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Through a combination of fear-mongering, playacting, and politicking, some government officials clearly made the situation worse than it needed to be
The greatest danger in the repeated and poorly justified extension of martial law is that it’s a slippery slope to a similar declaration nationwide. Will Congress continue to throw all economic sense out the window?
Not only is TRAIN failing to generate enough revenues as expected, it is also demonstrably anti-poor and anti-environment
Antagonistic remarks only put at risk otherwise friendly relations between government and the private sector
All in all, there’s a sense that the Duterte government brought about needless economic hardships to the Filipino people in 2018
Absent sufficient safeguards, the Rice Fund might only serve as another costly leaky bucket that politicians can exploit
The picture that emerges is that the surveyed Gen Z have quick access to information online and are immersed in social media. But they are not diligent critical thinkers.
The Duterte government must pause and consult the Filipino people about the increasing number of Chinese deals, out of sheer prudence and transparency, if anything else
Suspicions of cronyism, as well as serious national security and privacy concerns, deserve more than a passing glance from our leaders and policymakers
Under President Duterte's watch, we've gone down the global Doing Business ranking by 25 notches all in all – by far the largest decline in ASEAN
It’s been more than two years already, and otherwise pious and caring Filipinos seem largely unconcerned with the drug war
A climbing index signals general optimism among buyers and sellers of stocks, whereas a dropping index signals general pessimism
In her book, Marilen Dañguilan doubts if the story of the RH Law will ever end, what with the strong lobby of religious groups as well as the legal bedrock on which they can always anchor their counterarguments
If becoming an upper-middle income country was hard enough – it took us more than 3 decades to do that – becoming a high-income country (like Singapore or South Korea today) will be harder still
Maybe this is as good a time as any to rethink our country’s long-term relationship with oil
The challenge to economic managers is akin to fixing an overheating car: pull over, open the hood, and let things simmer down
The last thing the country needs right now is a return of the Marcoses to Malacañang. One way we can prevent that is by tirelessly debunking the Marcosian economic myths.
You don’t really need to crunch the numbers to know there’s a problem with inflation. Just go to the nearest palengke or grocery to see prices have skyrocketed.
Inflation expectations matter because they change how people behave. It’s in government’s interest to manage these expectations from time to time.
The truth is, we’re living in a sad combo of slowing growth and accelerating prices. Worse, indicators point to harder times ahead.
(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.
Why are exports weakening despite a weaker peso? If we take the word of the economic managers, isn’t this puzzling?
Unless we first fix existing regional economic disparities, Bayanihan Federalism will only leave more poor regions behind
Rappler talks to AJ Montesa of the Action for Economic Reforms and Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan to understand the latest economic data
Half of the recent inflation can be explained by food prices alone. This is crucial since the poor spend a larger share of their incomes on food.
(UPDATED) Economists point to government agencies' inability to coordinate well as one of the main reasons why inflation accelerated further in July
To address this, President Duterte must rethink his priorities, go after the corrupt, and zero in on the various bottlenecks that make spending difficult
Economist JC Punongbayan says government spending improved, but underspending remains a problem. When government underspends, delivery of services is delayed.
We should protect the integrity of official statistics at all costs. In this tempestuous era of disinformation and uncertainty, they are our most steady anchors.
It appears that not much thought was given to the provinces' readiness for federalism, nor to federalism’s ultimate impact on regional growth and development
The BSP expects inflation to settle in at 4.6% this year, above its 4% upper target. This means we can expect inflation to further increase till the third quarter of 2018 before it subsides.
The economy is far from stagnant. What's alarming is President Duterte's apparent cluelessness about the signs of trouble and the need to chart a steady course.
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A weakening peso is symptomatic of other things happening in the economy. Most importantly, it suggests we are increasingly becoming a net borrower from the rest of the world, owing to our colossal import bill boosted by Duterte’s 'Build, Build, Build'.
Journalists should be more careful in reporting economic statistics. Government staff must also adopt better PR strategies and avoid overanalyzing stuff: the simpler the analysis, the less prone it is to misinterpretation.
Higher inflation, coupled with the forthcoming 2019 midterm election, has suddenly turned TRAIN into a political hot potato
In these tough times, government officials must be wary of populist policies that could make matters worse. They should also avoid making callous remarks that tend to belittle the poor and add insult to their economic injury.
All in all, the yawning gaps of the country’s social pension system require bold, comprehensive, and forward-thinking solutions like universal social pension – not simplistic, superficial, and short-sighted ones like Duterte’s pension hike
Is there any economic fallout from the ouster of Chief Justice Sereno last week?
Economics without the nosebleed. Breeze through the concepts of debt, GNP, GNI, inflation, CPI, and depreciation in part 1 of this economics explainer series.
Diokno’s recent statement, for the record, is a gross misrepresentation of economists' contemporary thinking about the nature of poverty and income mobility
Now we’ve run out of subsidized rice – the first time this has happened since NFA’s creation in 1972, or in nearly 50 years
As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction
In the mad rush to get the tax reform law going, government may have inadvertently trampled on and railroaded the poor
With Uber out of the way, Grab now enjoys monopoly status in many Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines. This loss of competition will almost surely mean fewer choices, higher fares, and lousier service for Pinoy commuters.
If the problem is pollution, why the singular focus on Boracay? If the problem is congestion, why allow the construction of new, giant commercial developments? If the problem is lack of competition, why allow entrants in some industries like telco but not in casinos?
Bans, prohibitions, and crackdowns are some of Duterte’s favorite economic policies. But bans are the ultimate form of market regulation, and government should use them cautiously, not rashly.
China is appropriating our territories even without any of its infrastructure projects breaking ground. It’s like a bank foreclosing your house even if it hasn’t given you any money yet.
A lot of Duterte’s market interventions so far seem to stem not from a well-informed or genuine desire to correct so-called 'market failures,' but from an urge to brandish the awesome powers of the state whichever way possible