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Digitalization dream
by Rey Gamboa - May 19, 2022 - 12:00am
Decades ago, the Land Transportation Office was possibly the worst government agency when dealing with Filipinos.
Coping with the P33 daily wage hike
by Rey Gamboa - May 17, 2022 - 12:00am
T’was like a bolt in the blue. For thousands of micro- and small-sized companies, the newly mandated P33 hike in minimum daily wages for Metro Manila was a total surprise, although welcomed by more compassionate...
VCM, VCM, VCM
by Rey Gamboa - May 12, 2022 - 12:00am
Credits go to Mel Tiangco, seasoned television newscaster and host, who broadcast her frustration over the Commission on Elections’ malfunctioning vote counting machines during the live news coverage of the...
(In)Sanity the morning after
by Rey Gamboa - May 10, 2022 - 12:00am
You lose or don’t lose your mind when all the votes are counted. After a grueling three months of campaigning that percolated down to two major contenders for the position of president, the country is now looking...
Jittery oil
by Rey Gamboa - May 5, 2022 - 12:00am
A barrel of oil at $200 by the end of the year? Before you say, “Manahimik ka, Marites,” let me clarify that this was a projection by oil traders last March based on a reading that Europe will permanently...
The next president’s people
by Rey Gamboa - May 3, 2022 - 12:00am
We have barely a week to go before Election Day. If things run smoothly, Congress should officially declare on or before end May a new set of elected government leaders who will rule this country for the next six...
The next big one
by Rey Gamboa - April 28, 2022 - 12:00am
Rift Valley Fever. Hantavirus. Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever. Lassa Fever. Malburg. Yellow Fever. H5N1 and H7N9 Influenza. Chikungunya. Ebola. Nipah virus. Another coronavirus.
50 years of Earth Day: Celebrating gains
by Rey Gamboa - April 26, 2022 - 12:00am
The celebration of Earth Day last Friday in the Philippines was muted by the election campaign noise, while in other parts of the world, matters of war or the rising cost of living dominated concerns over environmental...
Behind the SIM card registration veto
by Rey Gamboa - April 21, 2022 - 12:00am
The veto of President Duterte on the proposed law that would have required people to register ownership of a SIM card using a valid ID and compelled the use of real names in social media accounts drew some mixed,...
Who’s afraid of debt?
by Rey Gamboa - April 19, 2022 - 12:00am
Obviously the Philippine government isn’t, at least for the moment, as it joins a long list of other governments in the world that have significantly ramped up their public borrowings in the last two years...
Conflict
by Rey Gamboa - April 14, 2022 - 12:00am
As the war in Ukraine enters its eighth week, more than 4.5 million of its citizens have fled to neighboring countries and about a quarter of its 41-million strong population have been displaced.
Going after smugglers
by Rey Gamboa - April 12, 2022 - 12:00am
Import smuggling is a pervasive problem in the Philippines. Its tentacles reach almost anything that can be brought into the country from abroad from petroleum to construction materials to cigarettes, and even agricultural...
Ending food insecurity
by Rey Gamboa - April 7, 2022 - 12:00am
Countries big and small are taking food security seriously these days.
Last mile for the underdog
by Rey Gamboa - April 5, 2022 - 12:00am
With national elections a little more than a month away, presidential candidate Leni Robredo has turned on additional firepower for its last mile sprint to the Palace.
When time stood still
by Rey Gamboa - March 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Time stood still for much of the nation two years ago. In an enterprise survey conducted by the Asian Development Bank almost immediately after the enhanced community quarantines, it reported that two-thirds of the...
Banning idling
by Rey Gamboa - March 29, 2022 - 12:00am
In our last column, we gave way to one of our readers, Richard Foster, who has been campaigning for years against motor engine idling.
The end is near
by Rey Gamboa - March 24, 2022 - 12:00am
It’s a giddy feeling, this realization that the pandemic is on its last breaths.
Temporary crisis spurs higher food prices
by Rey Gamboa - March 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The prolonged strife caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine further deepens the tumultuous disruption of global supply chains, which was first upended by the pandemic.
Looking at BPO issues beyond the WFH debate
by Rey Gamboa - March 17, 2022 - 12:00am
Despite the use of possibly every kind of persuasive tool, the Fiscal Incentives Review Board has stood pat on its decision ordering business process outsourcing companies to end their employees’ work-from-home...
Diesel shortage
by Rey Gamboa - March 15, 2022 - 12:00am
Diesel prices are rising at untenable levels, which should signal to the Philippine government that its proposed subsidies are no longer acceptable.
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