THE Department of Finance (DoF) has been ordered to step up its legislative liaison activities to ensure the passage of the remaining tax reform packages, ahead of the opening of the 18th Congrss on July 22, among other priorities that include exploring import liberalization for more agricultural products and the sale of the government’s stake in United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB).
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it will not ease its accreditation requirements to deal with a potential shortage of ride-share drivers, despite appeals to temporarily allow transport network vehicle service (TNVS) operators with pending documents to stay on the road.
DAVAO CITY -- Japanese Chamber of Commerce-Mindanao Vice-President Takeyoshi Sumikawa said many potential Mindanao investors from Japan are concerned about the prevailing martial law over the entire island and the absence of direct flights, particularly to and from Davao.
THE Department of Tourism (DoT) said international visitor arrivals in the four months to April were over 8% ahead of the year-earlier pace, led by visitors from China.
THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is scrambling to complete upgrades to the Danilo Atienza Air Base on Sangley Point after President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the immediate use of the facility for general aviation to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
SUGAR production up to the second week of May rose 3.8% year on year, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said.
THE Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is hoping to launch a survey next month to evaluate the potential impact of automation on job training requirements.
COMMUNITIES need to be able to make informed decisions about their options in response to climate change, according to a research paper from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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One of the amendments introduced in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law is related to the issuance of receipts or sales/commercial invoices under Section 237 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC). Previously, all persons subject to an internal revenue tax shall issue duly registered receipts or invoices for each sale of merchandise or services amounting to at least P25.00. With the passage of the TRAIN Law, Congress increased the threshold for the issuance of receipts and invoices to P100.00.
THE NORTHPORT Batang Pier rolled to their fifth win in six games in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday, sending the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok to a second straight defeat, 102-99, in league action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
TORONTO -- Canadian basketball fans did not wake up on Tuesday nursing hangovers from a championship celebration but rather with a mild sense of panic after the Toronto Raptors missed a chance to clinch a maiden NBA title.
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- Knowing all too well what it is like to be struck down by injury Tiger Woods spared a thought for Kevin Durant on Tuesday, after watching the Golden State Warriors forward crumple to the floor during a game against the Toronto Raptors.
AUSTRIA’S DOMINIC THIEM has extended an olive branch to Serena Williams after their media room misunderstanding at the French Open by offering to partner the American in mixed doubles at Wimbledon or the US Open.
THE FIRST leg of Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) Vios Racing Festival was successfully held last weekend at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.
RED BULL’s signature streetball tournament – “Reign” -- returns to the country for a third straight year with the last chance qualifier and national finals slated for June 29.
Between the reign of World Champions Anatoly Karpov (born 1951) and Garry Kasparov (born 1963) there was no one in the generation of Karpov who was strong enough to challenge for the world title. Players like Vladimir Tukmakov, Alexander Beliavsky, Rafael Vaganian, Oleg Romanishin, Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Gennady Kuzmin, Yury Balashov and Boris Gulko all had their days in the sun but their star never shone bright enough for them to be considered potential world champions. Strangely enough during this period the Soviets who actually did contend for the title were from the previous generation, Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian, Lev Polugaevsky, Efim Geller and even Vassily Smyslov, who was the world champion from 1957 to 1958 but still was strong enough to participate in the Candidates’ matches in 1983 and 1985, at 62 and 64 years of age!
Hindsight always makes for 20/20 vision, so the wave of second-guessing that occurred in the aftermath of Kevin Durant’s ill-fated return to the court the other day was nothing if not predictable. The conditions behind his cameo appearance in Game Five of the Finals served only to make it more pronounced. He had been out for a month due to a right calf strain, and, with the Warriors down 1-3 and needing him to suit up just to survive, he -- and, just as importantly, those around him tasked with giving him the medical clearance to play -- faced the kind of pressure that leans, if not clouds, judgments in favor of taking on more risk. And, following the unfortunate turn of events, pundits have seen fit to view the decision in a manner that depicts all who gave the green light as reckless gamblers.
THE Department of National Defense (DND) confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that a Filipino vessel, which was anchored at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, sank after it collided with a Chinese vessel on Sunday evening.
MALACAÑANG expressed confidence that the call by the special rapporteurs of the United Nations (UN) for an independent investigation into alleged human rights violations in the Philippines will have no impact on the country’s membership in the international body.
THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has called out the Office of the Vice-President (OVP) to be stricter in monitoring funds disbursed to local government units (LGUs) from its budget.
REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL L. Romero of 1 PACMAN Party-list remained the richest member of the House of Representatives based on the summary of Statements, Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) of congressmen as of December 2018.
AS THE Philippines celebrated its 121st Independence Day on June 12, which marks the end of Spanish colonial rule, the country’s officials highlighted the continuing work needed to achieve freedom from poverty and social equality.
THE PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) announced on Wednesday that it has cleared Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol from allegations of corruption.
JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra yesterday said the Department of Justice (DoJ) will apply for a hold departure order (HDO) against all accused in the “ghost” dialysis claims once the case is filed in court.
DENGUE CASES in the Western Visayas Region rose to 8,613 in Jan-May this year from 2,886 in the same period 2018, with deaths more than double at 48 from 23, based on the data from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DoH-CHD)-Region 6.
THE DAVAO City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has identified 15 areas that are highly prone to floods and landslides, and will recommend for these to be declared as “no-build and habitation zones.”
For the first time, Harvard Business School and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago have not increased tuition for their MBA programs. Applications to the US business schools have been dropping due to online alternatives and more specialized courses. Worse, many international applicants have been scared off by anti-foreigner sentiment in many parts of the US. Some business schools, such as the University of Illinois Gies College of Business, have gone further and shut down their on-campus MBA programs altogether.
If you have car engine troubles, do you bring it to a vulcanizing shop? If you have leaky plumbing, do you call a mason to “cement” the job? Or, if you need to tighten a screw, do you get a hammer? I guess the answers to these questions are pretty obvious, right? Common sense dictates that you use the right tool for the work required.
AGAINST the backdrop of growing unease worldwide about the power of big technology companies, whether governments should break them up has become a common talking point.
RECENT STUDIES on the health of our oceans offer irrefutable evidence that something very disturbing is taking place and that the threat to marine life has never been graver.
AT A RECENT EVENT in New York City, I chatted with a money manager whose presentation had impressed me. At least, I was impressed until he uttered one of those hackneyed phrases that just make me flinch. This is an occupational hazard in the world of economic and market commentary. Any of us can lapse into lazy shorthand. But it is something best avoided: Use of trite or clichéd formulations neither reflects well on us, nor does it show respect for the reader or listener.
It was on June 12, 1898, when the “Act of the Proclamation of Independence of the Filipino People” was read at General Emilio Aguinaldo’s...
THE COUNTRY’s trade-in-goods deficit narrowed in April as merchandise exports grew while imports declined, but did not prevent the year-to-date trade gap from increasing,...
THE COUNTRY’s trade-in-goods deficit narrowed in April as merchandise exports grew while imports declined, but did not prevent the year-to-date trade gap from increasing, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday.
FRESH PROJECTS pledged at the Board of Investments (BoI) in the first five months of the year climbed 40.1% from a year ago, with...
FRESH PROJECTS pledged at the Board of Investments (BoI) in the first five months of the year climbed 40.1% from a year ago, with power projects spurring the growth.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday evening ordered the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to immediately utilize the Danilo Atienza Air Base in Sangley Point, Cavite to help decongest the country’s main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
SAN MIGUEL CORP. (SMC) expects the completion of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) to be pushed back to 2022, with partial operations seen by 2021 as the company encounters right of way issues.
PLDT, Inc. said it is on track to achieve its telco core income guidance of P26 billion this year, even hinting at the possibility of exceeding this target, as the company sees continuous growth in its wireless business.
WHEN Kayla Rivera was 11-years-old, she recalls singing to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — her favorite Carole King song.
THE health care arm of Ayala Corp. (AC) has invested in United States-based medical technology firm Fibronostics, as it seeks to deliver more screening and monitoring solutions in its clinics.
MANY OF the first pharmacies, theaters, and department stores in the City of Manila were found in the district of Binondo. Founded in 1594, the city had a pivotal role in international trade and the place of the world’s first Chinatown in this role is the focus of a new museum.
ABS-CBN Corp. said its locally produced movies will soon hit TV screens in China, as it inked a deal with a Chinese media company to allow the airing of its content in the country.
OXFORD, England — Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away — Ai-Da is a robot.
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