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Dear Mr. President (again)

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My article last month shared the contents of a letter to President Aquino, which was signed jointly by the Philippine Business Groups and Joint Foreign Chambers. Another important letter sent to the President was signed by business groups that were part of the 3rd National Conference of Independent Business Clubs held in Davao in November 2013. Sharing the contents of this letter to the President is my concrete contribution to the call of the private sector not to allow the reform agenda to lose steam amid all the noise created by the PDAF scandal and the DAP debate.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dear Mr. President

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Exactly one year ago today, the Office of the President received a letter signed by the heads of 10 of the most influential Philippine business groups and seven foreign chambers outlining a list of key issues and proposed measures that President Aquino and his administration could focus on to drive inclusive growth through job generation, poverty reduction and global competitiveness. The list was a result of a series of dialogues convened so that the private sector could propose some substantive inputs to last year’s State of the Nation Address.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

We are our greatest enemy

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The question often asked today is if we are ready for a freer, more open global market. Might I stress that in many more ways than we realize, it is quite free and open? Many ask: Can we compete? Will our SMEs (small and medium enterprises) survive? Will the Philippine economy benefit, or will it be buffeted by the larger and more powerful wings of our Asean neighbors?

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

Making integrity everyone’s business

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The battle to end corruption in the country is far from over, considering recent developments that show how deeply rooted the problem is in our system. Nevertheless, significant progress has been made, both by the government in its good governance reforms and by the business community through its ongoing Integrity Initiative.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Enhanced disaster management by private sector

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At the end of 2012, I sounded in this space a call to the private sector, especially big business, to make as one of its strategic considerations profit with prosperity for all. As we end 2013 with the country still reeling from the effects not just of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” but also of the Bohol-Cebu earthquake, Typhoon “Santi” (which roared through Central Luzon in October, ripping off roofs from homes and uprooting trees in its path), and the Zamboanga siege, this call has become even more relevant—urgent, even.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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