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When managers are forced to do overtime work

I’m a manager of a small manufacturing plant in Cavite. The managers’ regular work schedule is Monday to Friday. My problem is with our CEO who released a new policy requiring all managers to perform overtime work during Saturdays and holidays. All managers are assigned to work alternatively as factory officer-in-charge to supervise our two shifts -- 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The trouble is that we are not being paid any overtime premium or cash allowance as the CEO insists that our salary covers everything. He says the disturbance is not much as the manager’s schedule is rotated every six weeks. Despite this, many managers feel it’s not right to change the rules in the middle of the game. Could you please comment on this? -- Feeling Trapped.

A treasure trove

IT’S NO COINCIDENCE that the birth and growth of Shin Nihon Kikaku (SNK) as a video-game developing, publishing, and manufacturing company coincided with the industry’s rise in popularity. The transition to the 1980s saw the proliferation of gaming arcades and the inevitable releases of home-console versions of popular titles, and it was determined not just to take advantage of the boom, but to ensure its sustainability through constant innovation. Soon enough, it became a major player in the coin-operated business, and it astutely leveraged its experience to penetrate the expanding home market.

Rainbow’s Sunset wins big at Metro Manila Film Fest awards

Joel Lamangan’s LGBT-themed family drama, Rainbow’s Sunset, swept the top awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Gabi ng Parangal held on Dec....

Digital transformation trends in 2019 and beyond

THE year 2018 has been marked by disruptions in the global market, evidenced by the growth of e-commerce platforms, fintechs, and start-ups that shake up traditional industries and businesses, especially the retail sector. Toys “R” Us closed its US stores in March, Nine West filed for bankruptcy in April, Sears, once the largest retailer in the world, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October, and a host of others. An all-time high of 16 US retailers have filed for bankruptcy or announced liquidations so far in 2018.

Your Weekend Guide (December 28, 2018)

THE Executives Band (of Raul S Manglapus) will be filling the Grand Atrium Shangri-La Plaza Mall with the sound of big band music on Dec. 29, 7 p.m.
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SFA Semicon Philippines installs new chairman, CEO

SFA SEMICON Philippines Corp. (SSP) has elected Joon Sang Kang to be the firm’s new chairman, president, and chief executive officer, the company told the stock exchange on Thursday.

How PSEi member stocks performed — December 27, 2018

Here’s a quick glance at how PSEi stocks fared on Thursday, December 27, 2018.
Silvestre H. Bello III

DoLE, ECoP working on regularization settlement

LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III said Thursday that the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) has committed to a program of extending regular status to its employees.
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Transportation dep’t to shift general aviation to Sangley airport by late 2019

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it go ahead with its plan to transfer general aviation flights Sangley airport by the third quarter of 2019, amid a lack of progress in the Cavite government’s plan to develop the airfield there, which is currently an Air Force base.
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DoF to target major government contractors who pay bribes

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) said it will target as part of its anti-corruption efforts major contractors who pay bribes to secure government projects.
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NGCP urges passage of law vs power lines encroachment

PRIVATELY-OWNED National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has renewed its call for legislators to hasten the passage of the anti-power disturbance bill as it cited a number of recent right-of-way breaches that hampered power transmission.
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Supreme Court rejects petition by hospitals seeking to strike down patient-deposit law

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) has dismissed a petition to declare unconstitutional a law holding health workers liable for the death of patients not admitted because they cannot pay a deposit, ruling that the petitioners lacked standing.
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BIR to exempt diabetes, hypertension drugs from VAT

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) is ready to implement the value-added tax (VAT) exemption for prescription drugs to treat medicine diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension beginning Jan. 1, 2019, as called for by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.
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PHL urged to boost halal to attract more visitors

THE PHILIPPINES can boost tourism from Muslim countries by making halal food more available, a Malaysian embassy official said.
Terrorism by another name

Terrorism by another name

“Do not bully anyone. Just because you’re in power doesn’t mean you have the right to insult others... the bully who uses power to belittle others is the most cowardly and most insecure person of all.” (Translation from Filipino mine)
Top 10 energy news of 2018

Top 10 energy news of 2018

My list of top energy-related news that transpired this year, five global and five national.
2018: The year of the woeful world leader

2018: The year of the woeful world leader

THE dictionaries have decided on their 2018 words of the year. Oxford picked “toxic.” Merriam-Webster went for “justice.” Collins chose “single-use.” I’d zero in on “misgovernment.” Surely, 2018 saw a staggering number of countries woefully misruled by the worst crop of world leaders in recent memory.
Donnie Nietes

Out of the shadows

FILIPINO WORLD BOXING champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes caps off what has been a busy 2018 with another title fight on New Year’s Eve in Macau, China. It is a contest that carries much significance in further solidifying his standing as one of the sport’s best, a local boxing analyst said.
Kawhi Leonard

Raptors stop streaking Heat

KAWHI LEONARD posted a game-high 30 points and added eight rebounds as the Toronto Raptors snapped the host Miami Heat’s five-game win streak with a 106-104 victory on Wednesday night.
Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok

Herndon basks in winning a PBA title with Magnolia

ALWAYS WANTED to play for the Magnolia franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association, forward Robbie Herndon shared that to win a title with the team makes it all the more special.
LeBron James

James receives favorable news on his injured groin

LEBRON JAMES is listed as day-to-day with his strained left groin after the results of his MRI exam came back clean, the Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday.

Schumacher in F1’s thoughts as stricken great turns 50

LONDON -- Michael Schumacher is in Formula One’s thoughts as the seven-time world champion approaches his 50th birthday, five years on from the near-fatal skiing accident that has left the Ferrari great fighting brain injuries behind a wall of secrecy.
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Light heavyweight, women’s featherweight title fights close out year for UFC

THE ULTIMATE Fighting Championship closes out an eventful year with a slam-bang two title fight-headlined event this weekend in California.

Klopp plays down six-point lead for title-chasing Reds

LIVERPOOL’S six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table “means nothing” at the halfway stage of the season ahead of tough tests against Arsenal and defending champion Manchester City in the next week, manager Juergen Klopp said.

Blip on the radar

It was supposed to be a perfect scenario for the Warriors to stamp their class: A Christmas Day match on national television and in front of the home crowd, with LeBron James as an opponent. And they were complete, too. Everybody was healthy, offensive fulcrum Steph Curry just had an outstanding shooting game to continue a hot streak, and Kevin Durant and Draymond Green appeared to be getting along well anew. In short, yet another triumph over the reeling Lakers looked to be in the offing.
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Peso surges against dollar ahead of year’s close

THE PESO climbed against the dollar on Thursday as banks continued to build their peso holdings ahead of another long holiday break.
PSE

PSEi rebounds as Wall Street rallies after break

LOCAL EQUITIES recovered on Thursday amid a stellar performance from Wall Street overnight.
Juan Miguel F. Zubiri

Road Board abolition remains in question

SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri appealed to Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon to consider reconvening the Bicameral Conference Committee for the Road Board abolition bill.

Resumption of peace talks with communist groups still ‘possible’

LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Thursday said it is still “possible” to go back to the peace table with communist groups next year despite the administration’s shift towards localized talks.

MMDA wants narrower, more EDSA lanes

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recommended to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the narrowing down of lane width along EDSA to give way to an additional one as part of its traffic solution scheme.
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House summons construction firm owner, 10 DPWH officials

THE HOUSE of Representatives’ rules committee has issued subpoenas against the owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading and 10 regional officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways for its investigation on alleged irregularities in the budget allocation in Sorsogon.

PCMC execs to submit counter-affidavits today on Dengvaxia case

PHILIPPINE Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) former deputy executive director Raymundo W. Lo and PCMC official Sonia B. Gonzales are expected to submit their counter-affidavits on Friday, Dec. 28, in connection with their involvement in the purchase of the Dengvaxia vaccine.
Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano spews out ash, but alert level remains at 2

GRAYISH-WHITE volcanic ash were observed spewing out of Mayon Volcano on Thursday morning, Dec. 27, generated by two phreatic eruptions, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Reward money for Batocabe case up to P50M; Daraga under review for Comelec control

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has raised the reward money to P50 million for information on the killers of AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe. “The reward is at this time P30 million.

Police cancels Garins’ permit to carry firearms

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered the cancellation of the license to own and permit to carry firearms of Guimbal Mayor Oscar G. Garin, Sr. and his son, Iloilo 1st District Rep. Oscar Richard S. Garin Jr., after they mauled a town cop.

Davao police probes government-marked armaments surrendered by ex-NPA members

THE DAVAO Police Regional Office (PRO-11) is now investigating how armaments with government markings ended up in the hands of New People’s Army (NPA) members who recently surrendered in Davao City.
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Abu Sayyaf members convicted over kidnapping in 2000

A PASIG City court on Thursday convicted a brother of an Abu Sayyaf chieftain for kidnapping, including students and teachers, in Sumisip, Basilan on March 20, 2000.

Nation at a Glance — (12/28/18)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.

From rackets to revenues: How home-sharing impacts the economy

New book by Agoda execs discuss how home-sharing impacts the economy.
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Spending risks in focus at DBCC meeting

ECONOMIC MANAGERS will discuss in a meeting next month of the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) ways to mitigate the economic impact of a partially reenacted budget and the public works ban ahead of the May 13, 2019 midterm elections, the chairman of the interagency body said on Wednesday.

World economic league ranking of select Asian economies

THE PHILIPPINES can be expected to close in on the top 10% of the world’s major economies in the next 15 years, partly as improved infrastructure spurs overall economic growth, according to a London-based consultancy.
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Production spurred by infrastructure build expected to propel Philippines up ranks of biggest economies

THE PHILIPPINES can be expected to close in on the top 10% of the world’s major economies in the next 15 years, partly as improved infrastructure spurs overall economic growth, according to a London-based consultancy.

ANZ Research sees smaller PHL trade deficit next year

THE PHILIPPINES will likely see a narrower external trade gap in 2019, a global bank said, citing help from falling oil prices in the world market.
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Steady, not strong as SE Asia faces 2019 growth worries

SINGAPORE — Last year, economists predicted Southeast Asia would be blessed with a strong and vibrant 2018.

No ghosts are needed when the monsters are real

By Nickky F.P. de Guzman, Reporter Movie Review Aurora Directed by Yam Laranas EVEN WITHOUT the ghosts in it, Metro Manila Film Festival’s Aurora is a horror story:...