Opinion and Commentary

Zaldarriaga: Christmas and consumer spending

December 12, 2023, 1:41 pm

Since time immemorial, Christmas has always been synonymous with merriment for Filipinos. Whether family reunions or office dinner parties, there is no shortage of celebrations during the holiday season in the Philippines. After all, our country has the longest Christmas season in the world,… Read More

Lu: Strengthening agricultural dev’t through cooperative empowerment in PH

December 11, 2023, 8:43 am

Cooperatives play a crucial role in the Philippine economy, fostering socio-economic development, empowering communities, and enhancing financial inclusion. As of 2022, there were over 20,105 registered cooperatives in the Philippines, covering various sectors including agriculture, finance,… Read More

Samonte: Constitution survives 'Cha-cha' tries, turns 37 on Feb. 2, 2024

December 8, 2023, 2:33 pm

In less than two months from today, or on Feb. 2, 2024 to be exact, the 1987 Philippine Constitution will turn 37 years old, surviving a number of attempts to change some of its provisions or replace it entirely with a new one, providing for a shift to a federal system of government. This means… Read More

Lauengco: Philippine Bar exams musings redux

December 6, 2023, 9:42 am

“Out of the hottest fire comes the strongest steel.” – Chinese proverb On Dec. 5, the results for the 2023 Philippine Bar Examinations came out. As usual, newsfeeds were filled with photos of Bar takers crying tears of joy or sadness upon learning of the results. Like many lawyers, I often… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Contextualizing power rates in PH

December 5, 2023, 1:38 pm

Are power rates in the Philippines really expensive? Over time, the cost of electricity in our country has been criticized to be excessive in comparison to our neighbors in Asia sans any context on the predominantly influencing factors and prevailing circumstances. A 2022 study by the… Read More

Lu: Nurturing tomorrow's leaders for a sustainable future

December 1, 2023, 9:40 pm

November is designated as the National Children’s Month in the Philippines, thanks to Republic Act 10661 of 2015. Also known as the “Buwan ng mga Bata," it is annually celebrated every November to commemorate the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on… Read More

Samonte: Quezon City Council enacts anti-hoarding ordinance

December 1, 2023, 3:31 pm

The members of the Quezon City Council (2022-2025) deserve commendation for their timely passage of an ordinance vesting the city's 142 barangay captains with the authority to prevent the hoarding of basic necessities and prime commodities during times of extreme emergencies, calamities and… Read More

Lauengco: Data-driven decision making in the LTO and other agencies

November 29, 2023, 11:21 am

“Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” -Geoffrey Moore Out of the 38 million known vehicles in the Philippines, only 14 million have been properly registered. In a statement issued by LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II, he reiterated that roughly 60 percent of the… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Pinoy pride

November 28, 2023, 10:10 am

More and more Filipino personalities and brands have been making their mark on the global stage, bringing pride to our country and showing the world the best that we have to offer. From beauty queens to award-winning athletes, we Filipinos can’t help but beam with Pinoy pride whenever one of our… Read More

Samonte: Reminiscing on the 1976-1978 Batasang Bayan membership

November 24, 2023, 2:13 pm

Did you know that in the second half of the 1970s, or during the martial law years, then First Lady Imelda R. Marcos, her eldest daughter and current Senator Imee R. Marcos, and former Justice Secretary and Senator Leila B. De Lima worked together at the Session Hall of the 1976-1978 Batasang… Read More

Lu: Revitalizing the Philippine coconut industry

November 24, 2023, 10:00 am

Over the years, the Philippine coconut industry has been in the doldrums. Despite our place in history as the world’s leading coconut producer, the Philippines now ranks second, next to Indonesia. India is fast catching up, and perhaps in a few years, we may become laggards in coconut… Read More

Lauengco: The 18-month rule in political preparation

November 22, 2023, 10:31 am

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” - Confucius I was asked recently by someone who was planning to run for office in the next local elections as to when one should start preparing for 2025. My answer has always been the same.… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Exploring nuclear technology

November 21, 2023, 11:27 am

Last week, news of the landmark nuclear cooperation pact between the Philippines and the United States dominated headlines, marking a firm step towards achieving our government’s goal of energy independence and security. The deal is a welcome development and a signal to the rest of the world… Read More

Samonte: Importance of police visibility in crime prevention in Quezon City

November 17, 2023, 3:09 pm

While reading the Metro News Section of the daily Philippine Star issue of Nov. 14, 2023, my attention was caught by a short but significant news item titled "QC crimes drop by 39.47%." The story, written by Mark Ernest Villeza, quoted Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Brig. Gen. Redrico… Read More

Lu: Masungi Georeserve: A testament of Filipinos' conservation efforts

November 17, 2023, 10:33 am

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Tanay, Rizal, the Masungi Georeserve stands as an enduring testament to Filipinos' unwavering commitment to environmental conservation. Spanning 1,500 hectares, this sanctuary not only safeguards a vital forest ecosystem but also represents a beacon of… Read More

Lauengco: Loosen Up, Lighten Up

November 15, 2023, 10:51 am

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller Did you know that yesterday, Nov. 14, 2023 was “Loosen Up Lighten Up Day”? Although the exact origin and founder of the day is the subject of debate and speculation, it is… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Sustaining economic growth

November 14, 2023, 10:04 am

Last week, the country’s statistics agency reported that the economy grew by 5.9 percent in the third quarter of 2023 on the back of increased public spending despite persisting inflationary pressures. Major contributors to the improved third quarter gross domestic product were wholesale and… Read More

Lu: Brewing Resilience: The Tale of Philippine Coffee's Revival

November 10, 2023, 1:16 pm

In the vibrant ambiance of coffee shops during my frequent meetings, I've marveled at the sight of young professionals and students indulging in various coffee concoctions -- espresso, black coffee, frappe, cappuccino, latte and more. It's a captivating spectacle, witnessing these generations… Read More

Lauengco: Math and Agriculture

November 8, 2023, 1:32 pm

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics” - Dean Schlicter On Nov. 7, newly appointed Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. announced his plan to revive the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS). He stated that for him “the current database was somewhat… Read More

Zaldarriaga: The drive for a greener future

November 7, 2023, 10:30 am

With the growing focus on sustainability, addressing pollution, especially in urban areas, is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of the drive to go green. Here in the Philippines, the transportation sector is the largest source of urban pollution as it accounts for 13 percent of our… Read More