Financing Education: Trends and Prospects

The paper presents an analysis of public expenditure patterns over the last four decades, showing how changing priorities of different administrations impact heavily on education spending. While allocation for education has grown tremendously over the years, real per capita spending has actually stagnated.

Bad Economics to Protect Erap

In the midst of a weakening economy and a political upheaval, Mr.
Estrada is adopting economic measures that will only throw us from the
frying pan into the fire. In just one week, the government has adopted
measures that have serious and adverse effects on the economy.

The Last Thing We Need Is Another “Interest Cure” Episode

We express our most vigorous opposition to the return of the “interest rate cure” to address the economic turmoil besetting the country in the aftermath of the explosion of the jueteng scandal. Recently, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) increased reserve requirements and jacked up its overnight borrowing rate by four percent. As an immediate result, prime lending rates have sharply increased, with some banks even charging prime rates above 20 percent. Worse, the BSP is contemplating a higher increase in interest rates to insulate the peso from further attacks.

Mr. President, for our country’s sake, please resign now

This time we speak from our heart and soul, and we do so very sadly. Recent revelations–the jueteng scandal– give us no choice but to ask you, President Estrada, to resign and save the country, the people from further harm. In the minds and hearts of the people, you have lost the credibility and the moral ascendancy to lead us.

The National Food Authority: What Now?

The current impasse on whether or not to "privatize" NFA has left quite a number of policy makers dumbfounded. This paper briefly reviews NFA's mandate, performance and problems. It also provides an overview of the spectrum of proposals coming from the legislature, NGOs and individuals who have taken a look at NFA up close. Finally, […]