The business community

The Philippine Business for Social Progress, a prestigious organization that gathers business leaders across the country to create various efforts for sustainable development and poverty reduction is calling on the business community to address the need for more livelihood opportunities


Surge protection

The Department of Health has confirmed that a new and more infectious variant of Covid-19 was detected in a Filipino traveller, who arrived from the United Arab Emirates on January 7. The new variant of Covid-19 found in the United


Worsening traffic

The Philippines has the worst traffic situation among six Southeast Asian countries surveyed in a recent Numbeo report. The report that provides current and timely information on world living conditions, including cost of living, housing indicators, healthcare, traffic, crime, and


Threat of flood

Towns and cities in northern Negros Occidental have been placed under a state of calamity following the floods that overwhelmed the areas on January 1 and again last weekend. The cities of Talisay and Victorias were placed under a state


Labor outlook

Labor group Federation of Free Workers warned that more workers will lose their jobs this year than last year if government does not step in and fund job facilitation programs as many small and medium enterprises, that comprise a majority


Growing agriculture

The country’s agricultural sector will feel the effects of consecutive destructive typhoons at the end of 2020 and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) has projected the sector’s performance for January to March


Preparation for vaccination

As the government struggles to secure vaccines for as many as 70 million people this year, a recent survey has found less than a third of Filipinos willing to get inoculated against the coronavirus. The Pulse Asia poll conducted between


Child protection

The Department of Education directed public and private elementary and high schools to establish and strengthen child protection committees to help address online sexual abuse and exploitation of children, and reports of rampant child pornography online during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Baby boom?

Commission on Population executive director Juan Antonio Perez III recently expressed concerns that a baby boom would happen when the Covid-19 pandemic is over. In a recent interview, Perez said a spike in the number of Filipino babies born at


Opportunity for improvements

Aviation think tank CAPA – Centre for Aviation urged government to address the congestion issues that have been hounding the country’s main international gateway for years while passenger traffic remains low due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The loss of traffic

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‘Look into termination of Baciwa employees’

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting President Rodrigo Duterte, through the Department of Justice, to look into the termination of 60 employees of the Bacolod City Water District due to redundancy that emanated from the Joint Venture Agreement between Baciwa

2 missionary priests sent abroad: CBCP

The country’s newest cardinal, Jose Advincula, sent two priests as missionaries abroad, true to the spirit of the theme “gifted to give”, as the Philippine Church celebrates the 500 years of Christianity, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.

NBA tightens safety measures vs. Covid

The NBA and its players union updated Covid-19 health and safety protocols on Tuesday, adding tougher new rules in the wake of increasing player cases and game postponements. NBA and National Basketball Players Association officials talked Monday and NBA team

Lobby for free vaccines, Neg. Occ. mayors urged

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The League of Municipalities of the Philippines Negros Occidental chapter has been urged by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to strongly suggest to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez that the national government provides a big percentage of free

Fuel prices up anew

Fuel costs will rise anew starting this morning, marking the second consecutive week of price increases. In separate advisories, Chevron, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, Shell, Total, and Petron said they will hike gasoline prices by P0.85 per liter

PEZA okays P95-B investments in 2020

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority said yesterday that it ended 2020 with P95.03 billion worth of investment approvals, or a decline of 18 percent, from P117.5-billion in projects approved the previous year. Some 326 projects got PEZA Board’s nod last