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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 »

Inflation, enemy of poverty

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“Inflation rate rises to 4.9 percent in July 2014, still within government target,” announced the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) last Tuesday. This critical statistic was duly reported by the media the next day, but by Thursday was already forgotten.

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

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 [...]

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

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