Our interconnected crises

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 08/09/2022

The human costs of COVID-19 and how we managed it heightened grave threats to the nation’s future that had been looming even before the pandemic. We have a ticking time bomb in our midst that needs to…

FVR’s firm and soft legacies

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 08/02/2022

The country lost one of its greatest presidents last Sunday. For me, Fidel Valdez Ramos (aka FVR) was the greatest, perhaps because I was privileged to witness and experience his exemplary leadership up close, as a member…

Nursing in crisis

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/19/2022

Upon giving birth to her second baby in a leading hospital last May, my youngest daughter and her husband languished for hours in the delivery room with no one attending to them, even as they already had…

Obstructionist vs. enabling

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/12/2022

  Do you often get the feeling that government bureaucrats seem to be programmed with an obstructionist mindset, when as “public servants,” their attitude should be an enabling one instead? Over the years, I’ve shared many anecdotes…

Meeting inflation head-on

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/05/2022

In my childhood days in the 1960s, we would watch on our dark Radiowealth TV screen “Da’ Best Show,” a daily early evening variety show that featured comedy skits with veterans Sylvia La Torre, Oscar Obligacion, Ading…

What’s the BSP doing?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 06/28/2022

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has been criticized—wrongly, I think—for being “dovish,” “behind the curve,” or not acting fast enough in response to speeding inflation and exchange rate movements. It seems to me that economists (as…

Myths and misconceptions

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 06/21/2022

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, a substantive politician I’ve long admired, spoke recently at the University of the Philippines Los Baños on “a new framework for food security and agricultural development,” and had interesting insights worth sharing. I…

Seven deadly sins

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 06/14/2022

I’ve long asserted that agriculture is far too important to be left to the Department of Agriculture (DA) alone. Our farm and fisheries sector is the concern of every Filipino, because on it hinges our ability to feed our…

Back to basics

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 06/07/2022

As a new administration prepares to take over the reins of government, it needs to firm up its strategy for moving the country forward. Given the state of our country and its people right now, my unsolicited…

Doing a Vietnam

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/31/2022

How we wish our next secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be known as the champion and booster of Philippine exports,” someone mused in a conversation last week. He was coming from the…

Bouncing back

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/24/2022

Now that the first-quarter growth figures are out, I thought I’d take a closer look at how the economy is growing. The report was a surprise to many, as most analysts had expected the gross domestic product…

Wishful thinking

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/17/2022

Soon after his election into office in 2016, I wrote hopefully — and with hindsight, naïvely — of President Duterte’s potential to be a unifying, bridging leader. I cited that even with a mere 39 percent plurality…

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