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1/06/17

By: Philip Arnold P. Tuaño
 
As we begin to open the year 2017, it seems to be an appropriate time to evaluate the performance of the Duterte administration in terms of economic and social dimensions. After all, the new President stated during the electoral campaign in the middle of 2016 that he would be able to solve many problems in the country, “[including] drugs, criminality

1/06/17

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
In a recent visit to our public market in Los Baños, Laguna, I decided to explore the shops surrounding the market itself. I found myself in a store surprisingly much larger inside than its unassuming facade would suggest, selling various kinds of cheap China-made goods including foodstuffs, clothes, personal articles and household fixtures. There seem

1/03/17

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Like every other year, 2016 was marked by both good news and bad. Brexit (or the British vote to leave the European Union) and the surprise election of Donald Trump to the US presidency probably topped the global news of widest interest. An important success was the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change—a boon for the Philippines, being

12/30/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Should government keep its hands off the economy? It’s often said that government has no business being in business, and that government should not be competing with the private sector in things that the latter can do better. Neither should it interfere in the working of the markets and allowing the law of supply and demand to work. Economists are often

12/27/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Life can be unfair. He who holds the gold, makes the rules—according to the satirized version of the golden rule we all learned in grade school. It seems that gaps in society have a way of growing wider if things are left alone. It is often tempting to believe that this is the reality of life.
 
Education, supposedly the “great equalizer,”

12/23/16

By: Cristina M. Bautista, PhD
 
In the decade prior to the passage of the Philippine reproductive-health law in 2012, the country had seen an acrimonious debate over the use of family planning. Even with the passage of the law, public discussion remains a sensitive matter.  Government data shows a strong association between family size and poverty, hence the importance of closely

12/23/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Christmas normally spells good times for the economy. It means a seasonal boost in production, jobs, and incomes. Months before, manufacturers would have cranked up production in anticipation of higher holiday demands. As the holiday season approaches, large retail establishments take in additional workers to handle the holiday crowds and the expected

12/20/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Filipinos, it would seem, are the worst savers in Southeast Asia. The numbers show it. Measured as the ratio of gross domestic savings to gross domestic product (the latter being a measure of national income), our saving rate is quite strikingly the lowest among our Asean neighbors. Based on data from the Asian Development Bank, our 15.2-percent

12/16/16

By: Alvin P. Ang, PhD
 
In the midst of the different political noises, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) successfully convened the Manufacturing Summit on November 28 and 29. Through the efforts of the team of Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, headed by Assistant Secretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba, the successful event brought together policy-makers, industry leaders and

12/16/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
There’s a saying that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. Old habits die hard. In my past life in government, I would often tell my audiences, half-jokingly but half-seriously, that I had given up on grownups as agents for meaningful change. I believed then, as I still do now, that our development efforts should focus more on our children and youth,

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