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Long term vision
by Boo Chanco - November 16, 2018 - 12:00am
When my US-based sister and her American husband visited some years ago, I took them to Baguio and was sorry I did. No more smell of pine trees as you go up Kennon, and the city itself was an urban mess.
Aren’t they all cronies?
by Boo Chanco - November 14, 2018 - 12:00am
It is a sign of our times that the result of the third telco bidding is considered by some, lutong makaw. How can this be when the impression is given that most of the bidders are cronies of the President? Or think...
More love in the Philippines
by Boo Chanco - November 12, 2018 - 12:00am
In a world filled with hatred, will love be a good selling point for Philippine tourism? Marie Venus Tan, the new COO of the Tourism Promotions Board sure hopes so. In fact, she thinks so.
Alternative truth
by Boo Chanco - November 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Asked by a reporter about his attitude towards truth, US President Donald Trump replied: “When I can, I tell the truth.”
Hopes, dreams and the third telco
by Boo Chanco - November 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Today is the day! Today, those interested in becoming the third telco will submit their bids.
Red tape pa rin!
by Boo Chanco - November 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Malaysia progressed faster than us over the last 30 years. They also had big problems with corrupt politicians, but it apparently didn’t stop them from improving delivery of public services.
Not Sonny’s fault
by Boo Chanco - November 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez is getting a bad rap and unfortunately, even the President seems to believe it. In a recent speech, he remarked that Sec Sonny’s TRAIN had made many people cry.
The future has arrived
by Boo Chanco - October 31, 2018 - 12:00am
I received an e-mail with a number of interesting predictions. It had been forwarded so many times that the name of whoever wrote it is gone. It would have been nice to see the author’s credentials.
Conglomerates to the rescue?
by Boo Chanco - October 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Economist Raul Fabella, a national scientist, delivered a lecture last week that all but gave up on government’s ability to make a real difference in poverty reduction and economic inclusion.
No casinos in Boracay
by Boo Chanco - October 26, 2018 - 12:00am
The final word has come down from President Duterte on the issue of casinos in Boracay and it is a big, fat NO. Pressure had been exerted to allow the existing ones to continue, but the President still said NO.
Inflation: It’s complicated
by Boo Chanco - October 24, 2018 - 12:00am
There are too many simplistic and misleading explanations going around about inflation, why it happened and what ought to be done.
Keeping Boracay clean
by Boo Chanco - October 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Boracay, our prime tourist destination, will open again this week. While cleaning up the island is still a work in progress, one wonders if our government has the ability to keep it clean and the resorts compliant...
How to be left behind
by Boo Chanco - October 19, 2018 - 12:00am
From the country that was second only to Japan to one that is fast approaching second to the last in ASEAN, just about sums up our journey over the last 50 years.
Fair competition
by Boo Chanco - October 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, chairman of the Philippine Competition Commission posted this tweet last week:
Regulatory capture
by Boo Chanco - October 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Another big problem a potential investor must worry about in the Philippines is regulatory capture. It is either live with the system and feed the corruption that goes with regulatory capture or stay away from the...
Help our farmers sell
by Boo Chanco - October 12, 2018 - 12:00am
The picture of tons and tons of locally grown tomatoes dumped by farmers in Laguna in a waste dumpsite was very troubling. For one, the farmers toiled to grow those tomatoes and now they get nothing for their e...
Our two economic legs
by Boo Chanco - October 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Our economy has been standing precariously on two legs all these many decades — OFW remittances and BPO earnings. Both have provided jobs to Filipinos many of whom would otherwise be jobless.
A new telco duopoly
by Boo Chanco - October 8, 2018 - 12:00am
At best, the proposal of Ramon Jacinto, a presidential adviser, to limit the number of telco tower operators to two is misguided. It is a brazen attempt at rent-seeking.
Low IQ?
by Boo Chanco - October 5, 2018 - 12:00am
There is a post on Facebook featuring a table showing the ranking of ASEAN countries according to IQ. The Philippines is last on the list. Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar ranked higher.
Attracting investors
by Boo Chanco - October 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Investors, local or foreign, look for the same things. What are the prospects for making money in a country, how easy or difficult is it to do business there, and is it politically stable.
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