NEDA urges robust policies to bolster manufacturing growth




A stronger push for policies and programs that improve food production and public spending and that capacitate micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is needed to strengthen manufacturing growth, the National Economic and Development Authority said.


In its Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the performance of manufacturing production continued to decline in May 2019.


Year-on-year growth of the Volume of Production Index (VoPI) decreased by 4.0 percent while the Value of Production Index (VaPI) contracted by 2.1 percent.  Still, this is a slight improvement from the…

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SM’s growth is for inclusiveness and sustainability



By Rose de la Cruz


A wrong perception about SM’s steady growth in the market is that it kills micro small and medium enterprises. But SM’s vision is exactly the opposite—to include as many MSMEs and create more opportunities for all sectors, particularly those in the remote areas-- even in places where it has yet to operate.


Inclusivity for all is not just a marching order for the SM Group of Companies, but a work in progress alongside its goal of sustainable operations.


As Engr. Ramon Gil Macapagal, corporate affairs head and trustee of SM Foundation Inc., said…

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SM gave scholar-graduates a chance to reach their dreams



By Rose de la Cruz


Now that they have completed their 4 or 5- year degree courses, the 270 scholar-graduates of SM Foundation Inc. feel deeply grateful that the scholarship opened their minds to reach for their lofty (but reachable) dreams for themselves and their families.


At the sidelines of the 23rd presentation of scholar-graduates of SM Foundation Inc. held at SMX last Wednesday afternoon, the graduates said they feel inspired that the late SM founder Tatang Henry Sy Sr. always had the best interest of those with the least in life in his heart. This…

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18th Congress to probe power, water utilities providers



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy vowed to scrutinize the operations of power and water utilities companies for their poor delivery of service to the detriment of public interest.


Congress will clean up the water mess if the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and the water concessionaires cannot.


Making Metro Manila residents suffer through a second round of water service cut-offs merits tougher rebuke and deeper probe by Congress, said Herrera-Dy who is also the secretary-general of the Party-list Coalition.


"We have given MWSS and the electricity sector enough time to solve…

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‘Eddie Garcia’ bill for the protection of actors



By Rose de la Cruz


The death of legendary actor/director Eddie Garcia from an accident during a shooting exposed the occupational risks that showbusiness people constantly face, hence the need to pass a law to ensure their safety always.


The “Eddie Garcia” law was filed by the late actor/director’s stepson, Rep. Mikee Romero, 1-PACMAN partylist as he appealed to his fellow legislators to support him in his quest to create a law to put a bigger meaning to Tito Eddie Garcia's death," Romero said in a Facebook post.


"I expect more than 100 of my fellow…

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