Documentation of the Political Economy of Tobacco Control in the Philippines

Action for Economic Reforms is happy to share the full documentation of the seminar “Economic Policy and Public Health: Never the Twain Shall Meet?” held on May 8, 2014; and the Dialogue with Bureau of Internal Revenues Commissioner Kim Henares titled, “Will the Reforms Stick Beyond 2016?” held in the morning of May 9, 2014. A separate documentation for the CSO Strategy Meeting held in the afternoon of May 9, 2014 is available to the participants of the said meeting.

Top performers are among the least appreciated

IT SEEMS IRONIC that among the President’s men and women, the most criticized, the most maligned are the top performers. I refer specifically to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Butch Abad and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares. To be sure, we can identify other outstanding Cabinet members. Rogelio Singson of […]

A too-controlled budget

MANY OF THOSE who oppose the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) do so in the belief that executive discretion over a big pool of savings is an invitation to misuse or abuse. The knee-jerk preference is for some degree of control, for a system of checks and balances. The classic admonition you hear after the DAP […]

Legalism is not the enemy of good

THE CORE IDEA behind the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) bears less on the legal or the constitutional than on the pursuit of good governance. It is ironic to see that the life of the program must end upon the behest of people who profess to pursue the same The difference is in the eye, in […]

The problem with the high court

THE PROBLEM with President Noynoy Aquino and Budget Secretary Butch Abad is they are not mutant X-Men. They have no psychic powers. They cannot foretell what the Supreme Court will do. And they cannot exercise mind control over the members of the Supreme Court. The problem is they are unlike Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo whose powers were […]

Pragmatism and the issue of means and ends

THE MORAL of the story that is the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is a hackneyed one: a noble end does not a winner make. Your matching means must be noble as well. The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional “some acts and practices” under DAP, but not the whole DAP itself. The ponencia appreciates its function as […]