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A sharp drop in inflation is not an unalloyed boon. As they say, keep everything in moderation.
The national budget is one of the clearest expressions of a government’s values, its priorities, and its plans for the country. It tells us to what extent our politicians reflect the will and interests of the people.
Metro Manila is more than the sum of its parts, and traffic authorities will do well to keep this in mind. Otherwise, their policies will only keep backfiring and making traffic worse.
The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world
Many other things could make or break our country’s attractiveness to investors. Citira's stricter investment incentives may be the least of our worries.
Unquestionably, we need to support all farmers whose incomes and livelihoods are now hurting because of rice tariffication
The monetary value of our marine ecosystems in 2007 was thought to be US$966.59 billion, or close to $1 trillion. Using the 2007 exchange rate, that’s P44.61 trillion or nearly 6.5 times our GDP back then.
Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly
Economic managers need to be more forthright about the state of the Philippine economy and not paint a picture of it that is rosier than the data suggest
A common theme seems to thread all these policies: not only do they tend to hurt economic efficiency, they’re also often anti-poor
The Duterte government roared to end endo, but the final product of their collective efforts sounded more like a meow
What’s the status of the Build, Build, Build projects? Why have they proceeded so slowly? How are we going to pay for them?
It's been a jobless, ruthless, voiceless, rootless, and futureless growth
Since we’re coming from very high prices last year, and prices have now stabilized at high levels, we can expect inflation to drop significantly this year – all thanks to the base effect
Beefing up financial inclusion in the Philippines could be an effective way to stifle the viral spread of Ponzi schemes like Kapa, especially in the provinces
President Rodrigo Duterte's enduring popularity is baffling. What are the factors that might explain it?
Duterte’s recent behavior betrays the fact he has neither courage nor compassion
From 2005 to 2018 the number of Chinese holders of alien employment permits issued by the Department of Labor and Employment has grown by 24 times
If we can quickly lower the costs of doing business, beef up our competitiveness, and promote enough export-oriented manufacturers, the US-China trade war could turn into a blessing in disguise
Despite severe birth pains, the SHS program is here to stay. But we need to know as soon as possible which parts of it are working and which aren’t.
We have to embrace the fact that Filipinos are never, nor will be, fully informed when choosing leaders in elections
What makes the latest growth data unsettling is that our lawmakers seem to have been directly and largely responsible for it
To thank Duterte for his 'political will and decisive action' on inflation is like thanking an arsonist for putting out a fire he created in the first place
Tune in on Wednesday, May 8, as Rappler sits down with economist and columnist JC Punongbayan to discuss the Philippines' economic issues and how candidates are proposing to fix these problems
Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya
If you respect our country’s sovereignty – and want to avoid paying more onerous Chinese loans and to resist China’s exploitation of our resources in the West Philippine Sea – vote for the opposition
Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward
It’s high time we updated how we measure poverty in the Philippines
By saying the country 'never, never defaulted on its loans,' the DOF is being naïve at best and disingenuous at worst
Here’s a suggestion: if a candidate can’t be bothered to show up in debates and lay bare their ideas for all to see, let’s not vote for him or her
Duterte himself fell for China’s debt trap – hook, line, and sinker – and in the process put at risk the country’s natural resources and strategic assets
The Duterte government seems to be exaggerating the benefits of the Kaliwa Dam project and downplaying its costs and risks
We’ve taken for granted the structural problems of our water sector for too long. It’s high time we changed that.
Diokno’s experience and expertise lie in fiscal policy (which deals primarily with the way government raises and spends money) rather than in monetary policy (which deals primarily with controlling the country’s money supply)
We’ve come to a point where drugs can be literally fished out of our waters. How can anyone hear these stories and reasonably claim them to be signs of success?
If only for the added assurance and security it offers – and the direction it decisively sets for the healthcare sector at large – the Universal Health Care Act is a very welcome development
Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.
Its costs are borne mainly by poor and middle-class Filipinos
Despite seeming successes, the Duterte administration has yet to deliver on the job creation front
Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?
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