Opinion and Commentary

Samonte: How the former Novaliches town was dismembered 75 years ago?

July 13, 2023, 4:06 pm

Exactly seven decades and five years ago this coming July 17, the then two-year-old First Philippine Congress (1946-1949) enacted Republic Act 333 which made Quezon City the new capital of the country in place of Manila. The new law was signed by then President Elpidio R. Quirino (1948-1953) who,… Read More

Lauengco: The microchips of Taiwan and tensions in the region

July 12, 2023, 9:41 am

“Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.” – Vernor Vinge Lately, there has been an uptick of news and discussions about escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait. There is a renewed interest in the said region among Filipinos especially in the light of recent events involving… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Telco industry lauds EO 32 (s. 2023)

July 11, 2023, 2:18 pm

The pursuit of collective prosperity, especially for a developing country like the Philippines, requires collective and aligned initiatives from all sectors of the society. Since driving the country towards advancement should not only depend on government efforts, fostering a culture of… Read More

Lu: National feeding program should benefit local dairy producers

July 7, 2023, 12:02 pm

In 2018, former President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11037, or the "Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act," with the aim of addressing the problem of undernutrition among Filipino children. The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Social Welfare and… Read More

Samonte: How Novaliches almost became Imelda City in 1976?

July 6, 2023, 9:31 pm

Who remembers former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, and how? This question in a nutshell, posted several times on Facebook on the occasion of the recent celebration in Malacañang of the 94th birthday of Mrs. Marcos, mother of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., prompted me to look back at an… Read More

Lauengco: Water shortage and desalination

July 5, 2023, 2:16 pm

“Thousands have lived without love but not one without water” – W.H. Auden“There is an imminent risk of a global water crisis” - UN World Water Development Report 2023 Last July 4, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), through its… Read More

Zaldarriaga: PLDT backs ARTA’s drive to streamline processes for telco towers

July 4, 2023, 5:37 pm

Navigating through the aftermath of the pandemic, the government continues to work hand in hand with members of the private sector to propel the country towards recovery and to once again, push for economic growth. To achieve national advancement faster and easier and to improve ease of doing… Read More

Samonte: Why I want to give a try to the proposed MIF Act

June 29, 2023, 4:06 pm

While going over the newscast of the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on its website on June 23, I came across a story written by the wire agency's Senate reporter Wilnard Bacelonia and quoting presidential sister Senator Imee R. Marcos as assuring that Congress has the oversight function that allows… Read More

Lauengco: Saving the dying soil beneath us

June 28, 2023, 11:30 am

“Soil is alive. Dirt is dead. You cannot grow plants in dirt” - YM Saegusa There is a growing threat to our food security and it is happening beneath our feet. The issue of food security as one of the interlinked global existential challenge has been gaining a lot of attention lately. We are,… Read More

Zaldarriaga: New Candaba viaduct to help spur economic development in Luzon

June 27, 2023, 7:58 am

While traveling is expected to be much faster and safer thanks to the construction of the third Candaba viaduct, and once completed, it is also likely to help further the overall socioeconomic development of Central and Northern Luzon. The third viaduct will be constructed by NLEX Corporation, a… Read More

Lu: Magna Carta for MSME in retrospect

June 23, 2023, 9:00 pm

The Magna Carta for MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) is a document that proves that our government recognizes their importance in the Philippine economy. Suffice to say, the MSMEs are the lifeblood of the Philippine economy since 99.52 percent of businesses are MSMES and only 0.49… Read More

Samonte: QC Bus Service Program is worth emulating

June 22, 2023, 2:20 pm

The Quezon City government's move to make permanent its QC Bus Service Program (QCBSP) offering "libreng sakay" (free rides) to commuters in selected areas in the largest and most populous city in Metro Manila is worth emulating by other local government units (LGUs) in the country. The 38-member… Read More

Lauengco: Vertical integration, agriculture, governance and Sesame Street

June 21, 2023, 12:29 pm

“Let us call this cooperation. No let us call it sharing.” – Geefle and Gonk, Sesame Street (1973) Recently, the Department of Agriculture announced that it will promote vertical integration to address several issues in the agricultural sector including smuggling and hoarding. Normally, a… Read More

Zaldarriaga: NLEX goes full throttle on road infra, service improvements

June 20, 2023, 8:21 am

There is a renewed interest among Filipinos to travel, and tourism is vibrant again now that the pandemic is over. In Central and Northern Luzon, beach resorts in Zambales and Pangasinan, surfing resorts in La Union, parks in Baguio, and historical sites in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte are popular… Read More

Lu: Addressing effects of Covid-19 among Filipino learners

June 16, 2023, 6:05 pm

The continuing casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic is children’s education. The Philippines was one of five countries that failed to immediately start in-person schooling when the pandemic began. The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that 27 million students were… Read More

Samonte: First PH Freedom Day parade after 1896 Revolution against Spain

June 15, 2023, 6:54 pm

Did you know that although Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898, the Filipino people were only able to hold a formal public celebration of their freedom from colonial rule with a civic parade in the present Metropolitan Manila area more than a… Read More

Lauengco: The LEGO MOC process, winning NBA championships and politics

June 14, 2023, 9:34 am

“Perhaps, play would be more respected if we called it “self-motivated practice of life skills” but that would remove the lightheartedness from it…” – Dr. Peter Gray Most everyone knows what LEGO means. LEGO is a line of plastic construction toys which consists basically of variously… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Meralco empowers LGUs in making communities more resilient

June 13, 2023, 10:29 am

Mt. Mayon continues to exhibit signs of unrest several days after it spewed lava on the evening of June 8. This phenomenon serves as a reminder for everyone on the importance of having an emergency preparedness and disaster response plan on standby. This is especially crucial for countries like… Read More

Samonte: PHA sets conference on Filipino people's struggles for nationhood

June 9, 2023, 10:38 pm

When the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) conducted its 2023 Annual Conference at the historic Metropolitan Theater in Manila on Aug. 31-Sept. 2, I have an ardent wish that the delegates will exert their best efforts to settle and put to rest the decades-old debates over certain aspects of… Read More

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