Tag: economic growth

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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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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Lessons to learn (2)

November 10, 2016

LIKE IT IS by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 10, 2016   Tuesday was a day of ignominy for the Philippines. Nine justices disgraced the nation. I’m going to rob a bank and have nine justices exonerate me. Here is the conclusion of my column last week quoting US President Barack Obama’s piece in […]

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Lessons from Arizona

October 26, 2015

Social Climate By Mahar Mangahas (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 24, 2015   The international Society for Quality of Life Studies (Isqols) is an association of researchers who recognize, use and produce meaningful measures of the state of human wellbeing, i.e., measures far superior to the Gross National Product. The researchers of Social Weather Stations […]

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Can we expect action?

June 29, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) June 25, 2015   (First of two parts) Peter Perfecto of Makati Business Club summarized the business community’s recommendations to President Aquino in his June 6 Inquirer commentary. But let me take you further back to when we started submitting recommendations to the President. In 2013, […]

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Mindanao’s growth triangle – Cagayan de Oro, Davao and General Santos

June 24, 2015

Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) June 24, 2015   Three major urban areas serve as magnets for Mindanao’s economic heartland: Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and General Santos. These magnetos collectively provide transport logistics and the industrial and commercial support to the growth of Mindanao’s economy. I […]

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Philippine economic history since the 1930s in perspective

June 17, 2015

Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) June 17, 2015   In 1946, our flag was raised at the Luneta to announce the formal start of our status as an independent republic. That was 59 years ago, six decades of independence. Our economic history presents a mirror of […]

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Travelling by road and Ro-Ro to the Visayan islands and to Mindanao

May 14, 2015

Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) May 13, 2015   It is possible to travel by road from Luzon to any point in the larger islands of the Visayas and Mindanao without riding an airplane. It can be done (by road )with the help of roll-on, roll-off […]

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The economy grew—so what?

September 8, 2014

Social Climate By Mahar Mangahas (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) September 6, 2014   A week ago (8/27/2014), Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan was pleased to report that economic growth had accelerated to 6.4 percent/year, adjusted for inflation, in the second quarter of 2014. He touted the Philippines as the second fastest growing economy among major […]

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Balamban, Cebu – ‘How a foreign direct investment transformed a rural town from poor to very prosperous’

July 2, 2014

Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) July 2, 2014   The entry of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been the main weapon by which many countries in East Asia achieved spectacular economic growth. “The story of Balamban.” Balamban, Cebu is the municipality where the Tsuneishi shipbuilding enterprise from […]

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