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{mosimage} LAOAG CITY – With no respite from skyrocketing prices of liquefied petroleum gas, local folk from Brgy. San Francisco in the nearby municipality of Dingras reportedly increased their purchase of charcoal. But while dependence on charcoal slashes the expenses of Ilocanos, it could prove to be too costly for their public forests, an environment [...]

Posted on January 27, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

Authorities need to intensify monitoring, make more apprehensions, impose bigger fines

Posted on January 27, 2009   |   CATEGORY: Health, In-Depth, Sectors

SINGAPORE –As they reform their judiciaries, various countries in Asia and the Pacific—from Cambodia to Singapore to Nepal —are finding common lessons, the most important of which centers on leadership. In a meeting last week of justices, judges and judicial officers from 22 countries, delegates spoke of leadership as a significant factor for reforms to [...]

Posted on January 26, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth, Institutions, The Judiciary

{mosimage}The new US President, who has promised to keep the White House tobacco-free, should pick up a thing or two from mayors who did it for Makati and Davao city halls

Posted on January 22, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

The Philippines missed the September deadline set by an international tobacco control convention it had signed. On June 10, 2008, at the House of Representatives, the health committee’s technical working group (TWG) was set to meet on House Bill 3364. Congressmen flocked to Room 14 of the Ramon V. Mitra Building, where the meeting was [...]

Posted on January 17, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

The fights of Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and the spikes in the prices of rice and oil were the most-followed news events of 2008, the survey review of the Social Weather Stations showed.

Posted on January 13, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

{mosimage} Initially known as the Construction Development Corporation of the Philippines (CDCP), the Philippine National Construction Company (PNCC) was one of the many private companies which were favored by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Posted on January 12, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

{mosimage} What’s in store for education in 2009? Long time observers of the sector will tell you that it will probably be more of the same old problems. Notwithstanding recent improvements in nationwide examination results, progress in improving the overall quality of instruction in the education system will remain slow, certainly not fast enough to [...]

Posted on January 7, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

{mosimage} The proposal to adopt English as medium of instruction from Grade III to other higher levels may be gaining supporters from the congressmen but its enactment really depends on whether the Senate can act on it before the election season.

Posted on January 7, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

{mosimage} The ride was rocky and uphill.  In another place and time, the roar of motorcycle engines, used to ferry visitors and select members of the Mindanao press for 24 hours non-stop, would have easily given away that something big is going on in the mountains just a handful of kilometers from the national highway [...]

Posted on December 29, 2008   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

{mosimage} Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of our year beginners. The victory of Barack Obama in the 2008 US presidential polls ushered in fresh hopes for a greener world.

Posted on December 23, 2008   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth
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