Government Service: A “Signature industry” Duterte will change

Beware bureaucrats! Change is coming your way! What is the signature industry? It is not uncommon to hear the rants and raves of people, frustrated about how long it takes for government to process an application. Whether it is a business permit, license, passport, clearance, certification, loans and claims from SSS, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, etc., it’s […]

Filipinos must drop their Fixation on Bloodlines

Filipino society continues to have this fixation on bloodlines. For example, we are fixated on finding out whether famous people in other countries have Filipino blood, and vice versa. When someone is abusive or bad-habited, we assume that it is in the blood and that people who are related (like children) will absolutely be the […]

Migrate. Now. How government inefficiency in the Philippines chokes entrepreneurship

I loved our country and once said I’d never leave it, even though it was corrupt and all. I mean, things are just the way they are, right? Right. So, if the-way-things-are directly means extremely heavy taxes, stooping down your own morality, and cheering by as the local politician runs for office again and again, […]

Can the Philippines compete in the 21st Century global economy?

When the term ‘self sufficiency’ is mentioned, what often comes to mind is food. On that alone, self-sufficiency in terms of food is already a big issue in the Philippines. The Philippines is the world’s biggest importer of rice and is a major market in the region for the agricultural exports of many countries. The […]

Can Chinese Filipinos Make the Philippines Great Again?

A mid-aged Japanese guy told me that when he was young, many products sold in his country back then were “Made in the Philippines.” Well, things have obviously changed. From being on the tipping point of becoming the next rising tiger cub of Asia ready to pounce and join the club of Singapore, Taiwan, and […]

Are Philippine Internet service providers (ISPs) ready for Netflix?

Netflix is coming and Filipinos are excited! The plans to be offered by Netflix in the Philippines allow subscribers to stream up to ultra high definition videos into their media devices. The following excerpt from a CNN Philippines report details these plans… Users can choose from three price options: P370 for basic services, P460 for […]

Removing Calculus and Trigonometry in the Philippine Education System?

On 17 December, 2015, Philstar.com reported that presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte said if he will be elected president, he will have Calculus and Trigonometry removed in the education system and that Algebra be replaced with Business Mathematics. According to the report, Mr. Duterte said, Yung Calculus alisin ko talaga yan. Dumaan kayo ng high school, […]

Noynoy Aquino wasted Filipinos’ time and resources on the wrong priorities

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held in the Philippines is evidence that if the government’s priorities are right, it can accomplish or do important and difficult tasks. Case in point is the way the government spruced up Metro Manila in preparation for the arrival of the international delegates attending the summit, which included world leaders […]