CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress)
Economic integration in East Asia and Asean – the long view
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Current disruptions that happen as a consequence of the US-China trade war or Brexit (or, the possible exit of Britain from the European Union) will not deter the economic integration that is happening within East...
Henry Sy: How innovative retailing for the masses built a business empire
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 6, 2019 - 12:00am
On his passing just a fortnight ago, Henry Sy was the richest Filipino on the Forbes list of world billionaires.
Iconic Filipinos: Jaime C. Laya and Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 30, 2019 - 12:00am
Two Filipinos of great renown celebrated personal milestones in January this year. Their careers flowered as professors at the University of the Philippines at different times.
Two letters: On tourism and Jose Rizal
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 23, 2019 - 12:00am
I sometimes receive thoughtful letters that help extend my column or suggest contrary ideas. I want to share two different letters below with my readers.
Hanjin Philippines shipbuilding bankruptcy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 16, 2019 - 12:00am
The Philippine business community was rocked on Jan. 8 by the announcement of the bankruptcy of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines – the Korean shipbuilding company based in the country....
Tourism as a driver of growth and employment
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 9, 2019 - 12:00am
I have just ended a five-day vacation in an island resort in Central Philippines with my wife, son and his family.
Jose Rizal’s ideals and ideas
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Jose Rizal’s ideals were a product and composite of the teachings of what is known as the philosophy of Enlightenment.
Economic development: What we do well and what we don’t
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Much of economic development is an accumulation of improving ways of doing things. Dramatic improvements in the development process often result when we learn how to plan and execute properly.
The Philippine economy by year’s close
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Inflation and further growth characterized the year’s economic progress. Though the inflation rate was by far more serious than anticipated, the economy continued its booming pace, making it still one of the...
Current world headlines and the economy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 12, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippine economy is an open economy, meaning that production and flow of foreign trade and resources to the country are exposed to the political and economic conditions in the world at large.
In favor of return to ROTC program: Dev’t and discipline
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 5, 2018 - 12:00am
One important institution of the nation that was discarded after the political changes that took place after the EDSA uprising of 1986 was the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program as an integral part of...
Xi Jinping visit: Future China and Philippine economic relations
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 28, 2018 - 12:00am
The official state visit of Xi Jinping of China to the Philippines produced a large set of potential economic cooperation projects that promises to be more than spectacular as the two nations face the future.
World War I: Our limited participation
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 14, 2018 - 12:00am
The program commemorating the 100th year after the ceasefire, or the end of the first World War last Monday (Nov. 11) in Paris mesmerized and resonated for those who remember the symbolism and danger of war.
US-China trade war will be settled
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 7, 2018 - 12:00am
The trade war between the US and China has been escalating step-by-step since the beginning of this year. The trade war also causes greater risk and uncertainty to world commerce and development.
Forex controls in the 1950s: Philippine economic history
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 24, 2018 - 12:00am
The 1950s were an era of foreign exchange and import controls for the Philippines. This lasted for a solid one decade during which the country undertook to rehabilitate from the war and move toward political and...
Two pesos per dollar unsustainable after independence: Phl economic history
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Philippine independence was on schedule to be delivered on July 4, 1946 just a few months after the end of the Second World War.
The peso and Philippine economic history
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 10, 2018 - 12:00am
The story of the peso is inextricably linked with our economic history as a nation. It is also part of Philippine political history.
Inflation: Toward moderation?
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Inflation continues to be the concern of the moment. Actions that are designed to tame it are being undertaken by the fiscal and monetary authorities.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What it could mean for us
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 26, 2018 - 12:00am
The frontier of technological and scientific developments arising out of the digital and computer revolution – which is summarized by the oncoming convergence of smart phones, robotics, artificial intelligence,...
The trade deficit and the balance of payments: What need be done
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 19, 2018 - 12:00am
In the previous column, I referred to the deficits in the balance of trade (earnings from exports over imports) as partly responsible for the understanding of the complex problem of rising prices (inflation), the...
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