By Cielito F. Habito
While doing field research in the country’s poorest areas, my team came across a community where some residents, when asked why there were so many poor people in their area, matter-of-factly said it’s because many of their neighbors are lazy. We also interviewed the project staff of a national government poverty reduction program; when asked why there were so many poor people in their province, their response was, again, because many of them are lazy. Regional heads of national government agencies that we gathered in a focus group discussion chorused that the reason there are many poor people in their region is that most of them are—you guessed it—lazy.
By Rina Jimenez-David
For decades, but especially since the Edsa “People Power” Revolt restored press freedom in the country, the Philippines has prided itself in having one of the freest, if not THE freest press, in the region.
The first anniversary of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) reminds us that the Philippines is already suffering from the effects of climate change.
The Philippines appears to have stalled in its quest to improve its business environment. After being hailed as the most-improved economy in the 2014 World Bank survey on the ease of doing business, the country’s ranking slipped in 2015 (under a new methodology). The findings, reported in the World Bank’s flagship publication “Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency,” indicate how hard it is still for businesses to operate in the Philippines compared with more developed countries.
A “sickening” form of trash talk this one is. From June to August 2013, a company named Chronic Inc., based in Ontario, Canada, shipped 50 40-foot container vans to the Manila International Container Port, in six batches. The firm identified the vans’ contents as “scrap plastic materials for recycling.” The consignee of the shipments was Chronic Plastics, reportedly based in Valenzuela City.