Fellows’ Opinions

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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Crowded jails

October 2, 2017

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco The Philippine Star | October 2, 2017   Last week, we focused on cases of government departments unable to spend or even obligate their budgets. That gave the impression we have too much money, or we have a bureaucracy simply clueless on how to spend their allocations.  I bumped […]

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Bye bye, Build Build Build?

October 2, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Romeo L. Bernardo Business World | October 2, 2017   The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) has been billed as the administration’s flagship legislation for achieving sustainable seven percent growth, generating investments and jobs,and reducing poverty. If TRAIN is derailed — kiss Build, Build, Build, bye bye. There is some concern […]

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Who’s Afraid of a Weak Peso?

September 27, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Raul V. Fabella Business World | September 25, 2017   Once upon a time, I was a co-panelist of Mr. Ronnie Concepcion in a program hosted by Ms. Kris Aquino. I don’t remember what transpired during the televised discussion but vivid in my memory was my brief exchange with Ronnie before we faced […]

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