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Asia-Pacific nations should grow responsibly, says ADB

Asia-Pacific nations, including the Philippines, can no longer pursue growth at any cost without embracing better governance to build economies that are socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Independent Evaluation Department.

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Yuchengco Foundation opens Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Awards

By Riza Lozada Service to the community will be highlighted through The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Awards (BTCA), which returns for its 28th year. Coming from their successful run last year, the BTCA is once again in search for selfless leaders who have given back to the community through their own social causes that benefit the marginalized members of society.

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Despite summer heat, Meralco cuts rate

Listed Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said electricity bills for May will be reduced by 70 centavos per kilowatt hour (kWh) or P140 for an average household with a consumption of 200 kilowatt hours (kWh).

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EastWest reports 32% profit jump for first quarter

EastWest Banking Corp. reported a 32-percent jump in net income in the first quarter to P600 million from P456 million a year ago, driven by strong growth in recurring revenue base. The bank’s total assets increased by 20 percent to P184.7 billion from P153.8 billion in the same period last year.

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Globe’s UAE partnership to cut OFWs’ call costs

Globe Telecom recently launched a co-branded service with du, the Middle East’s fastest growing telecommunications company that’s based in the United Arab Emirates(UAE). With approximately 7.3 million mobile subscribers, the Kabayan offer of du allows their prepaid mobile subscribers to call Globe and TM for 20 percent less than the cost of calls to other networks in the Philippines.

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Onerous tax turns away gold sellers

By Jerry Maglunog Gold holdings are important as it is one of the components of gross international reserves (GIR), the money spent by a country’s central bank to sustain importation expenses and pay maturing debts.

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PPP designed for wealthy conglomerates only, data show

By Jerry Maglunog There are plenty of big-ticket projects in the Philippines that cost billions of pesos, and only the giant conglomerates can complete them. These projects are those classified as public-private partnerships (PPP), the battlecry of the Aquino administration seemed to decrease severe lack in public infrastructure ranging from expressways, ports, roads, bridges and airports.

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Questions raised on plan to bid out the Met

Exclusive By Riza Lozada The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) set a minimum bid price of P267.15 million for the 7,633.1-square-meter Metropolitan Theater (the Met), a price which barely matched what the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) said was needed just for the rehabilitation of the heritage structure.

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ICTSI opens one-stop shop in Subic

International Container Terminal Services Inc.’s (ICTSI) Subic Bay Freeport unit, Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), recently opened a one-stop shop (OSS) to fast-track documentary transactions in Subic Bay’s container terminals. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras led the launch of the OSS, together with SBMA Chairman and Administrator …

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Neda cites urgent need for agri infra infusions

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) stressed the need for better land governance and increased infrastructure investments in agriculture and rural areas, as these remain critical for productivity, job generation, and poverty reduction in many parts of the Philippines.

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