The long, winding road towards infra dev’t

Weslene Uy, Deputy Executive Director for Research of the Stratbase ADR Institute  The World Economic Forum released Thursday its annual Global Competitiveness Index for 2018. In the report, the Philippine economy ranked 56th out of 140 countries and fifth in Southeast Asia, trailing behind Singapore (2nd), Malaysia (25th), Thailand (38th) and Indonesia (45th). The report… Read More

Reforming the PPP model

Weslene Uy, Deputy Executive Director for Research of the Stratbase ADR Institute Responding to concerns of alienating the private sector, Secretary Dominguez III said the administration welcomes unsolicited proposals, since the private sector would have a better grasp in identifying potential problems and offering better solutions to these problems. Unsurprisingly, the more welcome attitude towards… Read More

Focusing on long-term solutions to inflation

Weslene Uy, Deputy Executive Director for Research of the Stratbase ADR Institute After almost two years of uninterrupted economic expansion above 6.5 percent, the economy produced a disappointing 6 percent growth during the second quarter. Hinged on the opportunities resulting from the government’s infrastructure drive and its comprehensive tax reform program, the country’s economy was… Read More

Brightening the dimming economic growth

Atty. Hannah Viola, Energy and Infrastructure Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute and Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines Three reputable international organizations, namely the Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and Fitch Ratings Inc., have downgraded their economic outlook for the Philippines for this year. ADB revised its projections from 6.8 percent to 6.4 percent in 2018… Read More

Powering development through proper energy policies

Atty. Hannah Viola, Energy and Infrastructure Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute and Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines Last week, consumer group CitizenWatch Philippines, in partnership with Stratbase ADR Institute, hosted an energy stakeholder’s forum entitled “Energy Outlook: Supplying Rising Demand at Lower Cost.” The forum aimed to provide different stakeholders in the power industry a conducive… Read More