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Mining for inclusive growth

October 16, 2014

Commentary by Ronald U. Mendoza (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 16, 2014   Mining has become a divisive issue, yet it need not be. Efforts to clarify and sharpen the Philippines’ mining policy have generated intense debate among stakeholders, spanning the business community, civil society and the central and local governments. The debate largely centers on […]

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Eco 101 of Customs reform

August 11, 2014

MAPPING THE FUTURE By Ronald U. Mendoza (Philippine Daily Inquirer) August 11, 2014 This month’s news reports about the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have been quite unflattering, to say the least. Reports of higher prices, along with increased difficulties by some importers, painted a picture of painful adjustments to the reform. But is such pain […]

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Over-taxing the middle class

August 11, 2014

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) August 11, 2014   Those of us who think we are middle class have always felt that we are over-taxed. We are carrying an unfair share of the burden of financing this government. Our salaries are taxed even before we get our pay slips. We work […]

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Pork: Killing our democracy softly

July 28, 2013

By Ronald U. Mendoza (Rappler) July 28, 2013    Each Congressman receives pork barrel funds of about P70 Million per year; and each Senator receives P200 Million per year. For a Congressman who manages a successful 9 year run, that’s P630 Million; and for a Senator that’s almost P2 billion. The recent brouhaha on the […]

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People power or dynasty power?

February 17, 2013

Thought Leaders by Ronald U. Mendoza (Rappler) February 17, 2013   Some 27 years after the “EDSA People Power Revolution” that toppled the Marcos dictatorship in 1986, clan politics continues to thrive in the Philippines. In recent months, members of some prominent political clans jointly filed their candidacies at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for […]

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Land titling for inclusive growth

August 13, 2012

MAPping the Future  by Ronald U. Mendoza (Philippine Daily Inquirer) August 13, 2012   Promoting inclusive growth is the cornerstone of P-Noy’s development plan. Here’s a simple way to summarize the over-all effort. The “growth” part of the strategy is linked to the effort to boost infrastructure, improve economic competitiveness and drum-up private sector investments […]

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