Choke points on Build Build Build
by Rey Gamboa - March 26, 2019 - 12:00am
The local construction industry, as well as the involved government’s various agencies on both local and national levels, are confronting a barrage of challenges resulting from the explosion of infrastructure...
The sugar debate
by Rey Gamboa - March 21, 2019 - 12:00am
To protect the local sugar industry in 2017, the Sugar Regulatory Administration imposed restrictions on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) importation.
Easing into a zero waste lifestyle
by Rey Gamboa - March 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Zero waste lifestyle has jumped from a concept to reality, even if it is still just a tiny fraction of the world’s population – mostly women – that have embraced it.
Fight for water (4)
by Rey Gamboa - March 14, 2019 - 12:00am
It isn’t time to panic – yet. Rather, it is time to prepare for the coming of a crisis, a real one, which would affect not just our drinking and sanitation sources, but also our food security.
Fight for water(3)
by Rey Gamboa - March 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Michael A. Bengwayan, currently a fellow of Echoing Green Foundation in New York, recently wrote about an ongoing tribal war in Mountain Province north of the Philippines over water.
Fight for water (2)
by Rey Gamboa - March 7, 2019 - 12:00am
The world is seeing the early stages of a water crisis, one that has raised a multitude of alarm bells, and is prodding humankind to act before it becomes too late.
Fight for water (1)
by Rey Gamboa - March 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The fight for water will take on epic proportions within the decade, if the government is not able to arrive soon at a national water security policy that will answer the water needs of a growing nation for drinking,...
Game-changer for Iloilo
by Rey Gamboa - February 28, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s a lot of speculative fear that the importation of cheaper rice, even with steep tariff walls, will only harm our rice farmers. Fortunately, not everyone thinks this way.
Reinvigorating the agriculture sector
by Rey Gamboa - February 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol is often criticized for his scant knowledge of agriculture economics, having been more popular as a journalist and writer – and, with the May 2016 presidential election,...
Going overboard on a sustainable tourism promise
by Rey Gamboa - February 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Retaining the Philippine tourism campaign slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” is a good idea since it is a handle that doesn’t seem to be worn out yet.
Public-Private Partnership projects can augment Build Build Build thrust
by Rey Gamboa - February 19, 2019 - 12:00am
With the Philippine economy showing little signs of faltering despite global trade problems and a slowdown in developed countries like Germany and China, the scope for more partnerships with the private sector in...
Infrastructure projects waiting in the wings
by Rey Gamboa - February 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Philippine infrastructure projects with public-private (or private-public) partnerships, as differentiated from those with full government funding, are creeping back into the system – and this is a good t...
Philippine’s Universal Health Care: Political gimmick?
by Rey Gamboa - February 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines universal health coverage (UHC) as “ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.”
Reopening the Sin Tax Law
by Rey Gamboa - February 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Sometimes, a proposed tax imposition could be over the top.
Balancing act for cement industry
by Rey Gamboa - February 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The surge in infrastructure building under the government’s ambitious P8-trillion Build Build Build (BBB) program has spawned a dilemma for cement industry stakeholders and the Department of Trade and Industry...
Uncertainties in global markets
by Rey Gamboa - January 31, 2019 - 12:00am
The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) held last week in Davos, a small town in the Swiss Alps, ended on a not-so-positive note.
Manila Bay today: A nation’s collective sin
by Rey Gamboa - January 29, 2019 - 12:00am
There is a somewhat sense of relief that a Google search of the world’s dirtiest bays and beaches does not include Manila Bay.
Embracing telecommuting
by Rey Gamboa - January 24, 2019 - 12:00am
If there is one thing going for the cause of telecommuting in the Philippines, it is the long hours of travel going to work and going home.
Bracing for effects of impending rice imports
by Rey Gamboa - January 22, 2019 - 12:00am
The die has been cast. Neo-liberal economic policy-makers have won the day, and the livelihood of four million Filipino rice farmers now lies at stake as the floodgates for imported rice have been opened.
Hope for a reinvigorated agriculture sector
by Rey Gamboa - January 17, 2019 - 12:00am
There could be hope for the country’s agriculture sector if we can take the finance secretary’s yearend statement that the President will prioritize raising farm productivity and rural incomes during...
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