Fidel O. Abalos
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Election: The economic  Consequences
by Fidel O. Abalos - November 4, 2023 - 12:00am
The day after the barangay election, supermarkets, department stores, restaurants and coffee shops were full. Inarguably, money flowed.
FDI & the restrictive economic provisions
by Fidel O. Abalos - March 25, 2023 - 12:00am
Two weeks ago, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported that the “net inflow of foreign direct investments into the country shrank from US$12 billion (in 2021) to US$9.2 billion (in 2022) or by 23%  due...
Rise in lending rates in 2023
by Fidel O. Abalos - January 21, 2023 - 12:00am
Last month (December 14, 2022), the US Federal Reserve raised its interest by 50 basis points.
Online platforms:  Boosting counterfeits  
by Fidel O. Abalos - December 31, 2022 - 12:00am
As the year ends, we can observe that “brick and mortar” stores (the traditional street-side business that offers products and services to its customers face-to-face in an office or store that the business...
Technologies that matter
by Fidel O. Abalos - November 12, 2022 - 12:00am
Today, disasters, whether man-made or natural, are just so prevalent and dominating. 
Revenge travel in Vietnam & Thailand
by Fidel O. Abalos - October 29, 2022 - 12:00am
The 5th Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants VisMin International Conference was held successfully in Vietnam and Thailand last week.
Oil production cut  
by Fidel O. Abalos - October 8, 2022 - 12:00am
This week (October 5, 2022), OPEC+ members (lead by Saudi Arabia and Russia) met in Vienna, Austria and agreed to reduce oil output by 1 million barrels per day.
POGOs must go?
by Fidel O. Abalos - October 1, 2022 - 12:00am
Triggered by a spate of kidnapping of Chinese nationals, there is a strong clamor from certain sectors and politicians about the operation of POGOs (or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators) in the country recen...
Return or remote?  
by Fidel O. Abalos - September 24, 2022 - 12:00am
Two weeks ago, PEZA-registered BPOs/BPMs got an early Christmas gift from DOF Sec. Benjamin Diokno.
Oil price: Iran may just be the unlikely savior  
by Fidel O. Abalos - September 10, 2022 - 12:00am
With the US dollar getting stronger by the day, dollar-peso exchange rate breached P57 on September 5, 2022 and continued to display its strength until yesterday.
Revenge travel  
by Fidel O. Abalos - July 23, 2022 - 12:00am
We live in an era where etymologists and grammarians are collaborating to come up with new words or phrases that are politically appropriate.
Robotics for agriculture
by Fidel O. Abalos - July 16, 2022 - 12:00am
The emphasis on agriculture by the current administration is admirable. Known for its inefficiency and notoriety as one of the most corrupt departments, having the president taking it by the horns is certainly the...
Triple whammy  
by Fidel O. Abalos - June 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Nowadays, among professionals and businessmen, whether in the board room, coffee shops or barbershops, the dollar’s strength (hovering around P54 to a dollar), oil prices (over US$110 per barrel), the inevitable...
More jobs than workers = higher pays  
by Fidel O. Abalos - June 18, 2022 - 12:00am
A few weeks ago, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-7 approved another non-productivity related raise of P31 in the minimum wage.
Smart City isn’t about creating an oasis  
by Fidel O. Abalos - June 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Probably, in trying to impress their constituents or win elections, we hear local government executives harping about creating “smart cities” in their territories.
Move away from subsistence farming  
by Fidel O. Abalos - May 28, 2022 - 12:00am
More often, we only realize the gravity of an existential threat to humanity’s existence once a direct and obvious life threatening crisis pervades, like Russia’s invasion on Ukraine.
War in Ukraine: Exacerbated food insecurity    
by Fidel O. Abalos - May 21, 2022 - 12:00am
Since the day Russia’s invasion on Ukraine began, everyone was just conspicuously wary on the disruption of the supply in fossil fuel.
by Fidel O. Abalos - May 14, 2022 - 12:00am
The election is over. The election that was marred, as usual, by massive vote buying activities. 
Devious pols’ businesses
by Fidel O. Abalos - May 7, 2022 - 12:00am
As the election hits fever pitch, the differences (then and now) in the manner by which campaigns are undertaken have become more apparent.
Devious pols: Drying up our treasury   
by Fidel O. Abalos - April 30, 2022 - 12:00am
Certainly, this year (an election year), as more money flows (whether coming from legitimate or illegitimate sources), the economy shall expand.
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