Water: Too big a problem to solve?

Like air, it’s a commodity that used to be free but now comes in bottled form. Water, and the plastic bottle that carries it,...

Oversupply sees egg trade treading on shells

AMID whistling winds and wet weeks, farmers and dealers still see the sunny side of the egg trade. Their optimism, which has waned due to...

Flaw in law threatens to slow seeds sector’s success

THERE’s a borer pestering the seed industry—and it’s not even an insect. This pest, which the government and private sector are trying to exterminate,...

Profiteers seen riding the ‘TRAIN’

By Cai U. Ordinario, Elijah Felice Rosales, Recto Mercene, Jovee Marie dela Cruz & Jasper Y. Arcalas MANY may believe the ride toward economic growth...

Why investing in this earthquake-free paradise matters

IT is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Philippines because of its vibrant tourism industry. As one of the Philippines’ major tourist drivers,...

Giving land to farmers: ‘Quousque tandem’?

IT’S nearing half-a-century and another administration, that of President Duterte, must still distribute hundreds of thousands of hectares of land to farmers. The Duterte administration...

ADB plan for prosperous Asia: Opportunities and challenges

AS the world was ushered into a new millennium 18 years ago, the economies of the West and the East rode a seesaw in...

Is Boracay CARPable?

By Jonathan L. Mayuga & Bernadette Nicolas BEFORE President Duterte’s plane soared to the sky and beamed toward China, he was thinking of Boracay. In...

Waste to energy: As the debate continues, a crisis looms

As Boracay Island stakeholders brace for the impact of closure to tourists beginning today (April 26), the government is hopeful of fully addressing the...

Geopolitics and a Princess: Conversation on Sabah

SHE was the first princess I met and I was so dumbstruck I only noticed her smile, which was as radiant as the sun. Princess...

PHL Internet speed hinges on equitable spectrum allocation and management

EQUITABLY allocating radio frequencies for mobile use in the Philippines could get a little messy, given the amount of opposition the government may get...

What’s next? The many noble but unsuccessful attempts to rehabilitate Pasig...

Once upon a time, the Pasig River was one of the most economically important rivers in the Philippines. Today the government is hell-bent on...

Tragedy of fires: Death and destruction in the Philippines

FOUR years ago, Waterfront Philippines Inc. (WPI) began renovating the historic Manila Pavilion. Last year WPI President Kenneth T. Gatchalian told reporters the company...

PHL’s system to harmonize environment, social progress fraught with ECC violations

IN January businessmen saw green. Weeks later, they were red in the face. Early this year, executives of a joint venture between Hotel of Asia...

Tawi-Tawi: A beautiful pearl in Sulu’s waterworld

NO fear. That’s what can be said of my views on the southwestern Philippines, much more the Sulu island groups. I rarely believe the...

Rugged Antique: Adrenaline rush for the adventurer

WHEN the word Antique is mentioned, what do you think comes to people’s minds? Most likely, one of these will show on the list:...

DOST: Advancing science, technology agenda best option for PHL growth

IN a recent meeting with members of the Makati Business Club and several foreign chambers of commerce, the government’s chief scientist Fortunato dela Peña...

Year of the Dog offers new tricks, opportunities for business

FROM earth we were made and there we shall decay. Considered as the element of firmness, it is the bedrock of fields, mountains, volcanos,...

Birds, food and tricycles: Metro Manila offers tourism treasures

THE three-city tour was fast, ran in clockwork precision and very organized. There was no time for waiting and we didn’t waste time second-guessing what...

Big money for PHL projects, no access to all documents

THERE is no dearth of hard lessons in Philippine procurement. The PEA-Amari and Textbook Scams in the 1990s, the Fertilizer Fund Scam and the...