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Third-poorest in Southeast Asia?

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From 2005 to 2010, the Philippines went from fifth-poorest to third-poorest country in Southeast Asia, as estimated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with a new “Asian regional poverty line” of $1.51/person/day (ppp, 2005 prices), as published in its August 2014 special report, “Poverty in Asia: A Deeper Look.”

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Massive job dissatisfaction

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Fully half of the Jobless are people who already had jobs but voluntarily left them, and are now looking for new jobs. The existence of widespread dissatisfaction with jobs is the most important message in this week’s SWS report: “Second Quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Adult Joblessness at 25.9%; 9% lost their jobs involuntarily, 13% resigned.”

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inflation, enemy of poverty

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“Inflation rate rises to 4.9 percent in July 2014, still within government target,” announced the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) last Tuesday. This critical statistic was duly reported by the media the next day, but by Thursday was already forgotten.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The state of deprivation

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This week, Social Weather Stations released its two prime indicators of the state of deprivation among Filipino families, as of its national survey of June 27-30, 2014. The releases have some of both bad news and good news. Self-rated poverty is stubborn. On Monday, SWS reported that the proportion of families rating themselves as poor […]

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘What’s the latest?’

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To the common question “What’s the latest?” I feel pleased that someone is interested, but also disappointed that he/she didn’t check the SWS website first.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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  • Arrest warrant out for gunman in killing of Davao Norte radioman
  • 5 arrested in Laguna farm for murder of Pangasinan mayor
  • DBM’s DAP list sanitized? Prove it – Palace
  • Belmonte to Binay: Don’t compare House to garage-like Makati building
  • OCD-Bicol to evacuate animals from Mayon Friday
  • Sports

  • North Korean reporters using fax to file stories
  • Lions trounce Pirates, nail Final 4 berth
  • Ateneo’s Ravena, NU’s Bernardino bag MVP awards
  • More FEU questions on ‘protest’
  • Unbeaten US boxer joins Pacquiao camp
  • Lifestyle

  • Coca-Cola shares the happiest way of saying thank you
  • Love for books + learning = way to fight poverty
  • American-style hot dogs in Filipino flavors–and inside a casino
  • Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan’s pinipig cookies
  • ‘Better, simpler, cheaper’–hypermarket gets a reboot
  • Entertainment

  • Derek Ramsay’s estranged wife claims he beat her up and raped her
  • CNBLUE is back in Manila, wants to try Jollibee
  • Who’s this actress-TV host who interfered with Vhong Navarro’s case?
  • Korean drama fever hits US
  • NatGeo celebrates glory of the ‘90s with new documentary series
  • Business

  • BSP closes rural bank in Southern Leyte
  • BPI, Japan’s Century Tokyo Leasing seal joint venture in leasing, financing
  • Aquino: PH enjoying ‘renaissance’
  • Aquino told: Why not ‘globalize’ peso?
  • India, China leaders to discuss trade, investment
  • Technology

  • Amazon unveils new Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers
  • Drag queens dress down Facebook over names
  • Are journalists equipped with the right skills?
  • Number of websites explodes past a billion (and counting)
  • New Apple mobile software arrives Wednesday
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, September 18, 2014
  • Out of the shadows
  • National need must dominate
  • Ambivalence
  • Proponents of GM rice ignore the risks
  • Global Nation

  • DFA downplays ‘quasi-rogue’ tag on PH, focuses on lifting China travel ban
  • DFA lowers alert levels for Israel, Palestine
  • Palace: Only chartered flights from China canceled
  • All For Patricia band is rocking Fil-Am watering holes in SF Bay Area
  • US labor officials vow to protect workers’ wages regardless of immigration status
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