Traders worry over new NCR restriction

LOCAL businesses in Cebu are bracing for an “unpredictable” fourth quarter as the country’s capital goes into Alert Level 4 under general community quarantine (GCQ) on Thursday, Sept. 16, affecting micro, small and medium businesses. According to Filipino Cebuano Business Club chairman Rey Calooy, 70 percent of the country’s economic activity comes from greater Luzon […]

Peso up on stock market gains

THE PESO strengthened versus the greenback on Tuesday due to positive market sentiment as the local stock market rallied and with preference for the local unit due to weaker-than-expected US manufacturing data report. The local unit closed at P50.116 per dollar, gaining 15.40 centavos from its P50.27 finish on Monday, based on data from the […]

Editorial: Granular lockdown then

That the Department of Health has recognized that wide-scale lockdowns are no longer effective in containing Covid-19 infections, it has practically passed on the decisions of scaled lockdowns to the local government executives. DOH spokesperson Rosario Vergeire, in her media briefing on Aug. 23, 2021, said thus, “Pag tinitingnan natin, when we are trying to […]

CoA says Agri dep’t failed to spend P9.8 billion 

GOVERNMENT AUDITORS said the Department of Agriculture (DA) left about P9.8 billion unused in 2020 due to bid failures, incomplete procurement documentation, and the difficulties encountered in moving projects forward due to the pandemic. The Commission on Audit (CoA) said the Department of Agriculture (DA) disbursed P49.25 billion or 83.4% of its P59.06-billion budget, with […]

Labor group bats for protection of state workers vs COVID-19

A LABOR group has urged the government to protect state workers from the coronavirus after the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said 1,600 employees have died of infection. The commission and Department of Health should monitor the compliance of agencies with health protocols, the Confederation For Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees said in a […]

Local governments outside the capital take measures vs Delta variant spread 

SEVERAL LOCAL governments across the country are taking various measures to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases amid the threat of the more transmissible Delta variant.   In Iloilo City, the regional center of Western Visayas in central Philippines, Mayor Jerry. P. Treñas announced Monday morning that a “stricter lockdown” will be imposed this week to Sunday.     “From Aug. 3 […]

Editorial: Strategies

It may help if the public understands the strategy that our health care system is implementing amid new threats. The highly transmissible Delta variant, which swamped India’s health care system, has been detected in 16 additional cases, 11 of which were local ones. The local cases came from Northern Mindanao (six), National Capital Region (two), […]

LGUs urged to seize chance of greater autonomy with property valuation reform

THE REFORM of the real property valuation system will create new revenue sources for local government units and make them more autonomous by reducing their dependence on funding from the National Government, according to the Bureau of Local Government and Finance (BLGF). BLGF Executive Director Niño Raymond B. Alvina made the statement before the Senate […]

PLDT Enterprise extends connectivity to Ilocos Norte municipality

The enterprise business arm of PLDT Inc. has extended fiber connectivity and internet solutions to Piddig, Ilocos Norte to support online learning.  PLDT Enterprises will be providing services to all 23 barangays to improve municipal governance, the company said in a press release on Friday.   The company worked with the local government and youth council to come up […]

Editorial: Vaccine hesitancy abroad

It appears the Philippines is not the only country where people are hesitant to get vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In Russia, four regions have made it mandatory for workers in the retail, education, health care, public transportation, beauty, entertainment and other industries that serve a large number of people to get inoculated amid […]