Economic recovery in 2022?
by Ruben Almendras - April 13, 2021 - 12:00am
One of the companies I work for was selected as respondent for the Quarterly BSP Business Expectation Survey sometime in 2018, so I have to answer a two-page questionnaire a month before every quarter.
Are Filipinos Easter people?
by Ruben Almendras - April 6, 2021 - 12:00am
The Easter greetings I received last Sunday were the most that I have received in many years, and were more profound and meaningful.
Vaccination and private enterprise
by Ruben Almendras - March 30, 2021 - 12:00am
In two earlier columns that I wrote in January 10 and January 31 this year, I already proposed that the private sector be involved in the procurement, distribution, and injections of the vaccines against COVID.
Relevance of the Palawan “no” vote
by Ruben Almendras - March 23, 2021 - 12:00am
With the resurgence of the COVID infections, the result of the plebiscite to divide Palawan into three provinces has been quietly forgotten.
Women’s rights are human rights
by Ruben Almendras - March 16, 2021 - 12:00am
March 8, 2021 was International Women’s Day. It’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
The relevance of Vico Sotto
by Ruben Almendras - March 9, 2021 - 12:00am
At a time of great distrust of the Filipinos of political leaders aggravated by the mishandling of the COVID pandemic, the award by the US State Department to Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto as one of the 12 International...
Government blunders, management and leadership
by Ruben Almendras - March 2, 2021 - 12:00am
While all organizations blunder, government blunders are more damaging and costly because these are bigger and affect more people.
Why Myanmar matters
by Ruben Almendras - February 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Among the current world events with global implications is the anti-government demonstrations in Myanmar, now on its ninth day with no sign of abetting.
Living in interesting times
by Ruben Almendras - February 9, 2021 - 12:00am
The greeting, “May you live in interesting times” is an English expression that is claimed to be a translation of a Chinese curse.
Vaccination to revive Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - February 2, 2021 - 12:00am
As we had written a few months back, the Philippine economy shrunk by 10% in 2020 which is some P2 trillion less than the 2019 value of all goods and services produced in that year, or in demand terms, P2 trillion...
Why dictators self-destruct
by Ruben Almendras - January 26, 2021 - 12:00am
My column last week on “Lessons on Trump’s Self-Destruction” elicited some interesting feedback which led to a discussion on the above topic on the self-destruction of most dictators, or aspiring...
Lessons on Trump’s self-destruction
by Ruben Almendras - January 19, 2021 - 12:00am
On January 20, 2021, Joseph Biden will be sworn in as president of the US and Trump will be a footnote in history, as the only US president to have been impeached twice in his term.
How to fast track COVID vaccinations
by Ruben Almendras - January 12, 2021 - 12:00am
Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are available, the objective is to vaccinate as many as 70% of the world population to achieve “herd immunity”.
Que sera 2021
by Ruben Almendras - January 5, 2021 - 12:00am
Reviewing the predictions of fortune tellers at this time last year, including feng shui, card readers, and “maghuhulas”, not one predicted the COVID-19 virus and the ensuing pandemic which had disastrous...
A COVID Filipino Christmas
by Ruben Almendras - December 22, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic that started early this year has changed the world in many ways. It has upended nationals and races in all countries and affected families and individuals regardless of status. On top of the...
Is it game over for Trump?
by Ruben Almendras - December 15, 2020 - 12:00am
In Google’s most-searched topic in 2020, the US election was the most searched query among Filipinos, topping even the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID pandemic a necessary pause?
by Ruben Almendras - December 8, 2020 - 12:00am
If we start with the from the discovery of the virus in Wuhan, China, last December, the COVID pandemic has been with the world for 12 months.
Economic recovery in 2022?
by Ruben Almendras - December 1, 2020 - 12:00am
In the companies where I have involvement, September is the usual start of our budget process in discussing the assumptions for the income and resource projections of the coming year.
Governance by task force?
by Ruben Almendras - November 25, 2020 - 12:00am
In the last few months our government have created four task forces, among them the Manila Bay Task Force, the Anti-Corruption Task Force, the Typhoon Task Force, the COVID-19 IATF, and the long-existing Marawi Task...
Who were the Filipino “Trumpers”?
by Ruben Almendras - November 17, 2020 - 12:00am
The US elections is over and Biden won by 306 electoral votes over Trump’s 232 votes, a 14% margin. In the popular vote, Biden got 79 million over Trump’s 71 million, a 6% margin. Given these figures,...
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