Unemployment Protection in the Philippines

This paper asserts that unemployment protection should receive greater attention from policymakers in the face of the unfolding vulnerabilities of globalization. To substantiate such assertion, the paper discusses the need for unemployment protection, analyzes the existing unemployment protection mechanisms, identifies protection gaps and proposes doable measures in addressing the gaps by refining relevant social legislation.

Addressing Education Needs of Mindanao’s Poorest

The paper scans briefly the overall performance of the education sector and highlights the particular situation of Mindanao. It cited particularly the poorest regions (the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao or ARMM and Western Mindanao) that consistently scored lowest in most education-related indicators and get a disproportionate share of the education budget.

Local Governments and Poverty Alleviation: Deprivation and Disparities

This paper examines the role of local governments in poverty alleviation. On the whole, there has been no systematic evaluation of local government performance in service delivery or poverty alleviation. Evidence of improved performance in the delivery of basic services is largely anecdotal and questions are being raised about the capacity to deliver agricultural extension, […]

The 2000 Poverty Report

This paper presents an analysis of the poverty situation in the country and the economic crisis which spared no one, and where almost everyone is worse off now than before. It then proceeds to advocate for several short-term "Doables" that can be carried over the long haul in addressing poverty. Proposed measures include: treating agriculture […]

The Folly of the Modified Gross Income Tax

Among some economists, the current joke is that they and their ilk
should be banned from seeking the presidency. One likely problem with an economist-turned-president who thinks he knows his stuff is that he would ignore advice and pursue an economic policy that does not make sense to others.

It’s the Governance, Stupid!

Time and again, it is often asserted that the policies for social and
economic development espoused in our Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) are generally sound – but it is in implementation where we fall apart. A key function of governance is the effective translation of policies and strategies embodied in the nation’s development plan into tangible actions by the various players in society, both in and out of the government. But alas, governance is precisely where the previous administration went wrong.

Do Filipinos Eat ‘Too Much’ Rice?

An anecdote often related as gospel truth about the dietary preferences of Filipinos – especially of the so-called “masses” – is that a common Filipino meal consists of a “mountain” of rice, flavored by a bit of soup or viand. This observation then leads to a conclusion that “Filipinos eat too much rice.” A further conclusion is then hazarded – that: “If only Filipinos ate less rice, then we won’t have to worry about imports!”