Opinion and Commentary

Samonte: PAGASA Staff: The country's weather watchers

December 8, 2022, 4:01 pm

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… Read More

Lauengco: Quiet leadership

December 7, 2022, 10:51 am

“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 Tzu This week, one of this administration’s most lowkey but effective cabinet secretary is up for confirmation. Department of Transportation (DOTr)… Read More

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

December 6, 2022, 3:33 pm

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

December 6, 2022, 1:58 pm

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 also… Read More

Samonte: Why tricycles are becoming a contentious issue

December 1, 2022, 4:56 pm

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.… Read More

Lauengco: Lessons from the Taiwan midterm local election

November 30, 2022, 8:29 am

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” - Sir Winston Churchill In 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 and… Read More

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

November 29, 2022, 10:37 am

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 eighth… Read More

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

November 28, 2022, 12:59 pm

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

November 24, 2022, 2:14 pm

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… Read More

Lauengco: The next generation of Filipino farmers

November 23, 2022, 11:27 am

“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 common… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Staying alert helps prevent road accidents

November 22, 2022, 9:21 am

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

November 21, 2022, 4:02 pm

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. is… Read More

Samonte: The 1973 oil crisis and PH

November 18, 2022, 12:49 am

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… Read More

Lauengco: Look north to Taiwan

November 16, 2022, 1:06 pm

Perceptual constancy or object constancy is a tendency to view familiar things as having the same characteristics regardless of changes. For example, when we see a person, often, we sometimes do not notice certain changes in their appearance or demeanor. Hidden in the middle pages of one of our… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Stronger collaboration needed versus cable theft

November 15, 2022, 7:04 pm

Illegal cable cutting and theft are now considered some of the biggest challenges for utility and telecommunications companies in the Philippines amid the disruptions they cause to electricity, cable and internet services and the life-threatening risks they pose. Data from the Manila Electric… Read More

Laurel: PH-China cooperation in the ‘Asian Moment’

November 14, 2022, 10:37 am

The world’s attention is now focused on Asia as the rare convergence of several crucial regional and international activities pursuing the unity and welfare of mankind are convened in Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia this November. Three major regional and international meetings of world leaders… Read More

Samonte: LGUs and 'One Town, One Product' strategy

November 10, 2022, 1:04 pm

There is a bright prospect that after 18 years, an economic-boosting program launched through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) by the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010) to provide much-needed stimulus to the economic growth of towns, cities, provinces… Read More

Lauengco: Situational awareness: Basketbrawls, politics, business

November 9, 2022, 12:36 pm

"In today’s dynamic world, your effectiveness … depends 
on your readiness to adjust quickly to the moments of need or opportunity, adversity, and change.” — Jennifer Touma One of the trending topics this morning is the punching spree that occurred during the NCAA basketball game… Read More

Zaldarriaga: National gov't support crucial to enhance LGU operations

November 8, 2022, 4:15 pm

We are all living proof to this—business and government transactions a few years back were among the most challenging and time-consuming interactions Filipinos have ever encountered. Citizens have had to endure long lines and spend a significant amount of time to process documents and pay taxes… Read More

Laurel: The pitfall traps to PH modernization

November 7, 2022, 3:13 am

I was recently invited to speak at the “Think Asia” global forum entitled “A dialogue amongst leading think tanks in Asia for the 21st century 2022: Asia in a Complex World” held on Nov. 2, 2022. The introduction to the forum explained, “’Think Asia’ seeks to affect policy… Read More