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Rappler's latest stories on impact


[ANALYSIS] The race to build a new socio-economic system

May 18, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Who will ride the tiger? Only the Left and the Right are serious contenders in this race to replace a dying neoliberalism.

[ANALYSIS] Will the lockdown kill more people than COVID-19?

May 02, 2020 - 2:00 PM

There is compelling evidence that economic recessions lead to higher mortality

[ANALYSIS] People’s health or economy? It’s a false choice

Apr 14, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Protecting lives protects the economy. That said, the issue of saving the economy remains. Here are some recommendations.

[OPINION] My organization assists victims of war; what does COVID-19 mean for them?

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

We see the world at its worst, which is why I want world leaders and governments to listen carefully: I am scared

[ANALYSIS] Why a social dialogue must happen now

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:46 AM

This pandemic has mercilessly exposed the deep fault lines in our labor markets. In a world where only one in 5 people are eligible for unemployment benefits, layoffs spell catastrophe for millions of families.

Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

Data Privacy 101: What is a Privacy Impact Assessment?

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Learn more about privacy impact assessments and data protection impact assessments, and how they help foster mindfulness about data compliance in companies and organizations

[OPINION] Breathing out coal: How victims of the climate can be its protectors

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

'Only by shifting away from dirty energy – the leading cause of climate change – can Filipinos truly move from being tagged as victims of the climate towards being known as its protectors'

Australia, UNDP, PhilDev launch mentorship for social enterprises

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:23 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The application period for the Innovation for Social Impact Accelerator Program ends on August 8, 2018

Is Unesco World Heritage status for cultural sites killing the things it loves?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Achieving Unesco status is an internationally competitive process. Nations want this recognition because they can promote a place or practice as a unique cultural tourism attraction.

TOURIST MAGNET. Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016. Shutterstock

Date of #MMShakeDrill 2018 will not be announced – MMDA

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:49 AM

The exact date of this year's #MMShakeDrill would not be revealed to the public and responders ahead of time so everyone 'must be prepared at all times,' says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

#MMSHAKEDRILL. According to MMDA, the annual earthquake drill may happen any day within the third week of June. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Targeted cancer treatments far outperform traditional methods

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Targeted therapy involves testing tumors for clues about their genetic mutations, and matching patients with new drugs designed to block cancer's growth on a molecular level

DENR orders 49 Siargao businesses to address environmental violations

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'If we want to sustain [Siargao's] viability as an international surfing capital, we must show that we are all helping to protect and conserve its environment,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

PH Army recognized in London for strategy execution

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The award recognizes the Army Transformation Roadmap, a key strategy direction that has guided the Army in professionalizing the service

Secondhand smartphone market takes off but far from green

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:54 PM

'There's a dirty side to our tech obsession: trainloads of e-waste trundling out of our cities and towards hellish waste dumps in Africa and Asia,' the EEB network of environmental groups say in a statement

IN PHOTOS: Stars at the Bambanti Festival 2018

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:50 PM

McLisse, Ogie Alcasid, 4th Impact, and Jona entertain the province of Isabela during the annual Bambanti Festival


How Facebook has affected ASEAN democracies

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:00 AM

With over 300 million monthly active Facebook users in Southeast Asia, various countries in the region, including those under military or one-party rule, have already seen how Facebook has negatively impacted their democracies

ASEAN+SocialGood Forum: Building an inclusive ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On Monday, November 13, Rappler and the ASEAN Impact Challenge talk about innovation as a catalyst for an inclusive ASEAN

WATCH: 'The Voice PH's Alisah Bonaobra wows 'X Factor UK' judges

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Alisah performs Beyonce's 'Listen' during the X Factor UK auditions

WATCH: Meet the Filipino acts in 'X Factor UK'

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Gaga Lord male group JBK and Elysa V advance to the next round of the show

Global opportunities in the palm of entrepreneurs’ hands

Apr 16, 2017 - 8:44 AM

Impact Hub Manila provides opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs to go abroad

WOMEN TECHPRENEURS. Winners of the eSkills4Girls from Manila – Jeepneed and Aurelia & Amelia – with founders of Impact Hub Manila. Photo from Impact Hub Manila

2 more entrepreneurs chosen to make high impact on PH growth

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Ayannah s Mikko Perez and Kennemer Foods Simon Bakker join the ranks of Endeavor Philippines entrepreneurs looking to make real change in the economy

Photo courtesy of Endeavor Philippines

Cash crunch for anti-Armageddon asteroid mission

Jan 25, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The proposed joint European US mission dubbed AIDA Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment aims to redirect a 160 meter moon – the first time humans would have altered the course of a Solar System body

AIDA. Schematic of the AIDA mission concept shows ESA’s AIM spacecraft in orbit about the binary asteroid (65803) Didymos. Image from NASA's AIDA project page.

Lopez wants ECCs on renewable energy approved in 2 weeks

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:59 PM

The environment department also cancels the expired environmental compliance certificates of 6 projects

British shoppers begin to feel post-Brexit pinch

Aug 17, 2016 - 10:20 PM

It looks probable that consumer purchasing power will be significantly diluted over the coming months warns an analyst

A pedestrian walks past a shop with a closing down sale promotion in Liverpool, north west England, on August 17, 2016.  From computers and cars to carpets and food, Britain's decision to leave the EU is beginning to hit consumers in the pocket, having already spread uncertainty through the property market. The consequences of the shock vote have so far been mainly theoretical, but recent data suggest that the country's tumbling currency is about to reach the High Street. The Office for National Statistics publishes retail sales figures for July on August 18, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

8 promising green energy startups share in P1M funding

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The startups were singled out by a fellowship that aims to boost clean energy innovation and will compete against each other to win an additional P1 5 million

France, Luxembourg roll out red carpet for post-Brexit business

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The two European countries seek to welcome businesses hit by Britain s vote to leave the EU

BREXIT IMPACT. People walk across Oxford Circus as Union flags hang across Oxford Street in central London on June 27, 2016. File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

British business sectors in Brexit firing line

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Here s a look at the potential impact of the Brexit on banks airlines and carmakers

epa05129580 A sign outside a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in central London, Britain, 27 January 2016. The Royal Bank of Scotland plans to set aside another 2.5 billion pounds (3.6 billion dollars) to 'clean up' liabilities for mis-sold insurance and claims related to mortgage-backed securities in the United States, a move expected push the bank to record a loss in 2015. EPA/WILL OLIVER

HSBC urges investors to buy PH stocks post-Brexit vote

Jun 27, 2016 - 7:50 PM

The Philippines is quite good The impact of Brexit in the Philippines is not very big says HSBC s Herald van der Linde

MINIMAL IMPACT. The HSBC investment experts still see the Philippine stock market as a good place to invest even after Brexit victory. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Bo's Coffee founder recognized as global difference maker

Jun 09, 2016 - 5:17 PM

As the newest Endeavor high impact entrepreneur Steve Benitez will have access to the global non profit s network of over 4 000 business leaders who can mentor him in his bid to grow his business

How drones can be a force for progress

May 30, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Meet the team behind Skyeye – environmental scientists and sociologists convinced that drones are the best answer to the country s land titling and mapping woes

Photo by Skyeye

All the videos you need to prepare for earthquakes

May 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Here s a compilation of all earthquake related videos on Agos powered by eBayanihan ranging from basic information on hazards to tips on what to do before during and after an earthquake

Kiefer Ravena trained in US with career ‘longevity’ in mind

May 26, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Ravena also says he gauges his chance of making the Gilas final 12 roster as equal as anybody else in the team

TRAINING TRIP. Kiefer Ravena dropped 20 pounds and is eating healthier after a 3-week trip to Las Vegas. Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

Recap: 'Pilipinas Got Talent' season 5 grand finals

May 22, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Watch the performances of winner Power Duo and the rest of the Pilipinas Got Talent season 5 finalists here

POWER DUO. Anjanette and Gervin of Power Duo fly through the air at the 'Pilipinas Got Talent' final. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Power Duo wins 'Pilipinas Got Talent' season 5

May 22, 2016 - 9:23 PM

Power Duo wins after a touching performance in the PGT5 finals

POWER DUO. The real-life couple and dance partners win PGT5. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

ICT growth hanging in the balance amid elections – IDC

May 02, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Elections in the Philippines are both a boon and a bane for the country s information and communications technology sector

IN LIMBO. Elections in the Philippines have been a boon and bane for the country’s ICT sector. Photo by Shutterstock

#RescueMarch 2016: Responders go the distance to save lives

Apr 26, 2016 - 2:18 PM

Some 700 disaster responders and uniformed men walk from the Bonifacio Shrine near Manila City Hall to Fort Bonifacio to prepare for the worse case scenario in case the West Valley Fault System moves

#PHVote: Businesses winning, losing in 2016 elections

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The big winners are broadcast giants and telco providers And the losers?

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. If anything, campaign period is a time for increased spending. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Recent strong earthquakes have no influence on each other – Phivolcs

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:27 PM

The agency also says the strong earthquakes will not trigger the Big One in the Philippines

IN PHOTOS: 4th Impact performs at Paradise International Music Festival

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:27 PM

The Filipino girl group wows fans with their powerful vocals at Paradise IMF

4TH IMPACT. Sisters Almira, Mylene, Irene, and Celina belt it out on the Paradise International Music Festival stage. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Inflation up 1.1% in March

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Higher prices are recorded for meat fish and eggs while rice prices continue to decline

Climate change may threaten $2.5 trillion in assets – study

Apr 05, 2016 - 12:55 AM

If warming reaches 2 5 degrees Celsius 4 5 degrees Fahrenheit over pre Industrial Revolution levels by 2100 investments worth some 2 5 trillion may be in danger a team reports

FOR THE EARTH. People attend a candlelight vigil organized by the Interfaith Council of Peru at a park in Lima, on November 30, 2014. File photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Diamond exports in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone plummet in 2015

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The exports fall by 20 as the Ebola virus prevents miners from going into fields

epa01028505 Picture made available 04 June 2007 shows a Lebanese diamond dealer sorting a collections of rough diamonds by size in his shop in Koidu town eastern Sierra Leone, 23 May 2007. During Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war which ended in 2002 Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels occupied the diamond fields exchanging 'blood diamonds' for weapons to fuel their brutal campaign. On 04 June 2007 the RUF's chief backer, former Liberian president Charles Taylor, goes on trial in The Hague before the Special Court for Sierra Leone charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of international law becoming the first African head of state to face such charges. Meanwhile in Sierra Leone the rebels are gone but an estimated 200,000 continue to mine diamonds as they did during the war. Last year Sierra Leone's official diamond exports were worth $136-million yet the country remains desperately poor. EPA/TUGELA RIDLEY

Inclusive business now just 'good business'

Feb 17, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Firms with a cause are increasingly using their models to scale up generating investor interest and changing the world at the same time and there is huge potential for them in the Philippines says global experts

INCLUSIVE SHIFT. Experts discuss the changing investors changing mindsets towards inclusive businesses at the a discussion that opened ADB's 2nd Inclusive Business Asia Forum on February 17. (from left) Ferdinand de la Cruz - COO Manila Water, Heekyung "Jo" Min executive Vice President Creating shared Value- Cj Group, Dr. Dilip Kulkarni - President of Sustainable Agriculture- Jain Irrigation, Lito Camacho of Credit Suisse and Eriko Nishikawa of IFC. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

Mankind's CO2 emissions may delay next ice age – study

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Carbon dioxide CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere could override other influences to make this the longest inter ice age period in Earth history

CLIMATE CHANGE. Visitors during the opening of the new educational pavilion 'Climate, Animals, People' in Wroclaw Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland, December 18, 2015. File Photo by Maciej Kulczynski

West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

Jan 13, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The mining agriculture and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

TNA releases Fil-Am wrestler TJ Perkins

Jan 13, 2016 - 4:13 PM

TJ Perkins who wrestles as Manik on TNA Impact Wrestling has been released by the American promotion

FREE AGENT. TJ Perkins had wrestled for TNA on-and-off since 2004. Photo from TNA Impact Wrestling

PH 2015 inflation settles at 1.4%

Jan 05, 2016 - 4:06 PM

While expected it is still below the government s 2015 target of 2 4 but upward price movements push December inflation to 1 5

EXPECTED. Favorable supply-side factors such as relatively lower domestic retail prices of corn, oil, and rice, lower international oil prices, and the contraction in the prices of housing and other utilities contribute to full-year 2015 inflation of 1.4%.

December inflation seen to hit 1.5%

Jan 04, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Holiday related demand in food and beverages as well as fuel prices contribute to the higher inflation rate

MANAGE RISKS. To cushion the impact on food prices and utility rates, the National Economic and Development Authority calls for the faster implementation of the Roadmap for Addressing the Impact of El Niño (RAIN). Shutterstock background photo

9 entertainment newsmakers in 2015

Jan 03, 2016 - 4:11 PM

See the celebrities who dominated the year s headlines