COMMONSENSE
When economics and politics should not mix
by Marichu A. Villanueva - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Sound economic policies, when mixed with politics, may produce the desired result.
To keep politics out of SSS
by Marichu A. Villanueva - July 13, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s Friday the 13th of July. Well, my topic has nothing to do with ominous things to come. But definitely, the 36 million members of the Social Security System, including yours truly, have many things to look...
Law of averages
by Marichu A. Villanueva - July 11, 2018 - 12:00am
Over the weekend, I had a very interesting online chat with a former election official triggered by the latter’s tweet on the spate of assassinations of local government officials.
Do the Swiss challenge
by Marichu A. Villanueva - July 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Disclosure: A reader of The Philippine Star flew all the way from Osaka, Japan to react to my column “Bracing for water competition” published last May 18.
Wanted: Better fund managers
by Marichu A. Villanueva - July 6, 2018 - 12:00am
The Government Service Insurance System is one of the better-managed government-owned and controlled corporations in the country today.
Other than China, Philippines diversifying ODA sources
by Marichu A. Villanueva - July 4, 2018 - 12:00am
This also may open big-ticket projects to participation by the private sector and other development partners of the Philippines.
More changes soon
by Marichu A. Villanueva - July 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Such changes, however, are not the monopoly of President Duterte.
What fueled TRAIN law price spikes
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 29, 2018 - 12:00am
We had the opportunity to have Department of Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua and Light Rail Management Corp. president and chief executive officer Jose “Ping” Alfonso as featured guests in our...
Shaking Philippine economy out of the doldrums
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 27, 2018 - 12:00am
While he has openly admitted the subject of economics is not his strong suit, President Rodrigo Duterte rightly echoed the sentiments of every layman’s understanding of how a supposedly growing economy of the...
Parens Patriae
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 25, 2018 - 12:00am
Since our country’s return to democracy after the fateful February 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, we had had five presidents.
Keeping More Fun in the Philippines
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 22, 2018 - 12:00am
“Our goal this year is 7.4 million (tourist arrivals),” the new DOT chief vowed. This is about 11.3 percent increase from previous year’s level.
Build, Build, Build better than PPP?
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 20, 2018 - 12:00am
The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte should take heed of the recent review done by the Commission on Audit on government projects offered under private-public partnership schemes.
Political stock falls, rises with rice
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Presidents of the Philippines who have come and gone in office at Malacañang Palace have one thing in common – he or she makes as a priority policy to ensure rice at affordable price is always available...
GPS on Philippine foreign policy
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 15, 2018 - 12:00am
GPS is a satellite-based navigation system that works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, with no subscription fees or setup charges.
Reactive instead of proactive
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 13, 2018 - 12:00am
When tropical storm “Domeng” first entered the Philippines as a low pressure area last June 5, it has poured heavy rains in our country.
Latest Palace protocols
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 11, 2018 - 12:00am
The Cabinet Secretariat was tasked to make sure the latest Palace “protocols” are followed and complied with.
At random
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 8, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s back to classroom again for some 27 million pupils and students in elementary and high schools all over the country. As in the years past, the same old problems marked the first day in school.
No plates available
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 6, 2018 - 12:00am
On the way to work and stuck in slow-moving traffic last Monday, I happened to listen to the phone-patch interview of Land Transportation Office chairman Edgar Galvante over dzRH radio station.
A cop’s cop
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 4, 2018 - 12:00am
More than a month after he was named to become the country’s top cop, newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde began last Friday the reshuffle of the organization starting...
Still in the pocket
by Marichu A. Villanueva - June 1, 2018 - 12:00am
In no uncertain terms, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed anew to avoid war as much as possible if only to preserve the Filipino nation.
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