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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 Philippine authority. Experts call it Salmonella. It arrived in May. So the Department of Agriculture (DA) believes, as some in-bound shipments of mechanically deboned meat of...
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 for Research and Development Rowena Cristina L. Guevara. “Robots are not creative, they cannot solve problems, they need humans,” Guevara told the BusinessMirror. “What...
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 President Duterte positive satisfactory rating in June 2017; Pulse Asia, SWS’s rival in public opinion polling, submitted an even higher percentage: 83-percent approval and trust...
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 glass. The disappearance of some rural banks (RBs) is taken also as a precaution as the Central Bank has urged them to merge, or else sink...
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 up by backyard hog raisers making the rounds in their small village in Dasmariñas, Cavite, to collect excess food. Sometimes, he lamented, collectors refuse to take...
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 compelling—were no longer potential award winners, ad agency people shelled out cash every payday. They made payments to a “Mrs. Salta,” a businesswoman who peddled...
INFORMATION and communications technology (ICT) has been hailed by many governments around the world as the great enabler to achieve a higher degree of efficiency, better productivity, stronger transparency and improved government service to the people. Politicians in a developing country such as the Philippines got the point. The government has...
When President Duterte assumed office in July last year, his economic team bared 10 specific programs aimed at achieving inclusive growth and lifting millions of Filipinos out of poverty. The President’s men dubbed this as the 10-point socioeconomic development agenda. To achieve its goals, the government would need to pour...
A letter-number combo defines one of the Philippine government’s boldest moves: K to 12. As the Department of Education (DepEd) rolled out Grade 12 this school year, Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones asserts that the program, the boldest move made by the government in the history of the Philippine educational system,...
IN the late ’70s the Marcos administration decided to pursue a project that aims to reclaim a portion of the Manila Bay, part of what is now known as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Ambitious as it was at that time, the CCP was just part of the...
NINE years since the Renewable Energy (RE) Act of 2008 was passed into law, consumers and RE developers have reaped the benefits of the law, according to state officials. However, it can’t be denied that there is a pressing need to further improve certain aspects of the law to further boost...
DAVAO CITY—Arnel Maylupas remembers vividly the first 10 straight days when he first went fasting eight years ago. “It’s an anticipation if I can survive a day without food, when just a delay in any meal sends me into tantrum and verbal arguments even with family members,” Maylupas said. Considered...
DIZZY and nauseous. This was how Raymart Domingo Abaño described his first taste of cigarette. “Nahilo ako sa umpisa nang subukan ko manigarilyo ,” Abaño recalled. It was days before his 16th birthday. Now 20, Abaño puffs his way through five sticks of cigarettes every day. He said it was his first...
BENHAM RISE—The second expedition of the MV DA-BFAR over this controversial extinct volcanic ridge east of Luzon is more than the historic repeat of a scientific expedition three years ago. The expedition of the research ship has another import to establish. It wants to project Philippine presence and ownership signal...
At the end of the day, things boil down to economics. And how a country addresses issues related to economics is a measurement of the boiling point. One of those issues involves non-tariff measures, such as quantitative restriction (QR). No other QR has caught the imagination of the country...
By Cai U. Ordinario, Catherine N. Pillas & Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas ALL the world’s a market and every country merely merchants. Trade barriers abound, too, and the Philippines is both victim and villain. Many times, shipments by merchants of Manila have failed to enter new markets. But other times, too, the...
THE government’s thrust in modernizing public transportation in the country to gain access to reliable transportation may be well and good, but for ordinary drivers, it will be a hell lot of a burden to bear. Often described as a progressive transportation agenda, the modernization of public-utility vehicles in the...
TARGET: Public Operators and Drivers What are the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines for? These are new guidelines for issuing public-transportation franchises, which aim to improve land public transport in the Philippines. Through these guidelines, public-transport services will be provided in accordance with the LGUs’ public-transport plans, where routes are based on passenger...
By Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas & Catherine Marie N. Pillas REGULATORS appear to be using their coconuts in grappling with the “Made in the Philippines” tag on exports. At least for those in the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), they see the potentials of...
FROM producing high-quality textiles to the first-ever abaca-made unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—this is how the Philippines plans to stretch the potentials of abaca fiber. According to former Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFida) Executive Director Victor Prodigo, PhilFida is moving closer to this goal. The development of an UAV, commonly known as...
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