Doing stimulus right

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 04/13/2021

One of the advantages we had relative to many other comparable economies as we entered the pandemic crisis last year was a strong government financial position. Our public debt-to-GDP ratio was relatively low at 40 percent, compared…

Our education disaster

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 04/06/2021

I had heard since well over a year ago about how our country landed at the very bottom on the global Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) scores, but it’s only recently that I had the chance…

Treacherous tightrope

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/23/2021

Let’s face it: We completely botched handling the pandemic. A year after enhanced community quarantine, aka lockdown, was first imposed in the country, we are not just back to square one, but, according to highly respected former…

Switching places

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/16/2021

Years ago, I opened an article with a saying you’ve probably heard, which says: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” A reader’s response to a recent article once again brought to mind that quote, originally…

An agenda for agri co-ops

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/02/2021

Why has our record on farmer cooperatives been so spotty over the years, while countries around us that we mentored on agricultural co-ops made them such an important force for achieving agricultural dynamism? If we were their…

Nation in great peril

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 02/09/2021

While the pandemic’s toll on our economy has been particularly severe, the most telling has been the human cost of the economic decline, the implications of which could stay with us well into the future. This had…

Two wheels and a flat

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 02/02/2021

Within the space of a year, our economy moved from being at the front of the pack of our comparable neighbors, to being at the tail end. Somehow, we squandered the hard-won head start we already enjoyed…

A very tough recovery

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 01/26/2021

What do past recessions tell us about how fast we can rebound from the deepest contraction our economy has seen in modern history? In our last deep recession 36 years ago (1984-1985), the economy actually shrank by…

Economic crystal balling

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 01/19/2021

I’ve heard it said that we must discount government economic managers’ economic growth projections by up to 2 percentage points, because their positions oblige them to be publicly optimistic “cheerleaders.” If one is to go by the…

Defeatist mindsets

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 01/12/2021

A quote I once saw in a motivational poster struck me and stuck with me all through the years: “Think not of what could go wrong or why it won’t work; think of how to make it…

Investing in our farms

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 01/05/2021

If we do things right henceforth, agriculture could well be the game changer for the Philippines’ post-pandemic economic future. After all, it was the only major economic sector that defied the economic downturn, posting positive growth while…

Defeminizing retail?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 12/22/2020

No doubt about it: The whole world is seeing a very different Christmas this year. There is at least one reason to believe that women may be harder hit on a more permanent basis by all the…

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