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11/15/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
The question of whether our country can do away with foreign aid came up recently in the context of President Duterte’s outbursts against the United States, European Union and United Nations, traditionally major sources of external assistance to the Philippines. “If you think it’s high time for you to withdraw your assistance, go ahead,” he taunted,

11/11/16

By: Fernando T. Aldaba, PhD and Ser Percival K. Pena-Reyes, MA
 
The recent visit and pronouncements of the President on a pivot to China raised concerns on its likely benefits or losses to the Philippine economy. Answering this question requires an assessment of the current state of Philippines-China economic relations, particularly in the areas of tourism, international trade,

11/11/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Will Donald Trump as US president be good or bad for the Philippines? Let me focus here on the economy, and leave it to better-equipped experts to comment on the noneconomic implications of a Trump presidency for us.
 
One could surmise the possible economic fallout from Trump’s victory on the basis of positions he espoused during the

11/08/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
There’s a meme making the rounds in social media that says: “In Japanese schools, the students don’t get ANY exams until they reach grade four (the age of 10)! Why? Because the goal for the first 3 years of school is NOT to judge the child’s knowledge or learning, but to establish good manners and to develop their character! That’s what our scholars

11/04/16

By: Mr. Joselito T. Sescon, MDE
 
Part Two
 
Last week we introduced Game Theory as an objective approach in analyzing the possible shift of the Philippines’s foreign policy. Initially, we analyzed the case of both the United States and the Philippines being anti-China under a “Battle of the Sexes” (BOS) game. We generally concluded that it is strategic for the US that

11/04/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Today, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change enters into force, 30 days after the date when at least 55 signatories accounting for at least 55 percent of estimated total global greenhouse gas emissions ratified it, which was achieved on Oct. 5.
 
Our country played a prominent and influential role leading to that agreement, hailed as a

11/01/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
In a seeming moment of epiphany, President Duterte supposedly pledged to cut his swearing and cursing henceforth. He doesn’t really have to stop it entirely (neither has he promised to). I’d be fine if he can reserve his swearing for those who truly deserve it, especially if the swearing comes with curbing their misdeeds with the same determination he

10/28/16

By: Joselito T. Sescon, MDE
 
Part One
 
The article is an academic attempt to analyze the political and economic outcomes of the foreign policy shift of the Duterte administration toward China. Academic in the sense that the frames of analyses are based on game theory and is fully independent of the author’s personal political and economic views and opinion.
 

10/28/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Once upon a time, you had to be big to export. Transnationals and big companies with access to international marketing and logistics networks had the inherent edge. If you’re a small business, you had to content yourself with selling domestically, mainly to your immediate community and surrounding areas. With limited reach, there wasn’t much scope for

10/25/16

By: Cielito F. Habito, PhD
 
Forty-five years ago, the last week of October was declared Consumer Protection Week, as a period for planning and enforcement of government action toward controlling fraudulent trade practices and unreasonable price increases. It has since been expanded to cover the whole month of October as Consumer Welfare Month, and the focus broadened to include

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