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President Aquino has no plans to solve unemployment

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I wanted to hear (and I’m sure millions of other Filipinos did, too) President Aquino say in his State of the Nation Address last Monday how he intends to solve the acute unemployment problem in the Philippines. But beyond saying that an additional 1,165 million Filipinos were employed from April 2013 to April 2014, there was nothing more. Yet unemployment is our biggest problem and the cause of widespread poverty. Solve it and you also solve a lot of other problems.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stonewalling stalls social reform

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Over the past few weeks, key social reform programs designed to redistribute the nation’s wealth more broadly have stalled as the Aquino administration stonewalled against public demands for their accelerated implementation.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Positive ‘encounters’ in CARP implementation

In 1998, in my absence and without my knowing it, the Department of Agrarian Reform surveyed my properties in Barangay F. Simeon in Ragay, Camarines Sur. I only came to know about it after seven years.

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The government as land-grabber

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Land-grabbing has become rampant in the Philippines, not only by squatters and certain Torreses but also, in the unkindest cut, by the government itself, which is supposed to protect private property.

Posted: September 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Romancing the land

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The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) is unfinished business.

Posted: June 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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