Asean banks’ long road to regional financial integration begins at home

THE Philippine banking industry is recognized as having one of the world’s most resilient banking systems, having withstood old and recent volatilities. Nevertheless, monetary...

PHL leverages RCEP for more elbow room in regional trade

THE Philippines is leveraging the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in pushing for the reduction of tariffs and nontariff measures (NTMs) within the participating...

Rebranding our paradise: Puerto Princesa

PINK. Red and white make up its characteristics: passion and energy, peace and purity. The mixture gives a color commonly associated with romance. Albeit...

Pending laws in line with govt change agenda

THE House of Representatives and the Senate always play crucial roles in the government through the passage of laws needed to improve the quality...

Children of OFWs grapple with ever-changing modes

To paraphrase a Style Council ditty, children turn to teardrops, especially when their parent or parents working abroad come to mind. Indeed, children of overseas...

PHL’s natural resources near brink of depletion

THE Philippines continues to experience remarkable economic growth since 2010 and is forecasted to grow faster than expected with the strong private sector’s confidence...

Electric cars yet to ride over humps on road to maturity

WHILE India seems to rock on to Electric Avenue, the Philippines has yet to, in Eddie Grants’s words, “take it higher”. But many in...

Inside the Tent City of Marawi

WAY down South there was once a peaceful place. The serene waters of Lake Lanao are surrounded by towering coconuts against the backdrop of...

El Nido: ‘World’s Best Island’ For You, For Keeps

It is not just an award. It is meant to extol sustainability for humanity, modernity with less impact to the environment. It may sound...

Interracial marriage: A Filipina’s online journey to blissful ties

INTERRACIAL marriages in the country have existed long before the advent of air travel and the Internet.  It is defined as “a marriage between...

TROs seen restraining PHL economic potential

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte assumed his post with a warning against the courts’ unwarranted issuance of injunction orders that tend to delay government projects. In his...

The next big experience: ‘Romblown’ away

MARBLE’S a marvelous mineral. From enhancements that beautify walls and lobbies of elegantly designed skyscrapers to giving character to hotels, offices and homes; bathrooms...

Salmonella summons PHL farm sector’s strength

IT is shorter than the width of a strand of spider-web silk. But it is now challenging the stability of an industry and of...

Robots (all steel, don’t tire) are coming: Time to be scared?

THE Philippines’s Sarah Connor, relax: robots are still far from being Terminators. And they would still need humans, according to Science and Technology Undersecretary...

Socioeconomic prospects: Year 2 of President Duterte

THE popularity of Asia’s newest and most colorful strongman keeps soaring. The Social Weather Station (SWS) reported that 78 percent of the population gave...

Rural banks march on amid mergers, strict rules and technology progress

MORE than half of rural banks are gone. But Antonio O. Pasia of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) sees a half-filled...

Urbanization, population growth seen to heighten garbage woes

JOSHUA makes time for waste. Every morning, the 13-year-old high-school freshman waits in front of their house to make sure kitchen waste is picked...

Will the next advertising copycat please step up?

BACK in the early ’90s, when Philippine advertising entered a new phase and ads that were called malinis—clean, produced with polish but not exactly...

PHL ICT projects seen to breed digital Pinoys

INFORMATION and communications technology (ICT) has been hailed by many governments around the world as the great enabler to achieve a higher degree of...

Duterte administration banks on reforms in tax system to cut poverty...

When President Duterte assumed office in July last year, his economic team bared 10 specific programs aimed at achieving inclusive growth and lifting millions...