The right to be (actually) heard

Last night, I had a heated discussion with my friend, which turned in part on open-mindedness to my arguments. Even though I laid out my case, it fell on deaf ears. I believed that the altercation could have been settled…

Extended ‘lifeline’ power subsidy for poor passes on 3rd reading in Senate

A MEASURE extending until 2031, the lifeline power rate subsidy granted to low-income households was approved in the Senate on third and final reading Monday. With 19 affirmative votes, zero negative and one abstention, the chamber passed Senate Bill No.…

Coconut, calamansi touted for market potential in Europe

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Monday that it will help producers interested in exporting coconut, calamansi, carrageenan, and moringa to Europe, where they are expected to sell well. “A market study found that coconut, calamansi, carrageenan, and…

PHL migrant population growth among world’s top 5 in past 20 years — UN

THE GROWTH in the Philippines’ migrant population was the fifth-largest between 2000 and 2020, behind India, Syria, Venezuela and China, according to a study conducted by the United Nations (UN). “Between 2000 and 2020, the size of the migrant population…

Mounting bill for Malaya plant upkeep forces PSALM to seek negotiated sale

THE Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) will seek approval to pursue a negotiated sale for the 650-megawatt Malaya Thermal Power Plant, citing unsustainable maintenance costs and following years of failed auctions to dispose of the rarely-used facility,…

LRT-1 Cavite Extension more than halfway complete, Transport dep’t says

THE Transportation department said the first phase of the Cavite extension project of Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), is now more than half complete. “The LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project is now more…

Executive branch may not certify economic reform bills as urgent

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza THE ADMINISTRATION is focused on delivering the needed fiscal boost for the economic recovery and may not certify as urgent a number of economic reform bills pending in Congress, the President’s spokesman Herminio L. Roque…

The US and world economy these past four years

By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr. On Jan. 20, outgoing US President Donald J. Trump will leave office and new US President Joe R. Biden will be inaugurated. We can review the US economic performance under Mr. Trump in…

Trump did irreparable damage to America’s image

By Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. On Sept. 18, 1986, President Cory Aquino addressed the members of the US Congress during their joint session. Said she: “Three years ago, I said thank you, America, for the haven from oppression……

The Great Reset: Leading for the Common Good

By Aurelio R. Montinola III (This article, with some light editing, was lifted from the Inaugural Speech delivered by the author as the President of the Management Association of the Philippines for 2021.) First, a look back at…

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