A lesson that Duterte must heed

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   He is a populist, and has endeared himself to the masses. He won the elections by a landslide, and till now, his political party is hard to beat. He put in place universal health care, poured resources in rural areas, and built massive infrastructure such as […]

The gift of life

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   I lost a new IPhone. Worse, I lost it on the day of my wife Mae’s third death anniversary. I asked myself: “Is Mae playing a joke on me?” Years ago, I likewise lost an IPhone, to Mae’s consternation. It hassled her that I asked for […]

Low-carbon path

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola   A previous piece showed that our greenhouse gas reduction commitment to the Paris climate treaty meant a gradual 2.02% annual reduction in fossil-based electricity generation, for a total reduction of 23.3% by 2030 compared to 2017 levels. The annual reduction required by this low-carbon path is only half the […]

Reducing power plant carbon emissions by 70% is doable

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola My two previous pieces (BW, July 16 and July 23, 2018) discussed four flaws in the DoE’s current power development plan that led it to overestimate the country’s 2040 baseload requirements by more than 100%. Another BW piece disputed my conclusion and claimed that there is no baseload bloat. I urge all […]

Advancing fiscal incentive reform

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   THE rationalization of fiscal incentives is a long-overdue reform. It is a necessary reform for several reasons. The current regime of incentives has resulted in the loss of huge potential revenues every year. In 2016 alone, the foregone revenues amounted to P178.56 billion. The Philippines has […]

Reform in the time of Duterte

Yellow Pad By Aj Montesa and Karla Michelle Yu   “Are we in the midst of a crisis?” For activists, that’s a valid question. Perhaps the activists’ answer is yes. A yes, mainly because this aligns with the narrative that this administration is incompetent to make sound policy decisions for the country. It might be […]

The SONA: a ranking of preferences

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   Rodrigo Duterte’s 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) addressed a lot of issues. And depending on your values, beliefs and advocacy, one would either slam Duterte or begrudgingly recognize parts of his reform agenda. But it is not merely a question of counting what is […]