CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress)
The draft federal constitution: the case against a long, complex constitution
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 15, 2018 - 12:00am
The draft federal constitution for the Philippines presented by the Constitutional Commission is a long, 82-page document, presented in single-spaced typed text, coming to a total of 30,516 words.
No pain, no gain: The physical fitness game
by Gerardo P. Sicat - August 1, 2018 - 12:00am
One way to characterize most economic decisions is to invoke the rule: “No pain, no gain.”
The Duterte administration after two years: Assessing prospects for higher growth
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 25, 2018 - 12:00am
In conjunction with this year’s SONA (State of the Nation Address), which is the third for the Duterte presidency, we focus our commentary today on the administration’s accomplishments during the first...
Lessons from KISS!, Wimbledon and football 2018, and the draft federal constitution
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Management experts tell us about the virtue of KISS! –”Keep It Simple, Stupid!” In short, this advice or admonition means “the simpler, the better.” Perhaps, wisdom epitomizes the phrase,...
Economic risks of the Build Build Build program
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 11, 2018 - 12:00am
Even if there were no external and political risks facing the Build Build Build program of infrastructure, economic risks present themselves in several forms.
Effort, opportunity and the standard of success: A commencement address
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 27, 2018 - 12:00am
I addressed the commencement ceremony of the 2018 graduates of the UP School of Economics last June 22 at the University Theatre of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
Trade war: Consequences on nations
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 20, 2018 - 12:00am
At the end of my column last week, I said, “The trade war has started.”
Opportunity and danger: Trade war and summit
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 13, 2018 - 12:00am
A contradiction of opportunity and danger summarizes three major current events that are shaping the geopolitical and international trade scenario.
The minimum wage and economic progress
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Concern about rising prices has led to renewed demand to raise the minimum wage. In fact, it has led to proposals to radically raise the country’s already high national minimum wage.
To reduce the corporate tax rate and reform investment incentives
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 23, 2018 - 12:00am
The administration’s legislative priority is now focused on the second phase of its tax reform program.
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.
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