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Inflation, the peso, and overall spending

September 12, 2018

CROSSROADS by Gerardo P. Sicat September 12, 2018 | The Philippine Star   Domestic prices have been on the front burner of Philippine concerns in recent times. Inflationary times. Though Philippine inflation had been relatively modest prior to 2018, the inflation rate has steadily risen since the beginning of the year. The year-on-year average rate of […]

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Housing program for the country’s workers is not succeeding

April 11, 2018

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat The Philippine Star | April 11, 2018   The housing industry is a driving force for economic growth in many countries. This is most especially true in the case of construction for sheltering the bulk of the country’s workforce in affordable housing units. Housing […]

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President Duterte’s lament and the road to self-sustaining economic growth

January 12, 2017

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat  (The Philippine Star) January 11, 2017   Speaking before his own Presidential Security Group recently, President Duterte lamented that Philippine development has been behind that of our neighbors. “Every time I (visit) other countries like Indonesia and Singapore,” he said, “and you can see […]

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‘Hal Hill’s review of the Cesar Virata biography’

January 12, 2017

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat  (The Philippine Star) January 4, 2017   As I am on a brief vacation, I take the liberty of using my column space to present a work of Professor Hal Hill, who is H.W. Arndt Professor of Southeast Asian Economics, Australian National University. He […]

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On aging and exercise

January 3, 2017

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) December 28, 2015   To my readers: I hope you had a happy Christmas and that your new year is one of fulsome expectations! I go off-topic from my main concerns this time of year. The connection of exercise to aging […]

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Implement the Reproductive Health Law fully

January 3, 2017

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) December 21, 2015   Recently, former president Fidel Ramos, along with supporters of the Reproductive Health Law that was passed in 2014, wrote an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte to seek its full implementation. Supreme Court TROs. Despite the passage […]

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Uncertain int’l economy under a Trump-led US

January 3, 2017

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) December 14, 2015   The international economy faces uncertain prospects in 2017. The march toward globalization and prosperity has been interrupted by a series of surprise events as 2016 is closing. Uncertain and volatile times. These new events augur changes that […]

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The tax reform program: Social and economic implications

December 12, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic And Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat  (Philippine Star) December 7, 2016   More elaboration is coming out from the Duterte government concerning the tax reform package now in Congress. In particular, I refer to Tax Reform Package 1. A more simple and efficient tax system. The proposals seek, first, a […]

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Peso depreciation: Causes and implications

December 12, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic And Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat  (Philippine Star) November 30, 2016   Last week, the peso breached 50 pesos per one US dollar. Until August, it was 46 pesos to the dollar on average. This means the peso has depreciated by as much as 8.7 percent since August. One thing […]

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Sustaining high growth, domestic push factors and external headwinds

November 29, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) November 23, 2016   A year-on-year growth rate of 7.1 percent for the third quarter of 2016 assures the Philippine economy is on a high growth path. This, however, is happening during a time when adverse short term developments are enveloping […]

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