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More railways in our future

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“A successful city is one where people prefer to take public transport,” fellow Inquirer columnist Peter Wallace wrote me in reaction to my “Traffic dilemmas” article last week. I ended that piece arguing that to ease city traffic, there is no substitute to actual reduction in inefficient automobile usage in city streets. But we first need to do a good job at providing an efficient and comfortable mass transit system to effectively lure motorists out of their cars.

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Traffic dilemmas

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The issue of traffic congestion in Metro Manila’s streets has again assumed prominence in recent weeks, with seemingly contradictory moves from government and similarly contradictory sentiments coming from various sectors. Consider the following:

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Repos 101: BSP’s balancing act

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) finally raised key policy interest rates last week, mainly to forestall accelerating price hikes in the coming months. The annual inflation rate has averaged 4.2 percent so far this year, the fastest since 2011. This means that for every P100 worth of goods and services we bought last year, we now have to pay P104.20. This is actually much slower than the inflation rates we saw in the past decade and most of the 1990s, when it averaged 7.8 percent. Still, recent trends have pushed the BSP to make a move, after holding steady on these interest rates for nearly two years now. Analysts and observers keenly watch these rates as they provide an important signal of government policy that could have far-reaching impacts on the performance of the economy.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Laws long overdue

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Time is running out for President Aquino who many hope would be the one to succeed in getting Congress to pass critical laws long languishing in the legislative mill, for lack of support or political will among those supposedly tasked to uphold our best interests. With the President’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) having launched the second session of the 16th Congress on Monday, many remain hopeful, but many have grown cynical as well. This comes from the prospect that our legislators’ attention, already diverted by the pork barrel scandal, will be further shifted away from legislative work by the impeachment move against the President. Besides, many already have their eyes set on the 2016 elections, though still almost two years away.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Looking beyond AEC 2015

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Forward-looking thinkers are already looking to 2030 even as people anticipate the coming of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) next year.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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