Why ‘Rights of the Child’?

Because according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “children continue to suffer from poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases, unequal access to education and justice systems that do not recognize their special needs.” Because our children will be the leaders and decision makers committed to live and lead a life of greatness. In the […]

Pacquiao and national unity

I am writing this piece in the middle of the bout between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I cannot be distracted from my writing, lest I miss the deadline in submitting the column to BusinessWorld. In other words, I will miss what has been called the fight of the century. (Fight of the […]

Is a revolution coming in higher education?

As considered by the proverbial man in the street, universities, given their durable presence and critical societal roles, would seem to be among the most stable of institutions. Yet in An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead, Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly, and Saad Rizvi (henceforth BDR) sound the alarm that changes are […]

Congress FOI Performance Monitor # 1

FOI Bill Well-Positioned for Passage, Citizens to Track House FOI Performance Congress resumed session on 4 May 2015, with the proposed People’s Freedom of Information Act well-positioned for passage.               After months of deliberation by a Technical Working Group, the House Committee on Public Information approved (9 votes in favor, 3 against) on 24 […]


Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 April 2015   [Boston, USA]—Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona speaks today at the 2015 Finance Ministerial Leadership Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, to relay to other countries the […]

Trade-off: Giving up peace for Marwan

Trade-off: “The giving up of one desired objective in order to attain another, when both cannot be achieved at the same time.” (The Free Dictionary) In his economics textbook Principles of Economics and other writings, the accessible Harvard economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw says everyone faces trade-offs. The metaphor frequently used by economists is: “There […]