CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress)
How the industrial import substitution policy became more entrenched – The Magsaysay years
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 13, 2019 - 12:00am
When Ramon Magsaysay was elected president in 1954, the country was already in the midst of import and exchange controls.
The transnational education law – a response to globalization
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Foreign institutions of higher education are now allowed to set up educational services in partnerships with local universities in the country under the Transnational Higher Education Act (Republic Act 1148).
GDP growth 2019 – factors to consider
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week, the national income estimates for the first semester were released. The growth rate of output or GDP was 5.5 percent based on year-on-year estimates.
Employment and activity in the informal economy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 7, 2019 - 12:00am
In last week’s column, I wrote about the inability of many workers to find employment in the modern (otherwise often called, “organized” or “formal”) economy where the good jobs are...
Veto of the SOT: Promoting good jobs in the modern sector
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 31, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte vetoed the “security of tenure” (SOT) bill, bravely and for good reasons last week.
Toward an investment-driven growth
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Instead of commenting on the President’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered yesterday, I will discuss the Philippine economy’s long-term performance.
Winners from US-China trade war
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 17, 2019 - 12:00am
As the stakes of the US-China trade war become tougher for both countries, there are developments that inevitably impact other countries.
Labor market – more employment or more rigidity?
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 10, 2019 - 12:00am
The issue of endo is still with us. Today it is in the form of a bill in Congress that is awaiting passage. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) endorses its passage.
A successful case of Phl agriculture
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 3, 2019 - 12:00am
An obscure event that recognizes a foreigner in a recent university commencement exercise sets me to think about a brighter future for Philippine agriculture.
Philippines economy: The Goldilocks scenario
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Speaking before the Wallace Business Forum recently, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said that the Philippine economy is in the Goldilocks phase.
India’s economic growth and the Philippines compared
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Comparisons with other countries enable us to see ourselves in a fresh light. We get to understand and appreciate our problems and strengths in perspective.
Mexico and the Philippines: Economic relations with the US compared
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 5, 2019 - 12:00am
This week, Mexico was brought again into the trade wars of President Donald Trump.
Graduating class, 2019: National and global dimension
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 29, 2019 - 12:00am
This is the time of year when thousands of graduates in our country march in commencement exercises.
Deeper economic reforms a must after Duterte’s midterm victory
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 22, 2019 - 12:00am
The mid-term elections gave a resounding victory to all but one of President Duterte’s endorsed senatorial bets.
‘The worsening US-China trade war’
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 15, 2019 - 12:00am
The big economic news today is the failure of the US and China to end the trade war with an agreement. While initially there was widespread optimism about a deal in the works last week, a rude awakening came.
US trade, economic policy toward the Phl in the 1900s
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Old economic problems resurrect themselves in the same form over and over.
Indonesia and the Philippines compared
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The apparent reelection of Joko Widodo as president of Indonesia in the presidential election prompts me to look back at the long-term historical trajectories of both Indonesia and our country until today.
Private sector 1946-1950: Who got war damage compensation?
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 17, 2019 - 12:00am
The payment of war damage compensation to private parties formed the bulk of the US appropriations to implement the Philippine rehabilitation act of 1946.
Manuel A. Roxas, transition and rehabilitation president
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 3, 2019 - 12:00am
The man whose picture graces our blue-colored P100 bills is Manuel A. Roxas, the first president of the new Republic of the Philippines. He was the fifth Philippine president, if, as some historians count, we start...
World economy toward slow down?
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 27, 2019 - 12:00am
“Markets shudder as growth worries swell,” so wrote the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) issue of March 23-24 in its front page.
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