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…

The travails of MCWD: Part 3

Fernando Fajardo 10/30/2019

Based on my observation on the current brouhaha involving the perceived worsening water supply in Metro Cebu, nothing much had been done yet by the Metro Cebu Water District to improve its coverage and performance since I…

The travails of MCWD: Part 2

Fernando Fajardo 10/23/2019

It was shown in my 2015 study that in 2014 MCWD had a capacity of producing 236,887 cubic meters of water per day from its own sources and from contracted bulk supply. This was projected to reach…

The travails of MCWD: Part 1

Fernando Fajardo 10/16/2019

The provision of safe, dependable, and affordable supply of water in Metro Cebu is getting to be more problematic these days such that the Mayor of Cebu City who appoints the board members of the Metro Cebu…

The gnawing water supply problem in Metro Cebu

Fernando Fajardo 10/09/2019

Water is vital for all forms of life. It covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface but they are not all drinkable. The oceans contains 97 percent of this water while another 2 percent is frozen at…

Have you been to Carbon Market?

Fernando Fajardo 10/02/2019

Of course, in Cebu City, everybody does or you are not a Cebuano. Carbon Market or simply “Carbon’ is the oldest and the largest of public markets in the whole of island of Cebu and one of…

Educating myself about Pasil

Fernando Fajardo 09/25/2019

I first came to live in Cebu City in 1965 as a first year student at the University of San Carlos (USC). Luckily, I was able to get a teaching job in economics at USC after my…

Employment rate in July 2019 at 94.6 percent

Fernando Fajardo 09/18/2019

Two weeks ago, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the country’s employment rate in July 2019 was estimated at 94.6 percent or an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. Three years earlier in 2016, when the present administration started, the…

The political economy of rice farming

Fernando Fajardo 09/11/2019

Rice, along with corn, is the main staple of the Filipinos. In average, a Filipino consumes about 100 kilos of rice a year. That would be about two kilos per week. An examination of the artifacts unearth…

The good conduct time allowance and heinous crime

Fernando Fajardo 09/04/2019

Most of us are not lawyers but given that most of our actions or inaction may transgress any of the existing laws in the country, it is just right for us to know a modicum of our…

What is Cebu proud of?

Fernando Fajardo 08/28/2019

When everything is said and done, development is all about giving everyone in our society the opportunity to work with enough income to meet not only the basic needs in life for food, clothing, shelter, education and…

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