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.

PHL has 4th worst pension of 39 economies–report

THE Philippines has the fourth worst pension among 39 economies in the world, and it has to improve the adequacy and integrity of its retirement income system, according to a report. In the Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index 2020, the country received a dismal 43 out of 100...

Government, rural banks to offer soft loans to cover 13th-month pay

THE government and rural banks will now be offering soft loans to distressed micro and small establishments to help them pay the 13th-month pay of their workers, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Department of Trade and Industry...

Kiko touts coco oil for Covid, farmers’ uplift

Coconut farmers are seen to reap huge benefits amid findings that virgin coconut oil (VCO) could prevent or reduce infections from the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19), Sen. Francis Pangilinan predicted Tuesday. “The good news is that coco farmers’ poverty can be cured  with VCO as Covid cure,’” the senator said,...

Agencies may use Bayanihan 2 funds beyond December 19

GOVERNMENT agencies can still use the P165-billion fund under the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) even after the legislation expires by December. Malacañang made the assurance on Tuesday after some lawmakers proposed extending the effectivity of Bayanihan 2 beyond December 19, 2020. “I don’t...

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

Digitization not just for coping; embracing it is the way forward

THE only way to come out stronger out of this crisis is to embrace digitization and prevent compromising the country’s growth in the next three decades, according to the World Bank. In a presentation in a public webinar on Tuesday, World Bank Philippines Senior Economist Rong Qian said the...

DBCC may downgrade GDP outlook further

FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the Cabinet-level Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) may once again revise its outlook on the Philippine economy to take into account the impact of the government’s decision to revert to a stricter lockdown in August after the number of infections rose with the easing of...

Northwest Palawan oil extraction by 2026–PNOC-EC

THE government expects to extract petroleum reserves within the northwest Palawan basin as early as 2026, a year before the Malampaya gas field runs dry. During the Senate budget hearing, Philippine National Oil Co.-Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) President Rozzano D. Briguez said drilling activities for Service Contract (SC) 57 would...

BTr makes full award of P30 billion in 5-year bonds

THE Bureau of the Treasury fully awarded P30 billion in reissued five-year Treasury Bonds (T-bonds) on Tuesday. The auction attracted total tenders of P68.7 billion, more than 2.3x the P30-billion offer. With a remaining term of  four years and 10 months, the security fetched an average...

4,000 OFWs stranded in NCR due to PhilHealth’s P960-million Covid testing debt to Red Cross

At least 4,000 returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are stranded in Metro Manila due to delays in processing of their reverse transcription-polymerase reaction (RT-PCR) test, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).  This after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) stopped processing the swab samples of arriving OFWs...

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: Seeing the potential of plant-based meat

Jackfruit is one of the fruits grown in abundance in the Philippines. The...

SSS: Harnessing the power of social-media platforms

Back in the 1990s until the early 2000s, when computerization and the...

Creditable Withholding Taxes as admitted assets

Under Circular Letter 2020-89 (Guidelines in the Treatment of Creditable Withholding Taxes),...

Editorial: How will the global Covid crisis end?

Globally, the coronavirus has already infected over 40 million people and claimed more than a million lives....

China rapidly expands use of experimental Covid-19 vaccines

Chinese drug companies have five vaccines in final stages of testing but none is approved for public use. They are part of a global race to develop a vaccine that, if successful, offers the fledgling Chinese industry the potential for prestige and worldwide sales.

Asia Today: Sydney lifts quarantine for N. Zealand travelers

Australia’s largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one of the world’s longest pandemic lockdowns.

Asia Today: SKorea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan.

Asia Today: India reports 63,000 new cases, China tests 4.2M

NEW DELHI — India has confirmed more than 63,000 new cases of the coronavirus, an increase of over 8,000 from the previous day but still far fewer than it was reporting a month ago, when the virus was at its peak in the country. The Health Ministry reported...

Asia Today: China to test 9 million after new outbreak

The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions reported within China, though China has a practice of not reporting asymptomatic cases. The ruling Communist Party has lifted most curbs on travel and business but still monitors travelers and visitors to public buildings for signs of infection.

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.
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...
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...

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...

Russia approves second vaccine after early trials

MOSCOW—Russian authorities have given regulatory approval to a second coronavirus vaccine after early-stage studies, two months after a similar move prompted widespread criticism from scientists both at home and abroad. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the announcement on Wednesday, during a televised meeting with government officials.

WHO chief warns against pursuing herd immunity to stop coronavirus

LONDON—The head of the World Health Organization warned against the idea that herd immunity might be a realistic strategy to stop the pandemic, dismissing such proposals as “simply unethical.” At a media briefing on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said health officials typically aim to achieve herd immunity...

Second Covid-19 vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot. The company said in a statement on Monday evening that illnesses, accidents and other so-called adverse events “are an...

2 Stanford economists win Nobel prize for improving auctions

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two American economists won the Nobel Prize for improving how auctions work, research that underlies much of today’s economy — from the way Google sells advertising to the way telecoms companies acquire airwaves from the government. The discoveries of Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson,...

UK cities chafe at new restrictions in 3-level lockdown plan

LONDON (AP) — The British government is set to announce new restrictions Monday on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates. But pubs, restaurants and other businesses are pushing back, arguing that they are not to blame for a resurgent outbreak. Local authorities in...

‘More REIT listings to help PSE recover from Covid-19’

Accounting firm SGV and Co. said the recent listing of the country’s first real estate investment trust (REIT) at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) may spur activity in the equities market and help it recover from the...

Local hotels secure hygiene certification

RedDoorz Philippines, a hotel management and booking platform, said it has been able to get onboard 100 HygienePass certified hotels across the country. Launched last June 2020, the initiative aims to equip hotels with an industry-wide cleanliness and sanitation certification that is co-created with local medical experts and also...

PH Resorts shares trading suspended

PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc., the gambling unit of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy, has asked for a voluntary trading suspension of its shares at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) during its follow-on offering. Shares of PH Resorts will be suspended for trading starting Wednesday through November 5, when its...

Firms urged to maximize cloud’s benefits

Businesses must leverage the benefits of the cloud in order to survive and even thrive in the pandemic, ranking officials of multicloud digital innovations startup Apper Digital Inc. said on Tuesday. Diwa del Mundo, the company’s chief principal architect and co-founder, said digital transformation strategies should be implemented through...

More unique merchants tap PayMaya

  Financial technology (fintech) player PayMaya said on Tuesday that the unique merchants it onboarded in September ballooned by over 1,400 percent annually, as contactless payments become the norm due to the pandemic. In a statement, the company said the growth signifies “an exponential increase in...

‘VMware to fast-track digital transformation in Southeast Asia’

VMWare said it is planning to fast-track digital innovation and transformation in Southeast Asia through various initiatives in intrinsic security, future ready work solutions, multi-cloud platforms, application modernization efforts and artificial intelligence. During the VMworld 2020, VMware unveiled new innovations to deliver intrinsic security to the world’s digital infrastructure....

Validating online account tests banks–report

Philippine banks should incorporate a seamless identity-authentication system on their digital application process to maintain a strong online client base, according to a report by a California-based data analytics company. In its “Identity in Digital Banking” Survey, Fair, Isaac and Co. (Fico) revealed that financial institutions are facing challenges...

PHL, Thai banks seal deal to boost financial inclusion

Security Bank Corp. is expecting the newly-sealed strategic partnership with a Thai bank to boost its financial inclusion initiatives amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on Tuesday, the listed bank announced it finalized the partnership deal with Bank of Ayudhya, which is commonly known as Krungsri.

Blueprint for a Filipino infra bank

One of the speakers during the recent Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines’s (Finex) Week 2020 Annual Conference was Australian banker Chris Box, senior investment officer of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Headquartered in Beijing, the multilateral financial institution started operation in 2016...
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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, chemical-free plant growth stimulant

Good news for Filipino farmers and “plantitas” and “plantitos”! A new, chemical-free 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.”

Concert to showcase bamboo musical instruments

Attention ethnic music enthusiasts. The rich diversity of the country’s bamboo musical instruments will be put on full display in a Virtual Concert happening on November 24. Sponsored by the Department of Science and...

World champion runner Naser wins doping case on technicality

MONACO—The women’s 400-meter world champion has avoided being banned for a doping rule violation on a technicality, according to a ruling published Tuesday. The Athletics Integrity Unit said the charges against Bahraini runner Salwa Eid Naser for missed tests and filing failures were dismissed by an independent tribunal.

Newsome sinks clincher for Bolts in OT

Chris Newsome was awesome in regulation and was fuming in overtime to lift Meralco to a hard-earned 109-104 victory over Magnolia in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup on Tuesday night at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga. Newsome, now more recognizable from afar with his afro, nailed...

3×3 President’s Cup first leg gets going at Calamba bubble

THE Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President’s Cup unfolds on Wednesday with 12 teams competing under strict health and safety protocols at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna. League commissioner Eric Altamirano said organizers left no stone unturned to make sure that the bubble meets all government guidelines in staging...

Pacquiao stresses need for boxing body

SEN. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao pressed for the passing into law of Senate Bill No. 193 and 805 that would create the Philippine Boxing Commission and Combat Sports Commission amid opposition from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). “We’re in the middle of the pandemic and we’ll use this time...

Folayang going back to Singapore to begin comeback

PERHAPS there is no country more fitting for Eduard “Landslide” Folayang to jumpstart his journey back to the One lightweight world title than Singapore. After all, the Lion City has been good to him and his mixed martial arts career. So when he takes on Antonio...

Coach’s challenge in PBA necessary

WHAT is wrong is wrong.  What is right is right. It was wrong for referee Sherwin Pineda to call a foul on Paolo Taha of Northport. It was right for Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Willie Marcial to suspend Pineda for...

Zamboanga City tops 3×3 preseason tilt

ZAMBOANGA City-Family’s Brand Sardines is headed to the first leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup powered by TM with with all its cylinders firing after ruling the preseason on Monday. Zamboanga City topped Bacolod-Master Sardines in a seesaw Finals, 21-17, inside the league’s Inspire Sports Academy in...

Referee sent home from Clark bubble for making bad call

FIRST it was San Miguel Beer’s Terrence Romeo to exit the Clark bubble over the weekend because of a dislocated shoulder. On Monday, it was referee Sherwin Pineda who packed his bags and was sent home because of making a “bum call.” Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)...

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...

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...

Avida celebrates 30th year with purpose-driven collaborations

WHEN Avida Land recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, the Ayala Land Inc. subsidiary embarked on purpose-driven collaborations with local livelihood brands. Moreover the move was in line with Ayala Corp.s crusade to uplift Filipinos’ lives. In other words, Avida has chosen to “celebrate life,” as its very name denotes, for a cause.

Hisense refrigerator, your partner in the kitchen

THESE days, the goal of every household is to stick to a budget when it comes to shopping for their daily meals. Due to the community quarantine, the best way to do your shopping is to either do your shopping once a week, twice a month or even once a month if...

D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Inc. acquires property in Makati City

Makati, Philippines—D.M. Wenceslao Group (PSE:DMW), through its residential development arm, Aseana Residential Holdings Corp. (ARHC), acquired a 1,600-sq-m building in Legazpi Village, Makati City. Legazpi Village, a walkable neighborhood in the Makati Central Business District, known as haven for young professionals and families with its offering of new retail concepts, restaurants, and...

BEPJV engages Cushman & Wakefield for 60-hectare township project

THE Bonifacio East Project Joint Venture (BEPJV), composed of Primelux Holdings, the Bases Conversion & Development Authority (BCDA), and the National Housing Authority (NHA), is working with Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) Philippines in marketing their 60-hectare project in Taguig City. Located south of McKinley Hill, Bonifacio East was master-planned by...

Sanya Lopez comes into bloom

IT is definitely the perfect season for Sanya Lopez to be in full bloom and she is more than ready and ripe. Lopez has been announced as the replacement of Marian Rivera as the lead character in the upcoming GMA prime-time series First Yaya.

AAA online talk tackles rural art residencies

INDEPENDENT, nonprofit organization Asia Art Archive (AAA) mounted recently an online discussion over Zoom about art residences situated away from the glitz and bustle of urban centers and in the stillness of the what is considered as remote and far-flung. Titled “Faraway So Close:...

Out and about again: Queen Elizabeth in visit with William

LONDON—Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday carried out her first public engagement outside of a royal residence since early March when the coronavirus pandemic started to impact upon on all aspects of day-to-day life in the UK. The 94-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson Prince William at the Defence...

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

NGCP turns over housing project for Valenzuela City residents

On October 15, NGCP, together with Gawad Kalinga, formally turned over to the City Government of Valenzuela the first batch of low-rise dwellings in Disiplina Village, Lingunan, Valenzuela City, a joint in-city housing project for informal settler families. As the power grid operator, NGCP worked with the City of...

Villar donates alcohol

To boost government’s efforts to beat Covid-19, Senator Cynthia A. Villar donated bottles of alcohol to Mariano Marcos Memorial and Medical Center. The senator has been in the forefront of the initiatives of Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) to...

PHL must invest in broadband

World Bank economist and lead author of the report “A Better Normal Under Under COVID-19: Digitalizing the Philippine Economy Now”, Kevin Chua, said it accurately, “In a society-wide digital transformation, the government itself must lead by example.” Elsewhere in the world, governments have funded broadband initiatives to improve connectivity. China...

Rio Tuba community ‘upcycles’ for soil conditioners

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining (RTN) is the first in the mining industry to use the bioreactor technology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that converts biodegradable wastes into organic fertilizers and soil conditioners. RTN, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), adopts this innovative soil conditioning technology...

Asia’s largest floating playground Inflatable Island floats back ‘with a Glow-up’ this November

Get ready to float, splash and play as Inflatable Island, Asia’s biggest floating playground, re-opens with new attractions this upcoming November 6, 2020. Inflatable Island gives you a wait-worthy glow-up with the newest attractions, offering guests more than a place to play. You can now enjoy a mix of...

SM Supermalls mark milestone with the first-ever virtual ‘SuperKids Day’

SM Supermalls and its kiddie shoppers across the country recently made history with the celebration of the first-evervirtual SM SuperKids Day that was held at SM Supermalls’ official Facebook page. On its fourth year, SuperKids Day continued the tradition of highlighting everything that Filipino children love at SM –...

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...

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...

BLACKPINK to headline TikTok Stage this October 21

With the latest success of their 1st full album ‘THE ALBUM,’ BLACKPINK has announced that they will be hosting ’TikTok Stage with BLACKPINK’ event on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 6PM PHT as part of the plan to connect with their fans in the Philippines and around the globe.

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

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.

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

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

Envoys & Expats

Israel inaugurates honorary consulate in Davao

DAVAO CITY—The State of Israel opened its honorary consulate here on October 6, in a meaningful ceremony which recalled the open-door policy by former Philippine president Manuel L. Quezon that allowed the hosting of Jewish refugees in World War II. It was the same historic event that had been...

SFA receives Russian, Chilean envoys

SECRETARY of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. recently received the Republic of Chile’s Ambassador-designate to the Philippines Claudio Alberto Rojas Rachel, who succeeded Ambassador José Miguel Capdevila Villarroel. Locsin and Rojas evaluated the state of Philippine-Chilean relations, including preparations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment...

Australia’s biz links to support PHL’s Covid-19 recovery

AS friend and long-standing partner to the Philippines, Australia is calling for partnerships with inclusive businesses to create both development impacts and sustainable commercial returns, while supporting the Philippines’s economic recovery from the pandemic. The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has resulted in significant economic...

CSR