THE PHILIPPINE government should assert a 2016 ruling by a United Nations-backed court that invalidated China's claim to more than 80% of the South China Sea, political analysts said on Tuesday. "The issue confronting the Philippines is not how to enforce it," Herman Joseph S. Kraft, who heads the University of the Philippines Department of Political Science, said in a ...

AS THE country observed Eid'l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice on Tuesday, the second most important festival in Islam, groups supporting the extension of the transition period in the Bangsamoro region reiterated their call for lawmakers to act on the necessary legislative amendment. The Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. -- a network of more than 250 faith-based groups, non-governmental organizations, ...

ONLINE DELIVERY firm Foodpanda Philippines has defended the removal of riders from its pool in Davao City who protested against the company's wage policy following calls by lawmakers to investigate the case as well as the overall working environment of independent contractors. The Department of Labor and Employment said it is scheduled to have a dialogue with the suspended riders ...

THE NATIONAL Irrigation Administration (NIA) has completed the P171.97-million rehabilitation of the Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System in Pampanga. The project, funded by a grant from the Japan International Coordination Agency (JICA), will be inaugurated in July 22. "The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 3,249.95 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Lubao, Floridablanca, ...

A SENATOR on Tuesday warned that the Chinese government may heavily influence the 2022 polls through cyberespionage. Senator Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel made the statement after cybersecurity firm Kaspersky detected a "rare, wide-scale advanced persistent threat" by a "Chinese-speaking threat actor" against users in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. "China's cyberwarfare and disinformation campaigns will be one of the biggest ...

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) has created an anti-corruption committee that will address complaints on graft as well as refine processes that are prone to abuse. Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar signed Special Order No. 504 on July 19, which formed the committee and designated Undersecretary for Special Concerns Waldo R. Carpio as chair. "In the interest of service and ...

Kath Clarke, founder and CEO of BlckBx, talks about her innovative new company that provides on-demand virtual assistance. What is the background to your business? The corporate world has been debating the problem that 40% of women leave the workforce when they have their first child and never return and 40% who do go back work part-time which means ...

The suit, tie and high heels were symbols of twentieth century office life. For some time now, what we wear to work has been getting gradually more casual. Waistcoats and bowler hats were dispensed with decades ago, ties have given way to open-neck shirts and, in more recent times, the tech and creative industries have led the way in ...

COURTESY OF PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. PHILIPPINE shares are expected to trade with a downward bias on the absence of positive catalysts as investors remain concerned over rising cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On Monday, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) declined by 106.63 points or 1.59% to close at 6,587.20. Meanwhile, the ...

Part 1 There is much talk, especially in the international press, of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. Wikipedia defines the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) as the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. Large-scale machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are integrated for increased automation, improved communication and self-monitoring, and ...

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