Opinion and Commentary

Lu: Sari-sari stores important for economic growth

February 24, 2024, 9:08 am

A study states that sari-sari stores in the Philippines had a sale of PHP8 billion in 2023. This is a large sum considering that sari-sari stores thrive all over the country – in every nook and cranny. What is surprising is that the sale in 2023 represents an increase of 20 percent from the… Read More

Samonte: Why it's inadvisable for writers to deal with fake news

February 22, 2024, 2:06 pm

Much of the topics I often write about in this column, as can be gleaned from the title itself, is culled from personal experiences and observations, or what I have read and appreciated as very significant and inspiring in one's life. I normally begin with a glance at a certain event and proceed… Read More

Lauengco: Digitalization of national gov’t aid programs

February 21, 2024, 2:13 pm

“Technology is best put to work in the service of building a better world” – Simon Mainwaring Financial and other types of aid for individuals in various sectors of our society is a staple in many government programs. The standard method of distribution of aid is through face-to-face systems… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Soft skills in the digital age

February 20, 2024, 12:51 pm

Last week, I marked my 35th year in Meralco—a career milestone that, looking back, allows me to appreciate the decades of evolution that have changed and defined the way we do communications. While new technologies have disrupted many aspects of communications, the core principles and skills… Read More

Lu: QC vendor business school: in support of ‘nanopreneurs’

February 16, 2024, 9:13 am

Last Feb. 8, Quezon City Mayor Ma. Josefina "Joy" Belmonte launched the country’s first Vendor Business School (VBS), which aims to help market vendors become responsible entrepreneurs. The program was launched by the local government in partnership with the Consultative Group for International… Read More

Samonte: QC almost lost La Mesa watershed to Montalban in 1990s

February 15, 2024, 2:13 pm

This is the story of how Quezon City, the country's former national capital from 1948 to 1976, nearly lost its territorial jurisdiction over the vast La Mesa Dam, Reservoir, Watershed Reservation and Nature Reserve in the northernmost portion of Metropolitan Manila or the National Capital Region… Read More

Lauengco: Political marketing

February 14, 2024, 2:25 pm

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy” - John Adams This week, El Salvador’s popular and controversial president, Nayib Bukele, was re-elected by a landslide majority. A stunning 82.66 percent of or 2.7 million of the 3.2 million… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Inclusive digitalization for OFWs

February 13, 2024, 11:03 am

Businessman and philanthropist Manuel V. Pangilinan, who once worked as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Hong Kong, recently shared that “OFWs work hard because that’s the only way to cope with homesickness”. This leads me to ponder on the role our migrant workers play not just in… Read More

Samonte: How safe are we from those careless and reckless drivers on the road?

February 8, 2024, 4:41 pm

Every now and then, we read in the newspapers or hear from radio and television news reports about grim accidents involving various types of motor vehicles, including buses and big and overloaded cargo trucks along roads in various parts of the country. The usual reason given by the drivers to… Read More

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