About Per SE

Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive January 2016

Fiscal space in the season of generosity

The fiscal space has inspired a feeding frenzy. The vultures are circling to chomp on the precious green shoots before they blossom into harvest. They want their share Now, Now!

Fading into the sunset with unmet economic growth promises

The Philippine economy is closing on a gloomy note. After a totally unexpected 5.6% GDP growth in the first three quarters of 2015, administration officials were hoping for a strong fourth quarter in order to register a respectable 6.0% overall GDP growth rate for the year.

Through young eyes: The Philippines and East Asia in 1956

In 1956, our president was Ramon Magsaysay. Our country was surging with confidence. We were doing well on the 10th year of our political independence as a nation.

Florentino P. Feliciano, legal scholar, lawyer, jurist exemplar, and great Filipino

Few Filipinos can match the stature and quality of Florentino P. Feliciano’s accomplishments in one brilliant career. Several distinguished lifetimes could have fitted to produce his many achievements.