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Drivers and dampeners


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 »

Good starting point

THE GOVERNMENT’S announcement last week that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), expanded by 7.1 percent in the third quarter was indeed a pleasant surprise. The expectation of local and foreign economists and analysts was actually lower: anywhere between 3.9 and 5.4 percent.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Opportunity to prosper

THE ADMINISTRATION of President Aquino deserves praise for the credit-rating upgrade by Moody’s Investor Service, which brought the Philippines’ ratings from all three major international credit watchdogs to just a notch below investment grade. (Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s raised their own ratings for the Philippines earlier this year, citing encouraging economic developments.)

Posted: November 5th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

President must go beyond his anticorruption drive

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report cited in the news item titled “PH poverty reduction remains dismal, says UN” (Inquirer, 10/29/12) stated that “Of the seven MDGs, the country got failing grades in four—eradicating extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education, reducing child mortality and sustaining maternal health. . . On the other hand, it received favorable scores in gender equality, reducing tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS prevalence, and ensuring environmental sustainability.”

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Quest for inclusive growth

The economic growth figures released by the government last week validated the resilience of the Philippine economy in the face of global uncertainties.

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

More skewed growth


Did you know that our economy is even more Manila-centric now than it was 10 years ago? Our friends from Mindanao and the Visayas won’t be jumping for joy on this news, having long lamented that our economic activities are much too concentrated in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces.

Posted: August 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

In defense of Charter change


I am giving my full support to the move in both chambers of Congress to amend the economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution that unreasonably restrict foreign equity investments in large-scale, capital-intensive industries in the Philippines. Especially to be targeted are public utilities, mining, the media, education and real estate. If changing circumstances should warrant limiting foreign investments in these sectors, it should be done by legislation. Having the restrictions enshrined in the Constitution can handicap the Philippines in competing for foreign direct investments (FDI) in the Asian region, now considered the global economic engine.

Posted: August 10th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

11M bosses now without work, not enough work


Blah-blah over inanities like “the people are my Boss” and “the impossible becoming possible” may be inspiring to some. For most Filipinos, however, these mean absolutely nothing. What matters is whether a President has created a national environment that generates jobs enough to allow most Filipinos to keep body and soul together.

Posted: July 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sustaining the state of the economy


The President’s State of the Nation Address is always occasion for assessing the performance of the chief executive and his administration, and always prominent in such assessment is the state of the economy.

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The 2000s: lost decade or best decade?


Appointed only two months ago by President Aquino as the chief of the National Economic and Development Authority, former UP School of Economics dean Arsenio Balisacan seems to have fast caught the yellow I-hate-Arroyo bug that afflicts this administration.

Posted: July 19th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Jumpstarting the ARMM economy


Movers and shakers in the economy of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are gathering today in Cotabato City to bring together their collective experience and wisdom and forge an agenda to invigorate the ARMM economy. Interim Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman saw it fit to have this ARMM Economic Summit within his first 100 days in office, as he faces the unenviable challenge of bringing this erstwhile basket case of a regional economy into a path of inclusive growth and economic dynamism.

Posted: March 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Putting ‘eggs(ports)’ in more baskets


Being a laggard can bring blessings. That the Philippine economy continued growing in the wake of the global financial crisis in 2008-2009, when erstwhile more dynamic economies around us suffered significant declines, is traced to the fact that unlike them, our exports are less developed.

Posted: February 27th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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