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‘More on ‘endo’ and employment’

October 28, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (Philippine Star) October 19, 2016   Removal of “endo,” or contractualization, is not as simple as proponents want it to be. It has major implications on the employment situation and, hence, on poverty. Some workers who are normally working under the current labor contractual […]

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“Endo, wages, poverty and employment-labor market issues”

October 28, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (Philippine Star) October 12, 2016   Upon his election to the presidency, President Rodrigo Duterte promised to get rid of “contractualization,” the practice of short term employment contracts and labor outsourcing that has become a tool for supplying labor services to enterprises within the […]

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Let’s treat women fairly

September 1, 2016

LIKE IT IS by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) August 25, 2016   We’ve come a long way since women’s suffrage was finally recognized in 1948 with the passage of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but we’ve still ways to go. Women don’t wear petticoats anymore. (Does a young lady today even […]

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‘Options to improve labor market policies and mulitply the ‘good’ jobs’ — Part II

June 23, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) June 22, 2016   In last week’s column, I presented the discouraging aspects of employment generation in the country using a recent World Bank analysis of the problem. If these facts are recognized at the start of a new president’s term, […]

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‘To multiply good jobs and reduce poverty’

June 21, 2016

CROSSROADS (Towards Philippine Economic and Social Progress) (The Philippine Star) June 15, 2016   Last week, the Philippine Statistical Authority released the employment data on the economy, for April 2016. While the picture is one that tells us about progress being achieved in the area, it essentially informs us that our record in raising employment […]

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Employment market policies under the incoming Duterte government

June 7, 2016

Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) June 1, 2016   Employment creation is the most effective weapon against poverty eradication. There are very hopeful signs that the incoming government of president-elect Duterte will move well on this front. However, the practice of contractualization, which president-elect Duterte wants abolished, requires a broader study of the inconsistencies […]

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Joblessness: The realistic picture

November 16, 2015

Social Climate By Mahar Mangahas (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 14, 2015   A realistic picture requires realistic definitions. In the Social Weather Surveys, respondents who answer “may trabaho” at the time they are interviewed are considered as having a Job. Those who answer “walang trabaho” are then asked if they are looking for work, […]

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Inflexible wage rules as first order problems

November 2, 2015

Introspective by Calixto V. Chikiamco (Business World) November 1, 2015   Labor rigidities are a first order problem, that is, they are a principal binding constraint to employment and output growth. By labor rigidities, I mean minimum wages that are unrelated to productivity and are inflexible downwards, and labor security rules that make it difficult […]

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Is minimum wage bad for poor?

May 11, 2015

By Vicente B. Paqueo and Gary B. Olivar (Philippine Daily Inquirer) May 10, 2015   “March of Labor in the Philippines” by Neil Doloricon, one of the 30 paintings at SiningSaysay art exhibit about Philippine history at Gallery Mall in Cubao, Quezon City. LEO M. SABANGAN II It is one of our most enduring shibboleths: […]

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K to 12 and the call for liberal education

May 5, 2015

Trade Tripper by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) April 30, 2015   Perhaps the phrase that best captures today’s zeitgeist is “be yourself.” Which is usually meant to underline another boomer principle: “As long as it feels good, do it.” But ultimately, such exclamations are confused. And it begs the question: What is your “self”? What […]

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