By Amando Doronila
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Agreement that takes effect in 2015 looms as a threat to the Philippine sugar industry as the milling season for crop year 2014-2015 opens in Negros Occidental province, the heartland of the industry.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
Globalization is particularly effective among Filipinos. The great Filipino capacity for assimilation enables us to adjust much quicker to external influences, particularly the dominant ones. In many ways, this special trait allows fast adaptation and has brought blessing after blessing. In other ways, it has been most destructive to a people unable to hold firm on what it most important in culture and history.
By Ricardo J. Romulo
The impact of this development on the legal profession is inevitable. Lawyers are a necessary evil in assisting in the negotiation and crafting of agreements of interested parties. Hence, a great demand for legal services in the whole of Asean lurks around the corner.
By Cielito F. Habito
For the Southeast Asian economies, the agricultural and rural sector remains prominent in the overall development agenda.
By Mario Guariña III
The folly of Asean integration is the folly of an economic integration of otherwise independent nation-states in different stages of economic development. It is a prescription for unrestrained competition among entrepreneurs in a region without the guiding hand of a unified political system.