Three ingredients essential for the Philippines to progress that ‘thought leaders’ fail to address

The trouble with the Philippines’ political discourse today is that it is hopelessly partisan. As a result, there is no energy channeled into mapping a way forward for the Philippines. Instead, much of the talk is around discrediting one other. Whilst there is a small niche within the social media chatter that appreciates and rewards […]

Risk management is erring on the side of preparation rather than on the side of celebration

Is information that we get from politicians, celebrities, and business people reliable? Think about it. These are people who’s job it is to tell people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. Politicians want potential voters to think that they have a bright future that they will, presumably, be led […]

Filipinos have no Philippine ‘Nation’ to rely on in the event of a catastrophic earthquake

So some residents of Metro Manila now know how big or how little a risk they face in the event of a strong earthquake hitting sometime in the future. A certainty, we are told. But information is only useful when it is actionable. The information so far being circulated by the Philippine government comes primarily […]

‘Disaster preparedness’ has become an oxymoron in the #Philippines

It has been becoming increasingly apparent that “natural” disasters are now a routine occurrence all over the Philippines. The idea that Filipinos ought to be more “prepared” for such calamities — whilst something one would think ought to have been an obvious national priority — is only now resonating across the broader public. To the […]