Opinion and Commentary

Lu: RCEP and Philippine agriculture

June 9, 2023, 4:56 pm

On June 2, 2023, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement entered into force. Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno was very ecstatic when he stated on Feb. 23 "the ratification of the RCEP is key to a more open, transparent, and predictable trade and investment environment.… Read More

Lauengco: Bare minimum Mondays, quiet quitting, pushback of the youth

June 7, 2023, 10:08 am

“If you do the bare minimum, expect bare minimum results. You want to be great, work to be great” – JJ Watt A few days ago, I noticed a number of articles, both here and abroad, about a new trend among millennials and Generation Z called, “Bare Minimum Mondays”. According to some, the… Read More

Zaldarriaga: e-GOV PH Super App gets support from telecom giant

June 6, 2023, 10:11 am

Maximizing new technologies and solutions to simplify government transactions and reduce red tape in local and national government agencies, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has developed and rolled out the e-GOV PH Super App that would enable Filipinos to… Read More

Castillo: War on garbage: Continuous zero waste IEC program

June 5, 2023, 6:00 pm

 As our society continuously progresses through modernization, our world is facing a multitude of environmental challenges that include climate change, soil and forest degradation and pollution, among other issues. It is incumbent upon us to take steps toward protecting and preserving our… Read More

Lu: A doable approach to solving self-sufficiency in food security

June 2, 2023, 10:24 am

We all know that the Philippines is an agricultural country. It is unfortunate, however, that all sorts of agricultural products are imported, undermining local production. What is untenable is that hunger and malnutrition continue to hound Filipinos when we have the most fertile land and abundant… Read More

Samonte: Why rainy season is also time for water conservation?

June 1, 2023, 12:17 pm

As the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is expected to announce soon the country's official transition from the dry season into the rainy season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised the public to conserve water amid… Read More

Lauengco: MSMEs, RCEP, BTS ME

May 31, 2023, 4:54 pm

“Supporting another person’s success won’t ever dampen yours” – We Buy Small This week, about a thousand owners of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) gathered in Cabanatuan City to launch the city’s chapter of the MSME NGO group, “Basta Tayo Sama Sama sa Micro/Medium/Small… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Government, private sector team up in war vs. illegal drugs

May 30, 2023, 11:34 am

Although implementing a slight change in its approach, the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. remains steadfast in its fight against illegal drugs. Under the Department of the Interior and Local Government's (DILG) “Buhay Ingatan, Droga'y Ayawan” (BIDA) program, the government… Read More

Lu: Nano enterprises in the limelight

May 26, 2023, 2:57 pm

It was an unprecedented move for President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. On the 42nd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he pushed for recognition and support for nano-businesses that have been "unrecognized but are impacting on the everyday lives of the people." To quote the… Read More

Lauengco: Denver Nuggets, media influencers, neurodivergence and innovation

May 24, 2023, 9:53 am

“You want to be ahead of that curve. You don’t want to be the team reacting to it or fighting that. It’s fun. You just got to make sure you’re constantly challenging yourself.” - Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets Coach In this basketball crazy country, where Filipinos follow the NBA as much… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Public deserves more ride-hailing services

May 23, 2023, 8:56 am

For the nth time, ride hailing giant Grab Philippines has again been slapped worth millions of penalties allegedly for its repeated failure to refund its customers for the supposed surcharges it imposed a few years ago. In 2019, it can be learned, that the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC)… Read More

Samonte: How Caloocan's Bagong Silang became biggest barangay in PH

May 20, 2023, 1:13 pm

Fifty-two years ago, or in 1971, the administration of then president Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. created Barrio Bagong Silang from the former Tala Estate in Novaliches, North Caloocan City, bordering with San Jose del Monte, Marilao and Meycauayan, Bulacan, and Montalban, now Rodriguez town in Rizal.… Read More

Lu: Senate’s push for an anti-smuggling court

May 19, 2023, 1:05 pm

Due to the failure of courts, our senators are now pushing for the creation of special courts to exclusively try smuggling cases that are worth billions of pesos. For business owners whose operations have consistently suffered from goods smuggling, this is a welcome development. For so long,… Read More

Lauengco: Youth mental health, pandemic and more participative solutions

May 17, 2023, 2:59 pm

“Not caring about many things does not mean being indifferent; it means being comfortable with being different” Mark Manson During a recent hearing on the implementation of the Mental Health Act of 2017 conducted by the Senate Committee on Health, several figures from the Department of Health… Read More

Samonte: Why Andres Bonifacio deserves a place at Libingan ng mga Bayani?

May 11, 2023, 2:55 pm

As the Filipino people prepare for the celebration of their 125th Independence Day on June 12, I have in mind what I think is a very relevant question: Why we are not giving one of our foremost heroes a rightful place at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB)? Of course, I am referring to Gat Andres… Read More

Lauengco: Politics II: Short form content and politics

May 10, 2023, 11:33 am

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who read.” - Dr. Seuss Recently, there were several news articles in international media about some researchers’ warnings on the continuing and unabated rise of short form content and its effects. According… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Patriotism to PH

May 9, 2023, 10:59 am

The travel and tourism industry is a known crucial revenue generator for the government and it was one of the first sectors we looked into to revive the ailing economy. Prior to the pandemic, share of the travel and tourism industry to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) was at 12.9… Read More

Lu: Upholding solo parents’ welfare

May 7, 2023, 9:01 pm

It was a fun-filled day when the Quezon City government held the 1st National Solo Parents Week on April 25, 2023. Elected city officials and members of civil society organizations attended the event at Sunken Garden at the Quezon City Hall grounds. In my capacity as representative of the business… Read More

Samonte: The Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Tala: Now and Then

May 4, 2023, 2:56 pm

On April 22, 2023, Manila Times columnist and noted book author, movie scriptwriter and director Mauro Gia Samonte (no direct relationship with this writer except for having the same family name and being a newfound Facebook friend) had a captivating write-up about the former Central Luzon… Read More

Lauengco: Politics I: Artificial intelligence and political campaigns

May 3, 2023, 10:04 am

“But in practical affairs, particularly in politics, men are needed who combine human experience and interest in human relations with a knowledge of science and technology.” – Max Born Recently, there have been some news and features items abroad that featured the growing impact of… Read More