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LISTED companies report in their public ownership reports (POR) the “number of issued and outstanding common shares,” together with the “number of treasury shares,” if any. By deducting the latter from the former, they arrive at the “number of outstanding common shares.” Shouldn’t these companies that listed either all or…

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In my stint as CFO of our energy and infrastructure division, I observed that the true key to completing a project on time and within the budget is our ability to anticipate and overcome execution risks. Risks in rapid expansion; nationwide, in various power technologies, road and rail projects may…

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Companies are often challenged on how to live by its Code of Ethics. One response to this challenge is an integrated approach in applying the Code of Ethics by considering its purpose on both the corporate and personal levels. Individuals discover and become more aware that the corporate purpose is…

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First of two parts In my two-part series on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), I stated a number of times the importance of adopting technologies to make agriculture adaptive and resilient to drastic weather changes. In fact, there are a lot of technological solutions available for the agricultural sector to not…

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IN a rare show of unity, sugar producers and labor groups have ganged up on Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol after he asked that Sugar Order (SO) 3, which imposes an import cap and stiff tariffs on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), be deferred pending consultations with the beverage industry, the…

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Seat sales for passengers have been popping up left and right over the past few days. I understand why most people would opt to wait for such seat sales before buying tickets. Who can resist grabbing an almost 70 percent or even 90 percent discount just days before the start…

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THE rules implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) require listed companies to disclose their takeover of another company that may or may not be listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). Such disclosure is necessary to inform the public of the company’s latest acquisitions. The problem, though, lies…

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In the same way the flight attendant instructs passengers to “put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others” in case of an emergency on board a plane, so should top management take the lead and be good role models of fitness, wellness and health. In a study conducted…

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No doubt there was a time when it was possible to go into the Petroleum Club in Houston and find some good old boy whom you had known for many years, talk to him for a while about some oil-related business idea that you had in mind and convince the…

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I am almost positive I was not the only one who reacted to the latest news from the Department of Energy with the incredulous question, “You want to build a what, where?” The ‘what’ is a small modular reactor (SMR), a nuclear generating facility that has a capacity of about…

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