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Monthly archive July 2018

TRAIN 2: The failures it addresses

A successful flagship economic program will ensure Duterte a bright legacy; a mangled one will sink that legacy no matter the political projects. Even so, TRAIN 2 still has ways to go.

Visit and learn from the PSA website

What is the real score with respect to the Duterte administration’s performance so far? His supporters give him excellent marks, his opponents give him failing marks. So what is the Reader to conclude?

Sainthood for the Talangpaz sisters

The sisters Dionisia and Cecilia Talangpaz y Pamintuan, in their lifetime, faced and overcame tremendous vicissitudes in their journey toward a life serving Christ.

Lessons from KISS!, Wimbledon and football 2018, and the draft federal constitution

Management experts tell us about the virtue of KISS! –”Keep It Simple, Stupid!” In short, this advice or admonition means “the simpler, the better.” Perhaps, wisdom epitomizes the phrase, “Less is more!”

Effort, opportunity, and the standard of success

An address delivered before the School of Economics Graduating Class of 2018, during Recognition Rites held 22 June 2018 at the University Theater, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

Fight the evil

You are more than likely to see men and women who are honest, upstanding citizens, people who would go out of their way to help other people. Yet we are a country described as one whose people have an inherently flawed moral character, what with laws broken with impunity.

The BSP and inflation: What mission creep?

When the price spike is due to cost push (food, coal tax and higher transmission charge, rice and NFA failure, wages and “endo”) , the BSP’s capacity to combat the root of the spike is very limited. A more aggressive BSP interest rate hike would only raise costs and inflation further.

Economic risks of the Build Build Build program

Even if there were no external and political risks facing the Build Build Build program of infrastructure, economic risks present themselves in several forms.

The Build Build Build program and domestic political risk

The nation struggles with the daily reminder of infrastructure deficiency as a major choking point in investment attraction. To relieve that obstacle is, according to one belief, the gateway to a lot of new and good private investments. We all get that message. Infrastructure gridlock is a reality that must be overcome.

Do you believe the police?

The “Tisoy” Argoncillo case is illustrative of several things that are wrong with the Philippines.