Wanted: A unifying president

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 10/12/2021

A festival of campaign colors will soon again be upon us. Yellow, long associated with President Cory Aquino and the Liberal Party that supported her and her son Benigno Simeon III through their presidencies, is unlikely to…

The great divide

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 10/05/2021

I recently wrote of good news on how more inclusive our economy has become. But wide gaps remain in our economy and society, particularly between the digital haves and have nots, and between the banked and unbanked.…

Big and bad?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/21/2021

Is big business bad? Is big business dominance in our economy leading us away from inclusive growth and development, the professed goal of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for at least three decades now? It may look…

Pathetic laggard

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/14/2021

I had known for years how we’ve lagged behind our comparable Asean neighbors in export earnings and foreign direct investments, but didn’t realize how bad it has become until I examined the latest data. Consider these numbers…

Women: The bigger victims

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/27/2021

There is now solid evidence that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have fallen more heavily on women. In a recent policy brief, the International Labour Organization reported that women’s jobs worldwide fell by 4.2 percent…

What happened to jobs?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/13/2021

Believe it or not, we have more than recovered the number of jobs killed by the pandemic last year. We now have over two million jobs more than there were before the pandemic flattened our economy. The…

How food secure are we?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/18/2021

Ironically, our country’s dogged pursuit of rice self-sufficiency in the name of food security had the reverse undesired result of reducing Filipinos’ food security. This is because our food staple became less and less affordable over the…

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…

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