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The inadequacy of Philippine import substitution industrialization

Fernando Fajardo 01/22/2020

Last week, we saw how the first industrial revolution changed the level of development of the different nations of the world from being almost equal and constant in thousands of years to one where some countries managed…

Progress comes with industrialization, then why are we not industrializing?

Fernando Fajardo 01/15/2020

In a book, Empire of Debt: The Rise of Epic Financial Crisis, authors Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin observed that in the big picture of things, it is unusual for one civilized nation to earn far more…

What is progress? Are we progressing?

Fernando Fajardo 01/08/2020

I had the chance to visit many urban centers in the country last year and talked to many people I met in the streets, in the bus, airports, hotels, and just almost everywhere including taxi drivers, salespersons,…

My wish for 2020

Fernando Fajardo 01/01/2020

Happy New Year, but before I tell you my wish for the New Year, let me narrate first what happened to me in the last five years. I lost my spouse, Ale, in October 2014 to cancer.…

The story of the birth of Jesus

Fernando Fajardo 12/25/2019

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her…

The power of connecting: Conclusion

Fernando Fajardo 12/18/2019

I ended the story of my life in my last piece with abrupt retirement from NEDA at age 46. How did I survive after that and why I am writing this? It is a long story but…

The power of connecting: I was not good at it (Part 2)

Fernando Fajardo 12/11/2019

I got my first, second, and third job without using connection or recommendation. Luck might had been with me. Qualification matters too but qualification with luck could only get one up to a certain point. To go…

The power of connecting: I was clueless (Part 1)

Fernando Fajardo 12/04/2019

My greatest failure in life was my failure to connect. By connecting, I mean exactly what Keith Ferrazzi said in his book, Never Eat Alone, which he wrote with Tahl Raz, as “sharing knowledge and resources, time…

Regional planning and development (Part 2)

Fernando Fajardo 11/27/2019

Put into law in September 24, 1972 through Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1, the Integrated Reorganization Plan (IRP) of the Executive Branch of the Government brought many changes in the conduct of governance in the country. Among…

Regional planning and development

Fernando Fajardo 11/20/2019

For a poor nation, development means overcoming the problem of widespread poverty and unemployment achieved through creation of more jobs and generation of income that ensures the enhancement of the well-being of the poor. Development takes a…

The importance of local government units in developing countries

Fernando Fajardo 11/13/2019

In his book, Local Governance in Developing Countries, Anwar Shah said that globalization and the information revolution are motivating a large and growing number of countries around the globe to reexamine the roles of various levels of…

The travails of MCWD: Conclusion

Fernando Fajardo 11/06/2019

Basing on previous discussions, we can conclude that MCWD have not been performing well to meet its objectives given the following considerations, among others: 1.     MCWD is able to meet only just about half or 55 percent…

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