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Bicol fishermen get livelihood-supporting collapsible coolers

By Patricia B. Mirasol The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines began distributing Fortuna Cools collapsible coolers to fishermen in Bicol this month to...

Taking charge of personal finance through healthy cash flow

Achieving life goals entails the proper management of personal finances. “But do you know where your cash goes?,” asked Camille D. Francisco, head of Insular Life’s InLife Learning Academy. 

Migraines can cost businesses millions of dollars — study

Migraines cost businesses millions of dollars. In Singapore, a study showed that migraines, a neurological condition that can cause debilitating head pain, cost the Singaprean economy SGD1 billion per year. In Malaysia, the productivity loss at work due to migraines was nearly 20-fold higher for presenteeism (showing up to work despite being sick) than absenteeism. In the Philippines, a survey showed that workers lost 14 days due to migraines over a 90-day period. 

Building a better business, one LEGO brick at a time

Rulebooks are being tossed out the window as experts from different fields say there is no manual for the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the dictionary hasn’t been spared from upheavals. In these complex times, when the unpredictable is bound to happen, it pays to embrace non-linear thinking.

Kamuning Bakery Cafe ‘bakes happiness,’ looks to expand south

“Each pandesal, every cake that we bake is an act of resistance against the bigger epidemic of fear and grief, because breads and cakes symbolize simple happiness and indomitable hope,” said Kamuning Bakery Cafe owner Wilson Lee Flores to his staff, bakers, and cooks, as he assured them that they were going to keep their jobs.

Opportunities for growth in the Southeast Asian comics market

“We position comics as affordable art,” said Paolo Herras, co-founder of comics and art market Komiket and festival director of the 1st Philippine International Comics Online Festival . “That’s why comics are still doing okay as opposed to glossies that are struggling.” A recent talk on the state of comics in Southeast Asia showed that there are opportunities for growth in this space.

Global consortium pieces together the COVID-19 data jigsaw

“It’s like driving a car blindfold—at breakneck speed—with your parents at the back. We don’t have a manual for this,” said Professor John Fraser, Director of University of Queensland’s Critical Care Research Group, as he explained that there is no textbook answer for treating patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

[B-SIDE Podcast] Biking the city

 When public transportation was suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, people turned to biking as a means of getting from one place...

Manila Doctors’ CSR arm offers free surgery for ovarian and uterine...

Manila Doctors Hospital is offering free surgery for ovarian and uterine tumors for indigent patients. 

In Together Apart, art community tackles themes of isolation and uncertainty

Together Apart — Art world voices that connect us now is a virtual exhibition evoking the worldwide anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

During lockdown, real-time customer service is an advantage

Quick responses to customer concerns—sent over a bevy of communication tools—have become more important amid the pandemic. “Because of the current COVID-19 quarantine situation, companies are engaging more with their customers and making sure they’re there for them real-time,” said Charist Montenegro, country manager of Infobip, a cloud communication platform.

Establishing healthy boundaries while working from home

By Patricia B. Mirasol Employees who work from home (WFH) tend to work longer hours. According to a study by Harvard Business School, the pandemic...

Science and art merge in educational TV program

Mind S-Cool TV is an alternative learning experience that complements basic education by merging art and science through “adventure quests” featuring show-and-tell activities, exhibitions, home experiments, and illustrations, among others. 

The Philippines’ place in space

The Philippines has a space agency. Not space as in land area, which might make more sense for a country that is among the densest and most populous in the world, but space as in the final frontier. “I know that some people ask, ‘Why should we even care about space?,’” said Joseph S. Marciano, Director-General of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), a national body founded in August 2019 with an initial operating fund of P1 billion.

Femtech addresses the global market for women’s health

The rise of “femtech” has been a long time coming given that women make up half of the global population and their higher spending power is pushing the “she-conomy.” 

Dealing with COVID-19 information overload 

The churn of news on COVID-19 contributes to the general anxiety people already have about the pandemic. To prevent the feeling that we’re “always on,” experts advise limiting news consumption and sharing only verified information.

Schools turn to artificial intelligence for efficient campus administration

Schools are turning to Edusuite, an artificial intelligence-powered management system that automates campus administration. 

How to survive the pandemic, according to entrepreneurs

BusinessWorld asked entrepreneurs and startup founders what lessons they have learned from the coronavirus pandemic so far.

Hospitals discuss infection control measures against COVID-19 

Three hospitals, namely Makati Medical Center (MMC), Negros Occidental’s Riverside Medical Center, and Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) outlined the infection control measures they have put in place during a recent webinar. This, against the backdrop of rising COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases in the country. 

Morning matters: How professionals start their day

By Patricia B. Mirasol An effective morning routine maximizes productivity and creativity. It’s also a therapeutic experience amid the coronavirus pandemic. During these uncertain times,...

Who’s hiring? A look at the local job market amid the...

BusinessWorld asked job and career platforms for insights on where the labor market is right now, where it could be headed post-pandemic, and which sectors are hiring.

Imagining a ‘better normal’ for PHL innovation

THE FIRST CALLS for volunteers went out in early March. As local government units scrambled to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in their municipalities, nonprofit Developers Connect (DevCon) decided to mine its nearly 40,000 Facebook followers for tech developers willing to help it “hack the pandemic.”

Companies ‘can exist with COVID-19’ — Project ARK

More testing along with mindful adherence to hygiene practices will allow companies and employees to exist with COVID-19, said Iloilo District 1 Congresswoman and Project ARK-PCR Private Sector Chief Implementer Janette L. Garin at the project’s Balik Kabuhayan webinar held on July 14.

Coping with job loss during the pandemic

Getting laid off from work is a jarring jolt to one’s existence. The financial strain is exacerbated by the uncertainty of the current pandemic, heightening the emotional roller coaster of shock, sadness, shame, and grief associated with losing your job.

DOST set to release funding guidelines for OFWs starting tech-based businesses

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to release the guidelines for a program that provides interest-free loans to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) looking to establish technology-based enterprises in the country.

Closing a business in the Philippines in the middle of a...

Closing a business may prove to be more expensive than opening one. That was what Andrew Pasaporte, co-founder of on-demand spa mobile app Sparadic, found out last month when he and his partner, Cha Rapadas, decided to close shop. Spararadic and the spa services in its roster are in the same boat as the 200 permanent business closures tallied by the Department of Labor and Employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Balik Scientist’ program announces new returnees

THE science and technology department’s “Balik Scientist” program has introduced its lineup of Filipino expatriate scientists who signed up to work in the Philippines, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) said.

Balik Scientist Program: enticing Filipino scientists to come home

The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has highlighted the importance of a robust scientific community.

Philippine scientific community discusses its role in addressing COVID-19 pandemic and...

by Patricia B. Mirasol Scientists and academicians discussed the role of the scientific community in dealing with national issues, including the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019)...

Sink or swim: Planning the future of your business

The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic is forcing businesses to adopt alternative ways to swim with the current. “The name of the game now is: It is the fast that eats the big,” said Aldrin Antivola, business efficiency advisor and organizational therapist of Dr. Aldrin Consulting.

Pandemic seen as opportunity for start-ups with urgently needed offerings

THE COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic is an opportunity for start-ups with products that address urgent needs to bypass the usual hurdles and hit the ground running with full government support, speakers at a BusinessWorld Insights online forum said.

Meeting the information needs of the ‘invisible’ property market

A 2016 report by the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines found that people who build their own homes incrementally made up half of the six-million-strong housing backlog in the Philippines. This so-called invisible housing market is mostly composed of the working poor belonging to the informal sector. They make do by building their homes incrementally, over the years, as family finances allow.