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Economic Freedom

FEF holds Forum on Amending the Economic Provisions of the Constitution

March 9, 2017

The Foundation for Economic Freedom in partnership with the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department, PDP Laban Federalism Insitute, Stratebase ADRi Institute, and Democracy Watch held a Forum on Amending the Economic Provisions of the 1987 Constitution on March 8, 2017, at the Speaker Belmonte Hall, House of Representatives, Quezon City. Mr. Gary Teves of […]

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Categories: Charter Change / Competition / Economic Freedom / News

The constricted rural land market

November 30, 2015

Introspective by Calixto V. Chikiamco (Business World) November 29, 2015   One of the major causes of agricultural underdevelopment is our constricted rural land market. It’s constricted because rural land, mainly agricultural, has so many restrictions, prohibitions, and limitations. In short, it’s not freely traded, and therefore cannot go to the highest and best use. […]

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Categories: Calixto Chikiamco / DENR / Economic Freedom / Opinion

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Not too fast on TPP

November 27, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) November 27, 2015   President Aquino was reported to have lobbied President Obama for US support to our bid for inclusion in the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP and got a polite response. Secretaries Purisima of Finance and Domingo of Trade and Industry both emphasized that […]

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Categories: Boo Chanco / Economic Freedom / Opinion / P-NOY

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A business decision to amend the Constitution

January 21, 2015

FURTHER OPENING the economy to foreign businesses, investments and products in the last 20 years has had its rewards. Telecommunications, banking and insurance, retail, energy et al. have all been “liberalized” in one form or another, and this has resulted in business expansion. Both production and consumption have gone up, leading to economic development and […]

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Categories: Charter Change / Economic Freedom / FEF / News

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SB seeks swifter action on economic reform bills

December 9, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. sought yesterday swifter congressional action on pending socio-economic reform bills that would boost investments and create more jobs. “We need to sustain our economic growth, or grow faster, to create more and better jobs for our people,” Belmonte said. He said a recent labor force survey, which showed […]

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Categories: Economic Freedom / Investment / News

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Outdated restrictions

September 29, 2014

No Free Lunch by Cielito F. Habito (Philippine Daily Inquirer) September 23, 2014 In 2000-2011, we attracted an average of $1.1 billion in net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows per year, a pittance against Singapore’s $14.8 billion, Thailand’s $4.5 billion, Vietnam’s $3.9 billion, and Indonesia’s $2.3 billion. But last year, our net FDI inflows already […]

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Categories: Charter Change / Economic Freedom / FDI / News

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Economic Freedom in the Philippines Held Back By Restrictive Constitution

September 12, 2014

The Philippine Constitution restricts foreign ownership in public utilities, mass media and advertising, educational institutions, and land. These restrictions send an unwelcome signal to foreign investors, resulting in the Philippines having one of the lowest FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). With a very low FDI, unemployment and underemployment reach […]

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Visayas lawmakers back Belmonte’s economic Cha-cha

September 9, 2014

LAWMAKERS under the Visayas bloc in the House of Representatives have thrown their support solidly behind the Charter change (Cha-Cha) proposal of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez said that all the 34 lawmakers from the Visayas region support Belmonte’s Resolution of Both Houses 1, which seeks to insert the phrase “unless […]

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Philippines found among most restrictive

September 5, 2014

THE PHILIPPINES has the most restrictive environment for foreign investments in Southeast Asia, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a recent report, warning this could prevent the country from enjoying an expected surge of new money from investors now taking a closer look at the region. In a report, titled: Southeast Asia […]

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