SONA 2019: The Philippine Economy in figures

Fernando Fajardo 07/17/2019

For this Monday’s state of the nation address of the President, I endeavor to present in a table the macroeconomic performance of the Philippine economy beginning with the last year of the former president in 2016 up…

Are election promises made to be broken?

Fernando Fajardo 07/10/2019

Now that our newly elected local government executives in the country have already assumed their respective offices as provincial governors, city mayors, and municipal mayors, it is interesting to see how they think of projects that they…

The need for a college in Dalaguete

Fernando Fajardo 06/26/2019

At the start of the new millennium, the ratio of college-to-high school students was 0.45 or 45 college students per 100 high school students. Based on this ratio the potential demand for college education in the municipality…

Has regional inequality narrowed down?

Fernando Fajardo 06/19/2019

Five days ago, the Department of Finance (DoF) in an economic bulletin reported that regional inequality in the Philippines eased in 2018 compared to 2016 and 2017, citing lower measures of variability in the gross regional domestic…

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…

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