The state of the nation is sound, according to President Marcos
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 27, 2022 - 12:00am
President Marcos Jr., the 17th president of the country, delivered Monday his first SONA (State of the Nation Address) before a joint session of the Congress.
Economic prospects for the next six years
by Gerardo P. Sicat - July 20, 2022 - 12:00am
The most immediate concern facing the nation today is economic recovery from the pandemic.
Food security, agriculture, foreign trade and RCEP
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 15, 2022 - 12:00am
The Philippine Senate adjourned its last session without ratifying the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) agreement.
The world economy is in a gloomy mood
by Gerardo P. Sicat - June 1, 2022 - 12:00am
The world economy today finds itself in a gloomy, negative situation. Strong headwinds make economic change and growth more difficult as they try to recover from the pandemic.
Marcos-Duterte team wins with majority vote and landslide
by Gerardo P. Sicat - May 11, 2022 - 12:00am
The presidential election of 2022 is a sweeping landslide victory for the Ferdinand Marcos Jr.-Sara Duterte team, and for the first time in years, marks a win with a strong majority vote of the electorate. This has...
The presidential election is a contest between Marcos and Robredo
by Gerardo P. Sicat - April 27, 2022 - 12:00am
With just about two weeks before May 9, the contest for president has become a duel between Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos.
The Ukraine war
by Gerardo P. Sicat - March 2, 2022 - 12:00am
Half a world away from us in Eastern Europe, the Russian armed military exercises near Ukraine’s borders, which US President Biden publicly decried as a preparation for invasion, became a reality on Feb. ...
To move forward – in trade and productivity
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 23, 2022 - 12:00am
The Senate failed to concur with the presidential approval of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement or RCEP before it adjourned its final session.
Relevant experience as qualification for the presidency
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 16, 2022 - 12:00am
The current system of choosing the presidential candidates to lead the nation is provided in the 1987 Constitution.
The next president will inherit significant economic reforms
by Gerardo P. Sicat - February 9, 2022 - 12:00am
Significant economic reforms that Rodrigo Duterte’s administration achieved during his term will stand to benefit the country’s next president if the latter understands the good fortune brought in his/her...
Economic issues facing the next president
by Gerardo P. Sicat - January 12, 2022 - 12:00am
Whoever gets elected as president this May will face the following economic problems: Improve the growth performance (that is, get the economic recovery to move forward), increase employment opportunities for Filipinos,...
To expand FDIs and good jobs at home
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 22, 2021 - 12:00am
As the principal leader and most powerful influencer on the direction of events in the country, the next president faces many challenges.
The public debt in COVID times
by Gerardo P. Sicat - December 15, 2021 - 12:00am
The COVID pandemic is the first major public health crisis that has engulfed the whole world in this century, in modern times, with disastrous impact on public finances of all countries.
Our presidential election institution
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 24, 2021 - 12:00am
Nations across the world choose their leaders in different ways. In Europe and in some parts of Asia, national leaders are chosen indirectly.
Our presidential election institution – an evolution
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 17, 2021 - 12:00am
The most awaited decision on the deadline for substitution of candidacy for office in the coming 2022 presidential elections was that of Sara Duterte, daughter of the President and currently mayor of Davao.
Philippine fiscal history
by Gerardo P. Sicat - November 10, 2021 - 12:00am
Little is systematically known about Philippine fiscal history in the country’s historical literature.
National literature icons – Jose Garcia Villa and NVM Gonzalez
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 28, 2021 - 12:00am
This is the 550th essay to appear under my Crossroads column, which has now been around for 11 years in this paper.
Price inflation, the pandemic, and economic dislocations
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Inflation rates this year have been higher than expected by monetary authorities.
External developments that complicate economic recovery
by Gerardo P. Sicat - October 6, 2021 - 12:00am
In my column of Sept. 1, I discussed some headwinds against the economic recovery.
The cost to the nation of the rejected nuclear plant option
by Gerardo P. Sicat - September 22, 2021 - 12:00am
In 1985, the construction of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant project of the National Power Corp. was structurally completed.
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