Bills establishing tech-voc special schools approved by House panel

A JOINED House committee approved on Tuesday bills seeking to create so-called “Meister” schools, which are geared towards training graduates for the needs of industry with a heavy concentration of specialized technical-vocational (tech-voc) courses. House Bill (HB) 652 or the proposed Meister Schools Act, authored by Albay Rep. Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda, hopes to […]

Philippine competitiveness lags ASEAN due to high business costs

THE cost of doing business is causing the Philippines to lag in regional competitiveness, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) said on Thursday.   Mary Jade Roxas-Divinagracia, MAP Ease of Doing Business Committee vice chairperson, told BusinessWorld Live on One News Channel that the decline in competitiveness comes despite the passage of measures in […]

Dreaming of power

APPROXIMATELY 18 nautical miles from mainland Cebu, at the northernmost tip of the province, is the small island of Carnaza.The turtle-shaped village of some 3,000 people is a sleepy fishing community in Daanbantayan, a town known for its white sand beaches and vast marine resources.But unlike the other beautiful spots in the bustling municipality, Carnaza […]

Senator seeks probe of school sex crimes

A SENATOR has filed a resolution seeking to investigate the proliferation of sexual crimes in various schools in the Philippines.   Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” N. Hontiveros-Baraquel under Senate Resolution 168 cited alleged harassment and abuses by teachers at Bacoor National High School in Cavite, St. Theresa’s College in Quezon City and the Philippine High School […]

Utzurrum: Chocolate High Tea at 3

Who says High Tea is only for five-star hotels?Why, I was witness to an intimate, exclusive Chocolate High Tea experience at The Chocolate Chamber (TCC) recently, with the Chocolate Queen herself, Raquel Toquero-Choa hosting the three o’ clock event.Venue was The Chocolate Chamber at Robinsons Galleria Cebu, with event planner and news exec Robby Alugar […]

Mandaue City execs allocate P17M to repair 5 schools damaged by ‘Odette’

THE Mandaue City Government has given P17 million worth of additional funds to its city’s educators to help in facilitating repairs for schools that were heavily damaged by Typhoon Odette (Rai).Nimfa Bongo, Department of Education (DepEd) Mandaue City Schools Division superintendent, told reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, that the amount came from the City’s […]

Rising inflation seen deterring employers from hiring more workers

RISING INFLATION may prolong underemployment situation in the Philippines as higher costs deter employers from expanding, economists said. “High and persistent inflation can reduce consumer demand, leading to less profitable businesses. This can lead to reduced operating hours for these businesses or reduced working hours for their workers, which could lead to affected workers wanting […]

Visayan Electric power rates up

THE price of fuel in the world market and the peso-dollar exchange rate have pushed residential electricity rates up by P0.65 for the July-August billing month of Visayan Electric Company customers.The average rate for residential customers is now P14.35 per kilowatt hour (kWh) or a P130 hike for customers with an average monthly electricity consumption […]

US recession fears darken outlook for global growth

WASHINGTON/LONDON/TOKYO — Manufacturing growth is slowing worldwide as China’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) curbs and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrupt supply chains and keep inflation at the highest in years, while the growing risk of a US recession poses a new threat to the global economy.  Gauges of factory activity released Thursday in Japan, Britain, […]

JAEA and MHI Commence Demonstration Program for Hydrogen Production Using a High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor

TOKYO, Apr 28, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via – Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 will require decarbonization in the energy sector, as well as such industries as steelmaking and transportation. The utilization of hydrogen energy is expected to play a significant part of this effort, and the Japanese government has included the establishment of […]