Carvajal: Disdainful and arrogant

Up front, let me declare myself unequivocally against extrajudicial killing or EJK and strongly for the prosecution of its perpetrators to the full extent of the law. With me, the only issue is who will investigate and prosecute, our Department of Justice (DOJ) or the International Criminal Court (ICC). Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III claims […]

KEMRI and NEC Announce Trials on Biometric-based Vaccination Management System for Newborn Children in Kenya

TOKYO, Feb 7, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via – Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), NEC Corporation (NEC) and Nagasaki University, Japan, have developed a digital biometric-based vaccination management system for newborn children in Kenya. Validation of this system is taking place through KEMRI with a clinical trial that began in September 2022 at the […]

More than 50 million national ID physical, digital cards printed

THE Philippine Statistics Authority has printed more than 50 million Philippine Identification System physical ID cards (PhilIDs) and ePhilIDs combined, it reported Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, meaning it has covered nearly half of the Philippine population. According to the 2020 census, the Philippines had a population of 109,035,343 persons. As of Feb. 2, the PSA […]

BIR to allow more transactions via online portal in late January

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it will allow taxpayers to conduct more transactions online late this month. Individuals will be permitted to update their information or applications through the online registration and update system (ORUS) starting Jan. 23, according to a memorandum circular. Through ORUS, taxpayers can update their registration information with regard […]

Compact CO2 Capture System Receives “Awards for Excellence” at the 2022 Nikkei Excellent Products and Services Awards

TOKYO, Feb 1, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) received the “Awards for Excellence” at the 2022 Nikkei Excellent Products and Services Awards sponsored by Nikkei Inc., for its compact CO2 capture system developed for wide range of industries. The awards ceremony was held today at The Okura Tokyo […]

Manila Water earmarks P37B for water treatment projects

MANILA WATER Co., Inc. announced on Thursday a P37.3-billion investment in its wastewater master plan, which covers the construction of treatment facilities and a sewer network across the Marikina River, San Juan River, Pasig River, and Laguna Lake. “These wastewater projects are designed to collect, convey, and treat wastewater generated within their respective catchment areas,” […]

Plans towards improved transport

Transport is widely seen as a fundamental driver of the economy as it significantly impacts the everyday lives of people. Such systems provide access to goods and opportunities, both for people and businesses, in various locations. Thus, on one hand, substandard transport systems could affect economic activities and people’s lives. The Philippines’ transport system is […]

Espinoza: Install traffic lights in all intersections

One of the busiest intersections I’ve encountered when I’m driving in Cebu City is the T-intersection at M. L. Quezon Ave., Mandaue City and Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Talamban, Cebu City because this intersection has no traffic lights. Despite the strict leadership of Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) chairman Rico Rey “Koko” Holganza, traffic enforcers […]

Carvajal: Politically expedient afterthought

Those who responded to a Pulse Asia survey as hopeful for 2023 cannot possibly expect relief or opportunity from the charter change (cha-cha) Congress has lately committed to undertake in 2023. I doubt if these folks know and care a hoot about the planned changes. Anyway, it really doesn’t matter since representatives of the country’s […]

Cabaero: Apology for air traffic system mess

The apology came almost a week after the air traffic management system malfunction that affected thousands of travelers last Jan. 1, 2023, New Year’s Day. The immediate reaction based on online comments was that the apology came five days late and no new action was mentioned or planned in addition to what air traffic officials […]

Air traffic regulator ordered to explain New Year’s glitch

THE GOVERNANCE Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations (GCG) on Wednesday ordered the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to submit a report on the air traffic management glitch that led to thousands of canceled flights on Jan. 1. In a statement, the body that serves as the central advisory, oversight and monitoring body […]

Editorial: ‘Only in the PH. Sigh’

A Filipino businessman was one of the passengers of a plane that took off from Tokyo International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. The plane was bound for the Philippines; however, three hours into the flight, it went back to Japan. The businessman later learned that there was a glitch that hit the air traffic […]

Marcos administration vows to boost streamlining efforts this year with digital systems

THE MARCOS administration has committed to boost efforts to improve and streamline government services this year by tapping existing and new digital systems, according to Malacañang.   “In 2023, the government shall remain steadfast and continue to pursue streamlining initiatives to ensure the delivery of efficient government services to the people and fight corruption by eradicating […]

Iloilo City launches online payment system for property tax 

PROPERTY TAX payments in Iloilo City can now be done digitally, the local government announced.   In a post on its Facebook page, the city government encouraged property owners to use the site to pay for their annual tax.    “For Real Property owners in Iloilo City, you may now access the Web Portal for registration […]