From polluted shores to flooded communities, the Philippines has faced a number of environmental issues in the past year. Among those that made headlines were the clean-up of Manila Bay, the closure of Boracay, continued suspension of some mining operations, and the opposition to Kaliwa Dam. Missing in the 2019 election campaign discourse: protection of environment ABS-CBN talked to 5 groups who came up with a wish list for the next batch of lawmakers and executive officials. 1. How do you solve the country’s massive waste disposal problem, especially when it comes to plastic? The Philippines generated 40,000 tons of solid waste per day in 2016, according to the National Solid Waste Management Commission. Eighteen percent of this is residual waste, which is mostly single-use plastics. The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, a non-government organization, estimates that 60 billion sachets are being used in the Philippines per year. Shocking waste: Filipinos … [Read more...] about 5 questions environment-conscious voters should ask candidates
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Early in my career, I was part of a team tasked with transforming operations for a healthcare services provider. The CEO was worried that employees were not committed to the company’s new strategy, which required an enormous shift in the corporate culture. People had historically focused on quarterly targets, but they now needed to prioritize caring for patients, being easy to do business with, and developing long-term relationships. But when we met the staff for the first time, skepticism and caution were already threatening to derail the strategy — the employees were seemingly uninterested in raising their game. At one point, we noticed the company values statement on the wall, which declared, “We exist to make life better for our patients.” However inspiring those words might have been, they felt totally disconnected from the reality we were seeing. To shape a positive culture, many leaders focus on articulating their organization’s mission and values … [Read more...] about Want to change corporate culture? Focus on actions.
A complete digital transformation of your and everyone else's industry is closer than you think. Start planning your own with these 3 steps. Q Manning Published 12:30 pm CST, Friday, December 7, 2018 Photo: Cavan Images | Getty Images Photo: Cavan Images | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Cavan Images | Getty Images Let's Get Digital: How to Actualize Your Transformation to Better Serve Your Customers 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Not so long ago, harried airline customers used to purchase paper tickets -- paper! -- from an attendant at the counter. Remember that particular joy? The airport experience today is better because it's largely digital and … [Read more...] about Let’s Get Digital: How to Actualize Your Transformation to Better Serve Your Customers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing rules for investors in a new program that it says could have a big impact on economically depressed areas around the country. About 8,700 so-called “opportunity zones” have been set up in all 50 states to lure investors and developers with tax breaks. The rules from the Treasury Department, issued Friday, lay out the period of time that individuals or companies must hold on to their investments in the zones to avoid paying taxes on resulting profits. Administration officials say the goal of the program, established by the new tax law enacted last December, is to create businesses and jobs in low-income areas and lift residents out of poverty. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin predicts that $100 billion in private capital will be invested in the new zones. “This incentive will foster economic revitalization and promote sustainable economic growth,” Mnuchin said in a statement. But some critics say the … [Read more...] about New tax break rules for ‘opportunity zone’ investors
Minneapolis leaders are scrambling for answers to solve the city’s housing affordability problems. Right now, a growing number of Minneapolis renter households are spending more than half of their incomes on housing, city and federal data show, and a growing number of people can’t afford homes at all. Meanwhile, median home values are rising fast, topping $260,000 as of July. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called the shortage of affordable housing a historic crisis for the city. That’s why he wants to commit a record-high of $40 million in city funds to a variety of programs next year to lower the burden of housing costs, as part of his $1.55 billion budget proposal. The investments — which fit within a broader effort to diversify the city’s housing market and accommodate its growing population — would range from tenant legal services to tax incentives for landlords to keep rents stable to emergency help. The City Council will have the last say on … [Read more...] about How Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey plans to spend $40 million on affordable housing