Opinion and Commentary

Samonte: MRT Line-7 was planned as LRT Line 4 during FVR's time in 1995

Did you know that the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT)-7 now under construction from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan was originally planned as Light Rail Transit Line 4 (LRT-4) during the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998) and would begin from the Old... Read More

Lauengco: BTS movement template for helping farmers

“My grandfather used to say that at least once in your life, you will need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you will need a farmer.” - Brenda SchoeppFarmers are truly an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, our farmers still lack... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Future-proofing through digitalization, technology advancements

Companies around the globe are noticeably banking on technological advancements to grow their businesses and maintain the efficiency and relevance of their products, services and systems. The nature of the rapidly evolving world demands such, that only those that can keep pace, are expected to... Read More

Laurel: China: World's peacemaker

President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow to meet his “good old friend” President Vladimir Putin just about two weeks after the historic “miracle” China pulled off with Iran and Saudi Arabia sealing a peace pact that put an end to the nearly half-a-century conflict between the... Read More

Samonte: Completion of Mindanao Ave. Extension seen under PBBM admin

There is bright hope that the long-delayed Mindanao Avenue Extension from the North Luzon Expressway-Mindanao Avenue Toll Plaza in Ugong, Valenzuela City to Gen. Luis Street in Barangay Caybiga, Novaliches, North Caloocan City may finally be completed under the "Build Better More" Program of... Read More

Lauengco: Neurodivergence in PH: The fight for awareness, inclusivity

“We should celebrate neurodiversity – the world would be poorer and life duller if we were all the same.” – Neil Milliken“In a culture that believes great minds think alike, people whose brains work differently are often ignored or excluded.” – unknown... Read More

Zaldarriaga: More players needed to lower ride-hailing fares

When ride-hailing giant Grab Philippines merged with its sole competitor Uber Philippines five years ago, there have been several criticisms about how the merger resulted in fewer choices for the commuting public as well as higher fares squeezing their pockets.Last year, online news outlets reported... Read More

Samonte: The 1st barangay polls in PH after the 1972 martial law

A column in this Section last March 1 by Atty. Gilberto Lauengco about the importance of the coming Oct. 30, 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls prompted me to look back at the very first Barangay election held in the country a year after then President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. lifted... Read More

Lauengco: Attention economy, jeepney strikes, nat'l issues and goldfish

“I sometimes worry about my short attention span, but not for long” - Herb CaenThis week, a lot of people in Metro Manila gave their take on the week long jeepney strike. Social media is abuzz with one liner comments, posts, memes, rants, jokes about the said strike. One of the main... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Airports mirror country's image

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), for the longest time, had been ranked among the worst and most stressful airports in the world, with travelers complaining of long queues, numerous security checks, lack of seats, delayed flights, and delayed luggage release, among other things.Last... Read More

Samonte: Kudos to new NHCP Chairman Emmanuel F. Calairo

Three days after assuming this month his new post as the chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Dr. Emmanuel Franco Calairo will be honored by his high school alma mater, the Novaliches-based Metro Manila College, as one of its Distinguished Alumni on March 4.The... Read More

Lauengco: The importance of the 2023 barangay, SK elections

“The smallest part is worthy of the whole.”- Elsie De WolfeOn Feb. 28, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) promulgated its latest resolution regarding the calendar of activities for the Oct. 30 synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections specifying the time for filing... Read More

Zaldarriaga: MVP Group supports PH digitalization efforts

In this rapidly evolving world, digital transformation has become a crucial key to achieving economic progress, as well as expanded opportunities and service improvements among businesses.Many countries are taking advantage on the benefits of digital innovations for their own economic development.... Read More

Laurel: Anti-war songs and betrayals

In his speech to the Russian nation, which is the equivalent of the State-of-the-Union Address in the US or State of the Nation Address in the Philippines, President Putin justified the war as the defense of the very existence of the Russian motherland while castigating the civilizational decay of... Read More

Samonte: Novaliches: The 11th Metro Manila city that never was

In the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Section 1 of Article X (Local Government) says: "The territorial and political subdivisions of the Republic of the Philippines are the provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays."Corollary to that provision, the bicameral Congress enacted the local... Read More

Zaldarriaga: MPIC’s venture into agribusiness boosts PH food security

The Philippines has long been facing challenges on food security despite having vast agricultural land ready for cultivation.To ensure food sufficiency, the country has depended on imports, such that our import dependency ratio in 2021 was at 25.1 percent, according to data from the Philippine... Read More

Lauengco: Thriving under the RCEP

On Feb. 21, the Philippine Senate ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) with 20 senators (more than the required two-thirds vote), voting in favor of the Senate resolution regarding the same.The RCEP is a free trade agreement among the members of the Association of... Read More

Laurel: The 'spy balloon' saga bursts

The NPR (National Public Radio) is a quasi-autonomous, government-funded nonprofit media outlet created by the US federal government. On its Feb. 16 headline blared ‘Biden says the 3 aerial objects shot down were not Chinese spy balloons’... President Joe Biden will soon speak with... Read More

Samonte: PNA hosted 1st ASEAN Editors' Conference in 1983

Many of the young Filipino journalists today may be interested to know that Manila once became a meeting place of publishers, top editors and writers of newspapers, television-radio stations, news agencies and magazines from across the Asian region in the 1980s.That was when the 10-year-old... Read More

Lauengco: Cold storage PPP and war against hoarders

“As long as greed is stronger than compassion, there will always be suffering.” - Rusty EricThere is an ongoing debate about imports and the effects of the same on farmers. There are several sectors who argue that imports hurt farmers and that there should be greater trade restrictions... Read More