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The real score

Let’s recap again the magnitude of destruction wrought by “Yolanda” last year: According to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the supertyphoon left 6,293 dead, 1,061 missing and 28,689 injured, 1,140,332 houses destroyed or partially damaged, 13 million coconut trees felled, P19.6 billion worth of infrastructure damaged, and some 200,000 families forced to [...]

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Saying it in his favor

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We now know the answer to the question posed in last week’s column: “Will he or won’t he?” He didn’t. The question was whether President Aquino would use the information provided by the National Statistical Coordination Board’s StatDev 2013 as relevant inputs to his State of the Nation Address. And what is the StatDev 2013? It puts in one [...]

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Ends and means

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Security forces have recaptured a convicted terrorist with possible intelligence about an imminent suicide bombing attack. Can you torture the terrorist’s child to extract information to avert the attack? A runaway train, nearing a diversion track, will crash into the railway station, killing scores of people. You can prevent the disaster by pushing a bystander [...]

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Silver bullet

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“Eradication of poverty is not just about getting to zero,” explains United Nations Development Program administrator Helen Clark. “It’s also about staying there.” That’s the main thrust of the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) titled “Sustaining Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience.” “This is not about rocket science,” Clark adds. “Where people address vulnerabilities, development [...]

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The state of deprivation

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This week, Social Weather Stations released its two prime indicators of the state of deprivation among Filipino families, as of its national survey of June 27-30, 2014. The releases have some of both bad news and good news. Self-rated poverty is stubborn. On Monday, SWS reported that the proportion of families rating themselves as poor [...]

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