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Sabotage?

February 14, 2018

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco The Philippine Star | February 14, 2017   We are not being told the whole story on the rice situation. I get the feeling that some bureaucrats and their favorite rice traders are making a last ditch effort to stop the announced change in policy that removes the import […]

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Land use bill and Asian urbanization

February 13, 2018

My Cup Of Liberty | By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr.   Urbanization, like technological innovation and mass production of mobile phones and other gadgets, is among the important reasons why people’s lives have become more comfortable. Many necessities like schools and work offices, supermarkets and groceries, hospitals and clinics, are nearby. People no longer need […]

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Past due

February 5, 2018

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco Philippine Star | February 5, 2018   Talk to construction industry people and you get the feeling the excitement over Build Build Build is surprisingly muted at least among the bigger players. They have been burned badly before by government’s bad payment habits and they would rather deal with […]

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Big projects

January 24, 2018

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco Philippine Star | January 24, 2018   Everyone seems to be banking on a near flawless roll-out of both the big infrastructure projects and the tax reform program for the economy’s continued good health this year. That is a big bet on the ability of the bureaucracy to deliver […]

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TRAIN: risk or opportunity?

January 23, 2018

By Dindo Manhit Philippine Daily Inquirer | January 23, 2018   When President Duterte signed the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act into law last December, a number of leading economists lauded the move. After all, the first package of the tax reform law is arguably the Duterte administration’s most important legislative victory […]

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The Gravy TRAIN is leaving and common sense isn’t in it

December 4, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Romeo Bernardo Business World | December 4, 2017   Otto von Bismarck once said that “laws are like sausages. Better not to see them being made.” No one would agree more than observers of the ongoing TRAIN legislation. The just released Senate version illustrates the point. New ingredients surreptitiously found their way into […]

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Ma’am Karen’s burden

November 29, 2017

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco The Philippine Star | November 29, 2017   I have ridiculed the transport department for having too many lawyers and not enough engineers calling the shots. But it seems they just have the wrong kind of lawyers. After hearing UP Law and Harvard trained Atty Karen Jimeno discuss how […]

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Regulatory capture

November 28, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE By Calixto V. Chikiamco Business World | November 27, 2017   Regulatory capture, according to Wikipedia, is “a form of government failure that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns of special interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is […]

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A decent internet service

November 24, 2017

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco Philippine Star | November 24, 2017 After Jack Ma mocked the internet service our telcos provide, I was hoping an overnight miracle will boost the quality of our broadband connectivity. National honor is at stake. I am told the telcos have the existing technical capability to vastly improve the […]

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Jeepneys

October 19, 2017

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco The Philippine Star | October 18, 2017   I have mixed feelings about what to do with the jeepneys. On the one hand, I can understand why government wants to do something, anything, to “modernize” the jeepney. On the other hand, it is a transport system deeply rooted in […]

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