Is workers’ well-being progressing?

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 11/19/2022

Last week, I argued for a very simple, reliable, and practical indicator of Progress, with a capital P: Progress is a situation when more people say that their Quality of Life got better, than say it got…

Gainers don’t exceed losers yet

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 11/12/2022

There’s a lot of crowing, especially from the banking profession, about the latest report that the quarterly gross national product (GNP) grew by over 7 percent from last year. The new figures are nice to see, but…

Prolonged hunger in NCR

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 11/05/2022

What strikes me most about the new Social Weather Stations hunger survey is that the richest area of the country, the National Capital Region (NCR), is again the one with the highest proportion of hungry households. All…

‘He had a way with words and plants’

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 10/29/2022

The title of this piece is the epitaph of my father, Federico Mangahas (1904-1979). While he made his living with his words, he made his life with his plants, at our home on the UP Diliman campus.…

Poverty stubborn for two quarters

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 10/22/2022

To mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17), the World Bank (WB) issued a Poverty and Equity Brief for the Philippines this week (https://bit.ly/PhJobsineq). It cited the government’s latest poverty number, which refers…

Routine demographics

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 10/15/2022

Recently, on my first visit to a cardiologist, his secretary immediately took my height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature, and then showed me where to sit and wait for him to be free; that’s the routine. Being…

Who cares about GNP or GDP?

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 10/01/2022

What’s the difference? Both the gross national product (GNP) and the gross domestic product (GDP) are sum totals of the money-value of goods and services produced over some period of time. The former refers to what is…

Count people, not money

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 09/24/2022

The dollar-peso rate is merely how some green paper that Americans accept for their products is bartered for some multicolored paper that we Filipinos accept for our products. Regardless of its fascination for journalists, it doesn’t affect…

Filipinos’ historical milestones

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 08/27/2022

Last Monday, Aug. 21, SWS communications man Leo Laroza searched our website using the phrase “Ninoy Aquino.” He found two survey reports—one in 1999 on the importance of a number of 20th-century events, and another in 2011…

Poverty seen from above

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 08/20/2022

This week, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the national percentage of families below the official poverty line rose to 13.2 in 2021, up from 12.1 in 2018, but down from 18 in 2015. It put…

Poverty seen from below

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 08/13/2022

The scale of poverty as seen from below, by the people, is very much larger than as seen from above, by the bureaucracy. Nearly half of household heads in the nation rate their families as Mahirap (Poor),…

Cum laude, asterisk

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 07/30/2022

On the next biodata sheet submitted by a fresh graduate of the University of the Philippines, I will put an asterisk (*) after their name. At the foot of the page will be the reference, Randy David,…

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