DRIVERS and operators of Grab Philippines (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) are seeking an amnesty from the government for failure to obtain a certificate to operate as transport network vehicle service (TNVS), which led to the deactivation of 8,000 vehicles from the ride-hailing platform yesterday.
THE Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said government agencies, including local government units (LGUs), need to make public declarations renouncing corrupt practices to help improve the investment environment.
THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) said it will hold this month a hearing to evaluate the Philippine Hybrid Energy Systems, Inc.’s (PHESI) application to develop, own and operate a transmission line that will connect its 16-megawatt wind farm in Oriental Mindoro to one of National Power Corp.’s transmission lines.
THE Climate Change Commission (CCC) said the renewable energy sector is among the “biggest” opportunities for investment amid the global shift by companies seeking ways to pursue a greener energy strategy.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it expects to sell at least one million kilos of mangoes in Metro Manila through the Metro Mango Marketing Program, helping farmers dispose of this season’s bumper crop which was not anticipated because of a failure of coordination and monitoring.
THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has found that the total jail population was 111,046 in 2018, far exceeding the “ideal” capacity of Philippine prisons of only 25,268.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order reclassifying the Clark Industrial Estate 5 (IE5) as an international center of commerce, industry, leisure and recreation.
THE Philippines will be bidding to host the next United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in 2021, with other Asian countries expressing support for the bid.
ALYANSA ng mga Tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino (Tanggol Wika) on Monday filed a protest against the Supreme Court’s (SC) March 5 resolution denying its motion to halt the exclusion of Filipino as a core university subject.
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A few weeks ago, I attended the first anniversary celebration of the Ease of Doing Business Law (Republic Act No. 11032) at the Philippine International Convention Center. RA No. 11032 was signed on May 28, 2018 and became effective on June 17, 2018. Many stakeholders and government officials were present to witness this milestone, all curious how the law has improved government services since its effectivity. Anniversaries are always nostalgic, as they force us to look back and see what has been accomplished in the past year.
The theme of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which was held in Davos, Switzerland over the four-day period of January 22–25, 2019, was “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released the Labor Force Survey (LFS) April 2019 last week and the result was generally good compared to April 2018: both unemployment and underemployment rates in 2019 have significantly declined, and labor force participation rate (LFPR) has increased. Thus, the labor force Q1 data seem to contradict the GDP Q1 data where growth has decelerated further.
“I am the Speaker, I can always impeach the President,” Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was supposed to have boasted, according to the President’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio. If he did, he must have considered himself in a position of power. However, Mr. Alvarez denied he made such a statement.
The opposition lost. Not one of the Liberal Party (LP)-dominated “Otso Diretso” senatorial contenders made it to the 12 Senate seats up for grabs. Not even its frontrunner candidate Bam Aquino who was a reelectionist or Mar Roxas who topped the 2004 senatorial race (15 years ago!), both with outstanding legislative track records to their credit, made it against the other reelectionist senators and political newcomers who ran under the President’s ruling party The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP–Laban) or under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). To date, questions about the integrity of the 2019 midterm elections remain in public discourse.
THE Philippine national youth team will see action at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece beginning later this month boasting one of the taller lineups in the squad’s rich history that has many excited.
PARIS -- Defying the years and one of the most fierce onslaughts he has ever faced at Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal won his 12th French Open crown on Sunday, leaving Dominic Thiem crushed and a packed Parisian stadium shaking their heads in wonder.
SEEMINGLY having found their collective groove and form in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, the Alaska Aces look sustain it as they go deeper in the tournament.
JEREMY MARTICIO, a grade 8 student of Pulo National High School in Cabuyao City, Laguna dominated the Meralco Youth Rapid Chess tourney last Sunday at the Multi-Purpose hall, Meralco compound, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.
With the change of administration of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) there have been some rule changes in the qualification process for the world chess championship.
Kevin Durant finally trekked to the court with his teammates the other day. In the intervening month since he was sidelined late in Game Five of the Golden State Warriors’ semifinal-round series due to a right calf strain, he had seen them crest with defining performances to earn a fifth straight attempt at claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy. In dispatching the Rockets and Blazers en route, they appeared to show they would do just fine without him. Against the Toronto Raptors, though, their supposed progress in his absence proved to be fool’s gold. And, with a lone win to their name after four matches in the Finals, they found themselves needing his services simply to survive. Needless to say, his presence in their short practice on the eve of Game Five was a decidedly welcome one.
SHARES firmed up on Monday following the positive performance of international markets last week.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has asked the board members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roy B. Ferrer, to turn in their resignation, according to Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence T. Go.
THE PESO weakened against the dollar on Monday, tracking regional currencies as the rally in emerging markets (EM) eased following weak China trade data.
AMID REPORTS of flight delays and cancellations, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday made a surprise visit at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)-Terminal 2, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo.
A PROVINCIAL prosecutor from Oriental Mindoro was shot Monday morning, sustaining five gunshot wounds and was to undergo surgery, an official from the Department of Justice (DoJ) said.
AN INTERNATIONAL labor coalition is calling on Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to investigate the death of a local labor leader, the 43rd such case since President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed office in June 2016.
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, who is midway into his six-year term, has said that the proposed shift to federalism, one of his campaign battle cries, may not be doable before he steps down.
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed Gregorio R. Pimentel as new Deputy Director-General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Philippine flags are on display at the Araneta Center In Cubao as the country prepares for the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 12, a national holiday. In Caloocan, a worker cleans around the Bonifacio Monument, one of the main venues of the commemoration activities.
THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Central Visayas (DOT-7) is now in talks with the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) for the development of an intra-province sea transportation access to serve as an alternative to land travel.
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) chief General Oscar D. Albayalde admitted there was a failure of intelligence after cops arrested a journalist whom they mistaken for a wanted person.
THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Region 12 is stepping up its campaign to help protect the Philippine Eagle by securing areas where they have been spotted.
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THE 17TH CONGRESS, which closed its third and last regular session on Tuesday, passed an “acceptable” number of laws, key officials of business chambers said, but noted the lack of measures on economic liberalization.
THE Social Security System (SSS) has hired local fund managers to manage P7 billion of its Investment Reserve Fund (IRF) over two years to boost its financial standing, it said in a statement over the weekend.
THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it is targeting to award the Mislatel consortium with its frequencies and permit to operate by the end of this month, as the incoming third telecommunications player expects to begin operations by 2020.
FUKUOKA, JAPAN -- Group of 20 finance leaders said on Sunday that trade and geopolitical tensions have “intensified” but failed to express a pressing need to resolve them, in a final draft communique that said global growth is likely to pick up.
MEGAWORLD Corp. wants all of its townships to be fully reliant on renewable energy sources by 2025, in a bid to make its developments sustainable for the future.