NTC urged to intervene amid delays in mobile portability

THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) needs to step in and address the delays in implementing the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Act,  according to Infrawatch PH, a public-policy think tank. It cited “process roadblocks” by some telecommunications companies and system glitches for the delay in rolling out number portability, which allows phone users to retail their phone numbers when […]

ADB funding for climate mitigation projects since 2011 hits $31.5 billion

THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) said it has funded $31.5 billion worth of climate mitigation projects since 2011, accounting for 78% of its climate-related financing. “Mitigation finance is dominated by the energy sector (60%), although there has been a recent significant upward trend in the transport sector,” the bank’s Independent Evaluation Board said in a […]

Closed fishing season ‘unjust’ to small fishermen, organization claims

THE PRACTICE of closing fishing grounds to allow fisheries to recover has had a disproportionate impact on small fishermen by depriving them of livelihoods while driving up consumer food costs, according to a fishermen’s organization, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).  PAMALAKAYA National Chairman Fernando L. Hicap said in a statement Monday […]

Keeping up with the digital economy: VAT on online transactions

The pandemic supercharged the growth of the digital economy; the implementation of community quarantines forced us to stay at home and encouraged the use of online platforms to obtain our basic needs. Many continue to heavily rely on the internet and digital services for education, work, and entertainment. There’s no denying that online transactions quickly […]

Peso to go up on remittance data

THE PESO is expected to climb versus the dollar on expectations of strong remittances. — BW FILE PHOTO THE PESO may strengthen versus the greenback this week on expectations of upbeat remittance data and as the market awaits more signals from the US Federal Reserve on the timing of its tapering. The local unit closed […]

Robredo needs wider support to win next year, analysts say

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo has a better chance of attracting more votes by running as an independent candidate, but she needs broader support to beat the ruling party’s presidential bet, political analysts said. “The vice-president’s campaign should prioritize inclusive strategies that will appeal to all colors,” media […]

For the Bangsamoro, choice of president would be a vote for region’s new transition leaders

THE PHILIPPINE president who will be elected next year will have the power to appoint a new set of 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, who will lead the regional government for three years. This is provided in the Congress-approved bill postponing parliamentary elections in the autonomous region. It is awaiting the signature of […]

CoA flags Court of Appeals for failing to submit monitoring reports for P59M worth of contracts

STATE AUDITORS said the Court of Appeals (CA) failed to properly monitor the procurement of supplies for its offices worth P59.228 million. In its 2020 audit report, the Commission on Audit (CoA) said the CA did not prepare and submit procurement monitoring reports (PMR) and agency procurement compliance and performance indicator (APCPI) for 12 completed […]

Human rights home

THE URN containing the remains of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Jose Luis Martin ‘Chito’ Gascon is brought on Oct. 11 to the CHR office, where daily masses will be held for the wake until Oct. 16. Mr. Gascon passed away on Saturday due to COVID-19 complications.

San Miguel routs TnT in Game 4

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Senior Reporter THE San Miguel Beermen routed the TnT Tropang Giga, 116-90, in Game Four of their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup semifinal series on Sunday to level the affair at two games apiece. San Miguel used a fiery opening half where it took control on both ends […]