Corruption in construction projects still prevails
by Rey Gamboa - January 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Corruption in the construction industry, specifically involving government projects, has been left under the radar in recent years, especially during the time of former president Benigno Aquino III, when the state’s...
Expect more deaths from chaotic traffic system
by Rey Gamboa - January 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Infractions on current traffic and driving laws happen on a daily basis in the Philippines, and the last World Health Organization status report even notes that road traffic deaths in the country have been increasing...
A serious look at motorcycle ride-hailing
by Rey Gamboa - January 7, 2020 - 12:00am
The story goes that in 2016, a Singaporean working in the Grab Philippines office got fed up with Metro Manila’s traffic jams and thus decided to launch Angkas, a motorcycle hailing service that offered a more...
Getting more things done sans distractions
by Rey Gamboa - January 2, 2020 - 12:00am
The 2010s is characterized by the rise of strongmen who banked their power on populist hysteria.
Three wishes
by Rey Gamboa - December 31, 2019 - 12:00am
As we close the year, allow me to express three fervent wishes for 2020. In keeping with the economic team’s mantra, these are doable and measurable, and will certainly be of immense benefit to Filipinos in...
Uncertainties of 2019
by Rey Gamboa - December 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Uncertainties played a definitive role throughout the year and had a decisive effect on the country’s economic growth as measured through its gross domestic product.
Embracing change
by Rey Gamboa - December 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Pope Francis, in his Christmas message this year, advocated for Christians to embrace change.
Digitalization’s role in fighting poverty
by Rey Gamboa - December 19, 2019 - 12:00am
The digital world is finally embracing inclusive growth and fighting poverty, thanks to the phenomenal rise in the use of more powerful and cheaper touchscreen devices. Small entrepreneurs, and even farmers and fishermen...
Sustaining the growth of Philippine tourism
by Rey Gamboa - December 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Improved air connectivity, intensified marketing promotions, budding relations with other countries, as well as the growing recognition of the country’s sustainable tourism advocacy are some of the reasons...
When teachers need to relearn
by Rey Gamboa - December 12, 2019 - 12:00am
n the recently published OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, the Philippines ranked dismally low in the assessment of reading, mathematics, and science skills of 15-year-old students...
Education: Is it getting the best for every buck?
by Rey Gamboa - December 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Just like how the Philippines landed last in the world’s list of worst airports, finding us in the same place in the OECD’s ranking of reading proficiency among 15-year-olds has raised another national...
Well-dressed thieves in Philippines agriculture
by Rey Gamboa - December 5, 2019 - 12:00am
No economy can be impervious to the operations of cartels, loosely defined as individuals or groups that indulge in fixing prices through a variety of measures, including manipulating the market of supply and demand,...
Rethinking the sugar industry direction
by Rey Gamboa - December 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Two sectors in the country’s agricultural landscape rice and sugar had presented almost similarly compelling cases for liberalization, and yet received totally opposite responses from the country’s lawmakers....
Time and water is running out
by Rey Gamboa - November 28, 2019 - 12:00am
These days, even with the onslaught of typhoons, monsoon rains, and tropical depressions, water shortages and rationing in Metro Manila continue to happen, something that had been unheard of in previous wet season...
Regulating and taxing POGOs
by Rey Gamboa - November 26, 2019 - 12:00am
For sure, there is a need to raise taxes on Philippine overseas gaming operators, given the current low fee of two percent imposed by the state regulatory agency Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. on gross gaming...
Bureaucratic ineptness undermines BBB
by Rey Gamboa - November 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Passing the baton to the private sector to take the lead in bringing the Philippine government’s ambitious golden age of infrastructure to the finish line in the last remaining effective two years of the current...
A challenge to PhilMech
by Rey Gamboa - November 19, 2019 - 12:00am
One of our readers who wishes to remain anonymous, but describes himself as “a very concerned agricultural engineer” of the Agricultural Machinery Testing Center at the UP Los Banos in Laguna, sent an...
Cars program headed for epic fail?
by Rey Gamboa - November 14, 2019 - 12:00am
The Philippine government’s Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy program is going through some rough roads, and if no concerted effort is conjured with its two participating vehicle companies, may well...
Race for 5G
by Rey Gamboa - November 12, 2019 - 12:00am
China will have the capability to run valuable tests on how 5G will revolutionize the way we work, play, think, even breathe. How the culled information is translated to boosting its domestic productivity and dominance...
Preparing for year 2 of new rice regime
by Rey Gamboa - November 7, 2019 - 12:00am
What’s done is done. With Filipino farmers reeling over the mishandling of support mechanisms embodied in the Rice Tariffication Act, the Department of Agriculture should prepare for the coming planting season...
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