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Good governance is good economics

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As policymakers and business leaders gather in Manila this week for the World Economic Forum on East Asia, the talk will inevitably turn to growth.

Posted: May 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Good governance for meaningful growth

This refers to the editorial cartoon (by Gilbert Daroy) in the Inquirer issue of June 19, which showed “global population” and “limited resources.” Good governance should have been depicted as well, our country being in dire need of it to achieve meaningful economic growth.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Conflicted

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We have come a long way, no doubt, with President Aquino’s “daang matuwid” and “no wang-wang” policy and all they symbolize. But the pursuit of good governance is far from complete. So far, the focus has dominantly been on people in public service, especially those in positions of authority where having the wrong people can do the most damage. Even then, numerous people with questionable motivations remain in positions of power—some entrenched due to political entitlement in our deeply flawed political system, others by virtue of proximity to the powers that be. Cleaning up the bureaucracy to a satisfactory and irreversible level will take much more time than a presidential term of office allows. Indeed, many of us dread the very real prospect of backsliding on our governance improvements, with the possible election in 2016 of a president who may throw us back to the old ways that had perennially held us back as a nation.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sustain growth

The mixed views on the higher-than-expected economic growth for 2012 announced by the Aquino administration last week indicated that much has to be done to make development sustainable and its fruits available to all.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Breaking out, taking off and lifting all

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Since Monday, top officials and leaders of government, business, civil society, academe and external donor agencies have been meeting in Davao City for the regular Philippines Development Forum (PDF).

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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