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Unrealistic official poverty

November 29, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 12, 2016   Accuracy in measuring the change in poverty over time and measuring the scale of poverty at a point in time are two different things. Last week, in “The poverty drop was anticipated” (11/5/16), I said that, long before the Philippine Statistics Authority’s new […]

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The poverty drop was anticipated

November 7, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 5, 2016   Last Oct. 27, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released its newest report on poverty, stating that 16.5 percent of families were officially poor in 2015, compared to 19.7 percent in 2012. The report also provided the percentages of poor families in two earlier […]

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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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‘Mahirap,’ ‘pobre,’ ‘imol’

September 19, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) September 17, 2016   In SWS surveys of Self-Rated Poverty, the household head is shown a card with Poor written above a line, and Not Poor written below the line, and then asked to situate the family on the card.  (To eliminate visual bias, half of the […]

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Favorable poverty news again

September 1, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) August 6, 2016   THIS WEEK, Social Weather Stations is reporting Self-Rated Poverty (SRP) among families in the second quarter (2016Q2) at 45 percent, or 1 point better than the 46 percent in 2016Q1.  The two quarters together are the best poverty numbers for two consecutive quarters […]

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Lifting farmers out of poverty

July 7, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (Philippine Star) July 6, 2016   The Duterte administration seems to be genuinely concerned about lifting our farmers out of poverty. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez recently told a group of businessmen that this administration is planning a revolution in agriculture. Sonny, who once had that responsibility as secretary of […]

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A conservative approach to anti-poverty

June 21, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World Online) June 16, 2016   The cause célèbre obviously is poverty. Or to be more specific: income inequality. Unfortunately, the solution célèbre is always to redistribute income. Done by way of ever increasing taxes, then spread through welfare entitlement programs, it has nevertheless proven to be consistently ineffective […]

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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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Favorable news about poverty

May 31, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) May 28, 2016   The new statistics of SWS on poverty show favorable trends in early 2016. In the SWS first-quarter survey, done on March 30-April 2, only 46 percent of household heads nationwide considered themselves poor (mahirap), and only 31 percent considered their food as poor. […]

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Money can’t buy you happy

February 10, 2016

Trade Tripper by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) February 4, 2016   In last week’s Republican primary debate, Marco Rubio made this interesting comment: “Why are we some of the most generous people in the world? Why do Americans contribute millions of dollars to charity? It is not because of the tax write off. It is […]

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