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NAIA rehabilitation project award expected by early 2020

THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) rehabilitation project could be awarded to its private proponents by the first quarter next year at the latest.
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Distillers complain of unfair taxation compared to wine

DISTILLERS said the uneven taxation of alcoholic beverages puts them at a disadvantage to the wine industry and called for a “level playing field” as the next round of tax reforms make their way through Congress.

House bill seeks incentives for OFW-owned businesses

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking incentives for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) setting up businesses in the Philippines.
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Six provinces agree to procure palay direct from farmers

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said that six provinces have committed to buy rice from farmers during the harvest this month, including three provinces in rice country.

DoST touts food safety program as easing permit process

THE Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is pushing the benefits of its food safety program, which it said will help companies get on the permit and registration fast track.
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DICT common-tower rules due by end-2019

THE rules governing the shared use of telecommunications towers will be issued within the year with a draft expected “in a few weeks,” the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Renewable energy plan under review as share of clean sources declines

RENEWABLE energy’s dwindling share in the country’s mix of power sources has prompted the government to review its program that was meant to help ensure energy security and improve access to clean energy, an official said.

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Redefining corporate rules

In the first part of this article, we covered Republic Act 112321 or the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines (RCC), which redefined the corporate rules to promote ease and flexibility in doing business, as well as take full advantage of technological innovation.

Citizen participation and deliberation in constitutional reform

PATHOLOGIES in a constitution can emerge during its reign. These pertain to provisions in the constitutional text itself that may have been designed with good intentions but have eventually become debilitating to the political system it purports to govern.

‘Life, death, and the best of us’

The title of this essay does not belong to me. It is Tony La Viña’s. It is the title of his Rappler essay (Jan. 6. 2016), which gave tribute to diverse people whose deaths gave meaning to him and others.

The Duterte SONA and legacy: tail risks and politics

So how do we get from our estimate of 6% to government’s 7-8% growth target? I would describe 7-8% as aspirational, considering especially the current global trade environment that has dampened export growth. Although we said Build, Build, Build will add to domestic demand growth, there is high import leakage (40-60% per IMF). An example is cement where imports have grown by a Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% in the last three years. Also, as we said, all the building activity will aggravate strains on traffic, logistics, and power supply, not to mention that manufacturing plants have been operating at over 80% capacity for some time now.

What, no homework?

The “holistic approach” to child development was the reason for this jack-in-the-box treat for school children: House Bill (HB) No. 3611 filed by House Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero proposes to remove homework as a requirement for Kinder to Grade 12 students and prohibit students from taking textbooks home in order to “lighten their physical burden” and to do academic activities solely within school premises; and HB No. 3883 filed by Quezon City Representative Alfred Vargas, which seeks to “promote and protect the physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being of the youth” and prohibits elementary and high school teachers from assigning take-home assignments to students for the weekend. Senator Grace Poe filed Senate Bill No. 966 to establish a no-homework policy for all primary and secondary schools in the country, according to a GMA News report on Aug. 30.

Science hasn’t found a ‘Gay Gene.’ So what?

A NEW, massive study suggests five genes are weakly associated with self-reported same sex encounters. But the results, released last week by a group that included the Broad Institute and 23andMe, are underwhelming. The genes predicted less than 1% of people’s behavior. The researchers struggled at a press conference to tell reporters what the take home message was. We can assume that 23andMe won’t be offering a “gay gene” test any time soon.

Gilas looks to bounce back after rough World Cup debut

FOLLOWING a rough start to its 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup bid on Saturday, the Philippine men’s national basketball team looks to find some form of redemption and bounce back when it plays Serbia in Group D action today in Foshan, China.

Serbia routs Angola, 105-59, as other FIBA World Cup big guns also win

BEIJING -- The basketball World Cup heavyweights opened got their campaigns on the right track as Serbia romped to a 105-59 win over Angola, Italy mauled the Philippines 108-62 and 2006 champions Spain strolled to a 101-62 defeat of Tunisia on Saturday.

Coco Gauff loses match but learns lessons from Naomi

NEW YORK -- Coco Gauff’s US Open came to an abrupt end under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday but the 15-year-old said she would leave New York a better player after falling to world number one Naomi Osaka.

Nadal breezes into US Open fourth round; controversial Kyrgios goes quietly into the New...

NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal cruised into the US Open fourth round with a business-like 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Chung Hyeon on Saturday.

Siklab Sports Youth Awards unveils future of Philippine sports

THE future heroes of Philippine sports will be honored during the 2nd Siklab Sports Youth Awards today at the Market! Market! Activity Area in BGC, Taguig City.

Andreescu topples Wozniacki to reach US Open last 16

NEW YORK -- Canadian Bianca Andreescu brushed aside Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday to reach the last 16 in her US Open main draw debut and now faces her toughest test yet in the form of net-rushing qualifier Taylor Townsend.

Closer to success

In terms of star power, the third-round match between Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff yesterday did not disappoint. The capacity crowd of 23,771 that filled Arthur Ashe Stadium included a fair share of celebrities in sports and entertainment eager to see a humdinger that, based on hype alone, looked to rival any other for the United States Open fortnight. Unfortunately, the actual battle failed to approximate its potential. Not even close; it took all of 65 minutes to be decided, with the dismay of the vast majority of spectators borne as much of its duration as of its outcome.

Duterte back after high-stakes China visit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte returned to Manila on Sunday after his fifth visit to China, where he raised the nation’s arbitral win that voided Beijing’s claim to more than 80% of the South China Sea.

National ID to be pilot-tested in Metro Manila

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will start pilot-testing a four-month national ID registration starting today and wants to ensure its full implementation by the second quarter next year, an official said.

Group warns of higher water rates

A SUPREME Court (SC) ruling that forces Metro Manila’s two water concessionaires to finish their sewerage projects in five years instead of 2037 -- the end of their contract -- could raise water rates by P12 to P16 a cubic meter, an advocacy group said on Sunday.

BuCor head summoned to Senate investigation

A Senate committee has summoned the head of the country’s prison system to its investigation of its parole rules.

Tropical depression Liwayway sweeps in as Kabayan quickly exits

THE LOW pressure area that started east of Mindanao developed into a tropical depression on Sunday and was spotted 510 kilometers (km) east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte as of 10 a.m.

Baguio highlights battle vs urbanization’s adverse effects as city celebrates 110th anniversary

THE MOUNTAIN city of Baguio, long tagged as the country’s summer capital, has in recent years been plagued by the adverse effects of urbanization such as overpopulation, road congestion, and environmental degradation.

Lone STL operator in Iloilo says it cannot afford conditions for reopening

RED SUBAY Gaming Corp., the sole Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in the province of Iloilo, is unlikely to resume operations as it cannot meet the conditions set by the Philippines Charity and Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Muslim schools in need of government support

ABOUT 90% of managers of Muslim schools, or madaris, in southern Philippines want government recognition and access to public funds, according to a study by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG).

Aeon Credit starts financing services for tricycle drivers, operators with 1st Mindanao branch

FINANCING COMPANY Aeon Credit Service Philippines recently opened its first branch in Mindanao, located in Davao City, and has started offering its services to members of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODA).

CoA flag UP Manila, Visayas for uncollected funds from CHED

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) cited the uncollected amount of University of the Philippines’ (UP) Manila and Visayas campuses for the government’s free college education program.