Just how many airports does the National Capital Region really need?

The pandemic found the government in the midst of an airport building frenzy, no doubt based on ambitious assumptions for financial returns before COVID-19 shut the world down. But now that travel demand is going to be depressed for the foreseeable future and the airlines the airports were meant to serve as gleaming new home bases hanging on precariously, many of the projects could be in for a hard rethink, because by the time they are all built or upgraded, the travel volumes they were designed around might not be there for years.

The race to get the power industry ready for imported LNG

THE TRANSITION to imported natural gas was dictated by the impending depletion of the Philippines’ only indigenous provider of the resource, the Malampaya project. Malampaya provides fuel to natural gas-fired power plants in Batangas, which account for around 30% of the Luzon grid’s power needs. But with the field’s commercially viable reserves expected to run out by 2024, the power industry is racing to build out the infrastructure needed to bring in the gas and keep the power plants running.   

Bridges fall down the BBB priority list

AT THE PANGUIL Bay Bridge groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 28, 2018, President Rodrigo R. Duterte trumpeted the coming “seemingly endless roads and bridges” across the archipelago that will be built under his administration’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) infrastructure program.

BSP governor remains optimistic about PHL economic growth

Recovery, growth trajectories hinted in BusinessWorld One-on-One with Gov. Diokno Economies around the world absorbed the deep impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) —...

2020: A disruptive year for Philippine economy

A look back at economic upsets during lockdown and initial rebound upon relaxed quarantine The year that passed can be described as disruptive and tumultuous...

Shopping and banking go ‘phygital’ in the new normal

Digital redefines consumers’ transactions, but physical channels are expected to blend in As an avid shopper, Queenie Boado, a third-year law student, used to shop...

Meeting a greater demand for connectivity

Telcos, transportation, logistics see positive, digital-driven outlook Connectivity has become more crucial when the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic restricted mobility. It halted public transportation...

The changed world of Philippine property

Prior to the pandemic, the Philippine property landscape was a bustling hub of investment. In fact, on the back of the government’s continued infrastructure...

Moving forward after last year’s bumps

Optimism expressed by the automotive sector for 2021 The country's automotive industry felt the grave impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic last year....

Shifts among tourists, travel spots expected to stick  

A glimpse of Philippine tourism as it reopens in the new normal Zoe Ticzon, an associate account manager based in the United States, was one...

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