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Fifty years of Pag-asa proves there is hope for Philippine industry

PAG-ASA MEANS hope. Pag-asa, the proper noun, symbolizes hope for the revival of Philippine manufacturing and hope for all-round national development. That proper noun is also Pag-asa Steel, which celebrates its golden anniversary on Dec 18. In 1964, a period that marked the take-off of Philippine manufacturing, an enterprising, persevering Tsinoy named Francisco Tong founded Pag-asaSteel. Rare is the Filipino company engaged […]

A critique of the UA&P studies on tax reform

Yellow Pad By Madeiline Aloria and Joshua Uyheng   With House Bill 5636 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) well underway at the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, it is crucial to take stock of the studied and evidence that have been presented to lawmakers, and scrutinize their relevance in light […]

Facts, not fear: Responding to critics of TRAIN

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng and Madeiline Joy Aloria Over the past few months, Bayan Muna, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and IBON Foundation, have all rejected and tagged as anti-poor the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) or House Bill (HB) No. 5636. However, upon closer examination of their arguments, the evidence […]

A response to Winnie Monsod

Winnie Monsod’s recent series of Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) columns on the tax reform bill (House Bill 5636 or TRAIN, which stands for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) has stirred debate. The position of Action for Economic Reforms, Foundation for Economic Freedom and like-minded groups is that despite the bill’s imperfection (legislation of a […]