Opinion and Commentary

Samonte: Streets names with legislative connotations

Do you know where in Metropolitan Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) can you find a place whose roads bear names related to the lawmaking functions of the Philippine Congress?Go to Barangay 171- Bagumbong in Novaliches, North Caloocan City where the Senate Village is situated. Most of those... Read More

Lauengco: Empowering folks who fish

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -- Dr. SeussFish is one of the staple food sources of our countrymen. Small scale capture fisherfolk (people who fish in the open) or aquaculture groups produce a large portion of local... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Invest more in fight vs. climate change

The Philippines’ location near the Northwestern Pacific Basin -- the most active tropical cyclone basin in the world -- puts the Philippines as one of the countries in the world that are prone to natural disasters.In fact, the World Bank Group estimated that some 60 percent of the... Read More

Laurel: Opportunities and challenges in Philippine-China relations

Last Dec. 12, 2022, 17 scholars from the Philippines and China gathered at the Ateneo de Manila, Leong Hall to discuss “Philippine-China Relations: Opportunities and Challenges” the relationship offers to the two Asian nations. This is a brief on what transpired.I attended in behalf of... Read More

Samonte: Novaliches: A former town that refused to die

I hope the readers of this column will forgive me for giving an unusually long glimpse this week at the checkered history of the former town of Novaliches, where I was born 83 years ago. This was taken from the plot for a book which I planned to write, but was not able to do.A century and 19 years... Read More

Lauengco: Rapid changes and the Generation Z

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings – Kakuzo Okakura - The Book of TeaAfter a three-year hiatus, I was finally able to teach a college class again this year. I was very happy that I found time to return to one of the things I like doing. Last week however, as my... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Strengthen governance on TNVS industry

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) last October officially approved the increase in fares for all public transportation vehicles amid calls from drivers and operators who have been heavily affected by the jump in local fuel prices.Since Oct. 6, minimum fare for... Read More

Samonte: PAGASA Staff: The country's weather watchers

Fifty years after its creation, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA can be considered as one of the most useful and busiest national government agencies whenever tropical cyclones and other weather disturbances hit or threaten to affect any part... Read More

Lauengco: Quiet leadership

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves,” -Lao TzuThis week, one of this administration’s most lowkey but effective cabinet secretary is up for confirmation. Department of Transportation... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Strengthen public-private partnerships to boost infra dev’t

Cooperation between the government and private sectors has long been integral in the country’s economic development with the various infrastructure projects under public-private partnerships (PPP) already operational and beneficial to the Filipino people.One of the oldest infrastructures built... Read More

Laurel: ‘Special treaty’ for PH-China oil-gas deal

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is absolutely correct in saying that the Philippines needs the completion of the PH-China 60/40 oil-gas deal more than China, a point that some in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spearheading the talks with China don’t seem to realize. However, PBBM... Read More

Samonte: Why tricycles are becoming a contentious issue

Very often, we read in the newspapers and social media or hear responsible traffic law enforcers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) saying that tricycles are prohibited from operating along national roads and other major thoroughfares in the National Capital Region or NCR.This... Read More

Lauengco: Lessons from the Taiwan midterm local election

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” - Sir Winston ChurchillIn the recent midterm local elections held in Taiwan, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) again suffered a series of setbacks with their party only winning 5 out of the 21 city... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Law needed to level playing field in motorcycle taxi industry

When it comes to the country’s transportation situation and commuter satisfaction, surveys from local and international think tank groups would always put the Philippines in the lowest ranks.A UK-based study conducted by insurance technology site GoShorty, showed that Manila ranks as the... Read More

Laurel: Xi’s unity and cooperation wins ‘Asian Moment’

The last of three major global conferences this November 2022 affecting the peace, progress and prosperity of mankind, the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC) meeting in Cambodia just ended on Nov. 19. This followed the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 16 and the... Read More

Samonte: The proliferation of acronyms in PH and elsewhere

Have you ever noticed the seemingly unending proliferation of acronyms of almost all kinds not only in the Philippines nowadays, but also in other countries throughout the world?An acronym is defined by the dictionary as "a word formed by the combining of initial letters or syllables and letters of... Read More

Lauengco: The next generation of Filipino farmers

“It takes a village to raise a child.” This is an old proverb commonly attributed to African cultures. It means that it takes a whole community of people to provide the environment for children to properly grow and develop.In meetings with several farmers lately, I have been hearing a... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Staying alert helps prevent road accidents

Long before the pandemic hit the Philippine economy, transportation had already been a huge challenge to Filipino commuters. The lack of quality infrastructure, railway projects and public terminals has taken its toll on the quality of life of the commuting public and heavily affected their... Read More

Laurel: Marcos: A new journey in PHL-China cooperation

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. will be meeting China’s President Xi Jinping in the first official visit outside of ASEAN in the first week of new year 2023. That is a significant point in itself I point out to many people, signifying the highest importance President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.... Read More

Samonte: The 1973 oil crisis and PH

Filipinos born a few years before the advent of the September 1972 martial law maybe interested to know that during the 1973 global oil shock, the Philippine government had to ration regular and premium gasoline to vehicle owners and other users of such fuel products.Such rationing was implemented... Read More