Phl is 73rd of 126 countries in innovation




By Rose de la Cruz


The Philippines ranks 73rd out of 126 countries in the 2018 Global Innovation Index and it must continue investing in research and development, innovative initiatives to foster modern industry and agriculture.


This was the message of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia at the press briefing of the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Technology Engineering (PAASE). The event seeks to improve the innovation ratings of countries.


During a meeting, the Philippine government and the PAASE tackled challenges faced by the science and technology (S&T) sector and ways to build globally-linked manufacturing and R&D…

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DoJ urged to run after perpetrators in Negros massacre



By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Justice was asked to run after the perpetrators of the massacre in Negros last Saturday where 9 farmers, women and children were strafed with bullets by 5 to 6 men—which the local police said was the handiwork of the New People’s Army—while having dinner inside their tent in Hacienda Nene, Sagay, Negros Occidental.


Often called sacadas (peasants) by the landed sugarcane planters of yore—and even up to now—the victims, members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), were shot dead by armed men Saturday night after they…

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Filipina scientist beats 45 others in ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women



By Rose de la Cruz


For her work on satellite remote sensing for examining spatial distribution of vegetation, temperature, precipitation and soil moisture, Dr. Gay Jane Perez, a Filipina, bear 45 other women scientists in the 2018 ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women.


Her invention can assess drought impacts. Her research also includes assessment of how drought evolves through time, which can be the basis of drought advisory and corresponding mitigating measures.


The Department of Science and Technology nominates each year one of the country’s outstanding woman scientists to the prestigious award and this is the…

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More criteria for seeking public office pushed



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. is pushing for additional criteria or qualifications for a person to gun for public office to ensure that nuisance candidates and those ill-prepared for public service and the pervasive menace of drug addition can be eased out immediately.


"While we strive to serve well, contrast that to all of these people who are not fit to hold public office.  Completion of college degree, actual experience in running a working business, successful practice of a chosen profession and prior government work experience must be among the minimum qualifications," Belaro,…

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September BOP swings from surplus to deficit in one year



By Rose de la Cruz


From a surplus of $24 million surplus in September 2017, the country’s balance of payment swung to negative $2.7 billion in September 2018 owing to largest outflows resulting from the foreign exchange operations of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and payments made by the national government of its foreign debts.


These were partially offset, however, by the net foreign currency deposits of the NG. 

On a cumulative basis, the BOP registered a deficit of $5.14 billion during the period January-September 2018. The higher deficit may be attributed partly to…

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