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Self-inflicted slowdown, again

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In eight out of the last 11 years, the economy slowed down in the third quarter.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Public intellectuals in default?

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“I believe that the Filipino nation is one of the most intellectual nations in the world,” mused blogger John Ryan Recabar some years back. “Our scholars are well-respected all over the world. But why is this not seen in the country’s economic performance, political maturity and societal growth? Filipino intellectuals are among the most articulate in international conferences… but when they are in the Philippines they become dumb….

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

The promise of LGU bonds

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What do the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Taipei 101 Tower (one of the tallest buildings in the world) have in common? Answer: These world landmarks were financed wholly or partly by municipal bonds.

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A culture of poverty?

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While doing field research in the country’s poorest areas, my team came across a community where some residents, when asked why there were so many poor people in their area, matter-of-factly said it’s because many of their neighbors are lazy. We also interviewed the project staff of a national government poverty reduction program; when asked why there were so many poor people in their province, their response was, again, because many of them are lazy. Regional heads of national government agencies that we gathered in a focus group discussion chorused that the reason there are many poor people in their region is that most of them are—you guessed it—lazy.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Low-hanging fruit

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Nearly five years ago (in January 2010), import tariffs on more than 99 percent of all the products we trade with our Asean neighbors went down to zero, in accordance with the Asean Free Trade Agreement.

Posted: November 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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