Innovation key to a competitive exit post-crisis: HP

Albay, Bicol – Businesses need to invest on innovating their business processes not only to survive the crisis, but also to come out of it as a competitive entity, an HP executive remarked during a forum with IT reporters here Friday.

Citing the need to change the economies of technology due to the recent global financial crisis, Diana dela Rosa, technology services country manager, HP Philippines , said CIOs are faced with a constant challenge to balance the act between transforming their company and remaining stable during the crisis.

“There are firms who balance cost cutting with investment,” dela Rosa said, dispelling misconceptions that a crisis is a time for immense and drastic budget cuts. “They are focused on balancing cost reductions with laying the groundwork to exit the crisis more competitive.”

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Mayon spews ash; nearby residents told to be ‘prepared’

Four months after state volcanologists raised the alert level for it, Mayon Volcano in Bicol exploded before dawn Wednesday, spewing ash reaching over 1000 meters up in the air.

But while Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) head Renato Solidum Jr. said it was the most powerful explosion since July, the alert level for Mayon remained at “2.”

“It is one of the scenarios we expected under Alert Level 2 – which includes spewing of ash and rocks. But these materials reached only two kilometers away around the upper slopes of the Volcano. However, there were traces of ash going to the southwest direction, reaching up to Camalig town in Albay,” Solidum said in an interview on dzBB radio.

While he said Phivolcs has no immediate plans to raise the alert level for the volcano, he advised residents to be ready to evacuate once the need arises.

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DENR vows tight watch over P6.2-B Bicol coal project

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday vowed to scrutinize the controversial P6.2-billion coal mining project in Catanduanes province in the Bicol Region.

In a radio interview, Environment Secretary Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. said the project still needs DENR clearance even if the Department of Energy (DOE) might have cleared the venture.

“Hindi pa dumadaan sa tanggapan ko ito, ‘di ko alam ang nature ng coal project at ‘di pa ito kumukuha ng environmental clearance (This has not passed through my office. I do not know the nature of this coal project. It has not obtained DENR’s environment clearance),” Atienza said in an interview on dzXL radio.

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‘Dante’ death toll now 10; 15 still missing in Bicol

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from tropical storm “Dante” rose to 10 and may still increase as at least 15 others were reported missing as of Saturday night, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.

In its situation report at 6 p.m. Saturday, the NDCC said nine of the fatalities were from the Bico regionl while one was from Southern Luzon. Eight of the 10 were identified as:

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