Opinion

Net metering program should be greatly expanded

Solar energy is gaining ground as a viable renewable energy source1 in the Philippines. THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO EARLIER this month, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) recognized the Commission on Audit (CoA) for its participation in the Net Metering Program, a program through which electricity consumers with their own …

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Look soberly at higher-than-expected growth

THE latest gross domestic product (GDP) report is something to feel good about because it was robust, and it exceeded the government's forecast, which tends to be rosier compared to other predictions. But the celebrations should be tempered. GDP does not capture the entire economic picture of the country, and …

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GPT-3 and its discontents

Screens displaying the logos of OpenAI and ChatGPT are pictured in the city of Toulouse, southwestern France on Jan. 23, 2023. AFP PHOTO OPENAI's GPT-3 large language model (LLM) is the latest technological wonder that has filled people with equal parts anxiety and hope. Teachers are worried that students will …

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Misdirected protest on energy planning

Former President Rodrigo Duterte. CONTRIBUTED FILE PHOTO A COALITION of environmental and community groups has petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down Executive Order (EO) 30, issued by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017, arguing that it is unconstitutional and will lead to the expansion of coal and other fossil fuel …

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Myanmar’s saga of misery continues

DAYS OF DISQUIET A protester waves the National League for Democracy flag while others take part in a demonstration against the military coup in the city of Yangon, central Myanmar on Feb. 22, 2021. AFP FILE PHOTO ON Feb. 1, 2021, the military in Myanmar seized power from the government …

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Increase in digital lending use a warning sign

People are seen using their mobile phones on Claro M. Recto Avenue in Divisoria, Manila on Dec. 27, 2022. PHOTO BY MIKE ALQUINTO ACCORDING to a report released last week by a consumer credit agency, the use of digital lending apps by Filipinos increased significantly in 2022. This is certainly …

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Reading as antidote to ‘learning poverty’

‘Manila Times’ Chairman and CEO Dante ‘Klink’ Ang 2nd interviews Jose Maria ‘Toots’ Policarpio, chairman of the Philippine Educational Publishers’ Association, on SMNI’s ‘Business and Politics’ program in Makati City on Jan. 12, 2023. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA THE World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and other multilateral …

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Rappler’s court victory sheds light on the truth

THE recent legal victory of the Rappler media website is also a win for Philippine democracy and its institutions. Maria Ressa, co-founder and chief executive officer of Rappler, shot to global fame for portraying former president Rodrigo Duterte as a dictator and for saying that Philippine democracy, like many others …

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Fine-tuning a new mentality

A photograph shows a sign of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the Congress centre on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos on January 16, 2023. The world’s political and business elites gather for the annual Davos summit to promote “cooperation in a …

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Revisiting the K to 12 program

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte. Photos by John Orven Verdote VICE President Sara Duterte, who is also concurrent secretary of education, will unveil her Special Report on Education at the end of January. One of the things she will discuss is the K to 12 program. Until recently, …

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