Measures to keep inflation at bay



By Rose de la Cruz


Concerned with the continued upward movement of food prices—which would accelerate further with the coming Christmas season—the economic team has proposed several measures to keep inflation (which in October was at 6.7 percent) at bay.


In a statement, the economic team said it is mindful that much attention must be given to food, which remains to be the major contributor to inflation even as its price decelerates. To hasten the decline in consumer prices, the government must continue enforcing mitigating measures, particularly interventions in the food supply, one of which is…

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Imee calls for changing outdated laws on entertainment sector


By Rose de la Cruz


Senatorial aspirant (current Ilocos Norte) Gov. Imee Marcos is calling for the upgrading of the “outdated, conflicting and inadequate legislation” governing the entertainment industry to professionalize the sector.


Apparently, she wants the showbiz people to embrace her candidacy for the Senatorial run-up in 2019 as showbiz celebrities attract huge following from the fans.


Marcos said there is an urgent need to restructure the guidelines, parameters and philosophy embracing the country’s creative profession into one overarching framework as part of nation building.


The charter she envisions will encompass not only the traditional radio, film and…

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Why limit to 3 telcos when the country could have four?



By Rose de la Cruz


The government’s search for a third telco provider in the country was lauded by many people—who have grown weary with Smart and Globe’s deteriorating services—although Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon III of AANGAT Tayo partylist, is asking why limit to three when we could have four telcos?


The Philippines, he said, is big enough for two to four new telcos and still be able to operate profitably, Abayon, deputy minority leader of the house said.


"All this talk about having just a third telco, in my view, limits our country's growth potentials and consumer…

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Kaspersky Lab inks MOU with DICT on cybersecurity



By Rose de la Cruz


Global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Information and Communications Technology to strengthen their existing mutual commitment to addressing information security challenges among local public sector agencies in support of the national cybersecurity framework of the Philippines.


Signatories were DICT Assistant Secretary Allan Cabanlong; DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr.; Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director of Kaspersky Labs Asia Pacific and Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager, Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.


The agreement, which coincided with the first Philippine International Cybersecurity Conference in…

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By Rose de la Cruz


A more accurate way to determine drug abuse is hair sample testing, instead of urine, which can be manipulated.


This was the suggestion of Rep. Michael Romero of 1PACMAN partylist who voice his all-out support to President Duterte’s Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) as spelled out in Executive Order 66.


1-PACMAN will formalize this support in its next board meeting and will volunteer to support the Dangerous Drugs Board in carry out the PADS, especially in workplaces, schools, and barangays nationwide,” Romero said


He also took the opportunity to “renew our push for hair sample testing as the method more effective than urine sample testing for the detection of use of illegal drugs.”


Romero also asserted that hair sample testing for drugs will reveal long-term, habitual illegal drugs use. That is its compelling value and advantage versus urine sample testing.


“It would be the honor and duty of 1-PACMAN, as a growing force in civil society, to participate in the effective execution of the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy,” Romero said.

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