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Thursday, March 23, 2017
The country’s paddy-rice output could decline to below 18 million metric tons (MMT), after the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice is scrapped on June 30, according to a Global Agriculture Information Network (Gain) report. The Gain report, which was published by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in...
TOURISM Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo on Wednesday expressed concern that statements by local politicians and media coverage on the state-inspired extrajudicial killings (EJKs) are turning away foreign tourists who would otherwise be holidaying in the Philippines. In a news conference in Bangkok during the state visit of President Duterte...
Part Two Party-list Rep. Francisco Ashley L. Acedillo of Magdalo emphasized the importance of understanding the motive in China’s presence on areas the Philippines deems it owns. “It is important to us to understand why China wants to break out of the first island chain, and go out as far as...
By Recto Mercene & Manuel T. Cayon Part One CITIES of Manila and Davao—Forget all the cheap talk about the Chinese sending a survey ship to peer beneath the seabed of Benham Rise, looking for minerals and hydrocarbon deposits like oil and gas. They are surveying Benham Rise’s surrounding oceans  the way...
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror Conclusion THE Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga, which recently landed on National Geographic Magazine’s top 21 beaches in the world, is another priority for the Department of Tourism (DOT). “Hardly lacking in gorgeous beaches, the Philippines claims a pink-sand variety, too,” the...
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror Part Two WITH a new secretary, Wanda Corazon T. Teo, now at the helm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the agency wants to shine a light on other less-known destinations in the Philippines. To do this, however, she said infrastructure development is...
AN archipelago of over 7,600 islands, the Philippines is home to some of the best beaches in the world—we’re biased, of course—and the most pristine, }deepest azure waters that host a myriad of colorful marine life. Aside from the beaches and diving spots, the Philippines also boasts of rugged mountainous...
Conclusion HORSES used to graze this land. Hence, most residents on Burgos Street-Makati Avenue did not imagine in their younger years that the area would be one of the most thriving business locales in the metropolis. Marieta (not her real name), resident of the area for four decades, recalled that the current...
Part Three THE city of Makati, considered the richest local government in terms of revenue, does not condone any illegal acts in the city, its top officials maintain. “Bars and clubs are allowed to operate, as long as they do not solicit sex or drugs,” Makati City Legal Officer and Spokesman...
Part Two HER siblings’ future gave her a checkered past. At 22, Liza (not her real name), knew how to play men as a guest relations officer (GRO) at a nightclub in San Juan City. My sisters are still in school and they rely on me to stay there, according to Liza. “Isang...
Part One NIGHTLIFE is a significant contributor to a city’s economy. Nightclubs, bars and watering holes have brought employment, as well as contribute to the sale of alcohol and tobacco products. However, there are downsides, Quezon City Public Order and Safety and City Information Officer Ares Gutierrez told the BusinessMirror. These downsides, however,...
Conclusion INTERCONNECTION is important in building smart cities. This means that each component of a city should “communicate” with one another in order to make life easier for its population. University of Bremen Prof. Hans Dietrich Haasis said in a forum a smart economy may base its data from mobile...
Part Two "The concept of Smart Cities involve innovations in the transportation sector,” University of Bremen Prof.  Hans Dietrich Haasis said. “The mobility industry will push the development of the traffic situation anywhere.” Haasis’s view that modern transportation network is an important component of a smart city is shared by local...
WE live in a world where almost everything we need is in the palm of our hands. From our consumption of food, to processing bank transactions, to ride hailing  and down to social needs, the smartphone with an Internet connection has all that we need. Now, imagine if mobile phones...
VATICAN CITY—God’s love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to “protect” the image of Pope Francis and “stop situations of illegality...
Investment pledges from Filipino and foreign nationals declined by nearly P1 billion, or 0.1 percent, according to the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Data from the PSA showed investment pledges through the country’s investment promotion agencies (IPAs) fell to P686 billion in 2016, from P686.9 billion...
Conclusion TODAY’S the right time for a law on absolute divorce. That’s the belief of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay. The 17th Congress is the right time for the enactment of a law on absolute divorce, as the Philippines is the only country in the world that has no law on...
Part Four NONE other than the highest law of the land—the 1987 Constitution—recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the State. It also mandates the government to protect marriage as an inviolable social institution. However, while some of the country’s lawmakers believe that most marriages are supposed to be solemnized in...
Part Three FIVE years ago, the High Tribunal confirmed an anomaly involving resolutions of petitions for annulment involving a provincial court judge. The case originated from reports by the Local Civil Registrars (LCRs) of Manila and Quezon City to the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA). The LCRs said they have...
Part Two BASED on the records of the Supreme Court, there were 53,735 annulment cases that were filed from the period 2010 to 2016. In 2010 a total of 7,354 annulment petitions were filed; 7,554 cases in 2011; 8,007 in 2012; 7,360 in 2013; 7,999 in 2014; 8,660 in 2015; and...