Employment and growth

The country’s jobless rate in July slipped to its lowest level during the pandemic as the economy continued reopening, but the number of people looking for additional work increased, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. The PSA’s Labor Force Survey


Still red tagging

In a statement released over the weekend, Hukom – a group of trial judges across the country – condemned “attacks on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary” and called on their fellow judges to “refuse to


Flexibility and progress

Business process outsourcing firms located in the country’s ecozones may now carry on with the work from home (WFH) arrangement for up to 30 percent of their workforce until the end of this year, while they work on the transfer


The tunnel

World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, after telling reporters a week before that the world had “never been in a better position to end the pandemic… The end is in sight,” tempered his assertion that the end of the


Exit strategy

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country may be deemed within sight, only if vaccination targets are achieved in order to prevent a surge in cases, Department of Health Undersecretary and officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire recently said. “We


Health workers and benefits

The Department of Health has urged Congress to amend Republic Act No. 7305, the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, to narrow the salary gap between health workers in government and those in private hospitals, including provisions on hazard pay


50 years hence

Fifty years ago, a superstitious then president Ferdinand E. Marcos chose to sign Proclamation No. 1081, placing the Philippines under Martial Law, using today’s date. The dictator’s obsession with numerology, particularly the number seven, necessitated that the proclamation that would


Global learning crisis

The United Nations Children’s Fund has warned of low levels of learning, with only one in three 10-year-olds globally estimated to be able to read and understand a simple written story, down from half before the onset of the COVID-19


Expensive but mediocre?

The latest Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) report of cybersecurity firm Surfshark, the Philippines was found to be among the countries with the “least affordable” internet services, yet consumers are receiving only “mediocre” quality of connectivity. The country’s DQL


Strengthening institutions and freedoms

The Philippines’ economic freedom ranking dropped three places in the Canadian conservative think tank Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom Index for 2020, placing 66th out of 165 economies with a score of 7.09. The country scored 0.25 points lower than its

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SP special session requested for MassKara matters

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez requested the Sangguniang Panlungsod for a special session to be held today for the ratification of the memorandum of agreement between the city and the Bacolod Yuhum Foundation, Inc., and other

SIM registration bills welcomed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Globe Telecom welcomed the progress of bills in the Senate and the House of Representatives that mandates SIM registration for mobile phone users as a crucial step in addressing criminal activity aided by electronic communications.  As

CENRO officials turn over positions

As what the famous line from the movie Spiderman says, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” This was shared by Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Andres Untal during his message at the turn-over ceremony of incoming CENR officer of

134 Negros families affected by southwest monsoon

Personnel of the Bureau of Fire, AFP, PNP, Coast Guard and the Local Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office join hands in the rescue of flashflood-affected residents in barangays of Caliling and Inayawan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.* BFP Cauayan photo

Guihulngan mayor assures 16 former rebels of employment, livelihood

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The 16 former members of the Leonardo Panaligan Command, known to the Philippine Army as Central Negros 1 of the Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor, who surrendered to authorities on September 20, have been assured of employment and

‘The Upper East House’ to rise at Megaworld township

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Property giant Megaworld is constructing The Upper East House, a three-level township showroom that will be designed to pay tribute to the historic institution that used to occupy the township’s current location, the Bacolod-Murcia Milling Company