A HOUSE legislator has asked the government, especially the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to provide more assistance to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help them transition to a more digital economy after the pandemic. Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte, Jr. said adopting digital business models can help MSMEs recover from the losses they incurred ...

A HYDROELECTRIC project in Apayao province that could generate up to 150 megawatts has become the subject of a dispute on whether consent was properly obtained from the area's indigenous people (IP), Senator Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa M. de Lima said. "We received reports that the (indigenous people) were not being heard and that their consent was allegedly secured through ...

(Second of two parts) Businesses continue to explore new ways of working, further spurred on by the pandemic and supported by technology. However, to maintain momentum, boards will need to reimagine their roles to ensure they remain relevant, adaptive and responsive to the needs of this transformative age. Future-fit boards are diverse by nature, inclusive, transparent, and responsive, with the ...

MACROVECTOR-FREEPIK It is not often that we can take solace as a lower middle-income country, as we move a few paces behind the developed world's progress. However, as I sit back and watch the 2021 global energy crisis unfold, I take comfort in knowing that being behind the curve also means having the opportunity to learn from experiences of those ...

KERFIN-FREEPIK Oil prices are soaring. The explanation boils down to supply and demand. Supply is tight, and demand is climbing in the wake of a nascent global recovery. But the hardship and impoverishment brought about by the pandemic and the attendant crisis have made oil prices a politically sensitive issue. Hence, some intervention is necessary. Politicians, whether associated with the ...

FREEPIK The restaurant industry is among the most affected sectors in this pandemic. Not only have the lockdowns curtailed dine-in sales, the fear of infection continues to discourage millions from going out and patronizing their favorite restaurants. According to the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 66 days for behaviors to become a habit. Living under the COVID regime ...

VECTORJUICE-FREEPIK Listening to Bishop Robert Barron on his Word on Fire videocast while having a lethargic breakfast. He does spark some energy over a seemingly predetermined day of continued languishing in the long-playing COVID pandemic. His topic on that dank and dreary morning singed the consciousness: Am I experiencing what is called "Disagreement Fatigue," or a refusal to argue for, ...

REUTERS EUROPE has again become an epicenter for the coronavirus, calling into question the region's efforts to recover from the pandemic. Despite an abundance of Covid-19 shots, countries from Germany to Greece have reported record infections in recent days, while Romania and Bulgaria are experiencing horrific levels of fatalities and overwhelmed hospitals. That's putting fresh urgency into efforts to vaccinate ...

THE SHADOW of an Iraqi demonstrator is seen on an Iraqi flag in Kerbala, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2020. -- REUTERS BAGHDAD -- A drone laden with explosives targeted the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad early on Sunday in what the Iraqi military called an attempted assassination, but said Mr. Kadhimi escaped unhurt. The attack, which security ...

Sean Welch clicked on the email that had popped up in his inbox. It did not make for easy reading. A Chinese manufacturer serving his Agon Systems business, which provides security tags for retailers, warned him it would not meet delivery deadlines. “There’s an energy crisis in China,” said Welch, 51. “They’re only allowed to work two days on, ...