Feed in tariff (FIT) means more expensive electricity

Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr., Stratbase-ADRi Fellow The Philippines has the unhealthy label of having the “second or third most expensive electricity prices in Asia” next to Japan and Singapore. This is not a good news for energy-intensive industries like manufacturing and hotels where electricity demand can be running 24/7. Image Source: The Philippine Star With… Read More

Striking a Balance in the Energy Mix

Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase-ADRi The projected power crisis last summer highlighted the precarious energy situation in the Philippines. Just one unscheduled power plant shutdown would have refreshed our memories of the 90’s where nationwide rotating brown outs forced people to address the lack of energy supply on their own. Fortunately, the government was spared of… Read More

Agriculture and Industry: Two Sides of the Anti-Poverty Coin

Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase-ADRi During last Sunday’s presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City, the Filipino nation glimpsed the presidential candidates’ respective economic programs. The candidates tackled poverty and development during the second round of the debate, raising different policy options—such as post-harvest support for farmers and easier access to capital for fishermen—focused primarily on… Read More

Old renewables and coal are cool, they are complementary and not contradictory

Bienvenido Oplas, Jr., Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi) Fellow Darkness and lack of electricity is inhuman. Having expensive and unstable electricity supply when cheaper and stable power sources are available is wrong and lousy. When many streets and roads are dark at night because local governments or private subdivisions are economizing on their monthly… Read More

A Risky Policy That We Don’t Need

Wilford Wong, Secretary General of Citizen Watch Philippines, ADRi’s CSO Partner When the Competitive Selection Process (CSP) took effect last June 2015, it didn’t get much attention and scrutiny from the media—much less the public at large. Perhaps put off by how technical it sounds, people would not really care what this is. The truth is, however,… Read More

EDSA TRAFFIC! Daang Masikip

Prof. Dindo Manhit, President at the Stratbase ADR Institute Because of a protest action of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo on EDSA weeks ago, this government’s trumped up “straight path” was reduced to BS when, for hours, commuters couldn’t get anywhere. From a nuisance, the traffic mess has become a political issue, and many are not… Read More