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DA says hog quarantine holding, won’t comment on nature of disease

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday that its quarantine measures are working against an unspecified hog disease outbreak in unidentified parts of the country, amid fears that African Swine Fever (ASF)may have reached the Philippines.

‘Hoarders’ keeping rice prices firm despite farmgate palay plunge

The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday signaled a possible crackdown on rice hoarders, who are suspected because rice prices at retail are not drifting lower in line with the plunge in farmgate prices for palay, or unmilled rice.

PSALM seeks ERC help collecting P216M from distributors, companies

THE Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to resolve the pending cases involving the collection of unpaid dues amounting to P216 million from power distribution companies and industries.
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House panel studying rice safeguard measures

LEGISLATORS are considering amendments to afford a measure of protection for rice farmers suffering from weak prices for palay, or unmilled rice.
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DoLE pitches for funding to hire more labor inspectors

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will seek more funding to hire labor inspectors in order to sustain the momentum of worker regularization, after more than 500,000 private-sector contractual employees achieved permanent status during this administration’s term.
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DoLE version of OFW dep’t bill ready this month

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is set to submit its recommendations regarding the proposed Department of Overseas Workers within the month, after submitting an initial draft in July.
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DTI signs ease-of-doing-business partnership with DoF agencies

THE Trade department said it sought to expand collaboration between other government agencies and its investments promotion units network (IPU Net), through the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA).

P1 billion for elevated walkways could be added to Transportation dep’t budget

A SENIOR senator said he will back a P1-billion increase in the budget of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) for elevated walkways for pedestrians in Metro Manila.


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GOCCs seen losing sight of program effectiveness

PERFORMANCE-BASED incentive programs are eroding the effectiveness of government programs because workers are focused on meeting raw output targets, a governance official in charge of state firms said.
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House panel consolidates 13 property valuation bills

THE House committee on government reorganization on Wednesday approved the consolidation of 13 measures which all seek to institute reforms in the real property valuation and assessment system and reorganize the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF).

Tax implications of PFRS 16 – Leases

The Philippine Financial Reporting Standard (PFRS) 16 on Leases became effective on Jan. 1. The new standard requires lessees to recognize all leases on their balance sheet except for relatively small-value assets and leases with terms of 12 months or less.

Angola adds to Gilas World Cup misery

GILAS PILIPINAS’ woes in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup continued on Wednesday as it bowed to Angola, 84-81, in overtime in its final game in group play at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena in China.

UP off to a winning start, beats FEU

THE University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons got their UAAP Season 82 campaign on a winning start, defeating the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 61-55, on opening day on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Azkals begin World Cup qualifying bid against Syria

THE Philippine men’s national football team begins its journey for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in a home game today against Syria in Bacolod City.

Filipino pole vaulter Obiena qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

THE Philippines got its first qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena made the cut in a qualifying tournament in Chiara, Italy, on Wednesday (Manila time).

PSL champion F2 Logistics supports SEAG national team buildup

STILL BASKING in the glory of its Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference redemption, F2 Logistics puts its preparation for a back-to-back championship in the Invitational Conference on the shelf for the meantime as it set to throw entire support to the national team’s build-up for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

The 7th Sinquefield Cup

Was it the time control? I don’t think so. There was no extra time given after the first 40 moves, after which instead of an increment they only had a time delay, 30 seconds allowance before your clock starts -- if you execute your move before the 30 seconds is exhausted this is not added to your time. This rule does not give the players enough thinking time come the endgame, and the players HAD to go into the endgame as no draw offers were allowed. This caused many players to blunder, a prime example being Wesley So losing to Nepomniachtchi despite being the aggressor in the middlegame and early endgame. As the game wore on and they reached the 100th move Wesley was just exhausted from continuously needing to make his move before 30 seconds and collapsed.

Upset

Heading into the United States Open, longtime habitues of the sport wondered whether they would finally get to see a match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows. For all the protracted success of the two living legends, they hadn’t yet met under the klieg lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium -- not at any stage, and certainly not for the title. Because of one reason or another (but mostly due to fellow Big Three stalwart Novak Djokovic), they hadn’t yet gone head to head in the last tournament on the Grand Slam rota.

Shares rebound ahead of August inflation report

SHARES bounced back on Wednesday even as investors found no clear catalysts to support their trades.

Peso climbs on US data

THE PESO recovered versus the dollar on Wednesday following the contraction of the US manufacturing index and amid geopolitical concerns.

Tray return

I had breakfast at a 7-Eleven yesterday. I had a hot meal with hot coffee. It was a satisfying, and inexpensive, experience. The sad part, however, is that no matter how much a store tries to maintain order and cleanliness, its effort will always fall flat when up against customers who have little regard for the store itself and their fellow customers.

Journey to wholeness: Aesthetic Development

One of the field trips in my Integral Human Development class was to the National Museum of Fine Arts. This trip was meant to feature aesthetic development, one of the forms of well-being. Aesthetics is the appreciation and nature of beauty, in the context of art. Aesthetic engagement can breed emotional connection through the process of creating, doing, and experiencing art. This connectedness has the capacity to bring about meaningful interactions and belongingness in the workplace.

‘Social cost’ of carbon and trash to jetfuel

Among the topics discussed during the Heartland Institute’s 13th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-13) that I attended on July 25 in Washington, DC, USA, was the social cost of carbon (SCC) vs social benefit of carbon (SBC).

Always be closing

GONE ARE the days when sales people had to be snappy looking, fast talking, and bag-toting musketeers. Gone are the days when mere product knowledge, industry experience, terrain familiarity, and the right connections could land you a sale. Gone too, are the days when buyers were taken in by the name of a brand, the flash of a product, and the ease of making the purchase. Especially gone is the time when professional selling was a one-way street called “Pitch,” “Push,” or a “Closing Cul-de-sac.”

Is China’s Old Pharma too complex to simplify?

CHINA HAS long promoted its traditional medicinal system as a national treasure and more recently as a tool of soft power. While the ancient art remains a policy priority, however, it faces very modern challenges including rising costs, complexities of production and treatment, and murky intellectual property rights.

Duterte protested Chinese incursions 63 times

THE PHILIPPINES has protested Chinese incursions in the South China Sea more than 60 times since President Rodrigo R. Duterte became president in 2016, his top diplomat told lawmakers yesterday.
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Panelo says he met Sanchez kin two times

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s spokesman yesterday said he met twice with the family of a convict for whom he had lawyered to discuss a request for executive clemency.

Court ‘very careful’ in Bongbong case

THE NATION’S top court is treading carefully on the issue of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.’s election protest for the 2016 vice-presidential race, Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin said yesterday.
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Duterte fires prison chief, orders probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte dismissed his prison chief late yesterday and ordered an investigation of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials over the illegal release of convicts for good conduct.

Dagupan to build abattoir, meat processing facility

DAGUPAN CITY Veterinarian Michael P. Maramba has been tasked to look for a 3,000-square meter space for the construction of an abattoir with a processing facility.

McDonald’s to hire seniors, PWDs at Manila branches

GOLDEN ARCHES Development Corp. (GADC) has teamed up with the local government of Manila to provide employment opportunities to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) at McDonald’s branches in the city.

Iloilo City to start building P38M command center this year

THE ILOILO City government is set to begin construction this year of a P38-million command center for security, traffic, and emergency response.

Another LPA off Mindanao could be next typhoon in coming days

A LOW pressure area spotted 1,050 kilometers east-northeast of Mindanao as of Wednesday morning could develop into the 13th typhoon to enter the country this year.

NBI nabs suspect in murder of Zamboanga judge

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested one of the suspects in the killing of Judge Reymar L. Lacaya in May this year.

Panigan-Tamugan watershed management plan in the works, says Apo Agua

A MANAGEMENT plan for the Panigan-Tamugan watershed, which is being funded by Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc., is in the works and expected to be released by next year.
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Nationwide round-up

THE PROPOSED Anti-Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE), could be considered a “class legislation,” making it unconstitutional, according to Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III.

Nation at a Glance — (09/05/19)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.
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DoF: 1st half underspending at 2% of GDP

LATE ENACTMENT of this year’s national budget cost an equivalent of two percent of overall economic output in terms of underspending last semester, the Department of Finance (DoF) said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Factories seen to face challenges

BUSINESS CONDITIONS for manufacturers in the Philippines can be expected to continue “modest” improvement in the face of an escalating Sino-US trade war that weighs on global growth prospects, a Cabinet official and private sector economists said on Tuesday.

Mobile data growth forcing telecom operators to innovate

LYSANDER R. BAGUE, a supervisor at a children’s hospital in Quezon City, has mastered the art of chatting using Facebook Messenger. He instantly reaches the people in his life by sending messages to friends and making audio and video calls to his family using the app, which is powered by his mobile data subscription.

Mobile data segment outperforms legacy services

LYSANDER R. BAGUE, a supervisor at a children’s hospital in Quezon City, has mastered the art of chatting using Facebook Messenger. He instantly reaches the people in his life by sending messages to friends and making audio and video calls to his family using the app, which is powered by his mobile data subscription.
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Local unit of Taiwan electronics firm revives IPO plan

CAL-COMP Technology (Philippines), Inc. has revived its plan to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) in a bid to raise up to P10.68 billion in fresh capital within the year.

DTI slaps higher duties on imported cement

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has ordered the imposition of definitive general safeguard duty on imported cement for three years to prevent the “threat of serious injury” on local cement products.

Liquidity, lending growth pick up in July

MONEY SUPPLY growth quickened slightly in July even as demand for credit weakened, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Tuesday.

Blowing Bubbles

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