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Does Metro Manila need a governor?

Does Metro Manila need a governor?

THERE are 81 provinces in the Philippines, and each has a provincial government composed of an executive body and a legislative body. According to the Local Government Code, a provincial government has a long list of duties and powers. However, in practice, its powers have mostly stopped at the boundary lines of cities and municipalities. On paper, it sounds good, but in reality, the greater power lies one level lower in the local government unit hierarchy.

Discovery of new tarsier species highlights need to protect Dinagat–scientist

Discovery of new tarsier species highlights need to protect Dinagat–scientist

SCIENTISTS have recently confirmed the existence of a third group of Philippine tarsiers on Dinagat Island, underscoring the need to protect the island against destructive human activities.

Creating stewards to conserve marine resources

Creating stewards to conserve marine resources

MORE than 1.6 million Filipinos earn a living from resources from the sea and 85 percent, or 1.1 million, are near-shore fishermen.

Europe’s malaise: The new normal?

Europe’s malaise: The new normal?

RUSSIA and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These events should be enough to constitute the sum total of our global crises, but they’re not. On top of everything, the German economy contracted by 0.2 percent last quarter. Though many will dismiss this contraction outright, the fact that the world’s fourth-largest economy (and Europe’s largest) has shrunk, even by this small amount, is a matter of global significance.

News

Growth this year should not top 7%–DBS Bank

LOWER-THAN-EXPECTED actual growth in the first three months was seen accelerated in the second quarter, averaging above 6 percent in terms of the gross domestic product (GDP), analysts at the regional financial powerhouse DBS Bank said.

DBM: Govt spent P987.7B for infra in H1

BUDGET Sec. Florencio B. Abad said the Aquino administration continues to prioritize spending on infrastructure to sustain economic growth and improve road access with P987.7 billion spent from January to June this year.

Aquino continues to dispense pork despite SC ruling–Tinio

A PARTY-LIST legislator released on Saturday a list of government employees in three national government agencies who are assigned to facilitate the funding requests of members of the House of Representatives for scholarships, medical assistance and emergency employment.

Cancellation of permits of 4 Zambales mining firms sought

A MEMBER of the House Committee on Natural Resources on Saturday called on the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to permanently cancel the permits of four nickel-mining companies operating in Santa Cruz, Zambales.

Does Metro Manila need a governor?

Does Metro Manila need a governor?

THERE are 81 provinces in the Philippines, and each has a provincial government composed of an executive body and a legislative body. According to the Local Government Code, a provincial government has a long list of duties and powers. However, in practice, its powers have mostly stopped at the boundary lines of cities and municipalities. On paper, it sounds good, but in reality, the greater power lies one level lower in the local government unit hierarchy.

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

ABUJA, Nigeria—Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa’s largest cities.

Business

Asean bourses move to promote stock exchanges as one asset class

MAJOR bourses in Southeast Asia convened for the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Exchanges CEO meeting in Singapore with executives discussing ways to promote the region’s main stock exchanges as one asset class.

Better services seen as fishermen registry hits 1 million

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced on Friday it has achieved its 1-million mark in its target to register about 1.7 million fishermen nationwide in a list of beneficiaries for government economic interventions.

Newly issued 10-year bonds fall on supply, inflation concerns

The Philippines’s newly issued 10 year bonds fell after a debt exchange increased the supply of longer-dated notes amid concern accelerating inflation will prompt another interest-rate increase.

Filipino apparel retailers to barge into world scene through Indonesia Franchise Show

Filipino entrepreneurs in the garments industry, now facing stiff competition from foreign brands in the domestic market, will get a chance to make it to the international scene through the Fashion Brand Pavilion at the Indonesia Franchise Show on September 11 and 12 organized by Kadin-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Canon teaches you to ‘do more, work less’

Canon teaches you to ‘do more, work less’

CANON Marketing Philippines Inc.’s (CMPI) new president and CEO is one friendly person. On his first month in new assignment, Kok Hin Lim now has hundreds of “new” friends. “To succeed in this field, one really needs to get deep into the fabric of society,” he explained.

ILO, ADB cite downside of 2015 Asean integration

A joint report crafted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) revealed on Wednesday that 14 million new jobs will be created with the forthcoming Asean economic integration next year.

Sports

One-on-one with father time

One-on-one with father time

LOS ANGELES—Kobe Bryant is turning 36 on Saturday, which means his career may or may not be flickering like a birthday candle.

Lifestyle

Joan Miró resurgent

Joan Miró resurgent

WHAT happens when you bring together the minds of geniuses? How about a new way to discover art?

The Manila Hotel’s Cowrie Grill: New setting, same top standards

The Manila Hotel’s Cowrie Grill: New setting, same top standards

TO a certain generation of Filipinos—and, perhaps, expatriates of a certain age—the mere mention of Cowrie Grill, one of The Manila Hotel’s four reputable restaurants, does not only prompt lovely memories of appetizing soups and salads, tender and well-seasoned steaks, rich desserts and nourishing beverages being served by smartly dressed waiters. It also evokes a Manila that is cleaner, gentler, quieter and more respectful than the Manila of today.

Chloe Grace Moretz drama ‘If I Stay’ is lifeless, reviews say

Chloe Grace Moretz drama ‘If I Stay’ is lifeless, reviews say

AFTER a wave of dystopian, sci-fi-inflected adaptations of young-adult novels in recent years, the romantic drama If I Stay arrives as the second movie this summer based on a more down-to-earth YA book.

Tribal elderly seek capital to start backyard livestock raising

Tribal elderly seek capital to start backyard livestock raising

DAVAO CITY—With the older citizens among tribal communities already out of farm work, they wished nothing more than a decent, even small, source of income to help their married children cope with the same hardship that they find themselves then.

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

DAVAO City has always been one of my favorite destinations ever since I started going there in the late 1980s.

Features

Momentum and balance are the keys

Momentum and balance are the keys

EARLY this week, Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP) threw a thanksgiving party for the motoring media to mark its 26th anniversary.

Smart goal-setting, or more lessons we can learn from the World Cup

Smart goal-setting, or more lessons we can learn from the World Cup

Dear PR Matters,

I liked your column the other week regarding lessons on branding that we can learn from the recent Fifa World Cup. I also work in corporate communications, and I’m sure there are other lessons we can learn from the way the event was mounted.

DOST-SEI honors scholar-graduates, ongoing scholars

DOST-SEI honors scholar-graduates, ongoing scholars

CITING excellence and overall contribution in nation-building, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) paid tribute to its honor scholar-graduates and ongoing scholars in two different occasions.

Easing into U-Belt living

Easing into U-Belt living

SCHOOLS are no longer the sole mainstays of Manila’s famed University Belt—residential condominiums also now dot the vicinity, as living within the area has become increasingly practical for the students who have to attend college for a couple of years. The district also has transformed into a commercial hub to serve the huge academic population, making land values in the areas highly lucrative.

Renewed US presence in Iraq calls into question Obama’s pivot to Asia

Renewed US presence in Iraq calls into question Obama’s pivot to Asia

What do President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize air strikes against the Sunni militants of the Islamic State and his previous commitment to send American military advisors and trainers back into Iraq have to do with his “pivot” to Asia? Everything and nothing.

Tesda allots P335 million to train ex-MILF fighters

SEEKING to help transform their lives through education aid and jump-start development in the Bangsamoro areas, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) allotted P335 million from the agency’s 2015 budget for returning Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels to avail themselves of free training in various technical and vocational (tech-voc) courses.

Discovery of new tarsier species highlights need to protect Dinagat–scientist

Discovery of new tarsier species highlights need to protect Dinagat–scientist

SCIENTISTS have recently confirmed the existence of a third group of Philippine tarsiers on Dinagat Island, underscoring the need to protect the island against destructive human activities.

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

TIJUANA, Mexico—Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.

The great comeback

The great comeback

I’LL be honest. The brand Mazda has a special place in my heart. It was in 1993 when I first bought my blue 1.3-liter Mazda 323 sedan car. The car has been my regular ride to work, as well as business, emergencies and even special occasions, such as birthdays and family gatherings. That’s why I found it difficult when time came to say good-bye to it last year, as the fond memories it gave our family were truly priceless.

Creating stewards to conserve marine resources

Creating stewards to conserve marine resources

MORE than 1.6 million Filipinos earn a living from resources from the sea and 85 percent, or 1.1 million, are near-shore fishermen.

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle skinned alive for spreading his faith

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle skinned alive for spreading his faith

HE was flayed alive—the skin of his body cut into strips, then pulled off, leaving his body open and bleeding for a long time, then beheaded, wrote Fr. Paolo O. Pirlo, SHML, in My First Book of Saints.

A struggle with depression

A struggle with depression

THE world was shocked when newspapers from all over the world reported that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams died on August 11.  What was even more shocking was that the world’s famous comedian committed suicide due to depression.

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