Highlights

  • LIVEABLE CITIES

    By: Guillermo M. Luz

    The Philippines has had a spotty record of urban planning. What started out as beautifully master-planned cities generations ago have ended up as cities characterized by congestion and traffic, little or poor access to mass transit, few open spaces, parks and public spaces, and many blighted and derelict sections. And yet we’ve also seen some areas beautifully planned and built out in different parts of the country. Whether by design or accident, the parts that have become “liveable” are thriving, booming and driving growth.

    Cities are drivers of economic growth and innovation. They are hubs of consumption, resource use and waste. They are also generators of wealth, production and development. The world has been on an urbanization trend for some time now. Over 80 percent of global GDP is generated in cities; 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities as well. Over one-half of the people in the world live in cities. And over 30 percent of global city residents live in slums; 75 percent of the global urban population live in a developing country.

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  • THE FUTURE OF WORK

    By: Guillermo M. Luz

    As we go deeper into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the nature of work—what gets done, who does it, where it’s performed—will dramatically change. This will have huge implications on societies and their workforce, and have important ramifications on our educational systems and systems of learning. Are we ready for this? How can we prepare?

    Industry 1.0 (1784) was marked by mechanization, steam power and the weaving loom. Industry 2.0 (1870) brought us electrical energy, mass production and the assembly line. Industry 3.0 (1969) brought us automation, electronics and computers. Today, Industry 4.0 takes us to a new phase of industrialization, where digitization, automation and electronics converge. This convergence of physical, digital and even biological worlds will be brought about by “new” trends in cloud computing, Internet of Things, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Augmented/Virtual Reality, and others.

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  • Linking Industry and Academe

    By: Ramon Del Rosario, Jr.

    Education has historically been the domain of academicians. But that now needs to change, given the fast-changing world of work, advances in technology and economic growth that has not resulted in opportunities for all.

    This was the consensus from the recently held 2019 Higher Education Summit organized by Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), an organization I serve as chair.

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  • BIRTHING THE BANGSAMORO AUTONOMOUS REGION

    By: Edilberto C. de Jesus

    As with planned caesarean procedures, we know beforehand this baby’s birthday. On Jan. 21, 2019, the people within the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will determine in a plebiscite whether to welcome the birth of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR). But, as with any delivery, we cannot predict with absolute certainty the baby’s health condition at birth, or its future life prospects. It will take many years and much effort before we can proclaim the BAR a success.

    The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is only one part of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro concluded between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to end nearly 50 years of the separatist insurgency. The “normalization” process requires settling security issues, such as the decommissioning of MILF combatants. A ceremonial decommissioning of 145 combatants took place in June 2015. But by the time of BOL ratification, 30 percent of MILF forces or about 4,000 combatants should already have been decommissioned and absorbed into the government’s security forces, or provided alternative livelihood opportunities.

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  • ASEAN AND THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

    By: Ma. Aurora “Boots” D. Geotina-Garcia

    Business leaders often receive invitations to regional and international conferences. Sometimes we meet the same personalities or hear the same speakers talk about the same topics. Have you experienced “conference fatigue,” and feel that these gatherings are irrelevant and incapable of bringing about meaningful and fruitful discussions?

    However, I would consider the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Asean held in Hanoi, Vietnam, last September as something different than the so-called “more of the same.” The main theme of the Forum focused on how Asean, as a regional community, can embrace the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”—a new and important area that needs to be addressed and requires regional cooperation as Asean is now moving toward becoming a key driver of the global economy and a critical player in international affairs.

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  • LIVEABLE CITIES
  • THE FUTURE OF WORK
  • Linking Industry and Academe
  • BIRTHING THE BANGSAMORO AUTONOMOUS REGION
  • ASEAN AND THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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MBC holds Business Executive Session on Gender Issues, Now Highlighted by COVID-19

26 March 2020 – The Makati Business Club, alongside UN Women WeEmpower Asia and the Delegation of European Union in the Philippines, hosted an online forum with executives representing multinational firms to discuss the challenges faced by women in their workforce and supply chain — which have been highlighted by COVID-19 — and the different […]

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Business organizations urge immediate passage of Special Law to address COVID-19

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March 23, 2020 We, the undersigned organizations, thank the Administration and Congress for quickly starting official deliberations today on the proposed “Bayanihan Act of 2020” and  its counterpart bill in the Senate known as “We Heal as One Act” that are specially designed to help the country aggressively combat the COVID-19 pandemic and address its […]

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Business groups raise 1.5 Billion to help Metro’s urban poor under “Project Ugnayan” initiative

Business groups raise 1.5 Billion to help Metro’s urban poor under “Project Ugnayan” initiative

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, 20 top business groups raised over P1.5 Billion to fund the distribution of grocery vouchers to urban poor residents in the Metro Manila Area. In a statement posted online, Project Ugnayan targets to distribute P1,000 gift certificates to over 1 Million households in the poor communities of the greater […]

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COVID-19: Info for Businesses

COVID-19: Info for Businesses

Makati Business Club have compiled a useful guide to help ensure that Philippine businesses understand and deliver its obligations in protecting employees and stakeholders from health risks brought about by COVID-19.

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