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,…

Waiting to see

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 07/23/2022

A presidential State of the Nation Address (Sona) is a president’s version of the nation’s journey—where it is now, how it came this way, and where he plans to lead it. A Sona covers whatever a president…

Scientists look toward 2050

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 07/16/2022

The theme of last week’s annual scientific meeting of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) was Pagtanaw 2050: Agham tungo sa mabuting kinabukasan (Foresight 2050: Science for a sustainable future). Pagtanaw 2050 is NAST’s venture…

Compassionate economics

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 06/18/2022

I think of Compassionate Economics, loosely, as a science concerned with the economic well-being of the people in general. Within the textbook definition of economics as the study of the production and distribution of goods and services,…

The SWS hunger ‘serye’

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 06/11/2022

The dynamic story of hunger in the Philippines has just been updated by the 96th SWS survey about it since 1998: “First Quarter 2022 Social Weather Survey: Hunger rises from 11.8% to 12.2% of Filipino families,” www.sws.org.ph,…

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