15 December 2019

  • Battle won, war continues against extreme poverty
    The Philippines won a major battle recently when it was reported that poverty incidence for a full year fell below 20 percent. To be precise, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the rate for 2018 was 16.6 percent. For many decades, about a third of the Philippine population lived below the poverty line. In […]
  • Higher prices on the horizon
    THE very low inflation we have enjoyed for the past several months appears to be a thing of the past and higher prices will persist through the coming year, according to local analysts. Because inflation is a sensitive issue that affects everyone, understanding how it works and what we can expect will help in easing […]
  • Water firms’ backdown should not stop full review of onerous contracts
    IT makes good sense, for reasons of sheer self-preservation if nothing else, that the water concessionaires Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. have decided to back down from implementing the ruling of two Singapore arbitral panels that award them billions more in profits to collect. But this tactical retreat should not stop […]
  • Signs of potential trouble for PH job market
    FEWER Philippine companies are planning to hire new workers in the coming year and that could spell trouble for the country’s unemployment rate. According to the annual Mercer Total Remuneration Surveys (TRS), only 45 percent of local companies intend to hire new workers in 2020, down from 50 percent this year. The implication of this, […]
  • Low expectations for PH infrastructure agenda
    THE Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is not impressed with the progress of the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program. In a December 5 commentary titled “Rethinking Infrastructure,” the research and analysis arm of The Economist Group (best known for The Economist business and economic news journal) said the infrastructure program “has got off to […]

Feed by Manila Times.