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Sangley Point

DoTr signals readiness to consider other Sangley airport schemes

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it is giving Cavite province until mid-2019 to lock down the financing plan for its Sangley airport proposal, signalling the department’s readiness to move forward with other proposals.
Panfilo M. Lacson

Delayed 2019 budget expected in Malacañang by March 10

THE delayed 2019 budget remained untransmitted to the President well into the third month of the year, amid claims of last-minute revisions to the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) approved by Congress, though a key legislator said the legislation will be forwarded to the Palace by March 10.

Time running out on Official Dev’t Assistance projects, Senate panel told

THE SENATE COMMITTEE on economic affairs on Tuesday opened its inquiry into the official development assistance (ODA) funding under the Build, Build, Build program, with participants claiming that the ODA financing may have slowed the completion of flagship infrastructure projects.
Emmanuel F. Piñol

Piñol claims Duterte backs raising agriculture budget ‘10 times’

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol invoked President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s authorization to propose a budget “10 times” his department’s current funding level, which was P56 billion in 2018.
power lines

NGCP declares ‘yellow alert’ for Luzon power grid

RESERVE ENERGY in the Luzon grid fell below minimum levels on Tuesday, prompting the system operator to issue a “yellow alert” a day after the Energy department gave its assurance that power supply is sufficient for the dry season.
Iloilo airport

BPO investors worried by Iloilo power uncertainty

NEW INVESTMENT in the information and technology industry in Iloilo City, particularly the business processes outsourcing (BPO) sector, could slow down due to the unresolved arrangements for the city’s power distribution.
traffic Kamuning

Fixed-salary rules for bus drivers, conductors to be in force by March 9

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) gave bus companies until March 9 to incorporate a semi-fixed salary component in paying their drivers and conductors, a compensation structure that was sanctioned by the Supreme Court last year.
NFA rice warehouse

Farmers question agencies’ capacity to disburse rice tariffication funds

THE Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) cast doubt on Tuesday on the capacity of small government agencies to effectively disburse the P10 billion-a-year Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), one of the features of the Rice Tariffication Law.
family planning

Family planning strategy targets 65% contraceptive takeup

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the “full and intensified” implementation plan for the government’s national program on family planning.
UHC Act: The role of Health Technology

UHC Act:The role of Health Technology

The Universal Health Care (UHC) Act, also known as Republic Act 11223, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20. Under this landmark legislation, all citizens, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), will be automatically enrolled into the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP), either as direct or indirect contributors, who will be eligible and have access to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care for medical, dental, mental and emergency health services.
Inflation, Interest Rate, BSP Governor, and Travel Tax

Inflation, Interest Rate, BSP Governor, and Travel Tax

“Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.” -- Milton Friedman (1912-2006), Nobel Prize economist
Colossal denials by the masters of bluster

Colossal denials by the masters of bluster

Which of the two presidential denials would you consider more colossal or spectacular?

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Can’t leave charter change to politicians

THE 1987 CONSTITUTION is considered one of the most enduring constitutions in the world because it has stood for almost 32 years without any amendment. This is an odd quality considering that most constitutional scholars will agree that a constitution is never infallible or immortal even as they continue to debate among themselves the ideal lifespan of a nation-state’s charter.
Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok

PBA: Magnolia shoots for second straight win

FINALLY barged into the win column of the PBA Philippine Cup last time around, the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok seek to take their tournament bid to further flight when they return to league action today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
De La Salle Lady Spikers

Lady Spikers, Tigresses go for rebound victory

ABSORBED losses in their previous University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 matches, the De La Salle Lady Spikers and University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses look to bounce back in their league collision today at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
NBTC Coaches Convention

Tab Baldwin, top mentors headline NBTC Coaches Convention at MoA Arena

FOR the first time in eight years, the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) will hold its Coaches Convention in the midst of the National High School Basketball Finals. The two-day clinic will be held from March 22 to March 24 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Shahrul Shazwan

Shazwan, Roxas rule Prima Pasta badminton singles

MALAYSIAN Shahrul Shazwan and Maria Alyssa Roxas captured recently the open singles titles of the 12th Prima Pasta Badminton Championships at the Powersmash badminton courts in Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
LeBron James v Danilo Gallinari

Clippers take care of skidding Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, and the visiting Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-105 on Monday night for their third consecutive victory.

GS Warriors to sign Bogut for rest of season

LOS ANGELES -- The Golden State Warriors will bolster their frontcourt depth by bringing back 7-foot center Andrew Bogut from his native Australia, according to a story from Yahoo Sports on Monday.
Angelito Camer and Eugene Torre

Filipino Angelito Camer to compete in Australia and USA chess tourneys

FILIPINO Angelito Camer is setting his sights on competing abroad in April and July following his successful conquest of the recent 2019 Oceania Open Zonal Blitz Chess Championships.

Manila Southwoods opens chase for PAL Interclub history in Cebu

CEBU -- Manila Southwoods chases its place in PAL Interclub history starting today by sending out Japanese teenager Yuto Katsuragawa to anchor its opening round five at exclusive Cebu Country Club here.

The best 16 teams

The 2018-19 season of the National Basketball Association has entered Week 21 and that means in the next two weeks or so the playoffs are set to be played.

Gold standard

If there’s anything that characterizes the Warriors’ ability to keep redefining greatness in a day and age of intense competition, it’s their commitment to continuous improvement. Their refusal to accept the status quo has effectively allowed them to be moving targets. They’ve kept even the most prepared opposition at bay with their unique blend of front office vision and support, progressive coaching style and substance, and absolute roster buy-in that preserves a clearly defined pecking order. It’s why they’ve retained their position as the National Basketball Association’s gold standard, and why they’ve weathered storms from outside and within.
Autohub 1

Autohub turns 20:Aims for bigger footprint

LET’S face it: The automobile sector is among the world’s cutthroat industries where competition at whatever price point is equally intense. The passion to succeed is expressed in the commensurate urgency to generate sales numbers.
Nissan Terra 1

Terra fuerte!:Nissan’s midsize SUV takes on the trails of Mount Mayon

CALL it coincidence or divine providence. The belated arrival in 2018 of the Nissan Terra, Nissan Philippines, Inc.’s (NPI) first entry in the local midsize SUV category, may have served as the crowning glory of a banner year for the Japanese car manufacturer in the country.
Ferrari F8 Tributo

New Ferrari F8 Tributo packs brand’s most powerful V8 ever

FERRARI at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday introduced the new F8 Tributo, the most powerful V8-powered road car in the brand’s history.
Bentley Manila

UK trade envoy visits Bentley Manila

THE United Kingdom’s Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to the Philippines, Richard Graham, recently visited the Bentley Manila showroom in Bonifacio Global City. He was accompanied by British ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce and UK Trade and Investment director Richard Colley.
Shell Eco-Marathon.

Shell Eco-Marathon marks 10th edition, returns to Malaysia

THIS year’s Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia will be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, where it debuted in 2010.

Are you ready for online car shopping?

One of the biggest stories in the automotive industry right now is Tesla’s announcement that it is shifting its business model in the US (and around the world eventually) to strictly online car-selling. In other words, the American electric vehicle manufacturer is shutting down its physical stores in favor of an all-encompassing digital one.
peso dollar

Peso plunges on BSP chief pick

THE PESO plunged against the dollar on Tuesday, dragged by market uncertainty following the appointment of Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno as the new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) chief.

PSEi flat as market awaits new BSP chief’s stance

THE MAIN INDEX ended flat on Tuesday as investors were surprised at the sudden appointment of Budget chief Benjamin E. Diokno as the new governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Palace: Information on narco-list from foreign states

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on Tuesday admitted that foreign countries are providing the Philippine government with “wiretapped” information on politicians in the Philippine government’s “narco-list” and on other criminal activities they may be involved in.

Duterte approves order on transition for MILF armed units

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the proposed executive order for the implementation of the next plan for the newly-established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which includes the disarming of private armies and former rebels in the area.

Lorenzana: Ambiguity in MDT will cause ‘confusion’

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana reiterated his call for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States as the treaty has ambiguities that may cause “confusion and chaos.”

SC asked to stop LEB-led law school admission test

LAWYERS and aspiring law students have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to abolish the Legal Education Board (LEB) and its conduct of the nationwide law school admission exam, asserting that it should be the SC that should be holding it.

PCSO admits jueteng operations still on

THE PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) admitted on Tuesday the continued operation of illegal numbers games, popularly referred to as jueteng, during the joint hearing of the House Committees on Games and Amusement and Public Accounts.

DoH calls for pet vaccination as it aims for a rabies-free Philippines

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) is aiming for a rabies-free Philippines over the next decade and has called on all owners to have their pets vaccinated.

BI gets new gadgets for faster OFWs e-card validation at NAIA

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has received new gadgets from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) that would expedite the processing of departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Equipment deployed for Manila Bay desilting

A FLEET of equipment has been deployed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the desilting of Manila Bay.

Kalibo slaughterhouse project opened for Swiss challenge

THE MUNICIPAL government of Kalibo is ready to receive challenge bids for the rehabilitation of the Kalibo Meat Plant’s principal slaughterhouse, which will also involve the operation and maintenance of the facility.

FPOP-Iloilo’s community center targets people at risk of HIV

THE FAMILY Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP)-Iloilo Chapter has set up a community center aimed at assisting those at risk of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Iloilo City.

4 NPA members surrender in Iligan City

FOUR MEMBERS of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist movement, surrendered with their weapons to the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan in Iligan City last Feb. 28, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported yesterday.

Nation at a Glance — (03/06/19)

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

Building inclusive innovations in disaster risk reduction

Pasundayag Innovation Fair presents new innovations in community-centric disaster risk reduction.

Factory output continues to decline in January

FACTORY output posted its second consecutive month of decline in January, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning. Preliminary results of the PSA's latest...