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Groups seek P29-billion refund for Meralco consumers

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Congress should investigate how the power distributor 'overcharged' customers from 2013 to 2018, say Bayan Muna and the Matuwid na Singil sa Kuryente Consumers Alliance

BLOATED RATES? Groups have questioned Meralco's computation of consumers' monthly electricity bills. This photo taken on January 24, 2019, shows protesters rallying against the use of coal to produce energy. File photo by Gerard Carreon

13.1 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, says SWS survey

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The end of 2019 result of the SWS survey for self-rated poor families is the highest in 5 years

PANTAWID PROGRAM. The DSWD Listahanan is used for its 4Ps program to provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Tracking your heart rate? 5 questions answered about what that number really means

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Make your fitness routine more efficient by understanding your heart rate

APPLE WATCH. Apple's smartwatch is one of the many devices today that can monitor heart rate. Screenshot from Apple.


China inflation flattens as surge in pork prices slows

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:10 PM

China's inflation is steady at 4.5% in December 2019, but pork prices remain high due to the African swine fever outbreak

SURGING INFLATION. A customer shops for pork at a market in Beijing on October 15, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Inflation jumps to 2.5% in December, overall 2019 figure within target

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) Transportation expenses go up, but low rice prices keep inflation within target in December 2019

[ANALYSIS] 2020s: Can we sustain the stellar growth of the 2010s?

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:14 AM

There’s a lot to be thankful for in the 2010s when more Filipinos became more prosperous and healthy, so much so that the 2010s might be considered our economy’s true 'golden age.'

Pulse Asia: Duterte's approval, trust ratings surge in December 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and approval ratings soar most especially in Balance Luzon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Thanksgiving Party for the beneficiaries of the killed-in-action (KIA) soldiers and killed-in-police operation (KIPO) personnel under the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program at the Malacañan Palace on December 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Making sense of the surprisingly good jobs, poverty stats

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.

Unemployment, underemployment dip to 14-year low in October 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Unemployment in October 2019 falls to 4.5% or some 2.05 million people, the lowest since 2005

Inflation inches up to 1.3% in November 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation jumps in November, as expected by analysts

Salary increase in Philippines seen to outpace inflation in 2020

Dec 03, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Employees in the consumer goods, energy, and tech sectors are seen to get the highest salary increases in 2020

Meralco power rates going up in November 2019

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:55 PM

A typical household will shell out P94 more for November


Filipinos shift to chicken and beef as African swine fever spreads

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:20 PM

African swine fever does not harm humans, yet it appears consumers are avoiding pork. The shift to chicken and beef has pushed up prices.

Inflation further slows to 0.8% in October 2019

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation in the Philippines is at its slowest pace in over 3 years

SEC wants interest rate cap for payday loans

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission asks the central bank to set an interest rate ceiling to combat predatory lending


S&P downgrades Boeing credit rating outlook to negative

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

S&P Global Ratings kept the debt grade stable at 'A' but cut the outlook to negative from stable on the potential for "lasting damage" to the company's finances.

BOEING. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 The Boeing Company logo is seen on a building in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

China inflation surges in September 2019 as pork prices soar

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Inflation in China hits 3% in September 2019, the highest since November 2013

A customer (L) shops for pork at a market in Beijing on October 15, 2019. - China's consumer inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in almost six years in September as African swine fever sent pork prices soaring nearly 70 percent, official data showed on October 15. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Manila Water to SC: Reverse ruling or people face 780% rate increase

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Sky-high inflation, monstrous traffic. Manila Water paints an apocalyptic Metro Manila, should the Supreme Court push through with its P921-million fine against the company.


Richest Filipinos rate Duterte 'excellent' as dissatisfaction grows among poor

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys his highest ever satisfaction rating among Class ABC Filipinos as his rating among poor Filipinos declines, says a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Meralco rates slightly going up in October 2019

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Even with the slight increase this October, there has been a total downward adjustment of electricity rates amounting to almost P1.47 per kilowatt hour since April 2019

[ANALYSIS] Why free-falling inflation is not all good

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:32 AM

A sharp drop in inflation is not an unalloyed boon. As they say, keep everything in moderation.

Inflation cools to 0.9% as rice prices drop in September 2019

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Rice prices drop further in September 2019, but still not as low as the economic team had hoped

Bangko Sentral cuts interest rates again as inflation weakens

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas trims the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points for the 3rd time in 2019


FALSE: Forex at P1.50 to P2 per dollar during Marcos years

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Official data shows the peso-dollar exchange rate was already at P3 in 1965, and it further depreciated throughout Marcos’ term

Meralco lowers rates for 5th straight month

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

This brings the total reduction to P1.52 per kWh since April 2019

Fitch downgrades Hong Kong citing protests and China fears

Sep 06, 2019 - 4:51 PM

In a statement on Friday, September 6, Fitch announces it is downgrading the city as an issuer of long-term foreign currency debt from an AA+ rating to AA with a negative outlook

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Why Mimaropa's inflation rate remains higher than Philippine average

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Food prices are down, but what's causing prices of goods in Mimaropa to remain high?

IN CHARTS: Despite slower growth, employment improves in July 2019

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Underemployment falls and more young Filipinos enter the workforce in July 2019

Inflation continues downtrend at 1.7% in August 2019

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The inflation rate for August 2019 is even lower than the government's target range of 2% to 4%

Duterte signs Murang Kuryente Act

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:31 PM

With the new law, electricity consumers will soon no longer have to pay the universal charges for stranded contract costs and stranded debts in their electricity bills

Bangko Sentral cuts interest rates as growth slows down

Aug 08, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas brings down the key policy rate to 4.25% to support economic growth

Meralco rates down for 4th straight month

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The latest reduction brings the total downward adjustment to almost P1 per kWh since May 2019


Inflation remains low at 2.4% in July 2019

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation remains within target for the 6th straight month, but economists warn of the so-called base effect

Robredo, Arroyo net satisfaction ratings dip in June – SWS

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The net satisfaction rating of Senate President Vicente Sotto III stays 'very good,' while Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin's rating remains 'moderate'

DIPPING NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (3rd from L) and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center) both see declines in their respective satisfaction ratings in mid-2019. File photo from OVP

Duterte's economic team sees stable inflation until his term ends

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Economic managers project inflation to settle between 2.7% and 3.5% in 2019, far from the rates experienced last year

Duterte trust, approval ratings unchanged after Recto Bank incident

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his first quarter trust and approval ratings and remains the most trusted government official, according to Pulse Asia's June 2019 survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

At midterm mark, Duterte scores his highest satisfaction rating

Jul 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

After the Recto Bank incident dominates news headlines, 80% of Filipinos say they are satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte's performance

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urges Asian nations to take a collective action to tackle global challenges in his address during the Nikkei's 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 31, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Praise Duterte for lowering inflation? He didn’t do it

Jul 08, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Since we’re coming from very high prices last year, and prices have now stabilized at high levels, we can expect inflation to drop significantly this year – all thanks to the base effect

Meralco again lowers electricity rates in July 2019

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

This is the 3rd straight month that the Manila Electric Company is reducing power rates

Inflation slows down to 2.7% in June 2019

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) This is well within the government's target and the lowest inflation rate since September 2017

Inflation, water crisis weaken consumer outlook in Q2 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Consumers were pessimistic, but businesses were upbeat for the 2nd quarter of 2019, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas surveys

Bangko Sentral keeps interest rates steady, cuts inflation forecasts

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas maintains monetary policy settings 'for the time being' as it expects lower inflation in 2019 and 2020

RATES STEADY. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno holds a press briefing on June 20, 2019. Screenshot from BSP video

'Record-low' number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor in Q1 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Based on the results of the March 2019 SWS survey, 9.5 million families consider themselves poor, down from 11.6 million families in December 2018

URBAN POOR. An elder brother cooks food for his siblings near their shelter along NIA Road in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit

China inflation hits highest level in 15 months

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Rising pork and fruit prices lead to higher inflation in China for May 2019

A customer (L) buys meat at a market in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province on June 12, 2019. - Inflation in China rose to its highest level in more than a year in May driven by surges in pork and fruit prices due to the African swine fever epidemic and bad weather, official data showed on June 12. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Increased toll for SCTEX to start June 14

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:20 PM

An additional P0.51 per kilometer will be collected

SCTEX. The Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway is a 4-lane divided expressway traversing the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, and Tarlac. Photo from SCTEX website.

Fewer crimes reported, more apprehensions in eastern metro – EPD

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The Eastern Police District – which covers Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan – records 2,377 incidents of murder, physical injuries, and homicide in 2018

Meralco to lower electricity rates for 2nd straight month

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Households consuming 200 kilowatts per hour can expect a reduction of around P39 from their June 2019 bill

Weak El Niño caused inflation uptick in May 2019 – NEDA

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'The country needs to have a more robust solution to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather conditions and climate change,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Philippine employment figures improve in April 2019

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:40 PM

More people got employed and had better job opportunities in April 2019, says the Philippine Statistics Authority

Inflation inches up to 3.2% in May 2019

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' inflation rate rises in May 2019, the first time that it rose after 6 straight months of slowdowns. Did the central bank cut rates too soon?