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Senators support ducking next PISA study pending reforms

A SENATE committee on Thursday recommended backing out of the next round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), where the Philippines underperformed, pending reforms to the educational system.

Motorcycle-taxi bill hurdles Senate joint committee

A MEASURE legalizing the operation of motorcycle taxis hurdled a joint Senate panel after gaining the support of 16 Senators, Senator Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares said Thursday.

PHL cited as regional agricultural biotechnology leader — USDA

THE Philippines was among the region’s biotechnology leaders due to innovations in agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

House bill proposes free senior high schools specializing in tech-voc

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to create specialized senior high schools that will teach “highly-technical skills compatible with the manufacturing and other high-value industries.”
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Flexible offices to help workers deal with housework

A GOVERNMENT think tank is recommending flexible work arrangements, including a four-day work week, in part to help couples better deal with their housework obligations.

China paralysis seen affecting PHL tech sector — S&P Global

THE RECOVERY of the technology sector after the US-China trade war “hangs in the balance” as the coronavirus outbreak threatens manufacturing hubs in China, S&P Global said in a report.

Bill to make business permit approval conditional on 13th month salary payment

LEGISLATORS filed a bill making business permit approval conditional on complying with the legal requirement to pay 13th month salaries.

In the coronavirus era, ‘We don’t know’ is defensible

CENTRAL BANKERS from Sydney to Washington are confessing they don’t know how big the economic dent from the coronavirus will be. This is more encouraging than you might think.

More lethal than COVID-19

He has made the police his security guards and the military his private army, while both remain cogs in the killing machine that keeps him and his ilk in power and things the way they are and have always been. He controls both houses of Congress and has the Supreme Court majority for accomplices. Unscrupulous judges and even worse lawyers have surrendered their independence to speak for him and do his bidding.

An attitude or vice?

In literature and history, the heroes Othello and Antony were noble, brave, and ingenious. However, their virtues were the cause of envy among their colleagues. In modern times, the outstanding individuals who excel in the fields of science, art, business, law, academe, and public service trigger pinpricks or gnawing pangs of jealousy.

When love was seductive

Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, this year, it fell on a Friday, which by some sad coincidence is also payday. Hopefully, Carmaggedon won’t rear its ugly head.

Being in the picture

PICTURES, now increasingly digital and posted in social media, record an event and who were there (if they did not leave the event too early). Being in a photo proves that one was at the event, not necessarily to lead it or even to influence what happened. The inclusion in the group shot is an opportunity to brag about connections -- is this why these are called photo opportunities (or photo ops)?

Parasite Oscars say a lot about South Korea

ON SUNDAY NIGHT, there was widespread rejoicing when the South Korean film Parasite received the Academy Award for best picture along with several other awards. Not only was this the first such win for a movie in a language other than English, but to many it represented a long-sought victory for Korean popular culture.

Philippines to face Indonesia in men’s quarterfinals of Badminton Asia tourney

MOMENTS after Chinese Taipei took down Singapore in the men's side, the draw for the quarterfinals phase of Badminton Asia Team Championships happened on Thursday at the VIP Lounge of Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Jazz defeat Heat, run winning streak to four

SALT LAKE CITY -- Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points, leading the Utah Jazz to a 116-101 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

Kaya FC keeps winning start of PHL clubs at AFC Cup 2020

KAYA FC-Iloilo kept the winning start of Philippine clubs seeing action at the AFC Cup 2020 with a hard-earned 2-0 victory over Shan United FC in an away Group H match on Wednesday in Myanmar.

PHL women’s team grateful to play at Badminton Asia Manila tourney

ITS journey at the 2020 Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships may be over but for the Philippine women’s team it was a run it is grateful to have had for the valuable experience it got competing.

PSG hammer Dijon; Lyon beat Marseille to reach French Cup semifinals

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain’s Pablo Sarabia scored twice as they hammered Dijon 6-1 to reach the French Cup semifinals where they will be joined by Olympique Lyonnais, who beat Olympique de Marseille 1-0 on Wednesday.

Woods says has been approached about planned Premier Golf League

LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods said on Tuesday he had been approached by the Premier Golf League (PGL) and was gathering more information about a concept that could be a more lucrative alternative to the PGA Tour.

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MLB announces rule changes including 3-batter minimum

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball made official its rule changes for the 2020 season on Wednesday, implementing a three-batter minimum for any pitcher and an expanded regular-season roster.

Virtual Bundesliga International Series 2020 set for kickoff

THE BUNDESLIGA is taking the next step in expanding its eFootball tournaments across the world as it launches the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) International Series 2020. As part of the competition online and offline tournaments will take place in multiple countries as they aim to identify the top players from Asia and the Americas.

Astros apology tour

When the Astros open the clubhouse to members of the media today, they will be marking the start of what figures to be a season-long apology tour for their sign-stealing transgressions. Their first public acknowledgment of the elaborate, electronically aided scheme they concocted to net them wins and, yes, the 2017 World Series will be orchestrated and, by all accounts, stage-managed down to the last word. The grapevine has them doing their mea culpas together, an offshoot of the meeting they had with franchise owner Jim Crane the other day. If nothing else, it’s a logical move; the last thing they need as they prep for their upcoming campaign is a disjointed front that will just keep wounds from healing for good.

Peso rises further against dollar

THE PESO strengthened for the third consecutive day, showing resilience even with more people in China testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and as agent banks bought up the local currency.

PSE index inches higher on easing virus worries

THE MAIN INDEX managed to stay up before trading closed on Thursday as investor worries over the novel coronavirus eased in favor of bargain hunting.

Trump says he does not mind Duterte ending VFA

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not mind Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to end a decades-old military agreement with the United States, a position at odds with that of his defense secretary who viewed the move with dismay.

Taiwan travel ban not due to politics — Panelo

A PHILIPPINE travel ban on Taiwan was prompted by a health issue and had nothing to do with geopolitics, the presidential palace said on Thursday, after Taipei threatened to retaliate.

DoJ may use drug dealer as witness in case vs senator

GOVERNMENT prosecutors will consider using a self-confessed drug dealer as a witness in the inciting to sedition charge against a former senator critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and 10 others.

Sagada eco-tourism activities suspended; other attractions still open

ECO-TOURISM activities in the mountain town of Sagada have been temporarily suspended due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

On with the fun at the Baguio Flower Festival

Baguio City’s Panagbenga, its biggest annual festival, is pushing through, with the main activities now scheduled in the latter part of March.

Bacolod City urged to hasten mobilization of barangay response teams as 1st line of...

AS THE national government imposes travel restrictions and line agencies undertake strict monitoring of entry points, local governments should focus on organizing their barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) to serve as the first line of defense against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) said.

UNICEF calls for effective implementation of law protecting children in armed conflict

IN JANUARY 2019, the Philippines passed a law giving special protection to children in armed conflict situations, considered a landmark legislation for a country that continues to grapple with communist insurgency and violent extremism.

Davao City completes swine culling operations; Davao del Sur rolls out measures with new...

THE DAVAO City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) has completed the culling of pigs in two villages with confirmed cases of the African Swine Fever (ASF), but the movement of pigs and pork products remains restricted to avoid another outbreak.

Olern launches groundbreaking Virtual Business Summit

A new breed of training and consulting company with a mission to help Filipino companies become world-class using the latest technologies and training methodologies, Olern is helping an increasing...

[B-SIDE Podcast] #NowhereToGoButUP

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Nationwide round-up

MALACAÑANG will “validate the veracity” of reports that Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, the controversial police officer who led a bloody operation against members of an influential family allegedly involved in the narcotics trade, is among the 357 police officers who are under investigation for illegal drugs.

Nation at a Glance — (02/13/20)

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

IMF wants tax evasion covered by AMLA

THE Philippines should add tax evasion among the crimes covered by its law against money laundering, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

PHL tourism to lose P23 billion a month due to COVID-19

THE tourism industry alone could lose P22.7 billion in revenues per month amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, with Philippines also seen to be among the most vulnerable countries that might suffer from disruptions in global supply chains after some factories in China halted operations.

KAPA founder, officers ordered arrested for fraud

THE founder and other key officers of Kapa-Community Ministry International (KAPA) -- which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) tagged as possibly “the largest investment scam in the Philippines in recent years” -- have been ordered arrested by the Regional Trial Court of Bislig City on fraud charges.

Philippines improves score in International Intellectual Property Index

THE Philippines’ score improved by nearly four percentage points in the US Chamber of Commerce’s (USCC) 2020 International Intellectual Property Index, after its implementation of additional anti-counterfeiting and piracy measures and the addition of new indicators in the index.

LRT-1 Cavite extension on track to partly operate by end-2021

LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), said it is on track to meet the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) timeline to open the first phase of the Cavite extension project for partial operations by the last quarter of next year.

SM Prime’s P100-B securities cleared

SM PRIME Holdings, Inc. has received clearance from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its proposed shelf registration of P100-billion debt securities.

Concepcion Industrial after-tax profit up 27%

CONCEPCION Industrial Corp. (CIC) reported a 27% jump in profit after tax and minority interest in the fourth quarter, driven by a larger volume from its consumer segment.

ABS-CBN says it has no unpaid bank obligations nor tax liability

AMID criticisms and the latest move from the government to revoke its franchise, embattled media network ABS-CBN Corp. on Wednesday clarified that it has no unpaid taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) nor unpaid obligations to any bank.

Boeing says Southeast Asia needs 4,500 new planes over 20 years

BOEING CO. said airlines in Southeast Asia will need 4,500 new aircraft over the next two decades to meet demand from the region’s growing middle class.