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Third-poorest in Southeast Asia?

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From 2005 to 2010, the Philippines went from fifth-poorest to third-poorest country in Southeast Asia, as estimated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with a new “Asian regional poverty line” of $1.51/person/day (ppp, 2005 prices), as published in its August 2014 special report, “Poverty in Asia: A Deeper Look.”

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The economy grew—so what?

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Betterment of economic wellbeing requires the pie to grow faster than the number of people it serves. In the past year, the Philippine population grew from 98.0 million to 99.7 million.

Posted: September 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

ADB on Asian poverty

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A new reference work from the ADB shows that the problem of poverty in Asia is much more serious than conventional statistics would show.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Massive job dissatisfaction

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Fully half of the Jobless are people who already had jobs but voluntarily left them, and are now looking for new jobs. The existence of widespread dissatisfaction with jobs is the most important message in this week’s SWS report: “Second Quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Adult Joblessness at 25.9%; 9% lost their jobs involuntarily, 13% resigned.”

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The administration’s report card

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The SWS release last Monday, “Second Quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Net satisfaction with National Administration falls to ‘Moderate’ +29,” referred to the administration—abbreviated here as “admin”—of President Noynoy Aquino, not to him personally. The President’s personal net rating was net +25 from the same survey of June 27-30, 2014, as reported on

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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  • Editorial cartoon, September 18, 2014
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