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By: Ramon R. 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 […]


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 […]

Ma. Aurora Boots Geotina

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 […]

Edilberto de jesus

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 […]

Rob Vab Tulder

By: Rob van Tulder Eight years ago, the University of the Philippines and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam started a joint research project on the question why the “Middle-Income Trap” applies well to the Philippines. Countries that get out of poverty but are (forever?) stuck in a dependent low-middle income position are deemed to be […]