CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress)
Monetary policy addresses current macro challenges
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 16, 2018 - 12:00am
During the last Monetary Board meeting (May 10), the Bangko Sentral decided to raise the basic interest rate governing domestic lending transactions by 25 basis points.
Rice production and imports 2018
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 2, 2018 - 12:00am
The National Food Authority (NFA) has been in the news lately.
Is the labor market tightening?
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 25, 2018 - 12:00am
It is fair to ask the question, Is the market for labor tightening? With Labor Day just around the corner – May 1 – the question is pertinent. This is the time when the labor sector is most vocal, demanding,...
Worker housing program and government’s role
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 18, 2018 - 12:00am
In the course of decades of our economic development, two contrasting visual images of the nation compete with each other.
Housing program for the country’s workers is not succeeding
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 11, 2018 - 12:00am
The housing industry is a driving force for economic growth in many countries. This is most especially true in the case of construction for sheltering the bulk of the country’s workforce in affordable housing...
US and China: On the brink of a trade war
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 4, 2018 - 12:00am
When one country initiates action intended to hurt another, and the other country responds to inflict a similar hurt, then a trade war happens. Such is the nature of the relationship between the United States and...
A dream of foreign education fulfilled
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 28, 2018 - 12:00am
Sometime last month, an invitation from the Philippine American Economic Foundation’s 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program in the Philippines set me to think about my youth and the connection of economic...
‘Implementing the free college tuition law’
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Sometime in August last year, Republic Act 10931 or the law on Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education, otherwise known as the free college tuition law, was signed.
107 million Filipinos in 2018
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 10, 2018 - 12:00am
The National Statistics Authority estimates that this year, our headcount will be 107 million Filipinos.
New Year food for thought
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Some food for thought for the new year greet me.
Translations in literature: English to Filipino
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
A few days before Christmas, I was in a bookstore looking over titles that are worth reading and gifting.
What to expect in 2018 for the economy
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
At this time of the year, many are wondering what 2018 holds for the Philippine economy.
The communist rebellion and our Republic
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
I have commented on the efforts of President Duterte to reach out to the NPA communist rebellion in this column.
Constitutional amendments: Federalism vs reducing restrictive economic provisions on foreign capital
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
Over an extended period that already spans decades in the country, there has been a slow acceptance of the need to adopt two constitutional amendments to correct defects in political governance and to improve economic...
Urban squatting
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Squatting on urban land is a common occurrence in the country.
The ASEAN Summit, logistical nightmares, and the Phl regional lag
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
Annual ASEAN Summit meetings now involve the participation of the leaders of world economic and nearby powers. The 10 heads of ASEAN states are joined by nine other regional leaders. This is part of the globalization...
Tax reform for a higher level of economic development
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
I take up a topic of great importance and immediacy and will postpone the articulation of the Filipino dream as I had planned to make last week for a later time.
The American dream, the Chinese dream and the Filipino dream
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Thinking about the Filipino dream arose from a surprise coincidental experience while traveling from Manila to Washington DC via Beijing.
By John H. Power: Sen. Jose W. Diokno lectures Gerry Sicat on political feasibility of economic policy proposals
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 3, 2017 - 4:00pm
Many at the UP School of Economics learned incidentally of the demise of John H. Power last May at the age of 96.
National security and economic development
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
I was recently in Sydney, Australia where I delivered the International Day of Peace Address before the United Nations Association of Australia Peace Program.
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