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Agriculture: Still the most potent weapon against poverty

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I was browsing over articles I have written and I stumbled on this piece that I find still very relevant, 15 years after. Here are excerpts from that article published in 1999: “A review of Philippine experience in managing economic development shows a strong bias against agriculture. Since the 1950s, industrialization has been the main [...]

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Government’s ‘to-do’ list remains long

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In the weeks leading up to the 2010 elections, the campaign of then senator Benigno Aquino III, in an attempt to hold on to its shrinking lead in the polls, included a series of TV ads that proclaimed “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap.” In May that year, 15 million people rallied behind this battle cry to sweep the son of the late Corazon Aquino to the presidency.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Poverty rate stubborn in rich Switzerland

An aerial view of the Congress Center in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The world's political and business elite gathered in the snow-covered resort of Davos on for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.  AP PHOTO/MICHEL EULER

Switzerland may be one of the world’s richest nations but as many as one resident in 13 lives in poverty, official data showed on Tuesday.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

World Bank extends grant to help PH reduce poverty

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The World Bank has granted the Philippines technical assistance worth $700,615 to study how the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources—specifically mangroves and minerals—could help reduce poverty.

Posted: May 30th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

WB: Climate change a fundamental threat to dev’t

Countries of the world should confront climate change squarely as part of the global efforts to end poverty and boost prosperity. It’s a challenge that needs collective action by national governments, development partners, private sector, civil society, and local communities.

Posted: May 26th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

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