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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 […]

More flaws in the DoE plan raise baseload bloat to 103%

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola A previous piece identified one serious flaw in the DoE’s Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) 2016-2040: the DoE still assumes that baseload plants will retain their 70% share in the electricity mix until 2040. This will not happen. Steadily dropping solar prices will make market-driven solar penetration inevitable. The rising solar […]

Flawed DoE assumption results in baseload bloat

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola Over the past four decades, solar photovoltaic (PV) prices have been dropping by an average of 9% per year. As a result, rooftop solar is the cheapest daytime source of electricity today in many countries. In the Philippines, the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from solar rooftops has gone below […]

Insights into the World Bank’s Insights

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   The World Bank has come out with a Philippine poverty assessment report titled Making Growth Work for the Poor (2018). It works on the assumption, now an adage, that growth is a necessary but insufficient condition to reduce poverty. The publication has loads of information, drawn […]

Low-cost housing for the rich

Yellow Pad By Madeiline Joy Aloria   The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) estimates that the country’s total housing backlog will accumulate to 3.6 million units by the end of 2018. For some politicians, addressing this long-existing problem means giving the most generous tax and non-tax perks to real estate developers. This is […]

Tyranny of the Minority?

Yellow Pad By AJ Montesa   The “tyranny of the minority” is a term not often used. In democracies such as ours, primacy in decision making is given to the majority. But the power of the minority can be very real. Whether by formal or informal political structures, it is the reason that obviously beneficial […]