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Dec. online hiring rises 17% — Monster.com

JOB recruitment site Monster.com said online hiring in the Philippines rose 17% year-on-year in December, slowing down from the 23% gain posted in November.

POEA eases restrictions on Libya OFW deployment

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has released a resolution that will allow the deployment of returning Filipino workers to Libya, after the imposition of a total deployment ban last year.

Senate approves tax perks for small gold miners on 3rd reading

THE Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill offering tax exemptions to small-scale miners who sell their gold to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
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Senate to look into Mislatel compliance with franchise terms

THE Senate committee on public services will resume its hearing looking into the selection process for the telecommunication industry’s third player on Wednesday.

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Challenging opportunities in agribusiness

Agrarian reform should not be a hindrance to corporate farming. Agribusiness does not require ownership of land. Modern corporations such as Del Monte developed contractual relationships with small holder farmers which supplied produce which the corporate agribusiness venture turned into packaged consumer goods through value-adding technologies. Given the aging population of our farmers, who are now reported to be 60 years on the average, government should seriously take a look at the situation; and sooner rather than later take steps to make it easier for corporate investors to risk good money in agribusiness.

‘Election na naman’

The hot topic at my favorite watering hole in Daly City is the 2019 midterm election in the Philippines, scheduled on May 13. That date is an unlucky one for the superstitious and will certainly be unlucky for most candidates, but lucky for some.
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How the Philippines is failing its children

House Bill No. 8858 has rightly elicited public outrage for proposing to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to between 9 to 12 years old. The move is consistent with President Duterte’s 2016 campaign promise to widen the coverage for criminal prosecution in another aggressive effort to wage his “war on drugs.” The logic goes like this -- because drug syndicates use children to traffic illegal drugs, lowering the MACR to cover more children would cripple the operations of these drug syndicates.

Streamlining the OSG while sparing the PCGG and OGCC from dissolution

Recently, Congress decided to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by passing the proposed OSG law. The Senate and the House of Representatives gave their own versions of the bill, and later came to a compromise, after the bicameral conference committee approved the reconciled versions of the bills, incorporating the following salient points of the proposed new OSG Law.
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Peso rebounds vs dollar

THE PESO rebounded on Tuesday as the dollar weakened due to the strong euro and ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting.

PSE index dips on heightened US-China tensions

THE MAIN INDEX closed relatively unchanged on Tuesday, as heavy foreign buying cushioned the negative sentiment from regional markets following heightened tensions between the United States and China.

Suicide bombing angle seen in Jolo blast

AUTHORITIES INCLUDING President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself are considering the possibility of suicide bombers involved in Sunday’s twin blasts at the Jolo Cathedral, according to their updates on Tuesday.

Another Dengvaxia case filed against Garin, others

THE Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Tuesday filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) another complaint against former health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin over the death of a minor allegedly due to Dengvaxia vaccination.

House approves bill on medical marijuana

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the bill legalizing and regulating the use of medical marijuana.

Goodwill visit

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessel JS IKAZUCHI (DD-107), with two patrol helicopters and 220 crew onboard, arrived at the South Harbor port in Manila on Jan. 29 for a three-day goodwill visit.

Cebu gov., 11 others face graft complaint over P1.3-billion capitol building

A COMPLAINT has been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III and 11 others over the alleged questionable awarding of contract for a new 20-storey building at the Capitol complex.

Iloilo City mayor downplays DILG reminder on local water authority

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III said he will continue to pursue solutions to the water shortage problem in the city, including granting of licenses to interested proponents, despite a reminder from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding the control and operation of public water utilities. “As long as the water supply is lacking, we will do measures.

4 tremors recorded off Davao Occidental

FOUR earthquakes were recorded on Tuesday off Sarangani, Davao Occidental, with the strongest at magnitude 4.5 that occurred 1:26 p.m. Its center was located 56 kilometers southeast of the town.

1 Cop killed, 7 others wounded in alleged NPA attack

A POLICE officer was killed while seven others were injured in an alleged attack by members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in the town of Magpet in Cotabato province Monday evening.

Iligan-Bukidnon scenic route

A 60.4-kilometer (km) diversion road linking Iligan City and Talakag town in Bukidnon is now in the works, and once completed will cut travel time between the two points to 1.5 hours from the current three hours.

Nation at a Glance — (01/30/19)

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

TNT KaTropa seek to keep win streak alive

HAVING won their last two games after opening their PBA Philippine Cup campaign with back-to-back losses, the TNT KaTropa look to sustain their fine form of late when they return to league action today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Anthony Davis

Davis informs New Orleans Pelicans he wants a trade

NEW ORLEANS star Anthony Davis doesn’t plan to sign a contract extension and has told the Pelicans he wants to be traded, the team confirmed Monday.
Kevin Belingon

Packed ONE Japan card adds Belingon-Fernandes bantamweight title fight

WHAT is already a packed card for ONE Championship’s first foray in Japan in March got even tighter as it added another title clash feature.
7’s Football

7’s Football promises bigger, exciting third season

HAVING steadily grown in just two seasons of staging, 7’s Football said a bigger and exciting third season is to be expected from the league with new presenting partners on board.
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Group empowering PWDs wins Smart award, named TAYO Awards finalist for its adaptive sports...

FOR its efforts to enable persons with disability (PWDs) to develop as independent, integrated and empowered citizens, the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) received an award from PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications.

NBA All-Star reserves

The 2019 National Basketball Association All-Star Game happens in a couple of weeks in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it took further form last week with the naming of the starters for the Midseason Classic.


It’s finally out in the open. The worst-kept secret in the National Basketball Association was brought to the fore yesterday, with agent Rich Paul formally notifying the Pelicans of All-Star Anthony Davis’ desire to be traded to a contender. Tellingly, he saw fit to personally inform his teammates of the development, as much in keeping with the same spirit of transparency as in acknowledging that he felt their collective efforts weren’t enough to net them a second straight playoff stint.
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New Suzuki Ertiga serves up more MPV goodness

IT appears there are three value propositions Suzuki Philippines unanimously convey about the latest iteration of the Suzuki Ertiga MPV: “strong,” “elegant” and “stylish.”
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Bentley Continental GT continues to haul awards

BENTLEY Motors announced its Continental GT in 2018 collected numerous awards from international organizations.
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At full throttle:SAIC Motor leads rapid pace of development among China-made cars

SAIC Motor’S tally of 7.05 million vehicle deliveries in 2018 tells only a part of the auto conglomerate’s success story; while this annual sales volume is substantial, it is spread across several brands and segments, making it difficult to appreciate from sheer numbers alone the improvements the company has made to some of its car models. These gains, of course, may also be indicative of the level of quality the company’s commercial vehicles presently have.
Ford EcoSport

Dashboard (01/30/19)

THE Ford EcoSport range in the Philippines now includes the model’s 1.5L Titanium A/T variant, which has a different engine and transmission from the other EcoSport variants.

Ten ways to invest in people for a brighter future for work

ILO proposes ten recommendations for the future of work.

From internet cafes to international competitions: the rocketing popularity of esports

Esports tournaments, though entirely virtual, involve lots of real cash.
construction infrastructure Ormoc

Exemption to poll public works ban eyed

STATE economic managers are looking to ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to exempt big-ticket projects from the election ban on public works in order to keep them on schedule and help prop up gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
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Bicameral committee targets Jan. 30 OK of 2019 budget

THE HOUSE of Representatives and the Senate on Monday resumed their bicameral conference committee meeting to reconcile differences in the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019, targeting approval on Wednesday.
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Central bank official sees sustained FDI inflows

FOREIGN direct investments (FDI) could roughly sustain estimated 2018 inflows this year as conditions turn more enticing for investors, a senior central bank official said, citing slower inflation and robust domestic activity.
BPO call center jobs

WB advises Philippines to upgrade service sector

THE GOVERNMENT needs to support the upgrade of services and worker talent, the World Bank (WB) said, noting that global trade in goods will be subdued for quite some time.

Rock legend Joey Pepe Smith, 71

WIDELY considered as the father of Philippine rock, Joseph William Feliciano Smith — better known as Joey Pepe Smith — passed away Monday morning at the age of 71.

Black Panther’s SAG win boosts chances at Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Superhero movie Black Panther, a film heralded for its predominantly black cast and vibrant celebration of African culture, won the top award from Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, boosting its chances in this year’s Oscars race.

MPTC earmarks P45-billion capex for this year

METRO PACIFIC Tollways Corp. (MPTC) plans to earmark P45 billion for capital expenditures (capex) this year as it accelerates construction of five toll road projects.

Alan Alda of TV’s anti-war comedy M*A*S*H hailed for 60-year career

LOS ANGELES — Alan Alda, best known for playing a wise-cracking Army doctor on the long-running anti-war television comedy M*A*S*H, received a lifetime achievement award from his fellow actors on Sunday, celebrating a 60-year career on stage and screen.

Panasonic PHL sees slowdown in 2019 sales

THE Philippine unit of Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. expects a slowdown in growth this year, amid concerns over the government’s proposal to rationalize fiscal incentives as part of the tax reform program.

Jackson docu puts star back under microscope

MICHAEL JACKSON, whose music remains ubiquitous nearly a decade after his death, is under fresh scrutiny.

Nissan is said to face SEC probe in US over executive salary

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating whether Nissan Motor Co. accurately disclosed its executive pay in the US, according to several people familiar with the matter, compounding the car maker’s woes as it grapples with the aftermath of former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s arrest.

Legendary French composer Michel Legrand, 86

PARIS — French composer and pianist Michel Legrand has died at 86 after a career in which he stood out for soundtracks in screen musicals with Catherine Deneuve and that won him three Oscars.