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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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Women’s joblessness, etc.

March 16, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) March 12, 2016   To mark International Women’s Day last March 8, this piece reviews gender patterns found in the responses to some core indicators of the quarterly national Social Weather Surveys. The figures cited here are simple averages of the four surveys of 2015—i.e., using […]

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Memo on the economy for the next Philippine president

February 4, 2016

Crossroads by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) February 3, 2016   Almost all Filipinos want their president to succeed. Only politics makes it difficult to see through this basic fact. Significant success of the president momentously moves the nation forward. Obviously, I address this open memo to the presidential candidates, one of whom by […]

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Air Asia CEO right on DOTC

May 5, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) May 1, 2015   With just one year to go, I am ready to throw in the towel and stop nagging DOTC to get something done. The purpose of nagging is to induce some shame among DOTC executives. Now it is useless to nag because there […]

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Harness the youth

February 16, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) February 12, 2015   Have you ever seen young people at a party? They portray the vibrancy of youth, the exuberance of a future to come, a career and life just started—and an idealism worthy of the Pope. How do we harness that into the future […]

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Lack of pay, not lack of work

February 9, 2015

Social Climate By Mahar Mangahas (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) February 7, 2015   In the Philippines, 27.0 percent (of adults—i.e., those 18 years old and up) do not have a job and are looking for a job. Thus Joblessness, a meaningful concept measured by SWS, is a very serious problem. On the other hand, only […]

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Think tank urges gov’t to relax wage rules

September 11, 2014

BAGUIO CITY—A government think tank on Tuesday urged policymakers to relax wage regulations and allow small and medium businesses to pay salaries below the minimum wage when they hire unskilled workers. The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said the imposition of a minimum wage had worsened unemployment, a conclusion reached by its labor policy […]

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Trade bloc backs move to ease Charter restrictions FEF: PH growth has not translated into more quality jobs

September 3, 2014

Top economists and sociopolitical analysts of Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) are backing a resolution filed by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. that will ease the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution. Legislators are now deliberating the proposed measure. The House Speaker is “firmly pursuing [the] measure amidst threat of possible derailment brought by sudden […]

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Provide more jobs to reduce poverty, IMF tells Phl

August 11, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The government should work on increasing job opportunities in the country to take advantage of the growing labor force and pull down poverty incidence, the International Monetary Fund said. “Favorable demographics are a missed opportunity if the economy cannot effectively absorb the growing working-age population,” the IMF said in a statement. “Better […]

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