Category Archives: Development

Should we junk the minimum wage law in the Philippines?

Workers unite! But then ask the question: Unite to do what exactly? That slogan has been around for more than two centuries now, and though many “activist” elements out there might want us to believe that their “fight” was what … Continue reading

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Outraged Over A Misleading BillBoard On The CCP Lawn?

My first reaction to the “Sunset View Block Condominium” Billboard on CCP’s lawn would have been outrage, if I didn’t know better. If I didn’t take to heart GMA TV New’s Howie Severino’s slogan, “Think Before You Click”, I might … Continue reading

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Why the Philippines Failed? A Developmental Perspective

In his seminal book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905), Max Weber, widely known as the father of modern sociology, provided (arguably among the first and most compelling) arguments on the relationship (or correlation) between ‘culture’ and … Continue reading

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Mining Sector Giving Up on the Philippines?

It is probably welcome news to environmental activists but a disappointing turn of events for anyone who likes the idea of tapping the Philippines’ imposing stockpile of mineral resources to attract tangible industrial investment and create jobs: Some subtle hints … Continue reading

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Olivier Ochanine Defines Advocacy

“Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.” – Sir David Frost A Pinoy Hang-up: Credentialism It was only quite recently that I was told that Chefs do not refer to themselves as Chefs.  When introducing themselves, … Continue reading

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WD-40 Is Made Out of Fish Oil

And Other Stupid Things People Will Believe Because Its Retweeted or Reposted on Facebook Remember a while back, Tim Yap mistakenly tweeted that some reporter had won the biggest Lotto prize?  A lot of people re-tweeted it and believed it … Continue reading

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Noynoy Aquino government hires Fitch Ratings to give Philippine economy a thumbs up

Incumbent Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is beaming with pride now that the country has scored an “investment-grade” credit rating from Global rating agency, Fitch Ratings under his watch. You might be asking yourself, “What the heck does it … Continue reading

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