The irony of today’s cheap oil
by Rey Gamboa - April 2, 2020 - 12:00am
In a different time, $10 for a barrel of oil would have been unimaginable.
The dreaded ‘D’ word
by Rey Gamboa - March 31, 2020 - 12:00am
There’s niggling talk now about the dreaded “D” word among global economy watchers in the midst of all the uncertainty that is associated with the coronavirus crisis.
Testing the Filipino’s oneness in times of crisis
by Rey Gamboa - March 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Metro Manila, home to 12 million people, is on its second week of lockdown or enhanced community quarantine. As of this writing, the nation suffered through the highest spike in daily new cases and deaths.
A calibrated response to COVID-19
by Rey Gamboa - March 19, 2020 - 12:00am
A regular reader of this column, who wishes to remain unnamed, sent in his views on the war of nations against COVID-19.
Life in the time of COVID-19 lockdowns
by Rey Gamboa - March 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Each country affected by the spreading coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 has different ways of coping, largely depending on the severity of contagion and the resources that the respective governments have at their...
Refining CITIRA further
by Rey Gamboa - March 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Nothing much seems to be settled in the continuing discussions over the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act in the Senate, even as the President recently certified the bill as urgent....
Road safety deteriorating; MVIS not working
by Rey Gamboa - March 10, 2020 - 12:00am
For quite a number of decades now, the Land Transportation Office has been trying to operationalize a motor vehicle inspection system in line with the government’s policy to ensure the road-worthiness of all...
Junking old jeepneys
by Rey Gamboa - March 5, 2020 - 12:00am
This time around, will the government manage to really be able to remove those old, dilapidated jeepneys from the roads?
Solving transmission ROW problems
by Rey Gamboa - March 3, 2020 - 12:00am
What can regulators do to help the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines? Apparently, a number of transmission projects, if these had already been up and running, could have been solutions to our power supply ...
Goodbye China, hello Japan
by Rey Gamboa - February 27, 2020 - 12:00am
With uncertainties threatening China’s – and the world’s – economy resulting from the still raging COVID-19 virus, the Duterte administration would be better placed to not expect funding discussions...
Embarrassing power shortages
by Rey Gamboa - February 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Nothing could be more embarrassing for the President going into his last 28 months in office than to be rained by yellow and red alerts during the summer months.
Attaining quality basic education needs a solid program
by Rey Gamboa - February 20, 2020 - 12:00am
The unequivocal truth that our basic education system is deteriorating should be seen as a crisis.
Epidemic preparedness is now a must
by Rey Gamboa - February 18, 2020 - 12:00am
More than a month has lapsed since the first cases of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, emerged in Wuhan, China, and while there are now reports that the health crisis is being better managed in China, the extent...
Keeping the fintech explosion under control
by Rey Gamboa - February 13, 2020 - 12:00am
While the country’s supervisory agencies – notably the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a few economic zone authorities –...
Muddling government project planning
by Rey Gamboa - February 6, 2020 - 12:00am
In many instances, the government gets muddled up in numerous planning exercises, and thus loses objectivity. Oftentimes, politics adds a monkey wrench that nullifies all past discussions; hence, resulting in the...
Winning against the novel coronavirus
by Rey Gamboa - February 4, 2020 - 12:00am
While the threat of a contagion of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China is as real as can be, we can do our share in ensuring our own safety while the government tries to identify sources of contamination...
Higher ratings in the midst of anxiety
by Rey Gamboa - January 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The first tremor of anxiety, albeit ever slightly palpable, was when the President declared the concession agreements of Manila Water and Maynilad as the “greatest rip-off” ever in the country. The two...
Two decades of growth
by Rey Gamboa - January 28, 2020 - 12:00am
What bears highlighting in the release of the 2019 economic growth figure of 5.9 percent would be more than two decades of positive growth for the Philippines starting from 1999, including weathering the world’s...
Motorcycle driving safety should be prioritized
by Rey Gamboa - January 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Safety was one of the issues topmost in my mind when the motorcycle taxi Angkas became popular in Metro Manila.
Keeping Filipinos happy
by Rey Gamboa - January 21, 2020 - 12:00am
A recently updated paper prepared by Dezan Shira & Associates, a consultancy firm that assists foreign investors throughout Asia, stated that the Philippines’ average minimum wage rate is already among the...
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