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Monthly archive October 2016

A jewel in the crown

The latest poverty statistics, covering 2015, have to be a jewel in whatever crown of achievements former President Benigno Aquino III can claim for his six years in office.

President Duterte’s ‘separation from the US’ tsunami in Beijing

“I announce my separation from the United States, both in military, but economics also,” so spoke President Rodrigo Duterte as he ended his speech before an audience of Chinese officials and businessmen last week in Beijing.

His usual hype or (shudder) not?

Now I know how the Cubans must have felt when Fidel Castro, who overthrew the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and gained their adulation for it, declared himself a Marxist-Leninist two years later.

More on ‘endo’ and employment

Removal of “endo,” or contractualization, is not as simple as proponents want it to be. It has major implications on the employment situation and, hence, on poverty.

The UP Presidency

UP is looking for its next president. And if the list of candidates is rather thin, it is because of a recent rule adopted by its Board of Regents, to the effect that all nominees should have the ability to serve the full term of six years before reaching the age of 70.

Letter to the Board of Regents on the age requirement for the UP Presidency

There is nothing in the law, the Charter, the Code, or the University's cherished traditions to suggest that advanced age must be a factor in the administration of the University's affairs.

Endo, wages, poverty, and employment-labor market issues

It is a paradox, but it is true. Measures that appear to be modest in terms of labor policy will allow us the greatest flexibility in achieving more development and improve the welfare of labor. This is borne out by the experience of many countries in our neighborhood.

Like ‘tutas’ with tongues hanging out

For lack of knowledge on the part of the barangay members, and lack of interest of the local and national governments, the Barangay Assembly has morphed into a poorly attended cheering squad where the barangay chair makes a speech and refreshments are served. Let’s put the power in the barangays where it belongs: with us....

Advice to Duterte: the presidency is a platform for nation-building

No Filipino leader has projected himself upon the world’s consciousness as swiftly as our President Rodrigo Duterte. This is largely because of his plain, profanity-laden manner of speaking.

Welcome remarks: Center for Financial and Monetary Economics

Our vision for the center is therefore to eventually become an internationally recognized center for research and education in financial and monetary economics that can stand proudly beside similar institutions in the Asian region,

Taking back power

Do you feel that things are getting away from you, that you are in a situation fast spinning out of control while you look on helplessly? Well, you may derive some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. And that indeed, you can do something about it.

Reduce personal income tax, broaden VAT and raise gas taxes

The main elements of Package I of the comprehensive tax reform program deals with personal income taxation, the value-added tax (VAT) and gasoline taxes.