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Challenged Swiss challenge
by Rey Gamboa - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am
A few months ago, President Duterte made a surprising announcement that he wanted to implement the Swiss challenge system in doing government projects instead of going into public biddings.
Playing catch-up
by Rey Gamboa - July 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Even if investments from the Chinese side do materialize for the government’s ambitious Build Build Build program, it seems that the big problem now is how the Department of Public Works and Highways will reorganize...
No change soon for better internet
by Rey Gamboa - July 10, 2018 - 12:00am
There’s news that the duopoly has agreed that all prepaid cellular “load” will now have an “extended” one-year validity period.
Well, change takes time
by Rey Gamboa - July 5, 2018 - 12:00am
A friend’s passport is expiring a year from now, but he’s already started the process for renewal.
Taxation and its equitable distribution
by Rey Gamboa - July 3, 2018 - 12:00am
If we are to take at face value what core endorsers define as benefits of a federal form of government are, it would all boil down to an “equitable” distribution of the country’s wealth.
Build Build Build scaledown imminent?
by Rey Gamboa - June 28, 2018 - 12:00am
If there is one possible side effect of the ongoing trade war between China and the US, it is the slowdown – or even a total stoppage – of funds for the Philippine government’s ambitious Build Build...
Heeding our digital competitive rank
by Rey Gamboa - June 26, 2018 - 12:00am
The Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development has reported that the Philippines dropped 10 notches in another of its world rankings, this time on digital competitiveness. This shouldn’t...
Saving the oceans
by Rey Gamboa - June 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Our oceans are in crisis.
Trump and tariffs
by Rey Gamboa - June 19, 2018 - 12:00am
It takes some reading – well, really, a lot – to understand the ramifications of the global trade politics currently unfolding that has placed US President Donald Trump in the fulcrum, with China and...
A reader’s dying Manila
by Rey Gamboa - June 14, 2018 - 12:00am
This is from a reader, Rafael E. Rueda Jr., who wishes to share his experiences as a citizen of Manila, as well as his views on how to save the city from further decay. We share excerpts of his letter. Please read...
Wake up call
by Rey Gamboa - June 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Last month, news about Filipino basketball player Kiefer Ravena failing a doping test randomly made by the FIBA, the world’s governing basketball body, was made public.
‘Bitin na Bitin’
by Rey Gamboa - June 7, 2018 - 12:00am
The lyrics from Filipino artist Gary Valenciano’s song “Di Bale na Lang” resounds clear in my mind whenever I remember President Duterte’s promise to have a third telecommunications company...
A reader’s cure for Metro Manila’s traffic problem
by Rey Gamboa - June 5, 2018 - 12:00am
We continue with the second part of Rafael Rueda Jr.’s letter, this time focusing on what many perceive to be Metro Manila’s biggest blight: traffic.
Reader’s view on Metro Manila problems
by Rey Gamboa - May 31, 2018 - 12:00am
We received a lengthy, but interesting letter from Rafael Rueda Jr., a reader, early this month, and we would like to share his letter in order to better understand the problems and issues that growing urban centers...
What to do with $80/bbl crude oil
by Rey Gamboa - May 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Aside from the unpalatable effects of higher oil prices for the Philippine economy, the increasing complaints from a growing number of sectors make the hiked petroleum product prices worrisome for the government,...
Sharing ideas to combat corruption
by Rey Gamboa - May 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Corruption in government is once again a hot topic, not only on social media, but also whenever and wherever people start to huddle and strike up a conversation.
Casual government workers need protection
by Rey Gamboa - May 22, 2018 - 12:00am
One of the biggest ironies of President Duterte’s war on illegal “contractualization” is the existence of hundreds of thousands of workers in government who have stayed in their positions for years,...
Mitigating oil price hikes
by Rey Gamboa - May 17, 2018 - 12:00am
The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act, which kicked in at the start of 2018, is largely seen – rightly or wrongly – as one of the biggest reasons why consumers are seeing successive increases...
A Filipino worker’s tale
by Rey Gamboa - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am
This is a story of an ordinary Filipino worker, perhaps one that is echoed by millions of others in this country. It was dated April 20 and must have arrived at my office through slow mail while I was away for my...
Helping the poor, helping nations
by Rey Gamboa - May 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Among the international lending institutions that have reached out to the Philippines, the Asian Development Bank is perhaps seen as the least invasive in the country’s affairs.
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