THE ENERGY Regulatory Commission (ERC) has released its caps for installed generating capacity and market share limitations for the national and Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids. In a resolution posted on its website, the ERC set the IGC of the national grid this year at 23.42 million kilowatts (kW), with 15.97 million kW allotted for the Luzon grid. Meanwhile, the ...

FOOD COMPANIES exporting products with high sugar content to Mexico are being urged to remove cartoons from labels to comply with the country’s new anti-obesity rules. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) export marketing arm said it has advised exporters and would-be exporters to follow Mexico’s new product labeling guidelines on food and drinks with high sugar, fat, salt, ...

THE NATIONAL Electrification Administration (NEA) said it disbursed P102.4 million worth of loans to five electric cooperatives (ECs) in the first quarter, mostly for the capital expenditure (capex) and working capital needs of two utilities. In a statement Monday, the NEA said P59.5 million went to Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. and the Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative, Inc. ...

THE PHILIPPINE Chamber of Agriculture and Food, Inc. (PCAFI) said it supports the imposition of price ceilings on imported pork products, which will be allowed entry at lower tariffs, to ensure that the tariff savings are passed on to consumers. At a House hearing Monday, PCAFI President Danilo V. Fausto said Executive Order (EO) No. 128 issued by President Rodrigo ...

Physical exhaustion, sleepless nights, and anxiety are among the words that some might use to describe the experience of taxpayers and their accountants in this tax season just concluded, an ordeal heightened by the effects of the pandemic and lockdowns. Thinking about the tax filing season, I remember Sisyphus, from Greek mythology, who was made to push a boulder up ...

SENIOR citizens got inoculated with AstraZeneca shots against the coronavirus during a vaccination drive in Quezon City on March 31. -- PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCASBy Vann Marlo M. Villegas and Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporters THE PHILIPPINES will resume using AstraZeneca Plc's coronavirus vaccine for people below 60 years old, health authorities said on Monday, noting that the benefits outweigh ...

THE PRESIDENTIAL palace on Monday rejected criticisms that the rise of community pantries across the country is proof of state failure to help Filipinos amid a coronavirus pandemic. The give-and-take hubs are just a display of what's "best in us during the worst of times," presidential spokesperson Herminio "Harry" L. Roque, Jr. told an online news briefing on Monday. "It ...

THE PHILIPPINES must rely on its own military to protect its territories, the presidential palace said on Monday, amid a swarm of Chinese ships in reefs claimed by the Southeast Asian Nation in the South China Sea. The Philippines lost two isles despite a Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States, presidential spokesperson Herminio "Harry" L. Roque told a televised ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will meet with the country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among other government agencies, to speed up the processing of permits for local vaccine manufacturers. ARTA Director General Jeremiah B. Belgica, in a press release on Monday, said the Health and Trade departments as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission ...

EMERGENCY response teams set off for the preemptive evacuation of residents in the lakeside communities in Buhi, Camarines Sur. -- GOV MIGZ VILLAFUERTE FB PAGE ABOUT 68,500 people remained in evacuation facilities Monday as typhoon Bising maintained its strength, dumping rains and bringing strong winds in eastern parts of the country, according to the national disaster management council. In its ...