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Liveable cities

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We need to build better cities in the Philippines. So a few months ago, we launched a Liveable Cities Design Challenge in partnership with Asia Society, Urban Land Institute, Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction (Assure), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Apec 2015 National Organizing Council, Microsoft, and USAID. Our dream was to start a trend toward better urban planning for cities across the country.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The sustainability of reforms

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Can the reforms of the Aquino administration be sustained beyond 2016?

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Local competitiveness: measurement and management

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There is a saying in business that what gets measured gets managed. This is one of the underlying principles of our Cities/Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI). When people asked us a couple of years ago what were the best places to do business in the Philippines in terms of ease and cost of doing business, governance, and business environment, we were actually hard-pressed to come up with objective answers. The reason was that it was not that easy to obtain detailed information on a particular city or municipality.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Liveable Cities Design Challenge

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The Philippines is a country of almost 100 million people spread out over 7,100 islands. Traditionally, our economy has been viewed as mainly agricultural, with much of the business and investment focus on three key cities: Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. In reality, however, the Philippines has become more urbanized over time; 63 percent of our population live in urban areas (including small urban areas), according to the 2012 World Population Data Sheet. Cities are typically centers of consumption, resource use, and waste. But they are also key growth drivers of regional economies, particularly when a number of cities and municipalities are clustered.

Posted: May 31st, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Repeal laws and lower cost of doing business

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SINCE MID-2012, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has been working to lower the cost of doing business in the Philippines. It is one of our larger projects and it is based on the results of the annual Ease of Doing Business report of the World Bank-International Finance Corp. (IFC). Two years ago, the Philippines was ranked No. 138 out of 189 countries in the world, and one of the lowest in Asean. As a result of our Gameplan 1.0, which outlined areas for improvement and recommended action steps, the country improved to No. 108, recording the largest improvement in the world.

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

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