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The Foundation has for its Board of Advisers, former Prime Minister Cesar E.A. Virata and former Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Dr. Gerardo Sicat. The Foundation is led by its Board of Trustees composed of former Finance Secretary Roberto de Ocampo, OBE as Chairman, and former Finance Undersecretary Romeo Bernardo as Vice-Chairman. Business columnist Mr. Calixto Chikiamco acts as President together with former Finance Secretary Ernest Leung as Treasurer and Atty. Ricardo Balatbat as Executive Director and Corporate Secretary. Other Trustees include Monetary Board member Dr. Felipe Medalla, former Presidential Adviser for Strategic Projects Gloria Tan-Climaco, corporate lawyer Perry Pe, investment bankers Simon Paterno, Eddie Gana, and Vaughn Montes, international trade law adviser Anthony Abad, and urban land planning expert Dr. Art Corpuz.

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World Bank recommends: Open up shipping, rice, telecommunications sectors

October 30, 2015

Shipping containers are stacked at the Manila International Container Port. EDD GUMBAN/File photo October 30, 2015 MANILA, Philippines – The World Bank is urging the country to open up its telecommunications, shipping, and rice industries to more competition locally and internationally to increase competitiveness and attract more foreign investments. Karl Kendrick Chua, senior country economist […]


‘Philippines exclusion from TPP makes economic Cha-cha more urgent’

October 26, 2015

October 24, 2015 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ non-inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc has given Congress an impetus to push through with amending the economic provisions of the Constitution, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday. With the inability of the country to join the TPP, it has become more urgent for the […]

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Income tax cuts needed says civic group

September 21, 2015

ANOTHER CIVIC group has joined mounting calls to reduce income taxes in the Philippines, saying the old rates are outdated.  The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) insisted on income tax cuts, saying that adjustments to inflation are warranted. “We, the Foundation for Economic Freedom, support moves in the House and the Senate to lower personal […]