot news cycle leads CNN to best ratings in 40 years

NEW YORK—An extraordinary stretch of news with the coronavirus pandemic and racial reckoning triggered by George Floyd’s death has led CNN to its biggest audience for any three-month period in the network’s 40-year history. Fox News Channel and MSNBC also had record-setting quarters ending in...

NIA breaks ground for Balbalungao Earthfill Dam amid Covid-19 pandemic

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently held a groundbreaking and capsule laying ceremony for an earthfill dam, expected to be completed in 2023. “This is the first groundbreaking ceremony after the government declared...

AirAsia: Flyers must order meals online

AirAsia said over the weekend that additional measures related to the sale of in-flight meals and products are being taken to ensure guests will have a “safe and convenient journey” under the airline’s new norm of flying. While AirAsia’s award-winning Santan meals will still be served onboard, guests will...

Surge in demand props up electricity spot-market rate

Electricity spot-market price for June went up to P3.25 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), from P2.19 per kWh in the previous month, data released by the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines Inc. (IEMOP) showed. IEMOP Chief Operating Officer Robinson Descanzo attributed the price increase to a spike in demand...

Ayala unit, govt to probe Iloilo oil spill

AC Energy, the power arm of Ayala Corp., said it is tapping a third-party company to assist in its investigation into the oil spill incident in Iloilo City. “As of this time, we are conducting an investigation of the incident and a reputable third-party firm will be engaged to...

‘Model farms aim to raise Caraga corn output’

Davao City—Model corn farms would be established in Caraga region in northeastern Mindanao to expand grains production and boost food supply during the pandemic. The farms would be set up in Barangay Mandamo in Butuan City, and in the municipalities of Bunawan in Agusan del Sur and San Miguel...

‘ABS-CBN franchise hearing nears conclusion’

The House Committee on Legislative Franchises said it is targeting to terminate on Monday its deliberations on bills granting ABS-CBN Corp. a fresh legislative franchise. Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez, the panel chairman, said July 6 may be the last day of hearings for the ABS-CBN franchise.

Group: Govt vows to look into undervaluation of rice imports

By Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas & Bernadette D. Nicolas The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) said the Bureau of Customs (BOC) will form a ”small” group that would address the alleged undervaluation of rice imports to boost government’s tariff revenues and help farmers. FFF National Manager...

Converge ICT to raise funds for expansion

Converge Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Solutions Inc., the telecom firm led by Pampanga businessman Dennis Anthony H. Uy, is going public to raise as much as P35.9 billion, mostly from international investors. According to the registration statement it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, the...

SMPC ready for economic impact of pandemic–exec

Consunji-led Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) said it would still be able to carry out minimum dividend payout and trim debts amid the prevailing conditions and continuing risks presented by Covid-19. SMPC Chairman Isidro Consunji said the company remains cash-flow positive even if it is not spared from...

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

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

Isotope techniques used to ensure clean freshwater in Pampanga

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

National Academy of Science and Technology announces new members

The new NAST PHL members include Arnel N. del Barrio, PhD (Ruminant Nutrition); Charlotte M. Chiong, MD (Otolaryngology) and PhD (Medical Sciences); Christopher P. Monterola, PhD (Physics); Maribel G. Nonato, PhD (Chemistry); and Windell L. Rivera, PhD (Medical Sciences). The new corresponding members are Francis L. de los Reyes III, PhD (Environmental Engineering); Gonzalo C. Serafica, PhD (Chemical Engineering); Ramon B. Gustilo, MD (Orthopaedics); and Annabelle P. Villalobos, PhD (Chemistry).

PHL, Japan experts partner in mapping of mangroves

It is estimated that a hectare of mangroves can provide more than $3,200 worth of direct flood-reduction benefits per year, according to the World Bank. Apart from this, mangroves help in the absorption of carbon dioxide or blue or organic carbon.

DOST-ITDI at 119: Changing, improving lives through R&D, in time of pandemic

By Violy B. ConozaExclusive to the BusinessMirror RECENT events around the world point to the significance of being reminded of our past, including in the realm of science and technology, and learn our lessons. At the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the...

OneSToreCity mobile app launch to reinvigorate government e-commerce

By Edwin P. Galvez Many people all over the world tap their phones to buy online, particularly mobile-first Filipinos who spend the most time—at least nine hours—on the Internet every day. This is why the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is...

STEM learning set through radio, online in new normal

Before the coronavirus pandemic emerged in the first quarter of the year, and the subsequent extended community quarantine (ECQ) was declared to prevent the spread of the virus, many students in the provinces get to appreciate science through the "Science Explorer" and "nuLab" buses developed by the Science...

Pope: In life’s ups and downs, make prayer your constant

VATICAN—King David is an example of being consistent in prayer no matter what life throws at you or what good or bad you do, Pope Francis said during his general audience this past...

Wolff shoots 64 to take 3-shot lead in Detroit

DETROIT—Matthew Wolff has been working on his mindset, trying to have a good time regardless of results to help him perform closer to his potential. An ice cream truck outside the Detroit Golf Club seemed to help. Wolff had a roller-coaster round that went well enough...