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Collateral damage of progress

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Ahead of the Holy Week, the exodus out of Metro Manila and other urban areas in the country is expected to begin this weekend.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Employment blues

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By this time, or at the latest, next week, most of the 850 or so colleges and universities in the country would have completed their graduation ceremonies. For the parents, the occasion is a culmination of years of struggle to provide for the financial and psychological needs of their children as they prepare for their future. The joy of seeing their children complete their education is indescribable.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Pollution compensation

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A Japanese company has started a compensation scheme that may increase the cost of doing business in countries with serious environmental problems.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Hopeful bank rehabilitation plan

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There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for the uninsured depositors of shuttered Export and Industry Bank who have a combined deposit of P10.7 billion.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Breaking the glass ceiling

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Coincident with the celebration of International Women’s Day last March 8, international audit firm Grant Thornton, through local member Punongbayan & Araullo, released its findings on the status of women in Philippine boardrooms.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Effective ‘shame’ campaign

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The advertisements the Bureau of Internal Revenue put out this week in some broadsheets accomplished their objective—they raised public awareness about the need to pay the right taxes.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Protection of investments

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Sad, but true, the Philippines lags behind its neighbors in attracting foreign investments that stay for the long haul and create meaningful jobs for Filipinos.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Liability of project developers

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Real estate developers who renege on their commitments to their customers can be ordered to refund amortization payments made, and pay attorney’s fees and moral damages.   This, in a nutshell, was the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of “Fil-Estate Properties Inc. and Fil-Estate Network Inc. vs Spouses Conrado and Maria Victoria [...]

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Headlines | Read More »

Retail bond offerings

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The corporate bond market in the country is on a roll.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Chat room in the sky

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Time was when airplane travel, whether domestic or foreign, was looked at by some business travelers as a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the serene ambiance of the cabin.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Threat to financial privacy

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From monetary regulator to bank watchdog to powerful financial authority.   If the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) can have its way, that’s the role it wants to play in our government. And judging from the bills filed in Congress, some lawmakers appear supportive of the idea.   These measures provide, among others, for a [...]

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

DOLE’s comic employment plan

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Is she serious? This question crossed my mind after reading last week Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz’s announcement that the government will allow the entry of foreign workers in at least 15 jobs in the country that have a shortage of skilled workers.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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