Small business travails

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 01/25/2022

It’s that time of year again when many a small entrepreneur is led to throw up his/her hands in anguish over all the paperwork and legwork they must do to renew their business permits and update tax…

Dreading debt

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 12/14/2021

As of today, our government owes money equivalent to nearly two-thirds of all incomes generated in the economy in a year. The total debt owed by the national government as of the third quarter stood at P11.92…

Educated by the voters

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 12/07/2021

I always feel discomfort when I hear talk about the need for “voter education,” usually in the context of lamenting the nature of the candidates who tend to get the strongest support from the Filipino voting public.…

Celebrating greatness of spirit

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/30/2021

“I believe that the President should set the example of a big heart, an honest mind, sound instincts, the virtue of healthy impatience and an abiding love for the common man.” These words from the man countless…

Third quarter surprise

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/23/2021

I was wrong about how the economy would fare in the third quarter (Q3) this year. And like most everybody else, I’m glad I was. Most were surprised at the unexpected strong upturn in the country’s gross…

Another lazy policy

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/16/2021

Our history is replete with policies having the effect of a shotgun that inflicts unwanted collateral damage outside of the targeted objects of the policy — even when rifle-focused solutions would have been better. The thing about…

Taming inflation

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/09/2021

Among economic issues, rising prices always tops the list of people’s worries. Surveys consistently show inflation management to yield the lowest approval rating in the list of items respondents are asked to judge the government on. There…

Wild yarns and stunted exports

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/02/2021

In all of East and Southeast Asia, the Philippines was second only to Japan in average income in the late 1950s, based on data compiled by the late British economic historian Angus Maddison. Ours was among the…

The wrong reasons

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 10/26/2021

It’s both fascinating and alarming to hear some reasons ordinary people have reportedly been giving for favoring the late dictator’s son as their likely choice for president in next year’s elections. Those of us who lived through…

Seven Cs of a good leader

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 10/19/2021

Once again, we are going into the exercise of choosing the person to lead our nation through the next six years. We must stop looking for the perfect president among the candidates because there is no such…

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.…

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