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PHL debt payments jump 42% in 1st half

DESPITE a decline in June, the Philippine government’s debt payments ballooned in the first semester of the year, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). The government’s debt service bill in the January-to-June period this year jumped 42.07 percent to P547.347 billion from the previous year’s P385.254 billion.

‘Hard scrutiny before bailout for PhilHealth’

Before the government considers any sort of bailout for the “troubled state insurer,” lawmakers said the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) must undergo “thorough financial checkup” and “cleansing.”

Expedia keen on helping Philippine tourism recover

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking at pursuing its partnership with the Expedia Group to promote the Philippines in this year’s winter season in the United Kingdom. In an online exchange with the BusinessMirror, Tourism Attaché for London Gerard S. Panga said, “Many Brits turn to Expedia...

Senate PhilHealth hearing a go; DOJ probe on

THE Senate Committee of the Whole’s scheduled second hearing on alleged fraud and corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. will not be derailed by the absence of key agency officials who sent medical certificates to senators at the weekend saying they were indisposed for Tuesday, August 11. “It...

‘The brown scapular is not an amulet’

"The brown scapular is not a magic charm to protect us. It is not an automatic guarantee of salvation. It is not an excuse for not living up to the demands of a Christian life,” said Fr....

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).

Companies find cradle for the new normal

As the government is now easing the quarantine level in the country to enable more businesses to restart and for more people to return to work in order to allow economic activity amid the new coronavirus disease...

Biotech advances lead to faster Covid-19 vaccine production

Everyday, during news briefings, Philippine government officials have been telling the public that they have to strictly follow sanitation and community quarantine rules to prevent contracting the novel coronavirus disease while there is still no cure and...

Bamboo bike, ‘a vehicle for sustainable livelihood’

Bicycle has become a popular means of transportation these days by students, office employees or workers. Among the bicycles that catches the people’s attention is the bamboo bike. Filipino-American Bryan McClelland’s...

VCO in-vitro test vs Covid-19 ‘hopeful;’ ‘lagundi,’ ‘tawa-tawa’ next in line

The result of the in-vitro trial of virgin coconut oil (VCO) and its derivatives against the coronavirus at a laboratory in Singapore is “hopeful,” while its clinical tests are set to start in two Philippine hospitals.

Fassster: If ECQ was not declared, Covid-19 cases will be 2M in June in MMla alone

Scientific data showed that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and increase in health system capacity helped prevent the spread of Covid-19. “If there is no ECQ, Covid-19 cases will spread fast and it will...

‘Welcome back, Diwata-1. Thank you’

"Welcome back, Diwata-1. Thank you!" This was the greeting, a farewell one of sorts, to Diwata-1 microsatellite that Stamina4Space/PHL-Microsat postedon its Facebook account on April 6. The reason: the microsatellite descended and entered...
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PHL debt payments jump 42% in 1st half

DESPITE a decline in June, the Philippine government’s debt payments ballooned in the first semester of the year, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). The government’s debt service bill in the January-to-June period this year jumped 42.07 percent to P547.347 billion from the previous year’s P385.254 billion.

‘Hard scrutiny before bailout for PhilHealth’

Before the government considers any sort of bailout for the “troubled state insurer,” lawmakers said the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) must undergo “thorough financial checkup” and “cleansing.”

Expedia keen on helping Philippine tourism recover

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking at pursuing its partnership with the Expedia Group to promote the Philippines in this year’s winter season in the United Kingdom. In an online exchange with the BusinessMirror, Tourism Attaché for London Gerard S. Panga said, “Many Brits turn to Expedia...
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