In the well-received film Heneral Luna, the eponymous hero asks the question: “Negosyo o kalayaan? Bayan or sarili? Pumili ka!” This quote is now regarded as the definitive meme for patriotism -- ethical behavior is equated with self-abnegation, the sacrifice of individual well-being.
I am most interested in what the presidential candidates' agricultural policies are and so, presumably is the nation, because one of the main topics of the Comelec's first presidential debate (to be held in Cagayan de Oro) this month, is precisely agriculture.
Obviously, I address this open memo to the presidential candidates, one of whom by the grace of the electorate, will be elected the next president.
In the Philippine setting, the inconvenient truth is that growth can’t be truly inclusive for as long as agriculture and the rural sector are left behind.
I attended the 2016 SWS Survey Review at the AIM last Wednesday, which covered nine surveys for this year plus comparisons with other administrations. The presentation, by Mahar Mangahas, was an eye-opener.
At the start of 2016, external factors produced shock waves to the economy. These were the same factors that bothered us during 2014 and 2015, only this time they produced sharper volatility.
The conventional view is that a big plunge in oil prices would have a positive effect on the global economy; the greater the fall, the more positive the effect. Now there are reasons to believe that such a rosy view of the oil plunge may be wrong after all.
International publications by UPSE Faculty from 2010 (Indexed in the Web of Science )
I cannot resist putting in my two cents’ worth of comment, or rather questions, on the news reports on what has been going in Metro Manila this week. So here goes.
Of what use is a measure that proposes to do good if it destroys the very institution that produces the goodie? Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg!