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Rice prices to rise if imports stopped: ex-economic managers

April 17, 2017

April 12, 2017 MANILA – Rice prices could go up if government bans imports of the staple grain, a trade advocacy group composed of former economic managers said. The Foundation for Economic Freedom also urged President Rodrigo Duterte to liberalize the rice trade by removing the “monopoly” of the National Food Authority on imports. The […]

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Stopping rice importation ‘dangerous,’ says public advocacy group

April 17, 2017

April 12, 2017 MANILA – A public advocacy organization is calling on the Duterte administration to rethink its rice importation policy, describing it as “dangerous.” In a statement, the Foundation for Economic Freedom said stopping all rice importation may lead to shortages and increased rice prices. “We believe that neither policy allowing the National Food […]

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Ditch rice policy, gov’t urged

April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017 The government’s policy on rice continues to be stuck on self-sufficiency and a conflicted practice on importation despite recommendations from local economic experts from the government, private sector and the academe as well as international bodies to ditch what is described as “not practical.” “Rice self-sufficiency is neither a desirable nor a practical […]

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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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Corruption kills

November 29, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) November 21, 2016   I just finished reading the handwritten suicide notes of Francisco Villa, Jr., an official of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the older brother of my colleague Charie Villa. It’s sad to hear of someone who had to take his life because […]

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Common sense governance

August 1, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) July 27, 2016   President Rodrigo Duterte’s SONA was as good a conversation that a president can have with the people. It was as straightforward as Duterte had always been. It avoided technocratic terms and language, and the few that manage to sneak in the prepared […]

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Golden age of infrastructure

July 26, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) July 25, 2016   I like the way the Duterte administration sets high, seemingly impossible and audacious goals. At last we have an administration who recognizes the sad fact we are simply so far behind and we have to make up for years of “neglect.” Still… […]

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High performance; higher expectations

July 11, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) July 9, 2016   BY HISTORICAL standards, the Filipino people achieved more in the past six years than under any previous administration. My recent columns pointed out the extensive survey evidence about, firstly, the Filipino people’s satisfaction with how they were governed (“New standards of governance,” 7/2/16, […]

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President Duterte’s inaugural address deconstructed for actions and directions

July 7, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) July 6, 2016   President Rodrigo Duterte’s inaugural speech was brief, simple and meaningful. There is no soaring rhetoric, no prose masquerading as poetry. It focused on the essentials, on actionable programs and intents. It is summed up in the last […]

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A sensible annulment

July 7, 2016

LIKE IT IS by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) July 7, 2016   We’re witnessing divorces of a different kind, institutional ones. One has been blessed: Communications has left the Department of Transportation and Communications and has found a new partner in the Department of Information and Communications Technology, so once the honeymoon is over, […]

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