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Nation at a Glance — (03/15/19)

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

Foreigners now need to obtain work visas in home countries

FOREIGNERS looking to work in the Philippines will now be required to obtain work visas in their countries of origin, with the visa to be a prerequisite for applying for a work permit, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said.
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DTI touts opportunities for trade, business partnerships in Malaysia

THE PHILIPPINES can expect partnerships and trade opportunities in Malaysia, while private companies can develop greater exposure to each other’s home countries, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.
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First Gen’s Batangas LNG terminal project cleared by DoE

ENERGY SECRETARY Alfonso G. Cusi on Thursday said he signed a notice to proceed (NTP) for the proposal of First Gen Corp. to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal within its power plant complex in Batangas province.
Malampaya gas field

Bill tapping Malampaya fund to pay down Napocor debt hurdles bicameral session

LEGISLATORS on Thursday approved in a bicameral session a bill, which seeks to use the government’s share in the Malampaya Natural Gas Project to pay off the obligations of the National Power Corp. (Napocor).
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

Church asks investors to shun coal-fired power

THE CATHOLIC Church and other non-government organizations are calling on financial institutions to divest from coal-fired plants and focus on investing in renewable energy.

PECO seeks TRO against MORE Power takeover of Iloilo franchise

PANAY ELECTRIC Company, Inc. (PECO), which is poised to lose its 95-year power distribution license in Iloilo City, is seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) order barring the takeover of new entrant MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power).
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NHA to survey more land in Taytay for housing beneficiaries

THE National Housing Authority (NHA) is set to approve an allocation of P38 million to survey more land in Taytay, Rizal intended for distribution as government housing, according to testimony delivered at a Congressional hearing.
Minola cooking oil

Cooking oil maker plans on Russia, Belarus road show

THE makers of Minola cooking oil will embark on a week-long road show in Moscow and Minsk, Belarus starting March 18 to introduce coconut oil products to Eastern Europe, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Thursday.
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Oil import bill jumps nearly 32% in 2018

THE COST of oil imports in 2018 hit $13.48 billion, up 31.8%, due to the combined effects of higher fuel prices and increased import volumes, the Department of Energy (DoE) said on Thursday.

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Why we persevere

YEAR ON year since 2006, we watched the drive and delay of countries in their bid to close the gender gap. The index, which benchmarks some 149 countries using four sub-indices, was introduced by the World Economic Forum and every year, we also try to see how our country fared versus others.
Duterte and Trump

Duterte and Trump

The Chinese embassy in Manila had earlier demolished Duterte spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s tale that should the government deport Chinese nationals illegally working in the Philippines, the Ambassador had threatened to do the same to Filipinos in China.
Equality apparently demands women fight in combat

Equality apparently demands women fight in combat

In 2018, three women applied to Britain’s Special Air Service (the SAS). Only one was considered fit enough to join the normal selection process. She quit two weeks into the 18-week training course.
What’s at stake for us in the 2019 midterm elections?

What’s at stake for us in the 2019 midterm elections?

In most democratic societies, midterm elections are seen not only as a referendum on the performance of a sitting government/political party. It may also determine to what extent can the current administration move forward unencumbered with its agenda -- or whether it will need to begin building bipartisan confidence in order to govern with its symbolic authority intact.
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100 years of a nationalist: Renato Constantino as social critic and public intellectual

“NATIONALISM is not just an empty word full of emotional appeal. It is the expression of a reality -- that we have a country of our own, which must be kept our own. Its political expression is independence.”
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Peso inches up vs dollar

THE PESO appreciated slightly against the dollar on Thursday on the back of hawkish statements from a US Federal Reserve official.
PSE BGC bells

Stocks post gains despite global growth concerns

THE MAIN INDEX extended gains on Thursday, bucking negative sentiment overseas as investors were concerned over a possible slowdown in global growth.

Bachelet: PHL drug war ‘not a model by any country’

UNITED NATIONS (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet flagged the Philippine government’s campaign against illegal drugs on Wednesday, saying that its policies “should not be considered a model by any country.”

Mahathir, Duterte vow cooperation on Mindanao

MALAYSIAN PRIME Minister Mahathir Mohammad, who was in Manila on an official visit on Thursday, March 7, vowed the Malaysian government will help in the development of Mindanao, noting the area’s economic potential following the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
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AMLC reports hike in frozen drug-related assets to P1.4 billion

DAVAO CITY — The Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has frozen a total of P1.4 billion in illegal drug-related assets from 2017-2018, almost four times the P365 million held from 2013 to 2016.
Rolando G. Andaya

Sandiganbayan denies Andaya’s motion to quash Malampaya fund case

THE SANDIGANBAYAN has denied Camarines Sur-1st district Rep. Rolando G. Andaya, Jr.’s motion to quash grounds against him in connection with his alleged involvement in the P900-million Malampaya fund scam.

De Lima seeks inclusion of witnesses in drug case

SENATOR LEILA M. de Lima is seeking the inclusion among the accused in her drug-related case the 13 witnesses of the prosecution against her.

7 Las Piñas police arrested for extortion now face kidnapping charges

FOLLOWING THE recent arrest of two police officers for extortion, another seven policemen in Las Piñas City were arrested on Thursday, March 7, for demanding cash from the family of a drug suspect in exchange for his freedom.
Iloilo waterfront port area

Iloilo City to undertake coastal rehabilitation program

THE ILOILO City government, inspired by the rehabilitation initiatives in Boracay and Manila Bay, is launching its own coastal cleanup in 26 villages stretching from Barangays Bitoon, Jaro to Santo Niño Sur, Arevalo.

Cebu water supply dwindles due to weak El Niño

THE METROPOLITAN Cebu Water District (MCWD) has appealed to consumers to conserve water as supply continues to dwindle with the onslaught of the weak el niño phenomenon.

Holcim coordinating with contractor over 100 protesting terminated workers

HOLCIM PHILIPPINES, Inc. said on Wednesday that it is coordinating with its contractor, Fort Steel Cargo Integrators Inc., whose employees have been protesting over their alleged mass termination.

4,000 police deployed for 82nd Araw ng Davao celebration

THE 82ND founding anniversary of Davao City kicked off on March 1 amid tight security, with up to 4,000 personnel from the city, regional, and other auxiliary forces deployed throughout the city on shifting schedules from March 1 to 19.

Better CDO City library coming soon

THE Cagayan de Oro City Engineering Office has released the perspective of the proposed rehabilitation of the City Library, which already has an initial allocation of P100 million this year from the local government.

Nation at a Glance — (03/08/19)

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

Streaking San Miguel faces off with NLEX

THE now-rolling San Miguel Beermen get back to PBA Philippine Cup action today, facing off with the NLEX Road Warriors in the 7 p.m. main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ateneo Lady Eagles

Ateneo girding for UP in their battle of top teams

THE Ateneo Lady Eagles battle Katipunan neighbors University of the Philippines Lady Fighting Maroons this weekend in a marquee match between two top teams in the ongoing University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
Rene Catalan

Filipinos Catalan, Torres seek wins at ONE Yangon

ONE Championship is to play Myanmar today with two Filipino mixed martial arts fighters part of the card.
Zach LaVine

LaVine scores 39, carries Bulls over Sixers

LOS ANGELES -- Zach LaVine’s driving layup with 1.6 seconds left in the game lifted the Chicago Bulls to a 108-107 win over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Joyette Jopson

FWD Philippines-backed athlete dares to be fearless in the Arctic

FOR the second straight year the Philippines will have a representative in the “world’s coolest marathon” in the person of a fearless Filipina -- Joyette Jopson.

MPBL Datu Cup: Davao Tigers keeps winning mentality

TOP seed Davao Occidental Tigers are in no mood to let its guards down against second running Muntinlupa, the Tigers were all business.
Andrew Bogut

Aussie Bogut just happy to be along for the ride with GS Warriors

SYDNEY -- Andrew Bogut is under no illusions about the role he will fill in his second stint with the Golden State Warriors but the Australian said on Thursday that the chance to rejoin the reigning NBA champions was too good to pass up.

Right direction

Considering how the Bulls have been battling of late, it’s a wonder that they were actually regular fodder for late-night comedy fare at the start of the season. Forget the positive outlook the front office tried to imbibe heading into their 2018-19 campaign; with questionable signings juxtaposing uninspired sideline direction, they were slated to once again be on the wrong side of dysfunctional. The replacement of underwhelming Fred Hoiberg with erstwhile assistant Jim Boylen as head coach did little to stem the swoon; in fact, it was exacerbated by the newly minted mentor’s military machinations.

Fighting the rampant sexual abuse of Filipino children through peer education

Plan International PH launches youth-peer education module on preventing sexual exploitation.

Six new Google tools to make your work life easier

Google Philippines launches six new products to help Filipino workers.

Jobs situation in January improved as unemployment, underemployment declined

THE LATEST government labor data showed the ranks of Filipinos wanting more work decline as well as those who are jobless. Preliminary results of...
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Diokno says to ‘expedite’ RRR cut

MONETARY POLICY easing could well be on the horizon in the face of easing headline inflation, central bank officials signalled on Wednesday.

Filipinos on Forbes’ 2019 list of world’s richest people

REAL ESTATE tycoon Manuel B. Villar, Jr. is now the country’s richest man, rising past other Filipinos on Forbes Magazine’s annual list of world...
Calungbuyan Bridge

Infrastructure, other capital outlays breach 2018 program

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT infrastructure and other capital outlays exceeded the 2018 program, driven by road and bridge networks, flood control projects and military modernization among others, despite a drop in December, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported on Wednesday.
Manuel B. Villar, Jr.

Villar leads other Philippine billionaires on Forbes’ richest list

REAL ESTATE tycoon Manuel B. Villar, Jr. is now the country’s richest man, rising past other Filipinos on Forbes Magazine’s annual list of world billionaires released on Tuesday.

Asia still tops in minting billionaires

HONG KONG -- Asia will see the fastest billionaire population growth in the world over the next four years, despite economic uncertainties in the region triggered by the China-US trade war.