Helping families bridge digital divide in distance learning

IN an article published for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Brussels, Ana P. Santos writes: “Filipino students have not been inside a classroom since March [2020], when President Rodrigo Duterte declared a nationwide public health emergency. Government education bureaus had planned to eventually allow face-to-face classes in areas with low…

Century Pacific founder Ricardo Po Sr. dies at 90

Ricardo S. Po Sr., founder of Century Pacific, has passed away on October 11 from complications arising from surgery. “His family was by his side throughout the ordeal until he returned to the Lord,” a family statement said, adding that their patriarch passed away “peacefully and painlessly.” “He was 90…

PHL tops list of nations with most female investors

The Philippines has the highest percentage of female investors in the world, according to a new research released by a platform that helps compare brokers online. Based on BrokerChooser’s study, 44 percent of women in the Philippines are investors. This figure is lower than the 56 percent of males but…

Century Pacific Group founder Ricard Po passes away

Industry pillar Ricardo S. Po, Sr., founder and Chairman Emeritus of Century Pacific, passed away peacefully and painlessly surrounded by his family on October 11, 2021 from complications arising from surgery. Po was 90 years old and lived a full life raising his family, building his company, and being a…

‘Maring’ crop damage jumps to more than P600M; death toll climbs to 13

Damage to agriculture caused by severe tropical storm “Maring” jumped to over P600 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA), even as disaster officials reported that the typhoon’s death toll has climbed to 13. DA said Maring affected 32,882 hectares of agricultural areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos…

ADB hikes climate financing for DMCs by at least $100 billion

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it is increasing its climate financing for developing member-countries (DMCs) to $100 billion between 2019 and 2030. This means, the Manila-based multilateral development bank said, its financing will increase to a cumulative of at least $80 billion by 2030. ADB expects the…

Lady Lakay

JENELYN OLSIM, the smiling Lakay lady warrior who is all charm and friendliness when announced into the One Championship Circle before a fight, transforms into a relentless, unstoppable fighting machine the moment the bell rings to start hostilities. Quite like a female Kevin Belingon, in my humble opinion. Her first…

DepEd says sorry for incentive payout delay

THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday appealed for patience to the public-school teachers who have yet to receive the World Teachers Day Incentive Benefit (WTDIB), noting that the delay may be due to the quarantine status in their respective areas. According to Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla, the Department…