House vows to work swiftly on 3 economic bills marked urgent THE House of Representatives on Thursday said it will work swiftly on the three proposed economic bills certified as urgent by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. In a statement, Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera-Dy said, “I will work with the House leadership and my other colleagues here in the chamber to ...

1 of 2 PCG Sea patrol MEMBERS of the Philippine Coast Guard took photos of these China-flagged ships during maritime patrol operations on April 13 at the Julian Felipe Reef using the BRP Cabra and two vessels of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Storm Surigae to affect eastern parts of Visayas, Luzon over the weekend TROPICAL storm Surigae ...

THE PROPOSED increase in pork imports is not expected to “kill” the hog industry, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said at a hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole Thursday that the recommendation to increase the minimum access volume (MAV) quota to 404,000 metric tons (MT) will ultimately ...

ENERGY Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi invited US companies Thursday to invest in the Philippine energy sector, particularly in renewables and nuclear power, as the country strives to make its power sources more reliable and sustainable. “I hope our American friends in the business community will again take a look at our new initiatives that aim to make the Philippines rife ...

THE GOVERNMENT plans to hire an additional 4,754 contact tracers in Metro Manila to help meet the goal of tracking down potentially exposed persons within 24 hours, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The National Capital Region (NCR) remains a priority area for staffing because infection numbers remain high, Interior Undersecretary Bernardo C. Florence, Jr. ...

THE PHILIPPINE agriculture and food industries will play an important role in the economic recovery, according to a report by Oxford Economics. Food Industry Asia, which commissioned the Oxford Economics study, said in a statement Thursday that the Philippine agri-food sector will create employment and provide food for consumers at stable prices, but still runs the risk of supply and ...

After spotting a gap in the market while working in the wedding industry, Kimara Middleton of Hampshire Event Props made it her mission to make special occasions even more special. What is your business all about?  I am the director of Hampshire Event Props which provides decor for events including weddings, birthdays etc. These props extend to flower walls, ...

Translation services and cryptocurrencies are the top priorities for UK SMEs as the country moves out of Brexit and national lockdown. That is according to data from Fiverr’s 2021 Small Business Needs Index. The report – based on billions of small business searches for freelancer support – shows queries for translations have skyrocketed by 300% in the last year as ...

Jerami Grant was apologetic in the aftermath of the Pistons' loss to the Clippers yesterday, and with good cause. True, he had a stellar stat line of 28 points, three rebounds, and four assists in 36 minutes of play. At the same time, it included four fouls and three turnovers, the last of which enabled the visitors to tie the ...

Flash Coffee, a Singapore-based, tech-enabled coffee chain, announced that it raised $15 million in Series A funding in a round led by White Star Capital, with participation from investors including Delivery Hero-backed DX Ventures, Global Founders Capital, and Conny & Co.  The Series A round sets the total capital raised to $20 million, and will be used to expand the ...