Employers worried about SHS graduates’ readiness for work 

MANY EMPLOYERS are reluctant to hire senior high school (SHS) graduates on concerns about their readiness for the workplace, while most SHS graduates have expressed a preference to pursue further studies, according to a study released Thursday. The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said its research, conducted starting 2018, found that SHS graduates faced […]

Spot market power prices decline in June

THE AVERAGE price for power on the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) was P6.53 per kilowatt hour in June, down from P7.66 in May, the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) said Wednesday. In a virtual briefing, IEMOP Manager for Pricing Validation and Analysis John Paul S. Grayda said that the secondary price […]

DoE to regulate reserve power procurement, require 5-year forecasts from NGCP

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said it will set a competitive process for the grid operator’s procurement of reserve power, known as ancillary services (AS), and also require it to submit five-year forecasts for power demand to help ensure that expected needs are sufficiently covered. According to a draft department circular posted on its website, […]

US, PHL complete five-year animal disease program

THE US and the Philippines have finished the final phase of a five-year biological threat capacity-building program worth around, aimed mainly at addressing the Philippines’ ability to handle animal diseases. The US Embassy in the Philippines said the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency – Biological Threat Reduction Program (DTRA-BTRP) was conducted alongside the Department of […]

Conflict over arrival rules in Cebu simmers

THE conflict over the arrival protocols for international passengers continues, with Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia issuing an executive order reminding those who defy the local law on arriving Filipinos that they would face criminal and administrative charges. Garcia’s Executive Order 23, issued on June 21, 2021, reminds the agencies that implement the protocols that the […]

Mandaue to go house to house to register residents for vax jab

THE Mandaue City Government has implemented a full-blown vaccination registration program in all its 27 barangays through a house-to-house procedure starting Monday, June 21, 2021. It initially launched a house-to-house registration for those belonging to the A1 (health care workers) and A2 (senior citizens) priority groups before it launched its online registration. This time, it […]

Close to 90,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses administered

THE Cebu City Government has administered a total of 89,302 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine doses since it started its vaccine rollout on March 24, 2021. According to the data provided by the Management Information and Computer Services officer-in-charge Richter Castañares, 63,668 were administered as the first dose, while 25,634 were administered as the second […]