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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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...
ONE word stopped time for Lani Eusebio in 2004: Cancer. Her doctor’s words seemed far away as the 39-year-old’s mind raced through the past. Being diagnosed with cancer was quite a surprise because she was sure her family didn’t have history of cancer. “In my case there’s none, so...
IN 2016 just under $27 billion fresh foreign-currency earnings were pumped into the local economy in the form of the remittances sent home by Filipino migrant workers to their families and loved ones. Each year in the past decade, the volume of remittances continued to grow in significant amounts. The...
By Roger Pe PICTURE-pretty. Picture-laden. That’s all. Back in the 1990s, our tourism commercials had that kind of formula. The usual mandatory slogan was also all over, as if mentioning it at the end shot was not enough. It was always a menu of the usual, like going to a...
FIVE years ago, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Ltd. ranked the country’s microfinance industry as first in the world. The EIU also included the Philippines as among the top 10 countries in terms of overall business environment for microfinance. The EIU credits such lofty place to the development and growth...
WITH Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez’s order to close or suspend operating mines and cancel 75 mining contracts, the debate over the issue of mining in the Philippines is far from over. While initially supporting Lopez on the decision of the closure of 23 operating mines and suspending five...
By Oliver Samson | Correspondent THE Philippine gamefowl industry’s worth stands at around P50 billion today and is exhibiting behaviors of growing more in the coming years, the government believes. The gamefowl-feed market alone is currently valued at P15 billion; and veterinary products for game chickens, like medicine and vitamins and...
INNOVATION is one of the current buzzwords in today’s modern world. There are the Ubers and the Grabs that cause major disruptions in the transport industry. They have shown that an entrepreneur does not need to have a fleet of taxis or physical vehicles to enter the transport industry. Meanwhile,...
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