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Monthly archive May 2013

Will the real NEDA please stand up?

The "Assessment of the Economic Potentials of APEFZ/APECO" says "government should continue to support the completion of the necessary structures and facilities of APECO". But the statement issued by NEDA three days ago says support for all these additional facilities will be contingent on completion of its master plan.

Museums, the mind, and social progress

Museums give us a chance to scan the world in which we live as it was, as it is, and as it will be. Through them, a nation can document its history more convincingly, showcasing practical achievements and providing clues about its lofty aspirations.

A tough nut to crack

Our country's high poverty incidence hasn’t moved down tangibly and has hurt the approval and trust ratings of many an administration. The issue once again comes to the fore with NSCB’s recent release of the national poverty rate at 27.9% for the first semester of 2012 vis-á-vis those of 2009 (28.6%) and 2006 (28.8%). ...

NEDA recommendation a huge mistake

After more than four months of review, the NEDA has recommended that the national government continue its support of Apeco (Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority) in managing and operating the 12,900-hectare Aurora Pacific Economic and Freeport Zone. A huge mistake, comparable, sadly, to its NBN-ZTE fiasco.

Killing the messenger

Oh for heaven’s sake. Here I am again, having to eat my words -- at least partially. I should have quit while I was ahead. I am referring what I said at the end of last week’s column -- the last paragraph. I should have skipped that altogether. Why? Let me explain.

May 1 thoughts – raising employment and conquering poverty – China’s example for us

China’s magical growth emerged because its leadership discovered and learned from the “market.” It found the way to use it as the solution to its economic problems. In so doing, it also learned to adopt capitalistic practices to support the market.

May Day: happy or sad day?

Should Filipino workers rejoice or despair? For those who are gainfully employed and have received decent salary increases lately, there is reason to rejoice. But for those who are employed but whose pay have remained unchanged, the underemployed, and the unemployed there is nothing but despair.