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For any business, it’s much easier to connect to consumers or to get people to buy a product if they have a positive experience using it. One might be inclined that “user experience” is firmly tacked onto websites or smartphone apps. This is only partially true. Companies that create an…

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IT is not fair to the public investors to be credited by listed companies, through general information sheets (GIS), with so much holdings that do not belong to them. It is true that the majority stockholders who, in most cases, are also the families who own the businesses, are Filipinos.…

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I was intently listening to Dr. Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, the chairman of Philippine Development Foundation, when I was taken aback by his statement about the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. According to Dr. Banatao, most of the estimated 1.3 million Filipinos working in the BPO industry will be displaced…

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IF economists, psychologists and social scientists insist that money can’t buy happiness, then why do lawyers, government bureaucrats, and politicians claim otherwise? That’s because it’s more comfortable for the latter to cry inside their mansions and luxury vehicles than in jail. Or is it? When I was a child, I…

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela once wrote, “The Olympics has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” But more than just “to unite,” countries that have ever bid or hosted the Olympics understand that sporting events…

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GENERAL information sheets (GIS) are among the required filings that are submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and posted on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). They serve as an investors’ guide to buying and selling listed stocks. In going over the PSE’s website, the investing…

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Just in case you thought gender diversity is no longer a hot-button issue, the controversy at Google is a good reminder otherwise. A couple of weekends ago, an engineer at the tech giant penned a memo criticizing the company’s efforts to increase the number of minorities and women in its…

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It’s been a couple of weeks now since I started trying to decide whether to buy wireless earphones. I’ve been thinking of buying a set since my phone doesn’t have a plug for the wired ones. So I went to the mall and found out that the branded ones cost…

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(Last of two parts) The Philippine population of 15 years old and over was recorded at 68.311 million based on the Labor Force Survey conducted in October 2016. Of these, 43.361 million or more than 60 percent were in the labor force. There were of those in the labor force…

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As the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) celebrated its 30th anniversary last Tuesday, I cannot help but overemphasize the importance of agriculture and fisheries research and development (R&D) in securing the country’s food needs, alleviating poverty in the countryside, and dealing with the effects of climate change. My…

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