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DoH freezes prices of medical goods in Batangas calamity zone

THE Department of Health (DoH) has ordered a price freeze on 218 medicines as well as other medical goods in Batangas province, following widespread panic-buying of N95 masks, which are rated for filtering out volcanic dust.

POEA bans all Kuwait OFW deployments

THE labor department said the agency regulating overseas labor has agreed to ban worker deployments to Kuwait after a dispute between the two countries over the circumstances surrounding a domestic worker’s death.
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Bamboo industry targets 19,000 hectares for new plantations

THE Philippine Bamboo Industry Council (PBIC) plans to convert at least 19,000 hectares of land into bamboo plantations this year, including 13,000 hectares in the Western Visayas.

Mindanao rail track configuration still contentious

DAVAO CITY -- The start of construction for the Mindanao Railway Project, which has been pushed back more than once due to right-of-way (RoW) issues within Davao City, is facing another stumbling block amid questions over the single-track diesel-powered system approved by the national government.

San Juan approves separate rules regulating e-cigarettes

SAN JUAN CITY has approved an ordinance calling for the separate regulation of e-cigarettes, prescribing a different set of rules than those governing conventional tobacco products, with city officials claiming that e-cigarettes are “safer.”
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DPWH sees Taguig River slope protection works completed by midyear

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said its P279.3-million slope protection project along the Taguig River is expected to be completed within the first half of the year.

Crunch time approaching to pass CITIRA — EIU

CORPORATE tax legislation, still pending at the Congress, needs to pass by the first half to keep the tax reform program on track, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).


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Can PAN be the new FAN?

There’s a certain feeling of trepidation that most taxpayers get during tax audits. After all, a tax audit is no laughing matter. It involves flipping back the books and records of prior years to respond to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and often, making sense of past transactions for hours on end. But this is all par for the course, and what a complicated course it is.

Developing resilience in 2020

The year 2020 started with a bang. From the wildfires that have been ravaging Australia, to the floods in the Indonesia capital, and to the political strife between the United States of America and Iran, the world has been in a constant state of flux. Here at home, we were treated to a spectacular volcanic plume that is causing dread and despair in Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite. This eruption reminds us of how nature’s wrath and fury should teach us to become more resilient.

Boom and bust, repeat

The Tagaytay City of today is not the same sleepy town I knew 25 years ago when my family started frequenting the place on weekends and holidays. Back then, there were still lots of open spaces, clearings, green grass, trees, and pineapple plants. And, one could easily view Taal Lake and the volcano from anywhere on the ridge, along the main highway to Nasugbu.

Smoking, vaping and the nanny state

“To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.” -- Friedrich Hayek, “The Pretence of Knowledge” -- Nobel Prize lecture Dec. 11, 1974

The need for villains

STORYTELLING, especially for epics featuring super-heroes, need to have villains. How else can the sometimes underdog hero triumph and seem larger than life if not by trouncing an evil foe?

The unlikely rise of the Trumps and Kushners

AMERICANS have always been conflicted about political dynasties.

Google enhances privacy and perhaps itself at the same time

IF YOU LIVED west of the Mississippi at the dawn of the 20th century, there must have been a moment when it became clear that the Wild West of old was no more. Perhaps it was the arrival of the railroad, or the last stagecoach robbery, or the introduction of a federal income tax.

Barangay Ginebra inches closer to Governors’ Cup title

THE Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings are on the cusp of winning another Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup title after dominating the Meralco Bolts, 94-72, in Game Four of their best-of-seven finals on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Busmen seek to shape up more for AFC CL next round

WHILE happy to have been able to overcome its first hurdle in the preliminaries of the AFC Champions League 2020, top local club football team Ceres-Negros FC nonetheless looks to shape up some more heading into the next round.

Giannis, Bucks finish sweep of Knicks

LOS ANGELES -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points in just 21 minutes Tuesday night for the host Milwaukee Bucks, who concluded their season-long dominance of the New York Knicks by cruising to a 128-102 victory.

WNBA bares progressive changemakers partnership with AT&T, Deloitte and Nike

NEW YORK -- The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced today the formation of a first-of-its-kind collective -- WNBA Changemakers -- which brings together values-driven businesses who lead the way in the advancement of women and sports. WNBA Changemakers will partner with the WNBA to significantly elevate the player experience and enable the league’s business transformation. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert highlighted the Changemakers platform during the league’s announcement with the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) of a new, historic WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Special Olympics mission gets much-needed shot in the arm with Bounty Agro Ventures partnership

THE MISSION of the Special Olympics to foster an inclusive environment for persons with intellectual disabilities (PIDs) got a big boost locally after poultry integrator company Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. (BAVI) entered into a partnership with the sports organization for a campaign geared towards providing opportunities to individuals with special needs.

SEAG dancesports gold medalists eyeing another training camp in Europe

SOUTHEAST Asian Games Filipino dancesports gold winners will undergo a one-month European training camp in February for their preparation for this year’s World Dancesports Federation (WDSF) World Championship Standard Adult competition in Nov. 21 in Vienna, Austria.

Girl power

The Women’s World Chess Championship is currently ongoing between the defending champion Ju Wenjun of China versus Russian challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina, who won the 2019 FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament. The first six games were held in Shanghai, China and they are currently moving over to Vladivostok, Russia, for the second half.

Mixed emotions

Who’s to say why Tyronn Lue suddenly felt the urge to publicly convey his sentiments regarding his unceremonious departure from the Cavaliers six games into the 2018–19 season? He managed to stay silent for 15 whole months, only to open up about his firing in a story published by The Athletic yesterday. And, given his pronouncements, it was one that hurt. “I don’t think it should’ve happened,” he told senior writer Joe Vardon. “It was tough. To win the first championship ever in Cleveland history, and then make the Finals [the next two years] and then get fired six games in, it’s hard to swallow and it’s tough to deal with.”
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Peso weakens vs dollar

THE PESO weakened on Wednesday amid risk-off sentiment in the market due to the US signaling it will only consider further reductions in Chinese tariffs after the elections in November.

PSE index sinks to 7,600 level on US-China talks

PHILIPPINE SHARES joined their regional peers in an upsetting trading close on Wednesday as investors reacted to news that US tariffs on Chinese goods will remain despite the signing of the phase one trade deal.

Taal explosive eruption still not ruled out

TAAL Volcano could still erupt explosively as magma rises from its bottom, even if its most recent eruptions seemed weaker, the country’s chief seismologist said on Wednesday.

Duterte drug war is Philippines’ ‘gravest human rights concern’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “murderous war on drugs” remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday.
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13 Filipino workers arrive from Iraq

THE first batch of Filipino workers from Iraq were expected to arrive in Manila on Wednesday, after the Philippines forced an evacuation amid tensions between the US and Iran, the Foreign Affairs department said.

Forced evacuation

Officers of the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group implement forced evacuation to residents of Talisay, an island town located within Taal Lake.

Judiciary employees affected by Taal eruption get 5-day emergency leave

THE SUPREME Court has given judiciary employees directly affected by the Taal Volcano eruption five days of special emergency leave starting Jan. 13.

Tacloban appeals for stricter waste segregation with 1-year old landfill almost full

THE TACLOBAN City government called on barangay officials to implement stricter waste segregation in their communities as the city’s sanitary landfill, which was opened just a year ago, is “about to reach its full capacity.”

OWWA-Davao says livelihood assistance program ready for Middle East OFWs

THE DAVAO regional office of the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA-11) said they are ready to roll out the livelihood assistance program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be coming home from the Middle East.

Davao Oriental starts construction of new facilities at tourism complex

THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government has broken ground for the first phase of an inland resort within its tourism complex, with an initial allocation of P165 million from the local budget. “We cannot afford to simply wait for investors to locate and invest here.

Nationwide round-up

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday that there are many legal remedies available to detained Senator Leila M. de Lima to counter the charges against her.

Nation at a Glance — (01/16/20)

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

“Be bold, get in their feelings”: How marketers should connect with their customers

As the average consumer gets smarter and warier, it’s getting harder for marketers to make their brands stand out. But with a little courage and tons of feelings, they may be able to get their customers to listen.

ICYMI: SoGal hosts largest global pitch competition for Women & Diverse Founders

SoGal Foundation hosts Manila pitch competition for startups with women and other underrepresented founders to compete for a 3-day startup bootcamp in Silicon Valley & chance to win investment capital.

More cops sent to Taal as residents try to return

MORE policemen will be deployed in Batangas province to maintain order, as some residents reportedly tried to return to their houses to save their livestock amid Taal Volcano’s continued restlessness, the country’s local government chief said on Tuesday.

Car sales bounce back in 2019

AUTOMOBILE SALES in the Philippines slightly recovered in 2019, as December sales posted the fourth month of continuous growth, according to a joint report from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) released on Tuesday.

Companies’ optimism on PHL economy declines

BUSINESS LEADERS’ optimism in the Philippine economy slumped to its lowest level since the first quarter of 2016, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) released by P&A Grant Thornton on Tuesday.

Which economies are business leaders most optimistic about?

BUSINESS LEADERS’ optimism in the Philippine economy slumped to its lowest level since the first quarter of 2016, according to the Grant Thornton International...

Duterte to leave P1.4-T infrastructure projects to successor as ‘legacy’

THE Duterte administration will likely leave an estimated P1.4 trillion worth of infrastructure projects in the pipeline that will be up for implementation by the next administration, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).

More than P500M worth of crops and livestock damaged by Taal eruption

TAAL VOLCANO’S eruption has damaged more than P500 million worth of crops and livestock, the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

SC orders Shangri-La to pay in EDSA Plaza case

THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered Shangri-La Properties, Inc to pay BF Corp. up to P52.6 million over the construction of the first and second phases, and the car parking structure of the EDSA Plaza project n Mandaluyong City.

Fiscal policy easing to lift main stock index in 2020, says FMIC

FIRST METRO Investment Corp. (FMIC) is projecting the main index of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to reach up to 8,600-8,900 in 2020, driven by the easing of fiscal policies and regulatory reforms this year.

Megaworld expands in Cebu with launch of residential condo

MEGAWORLD CORP. is expanding its footprint in Cebu with the launching of a new residential development in its 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.