Resignation calls ‘crazy’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:32 p.m.

IF SOME sectors are calling for President Benigno Aquino III to step down, leaders of Cebu’s business sector are against the idea.

“That call is crazy,” said Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Ma. Teresa Chan at the sidelines of the CCCI’s general membership meeting.

Bohol, in midst of recovery, offers ‘surprise’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:30 p.m.

Nonet Madriñan-Bolo Contributor

“IN Manga is Manga. In Maribojoc is Maribojoc.” Such was the serious reply of a gentle woman who acts as a local guide for the SAVIMA Mangrove Adventure, a mangrove community in the town of Maribojoc, Bohol.

Batuhan: A long and bleak winter

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.

IT WAS not too long ago that the world was proclaiming the advent of what it called the Arab Spring. Back then, countries like Egypt and Libya were overthrowing their despotic leaders, and installing – or at least trying to install in their place – more democratic forms of government. Syria was also looking to be headed in this direction, with the struggle to oust its long-standing Assad family rulers, who have run the country for decades.

Almirante: Seafarer's disability benefits

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

Dominador Almirante Labor Case Digest

PETITIONERS United Philippine Lines, Inc. and Holland America Line hired respondent Generoso E. Sibug as a waste handler on board the vessel M/S Volendam.Last Aug. 5, 2005, Sibug fell from a ladder while cleaning the silo sensor in a garbage room of the vessel and injured his knee. He was repatriated and had anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery in the Manila Doctors’ Hospital. Last Jan. 19, 2006, he was declared fit to return to work from an orthopedic point of view.

Population in Megaworld townships to hit 1M

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:10 p.m.

MANILA–As it aggressively expands its township developments across the country, real estate giant Megaworld announced that the population in its various urban townships is expected to reach at least one million by 2020.

Speaking during the 18th Outstanding Filipino Retailers & Shopping Centers of the Year Award by the Philippine Retailers Association, Megaworld chairman and CEO Dr. Andrew L. Tan said its 20 townships across the country will be home to around 600,000 condominium and village residents and 400,000 business process outsourcing (BPO) and office workers.

Science, engineering courses to include entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:09 p.m.

RECOGNIZING the potential contribution of entrepreneurship and innovation to the country’s economic progress, the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) signed an agreement with the Philippine Science and Technology Development Foundation-Manila Inc. (PhilDev) to infuse entrepreneurship in science and engineering courses.

Ng: Scientific breakthroughs

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

THIS week, I would like to cover some exciting technology developments that would potentially impact us. Science and technology have progressed fast. Last week, Time showed that a baby may live up to 142 years, while Businessweek was more audacious. It showed a woman who may live to be 173.

Filinvest turns over to owners units in One Oasis Kasambagan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:30 p.m.

HAVING four sons in college in Cebu City, Balamban resident Alex Alasco has been paying P12,000 a month for a small room in Talamban to house the four boys. The room was across a university, and while it served its purpose, Alasco felt it was time to pay for something he could eventually own.

He checked several developments and open houses and found the 22-square meter studio unit at the One Oasis in Kasambagan most suited to his sons’ needs. Alasco was one of several unit owners who received their keys from Filinvest Land Inc. last Saturday.

Organization to work with GK on ‘social tourism’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

THE Network of Independent Travel Agencies (Nitas) will be working with Tony Meloto’s Gawad Kalinga (GK) organization to promote social tourism in the country. GK is planning to replicate and expand its Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan to 28 more sites across the country.

According to Consul Robert Lim Joseph, chairman emeritus of Nitas, Meloto sought his assistance in creating a travel campaign for GK’s Enchanted Farm. Called MAD (Making A Difference) for Social Tourism, the campaign aims to raise awareness on social tourism among students and tourism stakeholders.

Radisson ready for Apec

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

THE 400-room Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu is ready to open its doors to international delegates and host the meetings of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) to be held here.

Accenture builds delivery center in Ilocos Norte

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte – Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, is announcing the expansion of its footprint in the Philippines with a new delivery center based in Ilocos, set to become operational later this year. This is the third Accenture delivery center in the country, in addition to centers in Metro Manila and Cebu City.

Microsoft offers solutions to make health care workers more efficient

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:16 p.m.

TO address the needs of Philippine health care workers, Microsoft Philippines has partnered with HP to provide a suite of solutions meant to make their work easier and more efficient.

Mobile commerce ‘growing in PH’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:15 p.m.

MOBILE commerce is growing in the Philippines, shopping website said.

Spa operator welcomes suspension of order

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

A SPA and wellness operator welcomed the Health Department’s suspension of its policy requiring the licensing of massage therapists in the country.

The Department of Health (DOH) implemented a three-year moratorium on a section of its Administrative Order 2010-0034 while working out a system of accreditation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

Globe carrier billing ‘drives digital shift’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:13 p.m.

GLOBE Telecom’s direct carrier billing service for apps on Google Play and Apple App Store has become a major driving force in the continuing shift to digital lifestyle as more smartphone owners are now getting into the habit of purchasing apps, the company said.

The number of Globe customers per day who have either bought an app or bought items inside apps on the Google Play Store have more than doubled since the service was launched in October 2014.

Don’t use substandard materials, DTI warns

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

WHILE the construction industry is experiencing robust growth, the Department of Trade and Industry is reminding contractors and industry players to never consider using substandard building materials, to ensure project quality and safety.

Student team builds app for agri trade

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:58 p.m.

A TEAM of students from Wesleyan University Philippines of Cabanatuan City bested nine other teams at the 11th Sweep Innovation and Excellence Awards of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) with a mobile application that hopes to facilitate efficient trade of agricultural crops.

Soriano: Do we really need a family constitution?

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE following is the confession by a worried 62-year-old business owner:

“Three of my children have proven themselves to be competent and reliable.

PH software firm in list of top solutions providers

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

MANILA — Exist, a software development and technology consulting company based in the Philippines, has been named by CIO Review as one of the 20 most promising banking technology solution providers in 2015. Exist was the only Philippine company to make it to the list.

AirAsia introduces pass for travel within Asean region

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

BANGKOK–AirAsia introduced the “AirAsia Asean Pass” and the “AirAsia Asean Pass+” to boost travel by making traveling within the region a seamless experience. The passes are available at, with the AirAsia Asean Pass retailing at P7,200 for 10 credits and AirAsia Asean Pass+ for P12,900 with 20 credits, exclusive of terminal fees and airport taxes.

Capitol sets up investment center

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

WITH a budget of P5 million from the Office of the Governor, the newly-created Cebu Province Investment and Incentive Center aims to create its own database and facilitate an investment process within the year to make the province more attractive to foreign and local investors.

Provincial Investment and Promotions Officer Benjamin Joseph Yap admitted that data gathering has been their biggest challenge, saying most of what is available is at the regional level and what they can gather is sometimes outdated.

ECC released for power plant in Cadiz

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

THE North Negros Energy Power Corp. (NNEPC) on Friday announced it has secured an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, paving the way for the start of the construction of the 150-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Cadiz.

Developer to build 1,600 seaside condos

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

A NEW player in the real estate industry will develop 1,600 condominium units inside an old resort in Lapu-Lapu City.

PH to be 1 of 32 biggest economies: paper

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

THE Philippines is projected to become one of the 32 largest economies in the next 35 years, joining a list of newly-emerging and established emerging economies that are helping to push the shift of economic power from advanced economies to emerging markets.

Global consulting firm PwC said the Philippines is among eight newly-emerging economies to be included in the latest update of its “World in 2050” report for indicating signs of sustained rapid growth in the long term. The other new entrants are Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Iran, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Thailand.

‘Put construction workers’ safety first’

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

GOVERNMENT urged the construction industry, one of the country’s fastest growing sectors, to attend to the safety and health of its workers, saying these should reflect how construction has grown.

3.97M visited Region 7

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 09:58 p.m.

TOURISM arrivals in Region 7 surged to almost four million in 2014, exceeding last year’s target of 3.6 million, the latest report from the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 shows.

The agency said it has exceeded its tourism arrivals target last year with 3.97 million, up by 13.91 percent compared to the arrivals in 2013.

Low prices, quick upgrades ‘to push smartphone sales’

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

SMARTPHONE buying will continue to increase this year as brands offer value-for-money features for the growing Filipino consumer market, a business leader said.

Jun Yap, former president of the Philippine Retailers’ Association-Cebu, said that smartphone brands are eyeing at least 20 percent growth this year as they continue to offer competitive prices for the budget-conscious market.

Batuhan: Test of human decency

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

ON the snow-delayed flight back from the US this week, I was fairly restless to get back to the cozy comforts of home. Having driven 70 miles through thick snow to get to my flight out, only to discover it had been delayed by hours, I was anxious to get back home, and get some good rest.

Almirante: Position of Trust

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 09:34 p.m.

RESPONDENT Glyza Esteban was employed in January 2004 as a sales clerk by petitioner Bluer Than Blue Joint Ventures Company. Part of her primary tasks were attending to all customer needs, ensuring efficient inventory, coordinating orders from clients, cashiering and reporting to the accounting department. On Nov. 13, 2006, her services were terminated on the ground of loss of trust and confidence.

LGUs encouraged to boost agri

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 07:05 p.m.

TO boost productivity in the agri-fishery sector, the Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC 7) is urging local government units to join in the effort and work with the Department of Agriculture to improve productivity at their levels.

Since 2012, the sector’s performance has been declining and the council believes getting LGUs to have a more active role will help the sector perform better.

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