CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress)
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.
Laurel-Langley trade agreement and reparations from Japan – Magsaysay presidency (2)
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 20, 2019 - 12:00am
During Magsaysay’s presidency, the country concluded two agreements with important economic consequences for the future.
Attracting foreign direct investments: 2019 vs 1970s
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Philippine economic managers recently went to Osaka to explain the country’s foreign direct investment program to attract and gain the attention of potential investors from Japan.
Restoring Manila Bay is like unclogging Manila’s traffic
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 27, 2019 - 12:00am
The restoration of Manila Bay’s pristine quality the way it was before, or how we want it to be, is a long-term project. It will require large private and public investment in resources.
The uncleaning of Manila Bay – historical background
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Let us give long-term historical perspective to the pollution problem of Manila Bay.
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.
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