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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive July 2013

Improving competition in the domestic economy

One of the major pieces of economic legislation in Congress is an anti-trust bill. For years, several versions of such proposed legislation have competed for attention in the legislative mill, only to fail passage. Recently, the private chambers included this among its suggestions for priority legislation.

Informal settlers and water rates

I haven’t done an actual count, but it seems that the past week has had more than its share of news stories worthy of comment or analysis, and I don’t want to pass up the chance to get in my licks. So I ask the Reader for her forbearance as I tackle more than one...

The private sector’s united economic message to the President

The Philippine Business Groups (PBG), including members of the Joint Foreign Chambers, sent a united message to President Aquino to recommend an economic focus to his program of government for the second half of his term. The message conveys their effort to share in the President’s “vision of inclusive growth through job generation, poverty reduction,...

Failing to meet the MDGs

Big gains have been made in at least half of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a United Nations report said. Where does the Philippines stand vis-a-vis the rest of the world?

Sizing up the President

As President Aquino marks the mid-point of his term, his forthcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA) is going to get more attention, and the hype from both sides of the political arena will be even more intense and exaggerated than usual.


Here's a warning to policy makers: be careful what you ask for. If you ask for “good” news all the time, that’s what you’ll get, while the “bad” news, no matter how pressing and relevant, will be hidden.