Economic recovery needs foreign investments
by Ruben Almendras - August 4, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID pandemic is still ongoing and the Philippine government is now rightly positioning to jumpstart the economy to avoid a more severe recession.
Unemployment, politics, and politicians
by Ruben Almendras - July 28, 2020 - 12:00am
On the basis of the “lagging” indicators like the manufacturers index, retail sales volume, and the BSP surveys, the Philippine economy may have bottomed in June as volumes and positive sentiments have...
Limits of Dominguez, Chua, and Diokno
by Ruben Almendras - July 21, 2020 - 12:00am
Secretary of Finance Sonny Dominguez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ateneo University, and postgraduate studies in Stanford University.
110 days to the US election
by Ruben Almendras - July 14, 2020 - 12:00am
The US elections will be in November 3 this year and that is 110 days away.
Jumpstarting the Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - July 7, 2020 - 12:00am
It has been more than 100 days since the COVID-19 pandemic, and countries all over the world have undergone lockdowns and quarantines in varying conditions and durations.
Cebuanos complacent and stubborn?
by Ruben Almendras - June 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Among the reasons that PRRD gave for sending former general Cimatu to Cebu last week to help in the COVID-19 pandemic was that Cebuanos are complacent and stubborn.
Strange relations among CCP, NDF/NPA, and RP government
by Ruben Almendras - June 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Even in this time of pandemic, there are ongoing geo-political initiatives by China all over the world, including in the South China Sea that affects their communist allies in Vietnam and the Philippines.
Why George Floyd matters?
by Ruben Almendras - June 16, 2020 - 12:00am
It has been more than two weeks since the George Floyd incident, and yet the demonstrations in many US cities are still ongoing.
Truth and justice in the time of COVID-19
by Ruben Almendras - June 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Moral values are ingredients for an orderly and peaceful society as they are the basis of the laws and the legal system.
Do we really heal as one?
by Ruben Almendras - June 2, 2020 - 12:00am
Psychologists, sociologists, marketing, and especially advertising people swear by the usefulness and effectiveness of sloganeering.
The dollar to peso exchange rate should be $1 = P54
by Ruben Almendras - May 27, 2020 - 12:00am
At this time when the bigger problem is to re-grow the Philippine economy that has been pummeled by quarantine, the government needs all the initiatives to jumpstart businesses that have been idle or closed, and...
The recovery is not a “V”or a “U” but a “Swoosh”
by Ruben Almendras - May 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Economists, business people and other pundits are now predicting how the world economy will recover after this COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated the global economy, and the individual economies of all count...
Longer ECQ, longer economic recovery
by Ruben D. Almendras - May 12, 2020 - 12:00am
The long title of this column is, the longer and stricter the ECQ, the deeper the economy will fall, the longer and harder it will be for the economy to recover, and the more economic suffering for the people.
ECQ and the paradox of power
by Ruben Almendras - May 5, 2020 - 12:00am
In implementing the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or lockdown, there have been some disturbing incidents that caught the main and social media’s attention, and probably many more such incidents were...
ECQ extension and exponential economic decline
by Ruben Almendras - April 28, 2020 - 12:00am
COVID-19 is going on its fourth month and as of April 25, there are some 200,000 deaths and over 2,900,000 infected worldwide. In the Philippines, reported deaths are 494 and 7,294 infected.
Politics and COVID-19
by Ruben Almendras - April 21, 2020 - 12:00am
The current COVID-19 pandemic is now in its fourth month and the political effects/implications are getting stronger.
COVID-19, religion and morality
by Ruben Almendras - April 14, 2020 - 12:00am
The onset and duration of COVID-19, from February to May, the time of celebrations of many religions and faiths, is uncanny. For many people, it could be by design of their gods.
Understanding epidemic, pandemic, and endemic
by Ruben Almendras - April 7, 2020 - 12:00am
An epidemic is an outbreak of disease that attacks many people at about the same time, over a short time period in a community, and may spread through several communities in adjacent areas.
A health, economic, social, and political crisis
by Ruben Almendras - March 31, 2020 - 12:00am
The current COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-hundred years’ kind of crisis and disaster. It may be comparable to the 14th-century plague (Black Death) and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemics, but hopefully with...
Are we headed for an economic recession?
by Ruben Almendras - March 24, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic is now on its fourth month and the economic impacts are surfacing and spreading.
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