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SHDA conference tackles pressing housing issues in PH

September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017   It would be hard to imagine how the Philippines could achieve inclusive growth without addressing its burgeoning housing backlog and the ever precarious situation of informal settler families. Data from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) showed that the country needed at least 5.6 million housing units to solve […]

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Dismantling the Post-EDSA order

September 11, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto V. Chikiamco Business World | September 11, 2017   A friend recently asked me, “What’s Duterte doing? Why is he going against the Prietos and Inquirer and the Lopezes and ABS-CBN?” He was referring to the government ejectment of the Prietos from the Mile Long property and the subsequent sale of the Philippine Daily Inquirer to […]

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Technology, the dragon slayer

August 14, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto V. Chikiamco Business World | August 14, 2017 Companies that don’t have a digital strategy are toast. Perhaps I should amend that: companies that don’t embrace technological change face extinction. Radical statement, you might say? Recently, Ford, Inc., the motoring giant, ousted its CEO, Mark Fields, even though he had presided over […]

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Has change come?

June 19, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto V. Chikiamco Business World Online (June 19, 2017)   It will be one year since Rodrigo Roa Duterte became president on the back of a campaign promise that “change is coming.” To assess what has been done for the Filipino people since he took office, it’s but right that the Filipino people […]

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Where’s the Human Resource Strategy?

May 23, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto Chikiamco Business World | May 22, 2017 One thing I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is that running an organization is 90% human resources. By that I mean people decisions and people management are keys to success. Although there are plenty of business books hyping the importance of strategy, it’s not the key to […]

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Ending ‘endo’ and the logic of collective action

November 7, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto V. Chikiamco (Business World) November 7, 2016   The late political economist Mancur Olson taught us that concentrated interests lord it over dispersed interests, i.e. the noisy organized few can prevail over the unorganized, silent many. Why is this so? If the benefit to an organized few is large but the costs […]

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Change and uncertainty under Duterte

September 6, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto Chikiamco (Business World) September 5, 2016   What’s the difference between risk and uncertainty? According to economists, risk is the known unknown; uncertainty is the unknown unknown. Put it in another way, risk is measurable while uncertainty is unmeasurable. To a bank, liquidity risk or the risk that it will run out […]

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What Agriculture Needs is Property Rights Reform

July 11, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto V. Chikiamco (Business World Online) July 11, 2016   Number four in President Duterte’s 10-point economic agenda is to “provide support services to small farmers to increase productivity and improve market access. Provide irrigation and better support services to farmers.” Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has said that to implement President Duterte’s directive […]

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Duterte’s coming reality check

June 14, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto Chikiamco (Business World Online) June 14, 2016   I’m not perturbed at the stream of consciousness rants of President-elect Duterte against the Catholic hierarchy, media, the judiciary, the BIR, Customs, government officials on the take from drug lords, and most everything else. To my mind, he’s only venting the people’s frustrations at […]

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A vote for systemic change

May 16, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Calixto V. Chikiamco (Business World Online) May 15, 2016   The electoral victory of Davao City Mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte can’t be interpreted anything else other than as a vote for systemic change. Not just change, but systemic, radical change. It certainly wasn’t a vote for continuity. Mar Roxas, who ran […]

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