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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
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107 million Filipinos in 2018

The National Statistics Authority estimates that this year, our headcount will be 107 million Filipinos. This is based on all known statistical indicators about our population dynamics.

New Year food for thought

Some food for thought for the new year greet me. In the past year I had hoped to comment on some of the topics but had found no occasion to deal with them.

Translations in literature: English to Filipino

A few days before Christmas, I was in a bookstore looking over titles that are worth reading and gifting. For me, a trip to a bookstore is mainly one of quiet adventure and discovery.

Unmistakable signs of deference to executive branch

A new constitution, with its accompanying transitory provisions, would give the President the power that he needs, without the extraconstitutional revolutionary government to which the military said it would not accede.

What to expect in 2018 for the economy

At this time of the year, many are wondering what 2018 holds for the Philippine economy.

The communist rebellion and our Republic

Intransigence and unreasonable demands of the communist negotiators have led to what appears to be a permanent break in the talks. The communists have lost a chance to put closure to a long civil conflict with the Republic of the Philippines since independence in 1946.

Garin met with Sanofi in May 2015

Ms Garin is now an adviser of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and has, in an effort to escape responsibility, laid the blame for the vaccine mess on her then boss, then President Benigno Aquino III.

Constitutional amendments: Federalism vs reducing restrictive economic provisions on foreign capital

As a nation of many islands, there are geographic problems that make it naturally difficult to group the state entities for their effective government administration. The proposals we hear for the states of the federal union seem to parody the current administrative regions of the country. It would be a mistake to do this.

Urban squatting

In this piece I focus on giving a still picture of existing squatter settlements in Quezon City where the widest open land of prime value for the nation has been devalued by squatter settlements.

Put the TRAIN back on track

The TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) is being derailed, and I cannot understand why Malacañang called in the senators last Wednesday, apparently to urge them to pass the derailed version. My information is that 16 of them responded.

Historical roots of urban squatting

If there is any disheartening sight of poverty in the country, it is the growth and universal presence of unsightly urban squatting.

Real target growth rate for 2017 is 7-8 percent

Whoa! Reader, let’s not get carried away by the news that our economy grew by 6.9 percent in the third quarter of the year, as shown by the most recent National Income Accounts. And why not? you may ask. Isn’t that great?