Business confidence up at 35.2% in Q1 2019


By Rose de la Cruz


Businessmen are more confident in the first quarter of 2019, with the confidence index rising to 35.2 percent from 27.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 indicating that there are more optimists than pessimists in the period mentioned. The confidence index is computed as the percentage of firms that answered in the affirmative less the percentage of firms that answered in the negative with respect to their views on a given indicator. The survey sampled 1,496 firms from January 22 to March 19, 2019.

Respondents were more upbeat in their expectations…

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Pinay ex-broadcaster gets serendaded in Vegas by the Lettermen



By Boy Villasanta




“Yes, my dear friend, what a wonderful night,” exclaimed Faye Romero, a Filipina radio and television broadcaster in the Philippines when she was working as a marketer and announcer for Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.


Romero reacted to this writer’s social media post about her being serenaded by one of the members of the iconic singing group The Lettermen who performed at Southpoint Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas three nights ago.


“It was a night to remember with one of my favorite vocal trios, The Lettermen,” said Romero who worked as…

Read more: Pinay ex-broadcaster gets serendaded in Vegas by the Lettermen

1 kilo of plastic waste for a kilo of rice pushed



By Rose de la Cruz


Though some Filipino families are now into sorting and segregating their garbage, many more are just dumping all wastes into garbage bags for trucks to pick up. They all end up in the landfills for the scavengers to sort and earn from.


A novel way of encouraging segregation and disposing such plastics and non-hazardous but reusable metal wastes was proposed by Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon III, AANGAT Tayo partylist and deputy minority leader, by providing a 1 kilo commercial rice in exchange for 1 kilo of plastic wastes and 2 kilos…

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By Rose de la Cruz


Despite offering a graduated bill waiver to its customers affected by water interruption this March as a good step at restitution, the Manila Water Company and Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System are not yet ‘out of the woods” and have much explaining to do.


This according to Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Bagong Henerasyon partylist and assistant majority leader, as she said that Manila Water and the MWSS are not yet "out of the woods" because water service restoration is not yet at 100 percent or even 99 percent.


Also, they have yet to account for the charges collected for the Cardona water treatment facility on the banks of Laguna de Bay, she added.


In addition, the Cardona water plant is not yet at 100 percent capacity or close to that.


MWSS and Manila Water have yet to fulfill promises made during the hearing of the House Committee on Metro-Manila Development.

Read more: MWSS, Manila Water not yet ‘out of the woods’

Comelec told not to make it hard for senior citizens this May polls



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Francisco G. Datol, Jr. of the Senior Citizen partylist, asked the Commission on Election and its citizens arm not to make it tough for the elderly to find their precincts this May election, which could disenfranchise them.


Reacting to Comelec Resolution 10486 Datol said this measure is “matino; sana maipatupad din ito nang matino sa araw ng botohan.”


Systematic disenfranchisement of senior citizens on election day May 13 could be among the desperate measures some politicians and their cohorts could resort to, he warned.


Datol said "the elderly are…

Read more: Comelec told not to make it hard for senior citizens this May polls

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