Solving traffic congestion requires politically hard measures

Traffic congestion, particularly in Metro Manila, threatens the sustainability of the current economic growth. The negative effects on productivity and efficiency, health and well-being, and environment are evident. Widely quoted is the study of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, released in 2014, that estimates the economic cost of Metro Manila’s traffic congestion at about P2.4 […]

Firearm law can subvert the Bangsamoro disarmament process

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the Annex on Normalization on Jan. 25, 2014. The annex is an integral document to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that spells out the process of integration to normal life of persons and communities affected by war. A key activity in the normalization […]

Grief and ‘small monuments’

We remember the dead. The nation commemorates the anniversaries of fallen heroes. But what about honoring the unsung multitude? In our predominantly Christian society, collective remembrance happens on All Saints’ Day and its extension, All Souls’ Day. Giving tribute to the dead is part of grieving. It is said that grief arising from the loss […]

Better wages for better drivers

Students, together with white and blue collar workers, are once again braving Metro Manila traffic as classes resume this month. For instance, vehicles move at just 16.3 to 19.4 kilometers per hour on average on EDSA, Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare. And yes, vehicles on EDSA crawl painfully slower than a moving bicycle. How much has […]

Threats to PhilHealth’s financial sustainability  

PhilHealth’s reserve fund is now less than a year’s worth of benefit payments. From a conservative fund manager, whose past reserves averaged at four times its annual benefit payments, it has finally become an institution that generously pays for the health needs of the Filipino people. While the said shift is definitely good news, some […]

Health metrics that matter

By the end of the Aquino administration, the Department of Health (DoH) would already have a budget almost five times more than it began to receive at the start of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III’s term, should the proposed P122.7-billion health budget be approved this year. This is a record high in the history […]