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Duterte orders compulsory quality checks for hollow blocks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the inclusion of hollow blocks in the list of products for mandatory certification after questions about the quality of building materials emerged following recent earthquakes.

Palace approves creation of more teaching positions, curriculum reform

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte approved measures creating more teaching positions in the public school system and to reform the current curriculum.

NEDA keen to enforce no-guarantee policy on new flagship PPPs

THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will release guidelines for projects funded through public-private partnerships (PPP) after recently issuing a new list of flagship infrastructure programs that had more private participation.

Compensation fund of P1B approved for culled hogs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved a P1-billion fund to compensate hog raisers whose pigs were culled during the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak on Luzon, which will be sourced from the Office of the President’s contingency fund.
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Duterte signals plan to regulate plastic pollution

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has floated a proposal to his Cabinet to crack down on plastic pollution after making a similar approach to his fellow regional leaders, officials said.
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Trade department lays out plans for onset of advanced manufacturing

GOVERNMENT agencies are proposing programs to address job losses caused by the possible contraction of the manufacturing sector due to increased automation, officials said at an economic forum.

PSEi rebounds as economic growth picks up in Q3

LOCAL SHARES recovered on Thursday as investors turned bullish following improved gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the third quarter.

Peso strengthens on GDP data

THE PESO strengthened against the dollar on Wednesday on the back of the rebound in economic growth as well as the growth in gross international reserves (GIR).

Duterte gov’t rating falls but still ‘very good’

THREE OF FOUR Filipinos remained satisfied with the performance of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

VP calls for meeting after appointment as anti-drug czar

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo yesterday said she has called for a meeting of an interagency body against illegal drugs after her appointment as President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s drug czar.

Broadcaster shot and killed in Dumaguete

GUNMEN shot and killed a radio reporter in Dumaguete City in Central Visayas yesterday, according to a task force on media security.
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DoE tackles Mindoro power supply problem

STAKEHOLDERS GATHERED earlier this week to tackle the longstanding power supply problems in Mindoro, including Lubang Island, which have been addressed mostly through remedial measures, the Department of Energy said in a statement.

Sorsogon City’s P77.6M cultural center, P887M sports complex opening in 2020

TWO BIG structures in Sorsogon City — one for the arts and another for sports — are on track with the construction schedule and expected to open by 2020, the Department of Public Works and Highway-Bicol (DPWH-5) office reported.

Court strikes down policy against tarpaulin cover on Iloilo-Guimaras boats

A COURT in Iloilo City has struck down the government’s policy prohibiting motorboats plying the Iloilo City–Guimaras route from using tarpaulin or canvass covers to protect passengers from the sun.

6 years after typhoon Haiyan: Survivors highlight disaster preparedness, call for probe on reconstruction

COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES will be held on Nov. 8 in Tacloban City, one of the areas hardest hit by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013, in remembrance of the more than 7,000 who died during one of strongest tropical cyclones in history.

UP Mindanao to propose P12B budget for manpower, program expansion

DAVAO CITY — The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Min) is putting forward several proposals under its five-year development that would need a funding of about P12 billion.

Cagayan de Oro-Gwangyang ties

THE Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno (right) shakes hands with Mayor Jeong Hyunbok of Gwangyang, South Korea after signing the Memorandum of Agreement for Substantial Exchanges between the two cities on Nov. 6.

Nation at a Glance — (11/08/19)

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

Ending impunity

November 2nd this year was the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. Recognized and supported by the United Nations, it is observed annually in the hope that it will focus attention on a global problem. The harassment and killing of journalists has made the exercise of press freedom and free expression dangerous, and democratic discourse difficult if not impossible in many countries including the Philippines.

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Ako Para Sa Bata inspired teens

“Studies have shown that violence against children and adolescents, the most vulnerable member of our society, leads to a wide range of health and social problems,” Dr. Bernadette J. Madrid, Child Protection Network executive director, remarked.

Is there a need for Plan B?

CONTRARY TO the mantra of motivational speakers that you can always be what you want to be... if you wish it, and work for it hard enough, life usually hands out rejection slips. Plan B is the back-up strategy to provide an alternative route to a goal or to modify ambitions towards something completely different, and more attainable. Often, the “best case” scenario miscarries. Plan B is supposed to get you somewhere else, without changing your wardrobe.

Stop working and go home

IN THE SITCOM The Office, a bumbling manager spends much of his time distracting the hapless employees of a paper company’s local sales branch. Somehow, despite all the antics that seem to interfere with getting anything done, the branch consistently manages to be the company’s most profitable. Though that must have seemed laughably unrealistic to many fans of the show, it turns out to have some basis in reality.

The Sudafed solution to the vaping problem

DAVID A. KESSLER has cred. As the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in the 1990s, he was a general in the war against Big Tobacco. On his watch, an FDA advisory panel declared nicotine addictive, infuriating the cigarette companies. He also tried to regulate cigarettes, though the Supreme Court eventually ruled that was an overreach. When Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act in 2009, finally giving the FDA authority over tobacco products, much of the legislation was borrowed from Kessler’s pathbreaking ideas.

Letran battles Lyceum in next phase of step-ladder

AFTER overcoming the first hurdle in the step-ladder semifinals of Season 95 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association last time around, the third-seeded Letran Knights look to continue rolling when they meet the number two team Lyceum Pirates in another knockout match today set at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

TNT out to reclaim solo tourney leadership

CURRENTLY perched at joint first in the standings in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup, the TNT KaTropa seek to seize solo tournament leadership in their marquee match today against the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Pacio, Catalan ready for all-Filipino ONE title fight

ONE Championship’s latest Manila live event happens today, featuring an all-Filipino title fight between reigning world strawweight champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio and challenger Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, who both expressed readiness to get it going.

Rampant Rodrygo leads Real rout of Galatasaray

MADRID -- Real Madrid’s teenage forward Rodrygo scored a blistering hat-trick as his side pummelled Galatasaray 6-0 at home on Wednesday to take a giant step towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages.

Copa Paulino Alcantara semifinal cast complete

PROTAGONISTS in the crossover semifinals of the 2019 Copa Paulino Alcantara were made known on Wednesday following the conclusion of the single-round group play.

TNT KaTropa Team, KJ McDaniels empower communities through basketball

AROUND fifty children and teens learned basketball fundamentals from the TNT KaTropa team during its Basketball Hoops Camp in Barangay Silangan, Quezon City.

Harden scores 36 as Rockets roll past Warriors

HOUSTON -- All-Star guard James Harden, Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker recorded double-doubles as the host Houston Rockets breezed by the short-handed Golden State Warriors 129-112 on Wednesday.

Load management

In September 2017, the National Basketball Association approved rules designed to prevent healthy players from skipping nationally televised matches. That the Board of Governors would thumb up the changes underscored the alarming rate with which otherwise-fit marquee names chose to sit out high-profile set-tos. Ratings were down, and with reason; casual observers stayed away because of a lack of incentive to tune in. And so the body, composed of franchise owners traditionally loath to disrupt the status quo, acted accordingly; in their desire to protect their principal product, they even granted the commissioner the power to impose fines of at least $100,000 to those found violating the spirit of the provisions.

New features make IBM Cloud service of choice for highly-regulated industries–IBM

IBMCloud’s new capabilities make its public cloud the industry’s most secure and open cloud for business, including more sophisticated encryption, bandwidths of up to 80Gbps, and access to the world’s smartest supercomputers.

NEX 3: The next status symbol of power and luxurious technology

Like designer bags, Swiss watches, and bespoke suits, smartphones have become not just a necessity, but a symbol of sophistication, especially among individuals who...

Cops face summary dismissal proceedings

THE National Police Commission has started summary dismissal proceedings against 13 rogue cops accused of recycling illegal drugs from a raid in Pampanga province in 2013.

7 Chinese face kidnapping charges

SEVEN CHINESE have been charged for the kidnapping last Friday of a fellow Chinese and their co-worker at an online gambling company based in Zambales, the police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) said yesterday.

Nation at a Glance — (11/07/19)

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

Q3 farm output growth fastest in 2 years

FARM OUTPUT grew by its fastest clip in more than two years in the third quarter, as increments in most subsectors offset a drop for palay which accounted for 15% of total value of production, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday.

Performance of Philippine agriculture (Q3 2019)

FARM OUTPUT grew by its fastest clip in more than two years in the third quarter, as increments in most subsectors offset a drop...

Scientists predict El Niño in 2020 based on earlier warning method

BARCELONA -- The complex El Niño weather pattern that can bring disastrous heavy rainfall and long droughts to countries around the Pacific -- from Peru to Indonesia and Australia -- will probably emerge again in 2020, researchers have predicted.

Import drop flagged, as exports post first fall in 6 months

THE COUNTRY’s trade gap shrank from a year ago in September as a bigger decline in merchandise imports tempered the impact of the first drop in six months for foreign sales of Philippine goods, according to data which the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on Wednesday.

Trade war fails to bring promise to manufacturing

DEEP in a furniture factory in Laguna, past the workers cutting and polishing desks and chairs into shape, a group of men are rolling out the last of the crates from a warehouse once filled with lumber.

Yields on term deposits slip on RRR cut

YIELDS on the central bank’s term deposits slipped on Wednesday as inflation eased in October and following increased liquidity due to the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) cut that took effect this month.

RCBC income up 41% at end-Sept.

RIZAL COMMERCIAL Banking Corp. (RCBC) saw its net income surge in the first nine months of the year driven by growth in its core business.

SMIC profit surges 26% to P33B

SM INVESTMENTS Corp. (SMIC) reported a 26% growth in consolidated net income in the first nine months of the year, thanks to strong profits of its units led by BDO Unibank, Inc.

AEV Q3 profit dips as power unit falls

ABOITIZ Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV) posted a 6% drop in third-quarter net income to P6.8 billion as its power business segment, the biggest contributor to its bottom line, recorded a double-digit profit fall during the period.