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, S.E.A. neighbors must shun mid-income trap—EU-Asean Poll

TWO in every five European investors in Southeast Asia have warned that economies, including the Philippines, may find themselves caught in the middle-income trap due to a lack of cooperation among governments in the region. In a survey, the EU-Asean Business Council reported 60 percent of European firms said...

DA firm on poultry ban as Brazil goes to WTO

MANILA is standing its ground and is keeping the ban on Brazilian poultry products, except mechanically deboned meat (MDM), until it is satisfied with how Brasilia curbed the Covid-19 outbreaks in its meat-exporting plants. In a statement on Monday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said it welcomes the action...

PHL Red Cross cited for key role in Covid response

RECOGNIZING its “extraordinary accomplishments” in the country’s fight against Covid-19 and in providing humanitarian assistance, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) commended the Philippine Red Cross as it also set the standard worldwide for its testing capacity that has reached over a million people.

DOJ upholds PhilHealth’s deal with Red Cross on Covid testing

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is now willing to pay half of the P930 million it owes to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for the testing of thousands of repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In an online press briefing on Monday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the disclosure...

Editorial: Children of God

Pope Francis has often rattled the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church with his fresh and at...

Nation

SC urged to act on motion to issue injunction against ATA and its IRR

THE Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and the Movement Against Tyranny on Monday filed a motion before the Supreme Court to immediately grant their plea to issue a status quo ante order, or a preliminary injunction, to enjoin the implementation of the Republic Act 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and its implementing rules...

Bill proposes to harness power of media ‘for the common good’

A lawmaker is pushing for the passage of a bill mandating broadcast media and online news sites to allocate a portion of their airtime to disseminate information on enacted laws and government services involving national emergencies and public interest. In House Bill 7819, or the proposed “Public Service Announcement Act,” Camarines Sur Rep....

DFA suspends CO operations in Laguna, Batangas, Albay

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  announced on Monday that its Consular Offices (CO) in San Pablo, Laguna; Lipa, Batangas; and Legazpi, Albay will be closed on October 26, 2020, due to inclement weather brought about by Typhoon Quinta “and in line with the pronouncements of their respective provincial governments.”

DAR distributes CLOAs to 605 farmers in San Narciso, Quezon

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones has recently led the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs), agricultural equipment, and farm productivity assistance to farmers in San Narciso, Quezon. In a news statement, the DAR chief said the CLOA distribution marks the culmination of the...

Two wanted ASG men arrested in Pasay City

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday bared the arrest of two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in separate counterterrorism operations in Pasay City. NBI Officer in Charge Director Eric Distor identified the alleged ASG members as Jamar Ibi and Raden Jamil.

Top News

9-month BOP surplus hits $6.878 billion amid pandemic

THE country’s transactions with the rest of the world in the first nine months of 2020 surpassed last year’s dollar surplus despite the economic disruptions brought by the global pandemic. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday that the Philippines’s balance of payments (BOP)—or the summary of...

Weak dollar to boost PHL, other EMs–Moody’s

THE Philippines will stand to benefit from a potentially prolonged dollar weakness, as it will translate to lower peso values of its foreign currency liabilities, Moody’s Investor Service said in a recent assessment. “Some market experts have suggested that a period of prolonged dollar weakness could be on the...

PHL to host WTTC 2021; quicker rebound projected

THE World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is looking forward to a quicker rebound in global tourism with recent innovations in inbound tourism and border controls by a growing number of countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic. At the opening ceremony of the virtual Philippine MICE Conference 2020 on Monday,...

MVP Group, JP Morgan in talks for 45% SPEx stake

THE group of Manuel V. Pangilinan is in talks with JP Morgan to assist the group in its interest to buy the 45-percent stake of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEx) in the Malampaya gas-to-power project. “We are looking at it. We’ve been talking to JP Morgan who has been...

DFA recalls envoy in Brazil over alleged abuse video

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on Monday announced the recall of the Philippine ambassador to Brazil following release of video footage showing her apparently mistreating her household staff. “The Philippine Ambassador to Brazil has been recalled effective immediately to explain the maltreatment of her service staff,” Locsin...

Column

The WFH phenomenon as a double-edged sword

There was a survey done last month (September) by US-based Enterprise Technology...

Enjoying the sound of silence in the city

In the early days of the pandemic lockdown, when authorities had everyone...

Of fire and ice

A good friend of mine describes her provincial address as a number...

Transformation through diversity

Conclusion The University of the Philippines Virata School of...

The virus is still around

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

Opinion

Lower PHL infection rate augurs well for economy

The reproduction rate of Covid-19 in the Philippines has been on a decline for several weeks...

The continuing economic chaos

"The period of Political Chaos began in October 2015. The period of Economic Chaos will begin...

BIR clarifies its Voluntary Assessment and Payment Program

IS a taxpayer entitled to a “No Audit” privilege if it selects...

Ending the gridlock and paralysis

AT long last, we are seeing the light at the end of...

‘We have to work together’

Remarks of UN Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez at the virtual UN Philippines celebration of the 75th anniversary...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes harbors after 609 test positive

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday closed at least two fishery harbors and many stalls after a surge of 609 cases linked to the country's main fish market. The...

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

MANILA — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the economy, which slipped into...

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.

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.
BARCELONA, Spain—Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating the near collapse of the country’s hospitals. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the decision to restrict free movement...
BANGKOK—Thailand’s Parliament began a special session on Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister’s resignation. As Speaker of the House Chuan Leekpai began the session, only 450 of the total of 731...

FDA okays first Covid-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir

US regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat Covid-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given to hospitalized patients through an IV. 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...

Santa Claus won’t be coming to Macy’s New York store this year

NEW YORK—Macy’s said Santa Claus won’t be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago. More than a quarter of a million people come to see Santa at Macy’s in New York each year,...

Huawei sales up, but growth slows under virus, US pressure

BEIJING—Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday its revenue rose 9.9 percent in the first nine months of this year, but growth decelerated in the face of US sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. Huawei Technologies Ltd., gave no sales figure...

Regulators, experts take up thorny vaccine study issues

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...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro rejects Covid vaccine from China

SÃO PAULO—Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday rejected the announced purchase of 46 million doses of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus being developed by a Chinese company and tested in a state governed by a political rival, prompting some to question if he was allowing politics to steer public health decisions.

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...

SM Prime 9-month income down by half

Shopping mall operator SM Prime Holdings Inc. on Monday said its income in the January-to-September period fell by half to P14.4 billion, from last year's P27.6 billion due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘New permits to hasten network improvements’

FILIPINOS may expect better telco services in the coming months, according to the two incumbent telco operators in the country, as they implement network improvements to accommodate the growing demand for Internet connectivity during the pandemic. Smart Communications Inc. said it has secured about 600 new permits from various...

Emperador profits up on higher overseas sales

Emperador Inc., the listed liquor firm of businessman Andrew Tan, said its income in January to September rose 11 percent to P5.9 billion from last year’s P5.27 billion, mainly on brisk overseas sales. In the third quarter alone, it said its income rose 25 percent to P2.5 billion from...

Allianz, San Juan to build bike pit stop

Lucio Tan-owned Allianz PNB Life has partnered with the city government of San Juan to provide biking safety solutions to the city. They unveiled over the weekend the design of the country’s first solar-powered bike pit stop that will be constructed in the San Juan City Hall Complex along...

Lockdowns, LNG investment cut Meralco 9-month income

THE MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) on Monday reported a 39-percent drop in its net income to P11.3 billion at end-September this year, mainly due to losses incurred from its Singapore investment. Meralco Chief Finance Officer Betty Siy-Yap said during an online press conference that consolidated net income at the...

PT&T ties up with US software firm

PUBLICLY-LISTED Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) has announced its partnership with American firm VMware Inc. in its bid to enable businesses to manage their bandwidth usage. PT&T said it sees VMware SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) solution as the “perfect complement” to its connectivity offerings as it enhances...

Government sells additional P5 billion T-bills as demand remains strong

The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) on Monday fully awarded P20 billion in Treasury Bills (T-bills) as demand for government securities remains strong. The auction was oversubscribed by more than four times the volume offered as tenders reached P81.8 billion. National Treasurer Rosalia V. De Leon...

BDO 9-month earnings plunge 48% to P16.6 billion

The biggest bank in the country suffered a 48-percent profit decline in the first nine months of the year due to disruptions caused by state measures against the Covid-19 pandemic. BDO Unibank reported on Monday that its third-quarter net income hit P12.3 billion amid the continuing impact of lockdown...

GSIS opens P20 billion study-now, pay-later loan window

Government Service Insurance System President and General Manager Rolando L. Macasaet announced that the state pension fund is opening a P20-billion study-now, pay-later loan window for the college education of GSIS members’ kins. “We will allow GSIS members who have at least 15 years of government service to avail...
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TekNegoShow: Technologies for new normal

Was your livelihood affected by the pandemic? Do you need an extra income? Are you planning to start a business? The TekNegoShow, which was launched virtually on October 22, may be the answer to your concern. TekNegoShow, that supports the “Science for the People” advocacy of the DOST, is...

DOST’s Montoya named among 15 authors of 2023 UN SDG Report

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, executive director of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), was appointed recently by UN Secretary General António Guterres as one of the 15 eminent scientists to draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), said a UN official announcement in New...

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.

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 Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), the event will showcase a wide range...

Searca launches ‘innovEIGhts’ model for open ties in agriculture

An Emerging Innovation for Growth (EIG) Program powered by the “Searca innovEIGhts” model of open collaboration for academe-industry-government partnerships was launched on October 14. At the virtual launch held virtually via Facebook and Zoom, Director Dr. Glenn Gregorio of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...

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...

Why Catholics pray for and to the dead

Every year without fail, corporate consultant Juris Umali-Soliman, 68, travels before sunrise to San Jose in Batangas at least a day before All Saints’ Day to visit the graves of her brother, grandparents and relatives at the...

Pagdanganan settles for 3rd, McDonald wins by 1 stroke

BIANCA PAGDANGANAN fell short of winning her first Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) title on her rookie year and settled for solo third place in the Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee topped by American Ally McDonald on Sunday in Georgia. The power-hitting Filipina birdied the last two holes for...

Guidelines for school sports’ return released

THE Joint Agreement Order (JAO) group said on Monday that the guidelines for school sports’ return has been completed but are limited only to the training of student athletes and not competitions or leagues. The JAO group also stressed that student athletes will be allowed to return to training...

No arms, no issue for Pakistani snooker player

SAMUNDRI, Pakistan—Mohammad Ikram leans over the snooker table, his face at almost touching distance behind the white ball as he assesses his options, then knocks it with his bearded chin. At the other end of the table a moment later, a red ball sinks into the corner pocket.

New generation ruling cycling

MILAN—Cycling’s new generation claimed another Grand Tour victory on Sunday as British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart won the Giro d’Italia after a tense time trial. Geoghegan Hart edged Australian Jai Hindley by just 39 seconds in one of the most exciting final stages of a Grand Tour.

Kershaw stops steal of home, hands Dodgers 3-2 Series lead

ARLINGTON, Texas—Clayton Kershaw’s glittering career lacked two of the most satisfying accomplishments: a win deep in the World Series and a championship ring. He took the mound Sunday night with the Los Angeles Dodgers shaken, and Kershaw steadied his team with a gritty performance, plus one particular delivery home...

Izagirre tops sixth stage; Carapaz takes overall lead

SALLENT DE GÁLLEGO, Spain—With some help from his brother, Ion Izagirre won the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, and Richard Carapaz snatched the overall lead from defending champion Primoz Roglic. Ion Izagirre was guided by older brother Gorka Izagirre during the final parts of the stage...

Hamilton makes F1 history

PARIS—When Michael Schumacher retired from Formula One eight years ago, little did he know that he was opening the door for Lewis Hamilton to make history. The British driver did just that on Sunday, winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a record-setting 92nd victory of his outstanding career to...

Butuan City-Uling Roasters win Leg 3 of Chooks-to-Go 3×3

BUTUAN City-Uling Roasters persevered past Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors, 21-20 (9:42.6), to break the domination of the favored teams by ruling Leg 3 of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup powered by TM on Sunday at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna. Franky Johnson got his shooting tough back...

Juanito Torres on our new reality

DRIVING on a rainy afternoon on a literal skyway for flying cars, another airborne vehicle almost hit them head on. “What the hell was that?” a ruffled Marty McFly...

‘No added pressure’: Miss Universe PHL bet unveiled as 2021 Ginebra calendar girl

THERE was no visible tension on the bright, long face of Christelle Abello, who shone Tuesday night in her wide smile and Ginebra San Miguel’s iconic red dress as she was launched as the beverage brand’s new calendar girl for 2021. The 25-year-old communications graduate from the US was...

New voices on the music block

MORE and more new singers are being launched in the music entertainment circuit, perhaps to add some color, comfort and cheer to this lackluster year of lockdown, homestay and quarantine. Young and handsome John Gabriel is the voice behind the song “O, Pilipina,” which...

Lisa, Son Ye-jin and matte lipstick in the news

OF the three biggest beauty news of the past week, two were Korean-related. First came the news that Lisa of the phenomenal Korean girl group BLACKPINK had been named the global brand ambassador for Estee Lauder-owned beauty brand MAC. “MAC is truly at the forefront...

Is the way we consume news detrimental to our health?

The way we consume news has been profoundly altered by media developments. The increase of online news, particularly when presented via social-media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram (see main story) has affected how we access and consume our news. When news was delivered via traditional one-way...

Instagram is the home of pretty pictures. Why are people flocking to it for news?

We know Instagram is the most influential app when it comes to lifestyle and beauty trends. But recent research shows increasing numbers of people are also going to Instagram for their news. A report by the Reuters Institute found the use of Instagram for news has doubled across all...

Why ‘Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast’ is a must-watch

ONE of the shows on Netflix that I keep going back to is Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast or Hyori’s Homestay. As far as Korean shows are concerned, it’s on my Top 10 list. The variety show (a term that encompasses a Korean TV show that’s not a drama) is...

Global identity solutions provider introduces new card printing machine

HID Global has unveiled its new offering globally, including the Philippines, targeting government entities, financial card issuers and service bureaus. The latest HID Element product line is the industry’s first heavy-duty, fully modular desktop-based card personalization portfolio that builds a new category for midrange and high-volume market segments.

Younger generations to boost PHL mobile banking

THERE is a huge potential for mobile banking in the Philippines as the younger generation are bound to prioritize digital services when choosing a bank. Sergey Sedov, CEO of Singapore-based fintech holding company UnaFinancial, told BusinessMirror in an e-mail interview that the youth belonging to the 18 to 30...

Prompting behavior change to prevent the spread of diseases

THE key to preventing the spread of Covid-19, and many other diseases, is in our hands—literally. It has taken a pandemic to make people realize that the simple act of washing one’s hands with soap can very well spell the difference between life and death. Never have we been...

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...

BMPlus

Facing a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world the Atenean way

“A tsunami of evermore complex issues.” That’s how Ateneo de Manila President, Fr. Bobby Yap, S.J. describes the challenges faced by everyone, especially educational institutions, amid this pandemic. Speaking to thousands of teachers and administrators at the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Congress 2020...

Insular Foundation is Asia CEO Awards’ World Vision CSR Company of the Year

Insular Foundation, the social responsibility arm of Insular Life, was recognized as the World Vision CSR Company of the Year by Asia CEO Awards 2020.  Insular Foundation focuses on helping the Filipino youth achieve quality education through various programs such as its enduring Gold Eagle Scholarship Grant for College...

United Asia Automotive Group taps Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank to open Micro Savings account for employees

The United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI), a distributor of commercial vehicles and heavy equipment in the country and carries the brands FOTON and Chery, which are the leading commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world, has tapped Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank (CLRB), the banking arm of microfinancial services giant, Cebuana Lhuillier to...

NTC appeals to DICT, DILG, DPWH, DHSUD and ARTA to streamline permitting processes for fiber optic networks

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Monday wrote the DICT, DILG, DPWH, DHSUD, and ARTA appealing for its consideration to include the streamlining of permitting processes for fiber optic networks, similar to the agencies’ Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 s. 2020 on Telco Towers.  +Alongside Common Telecommunication Towers,...

Toyota Motor Philippines launches Service Campaign Checker

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is committed to upholding the highest quality of our products and services, and maintaining transparency to prioritize our customers’ safety. As part of this commitment, the leading automotive company issues Service Campaigns whenever there are cases of manufactured vehicles having concerns with certain parts which may affect vehicle...

The Lysol protection you’ve come to trust — now in Hand Sanitizer form

Lysol has been known for its germ-killing ability, well recognized for its disinfectant sprays and other well-known household cleaning and disinfecting products. In fact, the name Lysol for 100 years now has long been synonymous with disinfection, and has been in use in hotels, hospitals and clinics. Moreover, numerous scientific studies have...

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...

Four albums to free your mind from the pandemic dread

I AM Z, I Wanna Be Free One man act I am Z counts among his influences The Eraserheads, The Beatles and Daft Punk. The E-heads and The Beatles are pretty obvious in the melodies and hooks Z crams...

RENAISSANCE WOMAN | Jannine Weigel on finding her niche through YouTube

When 10-year old Jannine Weigel first stepped on the stage to sing, she immediately knew this was the career she wanted to take. Now a solo artist under RedRecords, Jannine has emerged as a renaissance woman who is putting Thailand on the global music stage with her single “Passcode.”

WATCH | Ely Buendia’s first online concert for the Toyota Fortuner launch a hit among fans

Last October 17, the digital world jammed with OPM legend Ely Buendia during one of the highlights of the launch of the country’s best-selling SUV, the Toyota Fortuner. Over 750,000 viewers nationwide enjoyed the virtual launch and interactive games, followed by the free online concert. Entering the stage in...

SYNTH POP REDUX | One Click Straight’s fine ‘backtrack’ mess

One Click Straight’s debut EP under Island Records Philippines, “Sumaya. Sumigaw. Huminga.” Is a nod to the synth pop of OPM music of the late 1980s with the band’s modern sensibilities thrown in. There’s tunefulness to the songs, soaring and emotive vocals that take you back to Dingdong Avanzado,...

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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