When things work well—or don’t

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 12/15/2020

It’s a lot easier to write on things that go wrong “only in da Pilipins,” as they say—be it traffic, shoddy public services, sadistic government processes, inept or corrupt public “servants,” or what have you. But once…

When working together works

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/24/2020

Those of us in Metro Manila and Calabarzon were spared from Supertyphoon “Rolly’s” worst fury, through what many believe was yet another proof of prayer power. But make no mistake: Rolly badly debilitated the Bicol Region with…

Trump, Biden, and our economy

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/03/2020

Today, Americans will choose a new president, and many have asked me what the implications of a Trump or Biden victory would be for the Philippine economy. We can’t say that our economy has thrived within the…

More than stimulus

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/29/2020

It seems conventional wisdom now that the way out of the COVID-19-induced recession is to throw money—lots of it—at the problem. The term commonly used is “economic stimulus,” which in the current context means government spends unprecedented…

‘Strong’ peso, weak economy

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/22/2020

Reports describe the Philippine peso as the “best performing” currency in Asia this year so far, having appreciated against the US dollar by 4.3 percent since the year started, thereby “outperforming its regional peers.” I have a…

Who lost their jobs?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/15/2020

  After the deep decline in jobs last April that brought our unemployment rate to a record 17.7 percent and the number of jobless workers to 7.3 million, the July jobs data gave a bit of a…

Dancing with the virus

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/08/2020

At a time of great uncertainty on when the pandemic crisis will blow over and what further threats lie ahead, I’ve seen heartening examples of how firms and households are coping with and adjusting to the severe…

Rubbing salt on the wound

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/01/2020

  One too often gets the feeling, and I’ve occasionally written about it, that our so-called public servants in government can be such experts in constantly finding ways to make life more difficult for us Filipinos. Filipino…

Social bonding, not distancing

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 08/25/2020

  I know I’m not the only one who feels uncomfortable with the phrase “social distancing,” which suddenly became part of our daily vocabulary since the COVID-19 pandemic hit us, even though it’s actually an unfortunate misnomer.…

In search of economic boosters

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/31/2020

  Someone asked me the other day what I see to be the “bright spots” that could carry our economy through the difficult way out of the pandemic-induced recession. Where can we look to for hope of…

No one left behind

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/14/2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most difficult challenges facing us as a nation is how to resume the education of our children and youth when gathering them in their classrooms remains very…

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