The story of the first Ponzi, the Ladies’ Deposit

Fernando Fajardo 06/12/2019

Happy Independence Day, Everyone! To be independent means to be free. Are we free? I declare that we are truly free or independent only if we find the least among us being able to free themselves from…

Good governance and development

Fernando Fajardo 06/05/2019

In my class in economics and in public management and development, I often say that there is no development without good governance. I am saying this again now to our newly elected local and national government officials…

The political economy of Mindanao

Fernando Fajardo 05/29/2019

Known as the land of promise, Mindanao accounts for 34 percent of the Philippines’ 300,000 square kilometers of land. The island is greatly endowed with minerals, particularly in the Caraga Region, and wide tracts of land that…

Has Mindanao’s promise been fulfilled?

Fernando Fajardo 05/22/2019

I did not know exactly when the idea of Mindanao as promise land started. When I was young, I saw for myself two of our neighbors who left with their whole family for Mindanao. I did not…

God bless the Philippines!

Fernando Fajardo 05/15/2019

This is the first time I write on politics here. Now I say that that it pains me to learn that not one member of the Otso Diretso team which run for senators won in last Monday’s…

The Central Visayas 2018 economic performance

Fernando Fajardo 05/08/2019

The latest report on the performance of the different regions of the country shows that the Central Visayas Region grew by 7.6 percent in 2018 in real terms at constant 2000 prices, up from 5.2 percent in…

Public Private Partnership: The Case of UV-Dalaguete

Fernando Fajardo 05/01/2019

  In the 2000 Census, the Municipality Dalaguete in the province of Cebu had a total household population of 49,113 aged five years old or higher. Of these, only 5,895 or 12.01 percent had post-secondary or higher…

Local government fiscal performance: the case of Dalaguete, Cebu

Fernando Fajardo 04/24/2019

Fiscal prudence requires that government, whether local or national, is constraint to raising taxes, expenditures, deficits, debts, and other liabilities only within affordable and sustainable limits. Fiscal prudence goes with the responsibility of the local government units…

International trade and Philippine economic growth

Fernando Fajardo 04/21/2019

No one country has all the necessary resources or capacity to satisfy the need of their own people. However, by developing and exploiting their domestic resources, one country can produce a surplus, and trade them for the…

Understanding the Philippine poverty report

Fernando Fajardo 04/14/2019

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recently reported the country’s official poverty statistics for the first semester of 2018. This report provides the estimates of poverty incidence using income data from the first visit of the Family Income…

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