Noreen Bautista: Young Social Enterprise Leader On A Mission

Noreen Bautista: Young Social Enterprise Leader On A Mission

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Noreen Marian Bautista is not just your typical social entrepreneur. This young woman in her 20’s has a long list of accomplishments under her belt, and she has no plan to stop.

While she was still in college, she co-founded EcoIngenuity Inc.

It is a social enterprise that aims to increase the competitiveness of Philippine indigenous materials.

EcoIngenuity also aims to support communities that…

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The Devil and Strange Bedfellows at Pastor “Boy” Saycon’s Birthday (July 8)!

The Devil and Strange Bedfellows at Pastor “Boy” Saycon’s Birthday (July 8)!

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By Linggoy Alcuaz

At the end of last week’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow column, I greeted Pastor “Boy” Saycon a “Happy Birthday!” The title of my Monday, July 7, column was “Quintessential Operator! Strange Bedfellows!” Boy is the Quintessential Operator. Strange Bedfellows are the people we meet at Boy’s parties as well as in Philippine Political History.

The Devil, I did not meet, but I…

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Budget Smartphones - Hit or Miss?

Budget Smartphones – Hit or Miss?

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By John Paolo J. Bencito

Smartphones nowadays no longer hold the face of being intimidating instruments or expensive toys teeming with superfluous features.

The advent of “budget smartphones” – compromised counterparts of high-end ones brings good news to the budget-conscious, tech-loving consumer as prices are coming down all the time.

Going back to compromise, is the hefty price tagreally…

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OUTBREAK: SCALE INSECT PEST THREATENS COCONUT INDUSTRY

OUTBREAK: SCALE INSECT PEST THREATENS COCONUT INDUSTRY

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The Philippines has about 3.5 million coconut farmers and 26% of the total agricultural land is devoted to coconut farming alone.

The industry also contributes an annual average of 5.97% to the country’s gross value added (GVA) and 1.14% to the gross domestic product (GNP).

The Philippine coconut industry is an export-oriented sector.

Coconut regions, though one of the most productive industry,…

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Loving Someone With Depression

Loving Someone With Depression

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By Andrea Lim

There is a common misconception about a depression: that you have to have a traumatic home life, a horrible experience or witness the death of a loved one to become depressed. But in fact, depression has no rhyme or reason – it just happens.

In an article written by Hope Racine originally posted on Literally, Darling, Hope clarifies that she has never been depressed, but says that…

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Pandacan Oil Depot Shutdown: Political Will Matters

Pandacan Oil Depot Shutdown: Political Will Matters

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By John Paolo J. Bencito

Many may criticize Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada for the tumultuous changes he has done in the capital city – phasing out buses to avoid traffic, contentious daytime truck bans, penalizing higher rates for traffic violators and much, much more.

But it is undeniable that he has the political will to execute his programs, and it may prove to be a much needed trait to…

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FALSE FRONT: WHY IS THE DOTC DEFENSIVE ABOUT THE LRT-1 PPP PROJECT?

FALSE FRONT: WHY IS THE DOTC DEFENSIVE ABOUT THE LRT-1 PPP PROJECT?

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By Erick A. Fabian

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is on the warpath against critics of the LRT-1 PPP project, and they are not helping in quelling public suspicion by being defensive.

The PPP in itself is already controversial, because it threatens to diminish public services into profiteering enterprises by big business oligarchs, who all have their men carefully…

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Foreign Investments to PH Still Smalltime

Foreign Investments to PH Still Smalltime

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EVEN as inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) rose four-fold in April on the back of higher capital inflows and reinvestment in the country, as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported Thursday, a private bank analyst said the amount is smalltime and not enough to compete with regional peers.
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank) research head Ildemarc Bautista said the growth…

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Malum Prohibitum

By Ronald Roy

Any breach of the law is an act classified either as malum in se (bad in itself) or malum prohibitum (bad because it is prohibited). Let us use this as a premise for a clearer understanding of the Supreme Court’s resolution declaring unconstitutional the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). I think that this is necessary for observers who are not lawyers, given the complexity of…

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He Who Controls Technology Rules

He Who Controls Technology Rules

By Erick San Juan

I was amazed to read at the Wall Street Journal (7/9/14) an article entitled “From Hidden Station, China Spies on the World” by James T. Areddy, Paul Mozur and Danny Yadron. It pictured how sophisticated the Chinese espionage and their high-tech weaponry capability that can compete with the western technology.

The report vividly described the China’s version of the US National…

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