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How nations grow, or why nations fail

November 21, 2012

Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) November 21, 2012   A book published this year represents a breakthrough in the understanding of long term economic development of nation states. It presents a coherent analysis of why countries have large differences in income and economic welfare based on […]


Categories: Environment / Gerardo Sicat / Opinion

We lost a good man

August 23, 2012

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) August 23, 2012   We have just lost a good, decent and, in this age of doubt, honest man. Jesse Robredo was a man who gained acceptance for the reforms he effected. He was respected by those who worked with him or for him. My heart […]


Categories: Environment / Investment / Opinion / Peter Wallace


Solar No Solution to Mindanao Power Crisis

April 10, 2012

Vested interests, in the guise of being environmental activists, are clamoring for the quick installation of solar projects to solve the power blackouts in Mindanao. However, together with their loud demand for solar projects, which are supposed to be environmentally friendly, is an insistence by vested interests to immediately implement the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) for solar […]


Categories: DOE / Environment / FEF Press Release / FIT / News / Renewable Energy

When FiT is not healthy

February 20, 2012

With new technologies coming on stream for the emerging renewable energy (RE) sector, particularly with regards to solar, it is best to wait before implementing with finality the proposed feed-in-tariff rates that aim to encourage investments in this field. Let’s not be in a hurry to add more burden to the consuming public who are already paying […]


Categories: Economics / Environment / FIT / News / Renewable Energy

Environment and Property Rights

March 10, 2011

Posted in BusinessWorld on March 6, 2011 When one thinks about being friendly to the environment, one usually counterposes it to private property rights. Along this line of thinking, the government is for the environment and the private sector with its “greed” is anti-environment.


Categories: Calixto Chikiamco / Environment / Opinion / Property Rights