Editorial: Handle breast cancer with sensitivity

The World Health Organization (WHO) targets saving 2.5 million lives around the world that would otherwise be lost annually to breast cancer through the three pillars of early detection, timely diagnosis and comprehensive management. Yet, this process will not even commence if the country’s health workers are insensitive to women’s concerns. Eurice had menopause late […]

PSAC calls for enhanced collaboration with education agencies for skilled workforce 

THE MARCOS government’s advisors from the business community asked the Education department on Wednesday to work with the private sector on updating the curriculum for learners and designing training programs for them.   At the same time, the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) expressed support for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) plan to address learning gaps […]

How can private boards be future-fit?

In today’s rapidly-evolving and disrupted business environment, private enterprises need to be resilient and responsive to fast-changing business needs. Boards and management alike should widen their agenda, and continually embrace transformation to keep their organizations aligned with the times. The most recent geopolitical, societal and environmental events force companies to rethink their priorities and revisit […]

SCIB Proposes Private Placement to Raise Up to RM10.98 Million

KUCHING, MALAYSIA, Jan 11, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Civil engineering specialist Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) is proposing a private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to approximately RM10.98 million for working capital, repayment of bank borrowings and estimated expenses for the proposed private placement. Group MD and CEO of SCIB, […]

Private hospitals, labs in PH cited for offering affordable TB testing

THE US Agency for International Development (USAID) recognized top-performing hospitals and laboratories with the highest number of clients tested for TB using the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommend GeneXpert machine on Nov. 14, 2022. Among these cited medical institutions were De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, and Hi-Precision […]

Global debt still well above pre-pandemic levels — IMF

WASHINGTON — Global public and private debt saw its biggest drop in 70 years in 2021 after reaching record highs because of the impacts of COVID-19, but overall remained well above pre-pandemic levels, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday. In a blog released with its inaugural Global Debt Monitor, the IMF said total […]

LGUs, big and small, pursue public-private partnerships

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter LOCAL governments are blazing the trail on public-private partnerships (PPP) for climate adaptation and infrastructure projects, but not all towns and cities could be expected to follow, according to analysts, given the factors on governance, technical capacity, and market demand. Quezon City is among the local government units (LGUs) […]

Palace adviser wants vaccines-for-pay led by private hospitals

PRIVATE hospitals need to be deputized to procure and administer the new class of bivalent vaccines for recipients deemed non-priority who are willing to pay, according to Presidential Adviser Jose Maria A. Concepcion III. Mr. Concepion, the Go Negosyo founder who is also a member of the government’s Private Sector Advisory Council, said private hospitals […]

Land acquisition, right of way seen as key hurdles for PPP projects

REFORMS to streamline the process for land acquisition and obtaining right of way will remove the biggest hurdles to projects pursued under public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements, infrastructure stakeholders said. “The challenge is acquiring the right of way and the get the balance of risk allocation right between the private and public sector,” Asian Development Bank […]

Bus carousel, ports first in line for PPP

THE Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works and Highways said the EDSA bus carousel and seaports will be among the first projects to be offered up for public-private partnerships (PPPs). “We plan to invite as much private sector participation in our infrastructure projects (as possible), such as for the EDSA Carousel, the […]

Harnessing the power of national teamwork

In its first 100 days, the new Marcos administration has hit the ground running. The President’s campaign promise to transform the lives of Filipinos by transforming the Philippine economy is now being vigorously pursued by his economic team through a focused development agenda that appears to combine the inherent powers of both business and politics […]

Further P11.56B released for healthcare worker allowances

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it released a further P11.56 billion to the Department of Health (DoH) to fund the health emergency allowance claims of public and private healthcare workers between January and June. The Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) was approved on Wednesday for the One COVID-19 allowance (OCA) of over […]

Marcos: Private help needed to ‘green’ economy

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. called on the private sector to help in the “greening” of the economy, calling the building of resiliency to climate change a top administration priority. Government agencies, private companies, non-government organizations, and the academic community must work together “to steer our practices and systems towards a greener direction,” Mr. Marcos […]

Private sector leaders laud Marcos US trip   

THE PRIVATE Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) on Monday said President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr’s recent trip to the United States was a “resounding success,” citing the prospect of new investments to boost economic recovery.  “This trip was a resounding success. We have a true statesman in President Marcos. He represented our country with pride, diplomacy, […]

Private school enrollment drops in CV

THE Department of Education (DepEd) Central Visayas has acknowledged a low enrollment turnout in private schools for the school year 2022-2023, citing the parents’ financial difficulties as one of the main reasons for the decline.As of September, only about 200,000 enrollees were listed by private schools in the region, while about 1.8 million were enrolled […]