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DOT must take the lead, asap

The observation of former socioeconomic planning secretary Cielito F. Habito about the long, unnecessary queues that an outbound Filipino traveler has to go through in paying his travel tax is very valid and deserves to be quickly addressed by the Department of Tourism, if only to show that it is part of the national effort to make public service something the Filipinos can be proud of (“Airport lines and ICT woes,” Opinion, 6/24/14).

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Treading tricky terrain

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Muslim Mindanao, now known as Bangsamoro, had been an undiscovered gem in the rough through the years.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Tamang daan’

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Last week, I asserted that certain all-too-common excuses for government failures or outright misdeeds have become little more than convenient cop-outs, to wit: “We don’t have enough budget,” “It’s not my responsibility,” “We can’t act until prior problems are solved first,” “Some sectors will be hurt,” and “It’s a political demolition job.”

Posted: April 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Drivers and dampeners

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What propelled the economy in 2013? What hampered it? What will drive the economy in 2014, and what will dampen it? What do these imply, especially on how the benefits from economic growth are felt all around?

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Value chains for rural development

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How much of our recent economic growth benefits the Philippine countryside? Too little, it seems. Agriculture, the most dominant economic activity in rural areas, contributed a mere 0.1 percentage point to the 6.5 percent gross domestic product growth in the final quarter of 2013, while services and industry contributed 3.5 and 2.8 percentage points respectively. This pattern of growth does nothing to make our economy’s overall brisk rate of growth permeate more widely across the country’s economic sectors and geographic areas. With 70 percent of poor Filipinos residing in rural areas, we cannot keep doing things the same way and be content with getting the same results. We simply must get the rural sector to grow and develop much faster than it has over the years.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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