Opinion and Commentary

Lauengco: The Traffic Czar: One office to rule them all

February 7, 2024, 10:17 am

“Try to think of new ways to solve old problems.“ – Steve Wozniak There is a renewed call by a business group for the creation of an office or position of a traffic czar. One office that will exist solely to study and know the problems causing traffic. One office that will bring all related… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Holistic support for senior citizens

February 6, 2024, 11:35 am

Just recently, the government started the distribution of social pension payouts for indigent senior citizens in a bid to cushion the impact of inflation on rising prices of basic goods. From a monthly stipend of PHP500, poor senior citizens will now receive double the amount at PHP1,000 per… Read More

Lauengco: January blues and the national backwards day

January 31, 2024, 11:28 am

“No one wins … by only moving forward… sometimes you have to move backward…” - Marc and Angel Chernoff Today is the end of January. For many, it is the end of what seemingly was the longest month of the year. Facebook had been replete with memes like, “tomorrow is January 55th” and… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Leading the way

January 30, 2024, 9:38 am

With the dry season fast approaching and expected to be exacerbated by the ongoing El Niño, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has directed all government agencies – both at the national and local levels – to practice energy efficiency and conservation. Through an administrative order, the… Read More

Lu: Peace toward attaining national development

January 27, 2024, 9:32 am

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding," said Albert Einstein, one of the greatest and most influential scientists of all time. The voice of Einstein kept ringing in my ears when I participated in the National Peace Advocates Summit last week at the Hive Hotel… Read More

Samonte: There's no need for PH to have another army like the NPA

January 26, 2024, 9:17 pm

One of the most pleasant pieces of news I read in the newspapers and heard from radio-television broadcasts during the second week of the year 2024 was about the announcement by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (PBBM) that "there is no more active New People's Army (NPA) guerrilla front"… Read More

Lauengco: Electric dreams

January 24, 2024, 6:58 pm

“You must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals…” Steve Garvey In a recent trip to Taiwan, I was able to meet several officials from companies producing and operating electric buses and charging station systems. I could not help but notice the increased pace and energy in their… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Data centers: Emerging economic pillar

January 23, 2024, 9:56 am

The Philippines in 2023 recorded significant gains in foreign direct investments, strengthening its appeal to global investors as the country welcomed 2024 on the back of widespread strong positive economic sentiment. Last year, foreign investments reached PHP173 billion which is 23 percent higher… Read More

Lu: Leave no one behind in Philippine education

January 22, 2024, 12:11 pm

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has informed state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) to stop accepting senior high school students starting the next academic year. The “next academic year” is 2024–2025. What prompted CHED to issue such a… Read More

Samonte: Why I am in favor of amending the 1987 Charter

January 19, 2024, 4:51 pm

As expected, the move of House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez to revive the on-and-off proposal to amend or change some provisions of the 1987 Constitution has met strong opposition from some sectors even before it is officially presented to the two-chamber Congress upon its reopening on Jan.… Read More

Lauengco: We begin with a survey

January 17, 2024, 7:00 pm

“Survey and test a prospective action before undertaking it. Before you proceed, step back and look at the big picture, lest you act rashly on raw impulse." - Epicetus Lately, I have had several meetings that follow a recurring pattern. The conversation almost always begins with the same… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Business for good

January 16, 2024, 9:42 am

News of Filipino business leaders recognized by the Holy See for their philanthropic work and for advancing humanitarian causes recently made headlines to the delight of many of our fellow Filipino faithful. As Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, it brings pride to see our fellow countrymen get… Read More

Lu: Government assistance to middle-income families

January 13, 2024, 2:59 pm

The news caught my attention at the start of the new year. This is the continuation of DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS). The DSWD has halted the issuance of guarantee letters (GLs) under the AICS program since Dec. 7 last year. It resumed issuing GLs at the onset of… Read More

Samonte: Remembering 5 old friends with the same first name 'Fred'

January 12, 2024, 3:32 pm

At the outset of the dragon-leap year 2024, instead of making new year resolutions like in the previous several years, I reminisced about many of the friends I have gathered since I started working as a journalist more than 55 years ago. In that span of time, I also lost a number of friends, not… Read More

Lauengco: It’s beginning to look a lot like … Mottainai

January 10, 2024, 3:36 pm

“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.” - Og Mandino In the Philippines, you know that the long Christmas season has begun when you hear and see the signs of the said season. Christmas carols, bells, Christmas trees and other decorations begin… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Paradigm shift

January 9, 2024, 2:14 pm

I just turned 60 last week, earning what many jokingly refer to as their second citizenship. I must admit that becoming a senior citizen officially is a significant milestone in life and I’m truly blessed, given that not everyone has the privilege to reach this stage.  Over the past few days, I… Read More

Lu: Navigating the landscape of jeepney modernization

January 6, 2024, 9:37 am

On Dec. 31, 2023, the provisional authorities that allow individual operators to ply the traditional jeepneys expired. However, this was extended for another month, or until Jan. 31, 2024. This is the second extension when the same expired on June 30, 2023. With the one-month extension, we can… Read More

Lauengco: Feast of the Three Wise Men

January 3, 2024, 10:33 am

“May the wisdom that guided the Magi guide you to your own light” - Anonymous In a few days, we will be celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany or the Feast of the Three Kings as it is most commonly known here in the Philippines. It commemorates the time when, according to the Gospel of Matthew,… Read More

Zaldarriaga: New Year’s Resolutions

January 2, 2024, 10:19 am

Just before the New Year revelries, the Social Weather Stations released the results of its survey that showed 96 percent of Filipinos are entering 2024 “with hope”—the highest since the pandemic hit. The wide scale and record-high optimism sets the stage for the country this year as the… Read More

Samonte: How the first Charter Change proposal started in 1997?

December 29, 2023, 3:03 pm

Did you know that the first proposal or move to amend or change some of the provisions of the 1987 Constitution happened in 1997 and that then President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) became a prime suspect of initiating it to pave the way for the extension of his term which was ending on June 30, 1998?… Read More