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Science and agri productivity
by Boo Chanco - August 8, 2022 - 12:00am
We have bright technocrats and scientists, and many international organizations benefit from their services. In agriculture, the scientists at UP Los Baños are among the world’s best.
A soldier, peacemaker and nation builder
by Boo Chanco - August 5, 2022 - 12:00am
There is no doubt in my mind that Fidel Valdez Ramos was the best president we have had. Starting his career as a soldier, FVR risked his life defending democracy and became the peacemaker we needed at crucial moments...
Helping small farmers
by Boo Chanco - August 3, 2022 - 12:00am
Our agrarian reform program limits farm sizes to uneconomical levels, making it impossible for our farmers to earn enough to get themselves out of poverty.
All in the same boat
by Boo Chanco - August 1, 2022 - 12:00am
One of the first things President Junior should have done as he assumed office was to call the biggest taipans to a meeting at the Palace. There are not more than a hundred of them that really matter.
Happiness
by Boo Chanco - July 29, 2022 - 12:00am
Global analytic firm Gallup conducted research and found out that the Philippines is the most stressed and the second angriest and saddest country in Southeast Asia in 2021.
Food and education
by Boo Chanco - July 27, 2022 - 12:00am
It was a decent SONA. It covered most of the bases. It was refreshingly polite. After six years of foul language, Junior was a relief.
Austerity
by Boo Chanco - July 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Marcos Junior delivers his first State of the Nation address today as president of a nation with close to P13 trillion in public debt, an annual budget of P5 trillion, and total revenue collections (BIR and Customs)...
Public transportation
by Boo Chanco - July 22, 2022 - 12:00am
Almost a month into his new job as DOTr Secretary,  I am sure my friend Jimmy Bautista is wondering what he got himself into. The country’s public transportation system is a mess and his predecessor did...
Blessing in disguise
by Boo Chanco - July 20, 2022 - 12:00am
The failure of the Duterte administration to cash in on the promised Chinese ODA funding for three rail projects is a blessing in disguise.
Rising cost of government
by Boo Chanco - July 18, 2022 - 12:00am
After weeks of saying the BSP is being very cautious about raising the interest rate despite the weakening peso, it surprised everyone when it raised it by 75 basis points last week.
Best paid civil servants
by Boo Chanco - July 15, 2022 - 12:00am
The country’s best paid civil servants are working at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Ben Diokno, who was governor last year, earned P41.8 million.
The here and now
by Boo Chanco - July 13, 2022 - 12:00am
The angry crowd rushing through the presidential palace in Sri Lanka must have evoked a sense of deja vu to our new President.
The virus says hi!
by Boo Chanco - July 11, 2022 - 12:00am
President Junior tested positive. He now knows for sure the virus is still around.
Airport economic zone
by Boo Chanco - July 8, 2022 - 12:00am
It was amusing to read so many misinformed opinions from otherwise intelligent observers regarding President Junior’s veto of the law providing perks for the Bulacan airport economic zone.
Bohol tourism bouncing back
by Boo Chanco - July 6, 2022 - 12:00am
Our Cebu Pacific flight to Panglao International Airport was almost full last Friday. I consider this a good indication of things normalizing in the country’s second most important island for tourism.
Crisis in education
by Boo Chanco - July 4, 2022 - 12:00am
It is just as well that the Vice President is also the Secretary of Education. Not that she has any experience or background in education, but if she listens to the right experts, public education in our country...
Day One
by Boo Chanco - July 1, 2022 - 12:00am
After the glitz and glamor of the inauguration ceremonies, it is Day One for our new President. Junior will probably face a culture shock as he buckles down to work today.
Help the farmers
by Boo Chanco - June 29, 2022 - 12:00am
There was this song taught to us in our early grade school about farming not being a joke.
Strong dollar,  not weak peso
by Boo Chanco - June 27, 2022 - 12:00am
As part of its service to clients, my bank sends me an SMS message by midmorning daily to inform me of the day’s exchange rate. I hardly gave it much attention until last Friday. The peso finally is at the...
Food problem
by Boo Chanco - June 24, 2022 - 12:00am
The decision of Junior to assume the agriculture portfolio is a brave one. That means the buck really ends with him. There is no underling to blame for failure, and the risks of failure are big in today’s...
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