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Banking sector response to COVID-19

    IMMEDIATELY following the announcement of a Luzon-wide lockdown, the banking sector saw a flurry of cash withdrawals. BPI President and CEO Bong Consing described the situation in consecutive interviews with ANC’s Michelle Krystle Ong and Cathy Yang, thus: “These are very unique times. Cash in circulation is coming down because a lot of […]

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Better safe than sorry

  THE mandatory use of face masks to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 has been the subject of different opinions even among medical experts. Until recently, the official position of the DoH, if I read the pronouncements correctly, has been to limit the use of face masks only to those who feel the […]

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Private sector response to COVID-19

    IT is heartwarming to read about the response of the private sector in helping alleviate the impact of widespread disruption caused by COVID-19. A restaurant owner opened her establishment to more than a dozen homeless persons, providing them hot meals and sleeping and shower facilities. A group of concerned ladies offered to ferry […]

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Muntinlupa City’s response to coronavirus – a timeline

    IN the scheme of things, local government units are the first responders in case of any crisis or emergency. Any LGU’s response will depend on its state of readiness, its resources, and its leadership. Using the following timeline, let me describe how Muntinlupa City has responded to the invisible enemy that is COVID-19. […]

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The deaf don’t have to be mute

  LAST Wednesday, my daughter Frannie and I watched a stage musical adaptation of “The Lion King” at the Carlos P. Romulo auditorium at the RCBC Plaza. The musical ran for more than three hours but we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. What truly amazed us was that all the student participants – coming […]

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Muntinlupa’s road to cityhood

  YESTERDAY (March 1, 2020) Muntinlupa marked its 25th anniversary as a highly urbanised city. When I assumed office as OIC Mayor in June 1986, Muntinlupa was still classified as a fifth class municipality. It was earning ap­proximately P28 million per year which was hardly sufficient to pay for the salaries of municipal em­ployees. Thus, […]

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