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Squaring the circle and ‘buang’

I must confess to an unabashed glee over Leni Robredo’s victory in the official tally. Finally, another widow beat back another Marcos.

Starting point for new administration

How do we evaluate the performance of the Aquino administration in as objective a manner as possible? If we depend on the opposition’s evaluation, we get all the negatives. If we depend on the administration’s evaluation, we are sure to get only the positives.

‘To multiply good jobs and reduce poverty’

Last week, the Philippine Statistical Authority released the employment data on the economy, for April 2016. While the picture is one that tells us about progress being achieved in the area, it essentially informs us that our record in raising employment is far from what we want it to be.

Selected faculty publications 2015-present

International publications by UPSE Faculty from 2015 indexed in the Web of Science.

A lot for the media to munch on

At last, light at the end of the tunnel. I had little hope that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte would act in a more presidential manner as soon as he took his oath. Something about old dogs and new tricks. But I think we can pick up our faces off the floor now. There is hope.

A chance to save face

The antics, and I use the term deliberately, of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte are getting tiresome. He calls to mind a spoiled child who has been let loose without any kind of parental control, to do whatever damage he can.

Employment market policies under the incoming Duterte government

Employment creation is the most effective weapon against poverty eradication. There are very hopeful signs that the incoming government of president-elect Duterte will move well on this front.

How do you solve a problem like Duterte?

It may be a sign of dementia, or near-dementia, but the song from the movie “The Sound of Music” kept running through my mind as I tried to figure out presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

6.9% economic growth in an election year is no big deal

The Philippines’ GDP grew by 6.9% in the first quarter of 2016, a presidential election year. That’s nothing to brag about. Strong growth in a presidential election year is not surprising.

Incoming president Duterte’s peace offer to the CPP

The offer given by incoming president Rodrigo Duterte to the Communist Party for peace and participation in his government needs careful study.

Duterte’s economic agenda: doable, inclusive, and comprehensive

One can argue that Duterte won the presidency largely due to his reputation as a punisher and, at the same time, as a compassionate mayor -- an indirect repudiation of the supposed ineptitude and indifference of the Aquino administration. Overall, Mr. Duterte’s economic road map is doable, inclusive, and comprehensive.

First 100 days: accelerating momentum for more FDIs

It might appear premature to give suggestions on how economic issues should be approached by the incoming administration of Rodrigo Duterte.