MerryMart Grocery to open eco-friendly supermarkets in Laguna, Tarlac

MERRYMART Consumer Corp. has signed a 15-year long-term lease contract with Ayala Land, Inc. to open stand-alone full-sized eco-friendly supermarkets in Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Cresendo in Tarlac. In a disclosure on Thursday, MerryMart said that supermarkets will be equipped with roof solar panels, LED lighting fixtures, and will use power-efficient equipment with […]

Government urged to make big green energy push

By Tobias Jared Tomas THE GOVERNMENT needs to refocus its borrowing to aggressively pursue sustainable energy initiatives, which multilateral institutions are willing to fund on favorable terms, in response to the rising cost of traditional fuels, economists said. “The ongoing constraints posed by the current global landscape should highlight the importance of alternative sources of […]

PHL has chance to maximize WTO deal to make vaccines

By Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES should maximize the opportunities on offer from a deal reached at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), particularly in the areas of vaccines and fisheries, analysts said.   George N. Manzano, University of Asia and the Pacific economist and former tariff commissioner, said […]

Garcia to Año: Focus on real problems instead

FOCUS on crime prevention, illegal drugs and economic recovery rather than Cebu’s face mask policy.This was Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s message to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary as their ongoing rift on her controversial executive order (EO) on making face masks optional in well-ventilated and open spaces continues.“It’s time to […]

Marcos names new BIR chief

Philippine President-elect Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has tapped Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Assistant Governor and former Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Deputy Commissioner Lilia C. Guillermo to head the tax collection agency. “Her strong background in IT (information technology) and her almost four decades of service at the BIR complements the President-elect’s objective of […]

US envoy to China expects ‘zero COVID’ policy to persist into 2023

WASHINGTON — The United States’ ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, said on Thursday he expects Beijing’s “zero COVID” policy to persist into early 2023, and that US businesses were reluctant to invest in the country until restrictions ease.  The re-emergence of infections in China’s capital Beijing has raised new concerns about the outlook for the […]

ILO finds only 6% of domestic workers enjoy social protections

THE International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Thursday that only about 6% of domestic workers worldwide have access to comprehensive social protections. The remainder lack “access to the full range of protections, covering medical care, sickness, unemployment, old age, employment injury, family, maternity, invalidity, and survivors’ benefits,” the ILO said in a statement, citing a […]

Aboitiz Construction finishes 69-kV transmission line project in Batangas

ABOITIZ Construction, Inc. said on Thursday that it recently completed the construction of another 69-kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line project for Lima EnerZone (LEZ) in Lipa City, Batangas. The project, which consists of 37 electric poles, is “part of a bigger move to enhance power delivery” in LIMA Estate through a partnership between Aboitiz Construction […]