PHL remains compliant with maritime industry standards

PHL remains compliant with maritime industry standards.....»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineAug 24th, 2019

‘Some Bulacan fireworks makers not compliant with DTI standards’

Several fireworks manufacturers in Bulacan have been found not compliant with the standards set by the Department of Trade and Industry......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2019

Pilipinas, nananatili sa White List ng International Maritime Organization

  TROY GOMEZ NAPANATILI ng Pilipinas ang pagkakabilang nito sa White List ng International Maritime Organization (IMO). Ang pagkakapanatili ng bansa sa “White List” ng IMO ay nangangahulugan na maganda pa rin ang status ng Pilipinas sa maritime industry at naabot ng bansa ang global seafaring standards. Ayon sa International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety […] The post Pilipinas, nananatili sa White List ng International Maritime Organization appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

Philippines remains compliant with seafarers standards

The Philippines has remained in the global list of countries compliant with International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2019

PH seafarers need lifeline or sink amid global rivals - Inquirer Globalnation

PH seafarers need lifeline or sink amid global rivals The Philippines remains among the world's top sources of seafarers, but its maritime industry is at an alarming ebb......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

The challenges of the maritime industry

I have previously written about the challenges of OFWs and seafarers during this pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

Palace: Regardless of what outsourcing industry group says, POGOs are BPOs

The government has exempted BPO firms from quarantine restrictions but they are required to observe social distancing and health standards......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

MARINA COVID-19 guidelines to protect seamen

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has ordered the reporting to port authorities of all Filipino seafarers exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) within 24 hours and their isolation onboard. The order is among the precautionary measures set by MARINA to protect Filipino seafarers, Philippine-flagged ships, and the agency’s workforce from COVID-19. The measures are […] The post MARINA COVID-19 guidelines to protect seamen appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020

MARINA re-accredits NMP courses

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the sole government maritime training and research center in the country, was re-accredited by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsMar 12th, 2020

Factory output remains weak in January- PSA

Factory output remained weak in January as 11 major industry groups reported a decline in production, the Philippine Statistics Authority said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2020


The Office of the Solicitor General’s filing of a quo warranto case against ABS-CBN on alleged violations of its franchise appears to be an effort to shut down ABS-CBN to the serious prejudice of millions of Filipinos who rely on the network for news, entertainment and public service.   These allegations cited by the Office of the Solicitor General in his press statement are without merit. ABS-CBN complies with all pertinent laws governing its franchise and has secured all necessary government and regulatory approvals for its business operations.   (1)   All our broadcast offerings, including KBO, have received the necessary government and regulatory approvals and are not prohibited by our franchise.    (2)   ABS-CBN Holdings’ Philippine Deposit Receipts or PDRs were evaluated and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Philippine Stock Exchange prior to its public offering. These are the same instruments used by other broadcast companies to raise capital for the improvement of services.   (3)   The ownership of ABS-CBN in ABS-CBN Convergence was undertaken under the same law and structures that have been utilized by other telecommunications companies. These are transfers that are approved under the Public Telecommunications Policy Act and are fully compliant with law.    We reiterate that everything we do is in accordance with the law. We did not violate the law. This case appears to be an attempt to deprive Filipinos of the services of ABS-CBN.   KBO remains one of the cheapest forms of entertainment that we can provide to the public. The capital we have raised from the PDRs has enabled us to provide services to nearly 90 percent of the Philippines and to our OFW’s all over the world. Our work with ABS-CBN Convergence supports the government policy of finding ways to bring down the cost of internet access.   The Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Executive Branch have assured the public that our franchise will be allowed to go through the proper renewal process in a fair manner. To that end, the filing of the quo warranto case is ill-timed given that Congress has already resumed its session.   We remain committed to our mission to serve the Filipino people especially at this time when millions of Filipinos rely on our services in delivering information such as the 2019 NCoV ARD, the developments in the Middle East, and updates on Taal Volcano situation as they relate to our countrymen.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

DTI suspends steelmakers’ licenses for failure to comply with standards

The Department of Trade and Industry has suspended the licenses of global steelmakers for the failure to comply with product standards......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2020

MARINA execs face graft complaint

Three ranking officials of the Maritime Industry Authority were sued before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly giving unwarranted benefits to a vessel classification group......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

Philippines still open to free trade talks with US

The Philippines remains open negotiations for a free trade agreement with the US despite issues regarding the Duterte administration’s plan of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement the chief of the Department of Trade and Industry said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

SGI Philippines hikes capital to P1.33 billion

The management of non-life insurer SGI Philippines General Insurance Co. Inc. recently infused P620 million in additional capital into the company, making it compliant with the industry requirements ahead of schedule......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 26th, 2020

NMP addresses industry needs through relevant researches

Pursuing its second mandate as a research institution of the government on maritime matters, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) undertakes researches and studies that generate data and information integral in a dynamic maritime industry......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 82 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the UAAP 82 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And we can’t wait for the second round to get started just so we could get even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: CARL TAMAYO and KEVIN QUIAMBAO – Nazareth School of National University TAMAYO’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.7 points, 52.3 percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists QUIAMBAO’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.7 points, 51.4 percent shooting, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.7 assists 7-foot-2, 17-year-old Kai Sotto was, hands down, the top individual talent last year in UAAP Jrs. – but even he was no match for National U’s twin towers who stood as the pillars in their dominant championship. A year later, Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao have only been better all while the Bullpups have breezed to a clean sweep of Round 1. The 6-foot-7 Tamayo is yet to explode, but is still posting per game counts that any team would want their big man to have. The 6-foot-8 Quiambao, on the other hand, has had for himself a couple of powerful performances and finds himself in the league’s top five in rebounds and blocks. Either of them would have no problem whatsoever making this list on their own, but together, National U’s twin towers, well, tower over all the competition. LEBRON LOPEZ and JOSH LAZARO – Ateneo de Manila University LOPEZ’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 1.1 steals LAZARO’S ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 13.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 steals What National U has in imposing big men, Ateneo has in versatile forwards. Lebron Lopez and Josh Lazaro are long-limbed, athletic, and agile and it is when they share the floor together that the Blue Eagles do the most damage. Lopez, standing at 6-foot-5, has the higher ceiling between the two and is now already in the league’s top five in blocks and rebounds, but he remains in the process of putting it all together after having a tough time seeing the court when he was still in La Salle Green Hills. The 6-foot-4 Lazaro, meanwhile, has always been solid even when he was reppin’ San Beda and has only translated that, as well as a more well-rounded game, now in blue and white. Katipunan may have lost Sotto, but its future remains secure with these talented transferees who have done nothing but make an immediate impact. GERRY ABADIANO – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals Other guards have the highlights and the numbers, but in terms of being a court general, Gerry Abadiano is still the standard. National U has the most loaded team in all of high school, but its engine remains in good condition with much thanks to the leadership of Abadiano. The Bullpups’ boat just could not be rocked with the 5-foot-11 guard’s hands at the wheel as everybody from Carl Tamayo to Echo Laure and from Terrence Fortea to Steve Nash Enriquez heeds the call of their captain. And when the blue and gold needs a shot all of a sudden? All of us could count on Abadiano to hit his patented midrange jumper. Now that’s a leader. FORTHSKY PADRIGAO – Ateneo de Manila University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.4 points, 19 total threes, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 3.9 assists No doubt about it, Ateneo is now Forthsky Padrigao’s show to run for the foreseeable future. With his running mate in Sotto having taken his talents to the US, Padrigao has been thrust into the spotlight by his lonesome – and he has done nothing but shine. The playmaking is still there as the 5-foot-11 guard is tops in the league in assists, but he has now also unleashed his scoring skills to the tune of 19.4 points per game – second-best among all players. The shooting percentages have a long ways to go, but it’s just a matter of time before Padrigao truly makes himself into Katipunan’s next great point guard. PENNY ESTACIO – Far Eastern University-Diliman ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.1 points, 16 total threes, 6.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.7 steals There’s a reason FEU-Diliman went all-out in securing the services of Penny Estacio – and he has wasted no time repaying their full faith. A year after showing promise at the point of the attack for San Beda, Estacio has now blossomed into a primetime playmaker for the Baby Tamaraws. The 5-foot-11 guard could make plays for his teammates, of course, but as of right now, his capabilities and confidence are all about making plays for himself all the way to the top five in scoring. And make no mistake, Estacio is no points guard – he also uses his long limbs to good use by harassing opposing guards into turnovers he quickly converts into scoring opportunities for the green and gold. TERRENCE FORTEA – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.6 points, 19 total threes, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists To be honest, Terrence Fortea has not had a good season – for his high standards, at the very least. The shooting percentages have not been kind to Fortea thus far as he is yet to hit the mark, especially from beyond the arc. Still, the 5-foot-10 scoring guard remains a frightening sight for opponents with the ball in his hands and with his uber-quick release always threatening. Terrence gonna Terrence and shooters gonna shoot – and all of the league is not at all looking forward to the game where the shots finally fall and fall and fall for Fortea. JOHN EROLON – Adamson High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.6 points, 25 total threes, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals There’s a new marksman in town – and he is wearing the colors of Adamson. John Erolon, the Baby Falcons’ prized recruit from Dumaguete’s St. Louis of Don Bosco, has only proven that his shooting touch in the 2019 National Basketball Training Centre was no mirage as he has scorched the UAAP Jrs. nets for the second-most total threes after the first round. The other facets of his game have much room for improvement, of course, but there is no doubt that the rookie already has an elite skill on lock. KEAN BACLAAN – De La Salle Zobel ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals DLSZ has not had its day under the sun since the days of Aljun Melecio, but with the entry of talented transferee Kean Baclaan, it hoped its time would come again. Thus far, Baclaan has held up his end of the bargain with his super scoring already making its way to the UAAP Jrs. all while doing a little bit of everything else. Now, all that’s left for the 5-foot-8 playmaker to do is to energize the rest of his teammates so that the Jr. Archers could finally put an end to their three-year playoff drought. SEAN TORCULAS – University of the Philippines Integrated School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 10.6 points, 17.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 2.4 blocks Yes, UPIS remains winless. Yes, head coach Paolo Mendoza’s eight-man rotation plays somewhere between 15 to 34 minutes per game. Yes, statistics never tell the true story. Still, being first in rebounds, first in blocks, second in assists, and third in steals in a league filled to the brim with talent is nothing to brush aside – especially if you are an undersized forward. That’s exactly what Sean Torculas has done after Round 1, though, and it is, without a doubt, all because his motor never stops working. That’s exactly what a rebuilding team wants and needs from its building block. JACOB CORTEZ – University of Sto. Tomas ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals UST has its own talented transferee who has, thus far, flown under the radar, in Jacob Cortez. Nonetheless, the son of ex-pro Mike Cortez has begun to open eyes as he has the ability to score from all over the floor. With “Cool Cat” genes in him, the 5-foot-9 has only made sure that the Tiger Cubs remain a threat in the post-Mark Nonoy era. HONORABLE MENTIONS Jorick Bautista – Far Eastern University-Diliman John Dalisay – De La Salle Zobel --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2019

Brady could be playing final regular-season game as Patriot

By Glen Farley, Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The circumstances are different. The approach, Tom Brady says, remains the same. With his contract due to expire in the upcoming offseason, Sunday’s contest with the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium could be the 42-year-old quarterback’s last regular-season game with the New England Patriots. Free agency awaits. Retirement is a possibility. While a return for a 21st season with the team that selected him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft is also in the equation, it isn’t guaranteed. But even with all that uncertainty looming, Brady says his approach to what will be his 285th regular-season game with the Patriots remains unchanged. “I would say (it’s) no different than I’ve approached it for the last 20 years,” Brady said Friday. “Try to do the best I can do and help our team win, be a great player and have a winning attitude, try to bring it to the field.” As the quarterback of an offense that’s struggled for much of the season — the Patriots are ranked a middling 16th overall — Brady’s numbers might not be up to his lofty standards. His 88.0 quarterback rating is below his career number of 97.0 and ranks 20th in the league. But he’s still managed to throw for 3,836 yards (ninth in the league) and boasts a touchdown-to-interception ratio that’s better than 3-to-1 (22 TDs; seven interceptions). And even at his advanced age, Brady says he still feels like the kid from San Mateo, California, who used to throw the ball around outside the stadium in San Francisco. “I go out there and I’m throwing the ball around to these receivers and you think when I was a kid I would be in the parking lot at Candlestick throwing the football with my friends,” said Brady. “Now I’m throwing to the best athletes in the world and I’m getting paid for it.” His team is 12-3 and clinched its 17th AFC East title of his career with its 24-17 win over Buffalo last Saturday, with the conference’s second seed and the first-round postseason bye that goes with it to be gained with a win on Sunday. Brady insists the stakes will be high when the Patriots play host to the 4-11 Dolphins. “I think the thing about the football season is it’s 16 individual games, but in the end it’s a long span of practice/play, practice/play, practice/play,” said Brady. “I’ve said before, it’s like a marathon and you have these individual sprints within the marathon, and it’s really about the competitiveness that you bring on a weekly basis. “Everyone has the competitiveness through the first four games, the first eight games. And probably toward the end of the year you probably get a little second wind because things are kind of a bit more clear as you go through the season. It’s good to be at this point. Everyone’s worked really hard, but the point for all of us is to go out there and win and do the best we can possibly do.'' Whether this is his final regular-season outing as a Patriot — or as an NFL player altogether. “So I’m excited for this team to take the field on Sunday," Brady said. ``We’ve got a lot to play for. It’s a huge game for us and really to get to 13-3 is a great accomplishment that’s very hard to do. So we’ve got a lot at stake and we’ve got to go play like it.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2019

DOTr, Marina Launch Cavite – Manila Ferry Services; Rides Free for One Month

Residents of Cavite may now reach Metro Manila faster by water travel, as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and with the help of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally launched the Cavite – Manila Ferry Service today, 8 December 2019. At the inaugural […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

Banks’ exposure to MSMEs below 10%

TOTAL exposure of the banking industry to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) remains below 10 percent, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which has adopted a three-pronged approach to further promote MSME financing. In his speech at the 17th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards at the central bank’s headquarters in Manila on Tuesday, BSP […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Philippines retail sector remains robust – SM

The country’s retail industry remains vigorous and upbeat despite the growth of online shopping, the SM Group said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019