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NGCP audacity

Call it instead the National Guarantee Corp. of the Philippines. We admire the sheer audacity of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines for ruling out any electricity shortage this summer when demand for power seasonally peaks. The bold announcement…

Philippine Rise

An international body has determined that Benham Rise falls safely within the country’s territorial boundaries. This simply means that the vast patch of maritime waters on the country’s north eastern sea board forms part of the national patrimony and, therefore…

Philconsa’s crucial role

DESPITE the national government’s avowed commitment to improve the living conditions of Mindanaoans, there’s still a long way to go to enable them to live in peace. Everybody concedes that without lasting peace, government authorities may find it difficult to…

It’s summer, go solar

The sun is up, the heat is high, and demand for energy and fuel is at its peak. What is the government to do to forestall fuel and power shortages? One solution is to go for alternative modes of powering…

Developing Mindanao

DESPITE the national government’s avowed commitment to improve the living conditions of Min­danaoans, there’s still a long way to go to enable them to live in peace. Everybody concedes that without lasting peace, government authorities may find it difficult to…

Justice within

To begin with, the operative word is “international”. Any grade-schooler would readily understand that the word simply means between or among nations. The Philippines is not currently involved in any major international dispute or have pending cases before an international…

Mandatory SSS coverage

WITH the increasing number of Filipinos seeking high-paying jobs abroad, it is of utmost importance that these migrant workers are members of the Social Security System (SSS). That’s why the SSS leadership wants mandatory coverage of all overseas Filipino workers…

Marine pollution

DON’T look now, but the Philippines is among the world’s countries with high incidence of plastic waste leakage into the seas and oceans. This despite the fact that it is the policy of the government to protect and advance the…

Anti-corruption drive

THE national government’s anti-corruption drive bears close watch as President Rodrigo R. Duterte completes this week the first nine months of his six-year presidency. Along with the total war on illegal drugs and criminality, one of the Duterte administration’s priorities…

Share offer

Joint exploration presupposes mutual benefits. This arrangement is decidedly a whole lot better than exclusive exploitation of natural resources by a foreign company or entity. In the case of government-to-government, the transaction becomes even better because of transparency required by…

Better jobs seen

IT is certainly lamentable to note that the so-called “brain drain” continues despite government efforts to generate quality and high-paying jobs in the Philippines. This is not surprising in this country, which is still teeming with jobless and underemployed people,…

Bishops for better world

Believe it or not there are Catholic bishops who preach not only about a better spiritual world but also about a more pleasant, pleasurable planet. And we, the congregation, are greatful for their earthly concern. Afterall, believers would be staying…

GRP-NDF peace talks

HEARTENING are reports that despite challenges along the way, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) continue to show their commitment to peace. In fact, the GRP and the communist-led NDF are…

Apprenticeship program

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the two-chamber Congress to reform the government’s apprenticeship program to address the worsening unemployment problem in the country. Many quarters, including the labor sector, concede that our lawmakers -- senators and congressmen -- need…

No more fear

THE Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens across the country, no longer fear Charter-Change (Cha-Cha) initiative. In the past, the people opposed attempts to tinker with the Constitution, believing that certain officials would like nothing else than to hold on…
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