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How do these thinkers see a post-pandemic Philippines? Part 1

Apr 07, 2020 - 10:43 AM

In Part 1, we feature economics, business, politics, and more

[ANALYSIS] May pera nga ba? Does Duterte have money to fight COVID-19?

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Today we’re enduring two types of crises: one in public health, another in governance

[ANALYSIS] ‘Freezing’ the PH economy: Can we survive it?

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:59 AM

With billions of additional funds soon at Duterte’s disposal – and a spotty track record of transparency and accountability – we should all watch the money trail closer than ever

[ANALYSIS] Why Filipinos need to stay at home until June (or even longer)

Mar 19, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Two studies suggest the Philippines is only at the very beginning of this public health crisis

[ANALYSIS] The flawed economics of Duterte’s partial Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Rather than firearms and checkpoints, we need more masks and testing kits

[ANALYSIS] Can Duterte ward off a coronavirus economic slump?

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The first order of business is for the economic team to support efforts of our health agencies to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its impact

[ANALYSIS] How the budget deficit exploded under Duterte’s watch

Mar 05, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Allowing the deficit to blow up to 6.8% last quarter does not reflect well on fiscal managers and suggests fiscal irresponsibility and mismanagement

[ANALYSIS] Why Nokia, Wells Fargo, and Honda are leaving the PH

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Although global factors are at play, the Philippines’ business climate and government policies are also partly to blame

[ANALYSIS] China's creeping influence in PH telco, electricity, water

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

China’s creeping influence and encroachment in our vital infrastructure shows we ought to be extra careful especially where the nation’s security is at stake

[ANALYSIS] Why Duterte’s attack on ABS-CBN reeks of double standards, desperation

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Duterte and company know they have little time in power left. If they want to corner strategic portions of the country’s business landscape, now’s the time to act.

[ANALYSIS] Will novel coronavirus also infect the Philippine economy?

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:35 AM

In this uber-globalized world, we have to accept that when China sneezes we will all likely catch a cold. But how can we minimize the risk?

[ANALYSIS] Why did Philippine growth drop to an 8-year low?

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Why is there disappointing growth, given the country's potential? Let's talk about lower investments and the weakening of industry.

[ANALYSIS] The economic lies in ‘Duterte Legacy’

Jan 22, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Ranking officials of the Duterte government will do well to know a memorable quote in HBO’s Chernobyl: 'Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid'

[ANALYSIS] The stroke of genius in Robredo’s drug war report

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:29 AM

For too long Duterte’s war on drugs has hidden behind a veil of fear, lies, and misconceptions. It’s high time for facts and statistics to pierce that veil.

[ANALYSIS] 2020s: Can we sustain the stellar growth of the 2010s?

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:14 AM

There’s a lot to be thankful for in the 2010s when more Filipinos became more prosperous and healthy, so much so that the 2010s might be considered our economy’s true 'golden age.'

[ANALYSIS] Why slashing the ranks of Angkas bikers is anticompetitive

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Is it fair for government to slash the number of Angkas bikers to make room for competitors? Is that the spirit of competition policy? Not at all.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s foul attacks on big business: What is he up to?

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Duterte government has shown a propensity to disrespect contracts, ignore property rights, and harass businesses

[ANALYSIS] Making sense of the surprisingly good jobs, poverty stats

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.

[ANALYSIS] Dismal PISA rankings: A wake-up call for Filipinos

Dec 04, 2019 - 12:26 PM

At least we now have baseline data that we can use to compare our country’s PISA performance with other countries. It’s better than groping in the dark.

[ANALYSIS] Following the money trail of the 30th SEA Games

Nov 28, 2019 - 1:49 PM

So many mishaps and anomalies have marred the start of the 30th SEA Games, and the opening ceremony hasn’t even happened yet

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s ban on rice imports: Enough of these capricious policies

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Was rice tariffication a miscalculation by Duterte? Did he not anticipate that rice prices would plummet? Was he ill-advised by the economic team?

[ANALYSIS] The moving goalposts of Duterte’s Build, Build, Build

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Moving goalposts is ill-advised. Not only does it render BBB practically impossible to evaluate, it also serves as a convenient excuse for the economic managers’ sloppy conception and implementation of the program.

[ANALYSIS] Is the Philippine economy in the pink again? Not exactly

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Latest data betray troubling trends in the economy that soon need to be addressed

[ANALYSIS] Duterte to take over water distribution? That spells disaster

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Prior to privatization in 1997, water was distributed, not by private corporations, but by a government agency called the MWSS. It did a crappy job.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte the Defeatist

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It’s one thing for presidents – or any leader for that matter – to make mistakes. But it’s a different thing altogether for them to give up as a matter of habit.

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

[ANALYSIS] Why this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics is relevant to Filipinos

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs

[ANALYSIS] Why free-falling inflation is not all good

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:32 AM

A sharp drop in inflation is not an unalloyed boon. As they say, keep everything in moderation.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s perverse priorities in the proposed 2020 budget

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] What Duterte doesn’t get about Metro Manila traffic

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:59 AM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world

[ANALYSIS] Will Duterte’s new tax measure kill foreign investments?

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Plummeting rice prices: How will our rice farmers cope?

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Unquestionably, we need to support all farmers whose incomes and livelihoods are now hurting because of rice tariffication

[ANALYSIS] Just how valuable is the West Philippine Sea?

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:11 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] SOGIEnomics: Why fighting for LGBTQ+ rights makes economic sense

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly

[ANALYSIS] Dismal growth: Why is the PH economy losing its momentum?

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s whims and caprices hurt the economy

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:05 AM

A common theme seems to thread all these policies: not only do they tend to hurt economic efficiency, they’re also often anti-poor

[ANALYSIS] The paper tiger that was the anti-endo bill

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:12 AM

The Duterte government roared to end endo, but the final product of their collective efforts sounded more like a meow

[ANALYSIS] The pipe dream that is Build, Build, Build

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

What’s the status of the Build, Build, Build projects? Why have they proceeded so slowly? How are we going to pay for them?

[ANALYSIS] The poor quality of economic growth under Duterte

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

It's been a jobless, ruthless, voiceless, rootless, and futureless growth

[ANALYSIS] Praise Duterte for lowering inflation? He didn’t do it

Jul 08, 2019 - 4:53 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] Kapa Ministry: A symptom of poor financial inclusion

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:47 AM

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

[ANALYSIS] Why is Duterte still so popular?

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's enduring popularity is baffling. What are the factors that might explain it?

[ANALYSIS] China vs Filipino fishermen: Where is Duterte’s ‘tapang at malasakit’?

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Duterte’s recent behavior betrays the fact he has neither courage nor compassion

[ANALYSIS] Why the influx of Chinese in the Philippines?

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:22 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] US-China trade war: Where does the Philippines stand?

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

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

[OPINION] Why senior high school needs urgent fixing

May 30, 2019 - 2:00 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] The myth of the rational Filipino voter

May 17, 2019 - 10:55 AM

We have to embrace the fact that Filipinos are never, nor will be, fully informed when choosing leaders in elections

[ANALYSIS] How pro-Duterte lawmakers hurt economic growth

May 12, 2019 - 4:58 PM

What makes the latest growth data unsettling is that our lawmakers seem to have been directly and largely responsible for it

[ANALYSIS] Duterte a ‘competent’ economic manager? Not so fast

May 09, 2019 - 12:34 PM

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