Gerardo P. Sicat
Gerardo P. Sicat
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Monetary policy addresses current macro challenges
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 16, 2018 - 12:00am
During the last Monetary Board meeting (May 10), the Bangko Sentral decided to raise the basic interest rate governing domestic lending transactions by 25 basis points.
Rice production and imports 2018
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 2, 2018 - 12:00am
The National Food Authority (NFA) has been in the news lately.
Is the labor market tightening?
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 25, 2018 - 12:00am
It is fair to ask the question, Is the market for labor tightening? With Labor Day just around the corner – May 1 – the question is pertinent. This is the time when the labor sector is most vocal, demanding,...
Worker housing program and government’s role
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 18, 2018 - 12:00am
In the course of decades of our economic development, two contrasting visual images of the nation compete with each other.
Housing program for the country’s workers is not succeeding
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 11, 2018 - 12:00am
The housing industry is a driving force for economic growth in many countries. This is most especially true in the case of construction for sheltering the bulk of the country’s workforce in affordable housing...
US and China: On the brink of a trade war
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 4, 2018 - 12:00am
When one country initiates action intended to hurt another, and the other country responds to inflict a similar hurt, then a trade war happens. Such is the nature of the relationship between the United States and...
A dream of foreign education fulfilled
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 28, 2018 - 12:00am
Sometime last month, an invitation from the Philippine American Economic Foundation’s 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program in the Philippines set me to think about my youth and the connection of economic...
‘Implementing the free college tuition law’
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Sometime in August last year, Republic Act 10931 or the law on Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education, otherwise known as the free college tuition law, was signed.
The weakening or depreciating peso
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 14, 2018 - 12:00am
On Sept. 20, 2010, it took P44.25 to buy one US dollar.
A global trade war is possible
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 7, 2018 - 12:00am
US President Donald Trump’s announced plan last week to raise steel tariffs to 25 percent and aluminium tariffs to 10 percent were designed to disrupt the trade in steel in which the US is the major impor...
OFW remittances: Where they come from
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data on Filipino international remittances received for the whole year of 2017 amounted to $28.06 billion.
Managing inflation, or rising prices
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 14, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippine Statistics Authority reports that prices in January compared to those of the same month last year, rose four percent.
New external shock: US stock market plunge
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 7, 2018 - 12:00am
A new external shock to the world economy happened. The US stock market has suddenly turned southwards yesterday after a sustained period of climb.
External factors affecting the 2018 economy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 31, 2018 - 12:00am
External developments are often the X-factor that bring surprises to our projections of the economic future.
The case for a federal form of government
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 24, 2018 - 12:00am
The second major constitutional reform that appears urgent (in answer to the five questions posed by the Senate Committee on Constitutional Reforms) is the demand to restructure the country’s political system...
Constitutional amendments – Senate hearing concerns
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am
In connection with the hearings being conducted by the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, I have been asked for my views on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution.
107 million Filipinos in 2018
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 10, 2018 - 12:00am
The National Statistics Authority estimates that this year, our headcount will be 107 million Filipinos.
New Year food for thought
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Some food for thought for the new year greet me.
Translations in literature: English to Filipino
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
A few days before Christmas, I was in a bookstore looking over titles that are worth reading and gifting.
What to expect in 2018 for the economy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
At this time of the year, many are wondering what 2018 holds for the Philippine economy.
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