PHL scales terrain of Swiss challenge and procurement

Conclusion REPUBLIC Act (RA) 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, has created the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) in line with further improving the...

PHL scales terrain of Swiss challenge and procurement

Part Two THE lowest offer in bidding may appear to be the surest way an agreement is sealed. That, however, is not usually the case,...

PHL scales terrain of Swiss challenge and procurement

Part One IT sounds sweet; but “Swiss challenge” is more than euphony. So says the Government Procurement Policy Board, the agency tasked to protect the national...

Love in the time of apps: Filipinos grapple with old, new dating...

Conclusion HOOKING up among young couples today is like the mobile connection in the country: sometimes slow and sometimes unsuccessful. This is relative to the...

Love in the time of apps: Filipinos grapple with old, new dating...

Part Two WHETHER in the times of new or old, dating is always fun for young couples, now called millennials. According to the people the BusinessMirror talked...

Love in the time of apps: Filipinos grapple with old, new...

Part One ‘IF it’s not online, it’s not real,” an adage goes. What about love? Or even engaging in a relationship with amorous affection? For Claire de...

US-version Silk Road: Is PHL ready for Internet’s dark side?

Part One NEARLY four decades ago, Luke Skywalker rejected Darth Vader’s notion of the Dark Side of the Force. Three decades after The Empire Strikes...

Government addresses major problems in Boracay

Conclusion A study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) indicated that the “water quality in the eastern part of Boracay beach is alarming, making...

Government addresses major problems in Boracay

Part Two THE first time I went to Boracay Island was in the late-1980s. I remember riding a six-seater plane, which took off from Roxas...

Govt addresses major problems in Boracay

Part One BORACAY Island—Just give us the order and we’ll “fix” things. That was what the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department...

‘Capitalism with a heart,’ v. 3.0 gaining more advocates in PHL

Part One ANTONIO S. Yap is a big man with a big heart who wants to go bigger, particularly in the practice of corporate social...

Shopping mall fire:  When will we ever learn? (Part Three)

SIX days after the New Year, another mall went ablaze, more than 400 kilometers away from the NCCC Mall. With these two consecutive fires that...

Shopping mall fire: When  will we ever learn? (Part Two)

DAVAO CITY—Two days before Christmas, the city sidewalks here were busy: people passing, meeting smile after smile. At another sidewalk, along the Maa Highway, people...

Shopping mall fire: When will we ever learn?

Part One DAVAO CITY—Christmastime wasn’t the only thing in the air last December 23. It was two days before Christmas, and vehicles crawled on roads at...

Govt, citizens remain incurable optimists as new year ushers old, new...

By Lenie Lectura & Catherine N. Pillas Part Three OPTIMISM on infrastructure development is relative to an important facet: electricity. And such optimism has a basis,...

Government, citizens remain incurable optimists as new year ushers old, new challenges

Part Two THERE’S an ocean-wide chasm between optimism and delusion. This is especially seen in major infrastructure projects, as University of Toronto Prof. Matti Siemiatycki wrote...

Govt, citizens remain incurable optimists as new year ushers old, new...

Part One ‘DAMN all this philosophy and psychology!” So says Ivan Alexyevitch in Anton Chekhov’s A Happy Man. Had he been a person living in the...

VIP security business seen booming in PHL

Conclusion IF one wants to look into the business of very important person (VIP) protection in the country, he or she only has to train...

VIP security business seen booming in PHL

Part Two WHILE running a security agency may be profitable, doing business is also very risky and challenging. This is because of the increasing level...

VIP security business seen booming in PHL

Part One THREE years after leaving the Philippine National Police (PNP), Vicencio Escaler’s professional immersion made no contrasting change. Neither did changes occur in the...