The myth of ‘inclusive growth’ in the Philippines and why GDP alone does not matter

Why is there no inclusive growth in the Philippines? The critical component and measurement which goes a long way in explaining why no progress is being made, and inclusive growth remains only the ‘in’ slogan/mantra of the year is the Poverty Elasticity of Growth or PEG (the multiplier effect of percent growth to percent poverty […]

Philippine Labor Day rhetoric: the same old bullshit

So it’s “Labor Day” again this 1st of May in the Philippines. What do the usual suspects who champion the workers’ “fight” have to offer this time in terms of rhetoric? Considering that they’ve milked the easy ones dry — anti-Americanism, anti-imperialism, anti-incumbent-government, higher wages, more jobs, etc. — what else is there? There is […]

Just grin and bear it – Filipinos don’t like tough questions

They don’t like asking them. They sure as hell do not like answering them. If you think about it, this is rather unsurprising for a society that does not encourage its members to question authority even the slightest. While examples of questionable things and issues in Filipino society are endless, the past few weeks have […]

Why is President Noynoy Aquino ‘baffled’ by high unemployment in the Philippines?

It is quite revealing that Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III would, one moment, confidently credit himself with the Philippines’ purportedly robust economic numbers then, on another, be left scratching his dome as to the reasons why the “positive” nature of these so-called indicators are not translating to jobs and smiles for the majority […]

Jojo Binay or Kris Aquino may be president in 2016 – but it really does not matter

The next presidential elections is still more than two years away but Filipinos are already looking to 2016 for that anticipated cool change. It’s not that the current term under President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III can be described as hot. Far from it. The Second Philippine Reich can be considered more of a protracted […]

Filipino labour force not up to par: Philippines ready to host foreign workers

The Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is reportedly considering opening the country to foreign workers. A list of occupations for which there is a “shortage” of local people qualified to fill has been released by the DOLE… Architect Chemical Engineer Chemist Environmental Planner Fisheries Technologist Geologist – Geophysicist, petrogeochemist, petrophysicist, micropaleontologist, engineering geologist […]

Philippine economic growth rate and credit rating upgrade not enough to keep unemployment down

If you want to know how the Philippine economy is doing, you will find it hard to get a straightforward answer from the mainstream media. There’s enough spin to counteract every piece of bad news out there to do your head in. It seems the Philippine government is doing its best to project an image […]

Paving Noynoy’s Straight Path with Bent Statistics

Faced with growing outrage over President Aquino’s ham-fisted attempts to establish authoritarian rule and desperately needing some good news on the economic front, the Administration PR machinery was quick to herald the latest unemployment statistics as evidence that Peenoy’s agenda, whatever it is, is putting the country back on the daang matuwid. The unemployment rate […]