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...

Thievery in the sky, airports bare new challenges for authorities, businesses

THERE’S a specter looming above, and below, our airports: air-travel thefts. Mid-flight or in-flight thefts are two of evil afflictions that struck the air-travel...

Private sector powers energy financing as PHL grapples with regulatory issues

By Cai Ordinario & Lenie Lectura MULTILATERAL development banks (MDBs) have been financing various energy projects in the Philippines for many years. These efforts are...

Blockchain 101: Is the Philippines ready for another disruptive technology?

THE digital age has brought hope to peoples and countries to enable them to pursue greater transparency and better governance. Moreover, the development of...

Project MNL: Premier Gateway

OVERCROWDING and delayed flights due to long takeoff queues have made the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) one of the world’s worst airports. Measures to...

PHL journey to digital transactions needs faster vehicles

THE Philippines is well on its way to be a cashless nation, results of a survey claims. Findings from the PayPal study titled “Digital...

PHL stands ground as world debates future of global trade

AS the curtain of “unfair trade” closes for the interests of farmers from developing countries, the Philippines stands in the middle: no one’s going...

It’s tough being a sheriff in the Philippines

"I shot the sheriff.” Luckily that’s just a title of a song and that a sheriff being shot at while performing his duties has...

Mimaropa: No ‘Juan’ is an island

THE Ausans of Mindoro moved to Palawan in the 1970s after the patriarch of the family retired from government service. Paulino Ausan had been...

How a President who’s not afraid of big business can inspire...

PRESIDENT Duterte may not have heard of Dani Rodrik, but at least they agree on China. By not copying the Western version of going...