The pandemic, the economy and China
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 5, 2020 - 12:00am
As a family man, an entrepreneur and a Filipino, I hoped that the President’s State of the Nation Address would provide rhyme and reason to all the disruption going on. I am not alone when I say that I fear...
If I had President Duterte’s power, I would…
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 29, 2020 - 12:00am
The decision of Congress not to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise despite public clamor demonstrates how much the House patronizes the President.
Acceptable and contentious facets of Anti-Terrorism Law
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 22, 2020 - 12:00am
Despite ten petitions for a temporary restraining order on the newly signed Anti-Terrorism Law, the Supreme Court ruled not to grant the request.
If nothing else, save our negociantes
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 15, 2020 - 12:00am
In a dialogue with the Philippine STAR, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in the vernacular, “we have come to a point where it is the people, not the government, who will make the decisions on what will...
PUV modernization program is for commuters
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 8, 2020 - 12:00am
There is no truth to the claim that government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program is anti-poor. Read between the lines and you will find that it is just another sympathy campaign meant to derail...
Vultures and distressed business
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 1, 2020 - 12:00am
As the economy re-starts amid the extended quarantine, micro, small and medium sized enterprises struggle to stay afloat.
The good, bad and ugly of the Duterte administration
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 24, 2020 - 12:00am
Despite the economic blowback of the Wuhan virus, the President and his administration still enjoy an approval rating of well over 80%.
The effect of ECQ/GCQ on people’s lives
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Our village tennis coach is at the end of his rope. Unable to work for 93 days, he made ends meet by working as a part time gardener and relying on subsidies from the government.
Why the Anti-Terrorism Act is a mistake
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week, the Senate’s version of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 was approved by the House of Representatives.
A profile on Switzerland
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Just before the quarantine, I had the privilege of breaking bread with Swiss Ambassador Alain Gaschen and his lovely wife, Daniela. Over Filipino food at XO46 Heritage Bistro, we talked about the state of Filipino-Swiss...
Pandemic triggers public transport modernization
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 27, 2020 - 12:00am
The onslaught of the Wuhan virus brought conflicting challenges to the DOTr.
Sec. Chua’s plan for recovery
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 20, 2020 - 12:00am
As of last month, our economic managers were still hopeful that the economy would grow by three percent in the first quarter and -.8 percent to +2.5 percent for the whole year.
Sec. Dominguez and rebooting the economy
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Old timers like to talk about the good old days.
China must pay
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Three weeks before China began containment measures against the coronavirus, Dr. Li Wenliang, a fellow at the Wuhan Central Hospital, alerted his colleagues in the medical community of a new viral outbreak that was...
The time to reinvent
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 29, 2020 - 12:00am
The world will never be the same after COVID-19. Social behaviors have permanently changed as have consumer patterns.
Failure in leadership
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 22, 2020 - 12:00am
There is nothing I’d like more than to see Health Secretary Francisco Duque III succeed as chairman of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Travel is a public service
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Studies published by the London Business School, McKinsey & Company and just about every other think tank confirm that travel, tourism and hospitality have been the most severely affected industries of the COVID-19...
The help that matters to MSMEs
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Micro, small and medium sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the economy. MSMEs account for 99.6 percent of all businesses that operate in the country and collectively employ 66 percent of the workforce.
Koko and selective justice
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 1, 2020 - 12:00am
The incident surrounding Senator Koko Pimentel has exposed anew the sense of entitlement of those in high government positions.
SMEs are a ticking time bomb
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Apart from being an economist and writer, I am also an entrepreneur.
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