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Our economy in 2016 and beyond

Our economy in 2016 and beyond

SINCE 2000, election years in the Philippines saw the economy grow at an average annual growth rate of 7 percent, against only 4.5 percent in nonelection years. Elections always bring a lot of money into circulation, coming out of bank accounts held here and abroad, hidden or unhidden. It also comes out of government coffers,... continue reading

LTFRB sets final projects for Aquino’s term

LTFRB sets final projects for Aquino’s term

The LTFRB is making a final push for projects like premium buses and taxis, with deals eyed to go beyond 2016 MANILA, Philippines – More premium point-to-point buses, newer public utility jeepneys, an upgraded information technology (IT) system for road transport, and the implementation of premium taxis will be the focus of a “final push”... continue reading

Drilon still expects CMTA, BBL, PPP Act to hurdle 16th Congress

Drilon still expects CMTA, BBL, PPP Act to hurdle 16th Congress

SAYING the campaign for the 2016 elections should not stop incumbent senators and congressmen from going to work, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said he expects the two chambers of Congress to pass 35 pending bills as soon as lawmakers reconvene on January 19. Drilon said the proposed Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) is... continue reading

AIIB funds may be tapped for PPPs

AIIB funds may be tapped for PPPs

THE PHILIPPINES may secure financing from the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for projects proposed for public-private partnership (PPP), the country’s national treasurer said. “I would look at mass transit, which is very important, water sector, probably some telecommunications projects — which are mainly private — and given that we are very much pushing... continue reading

Government aims for 7% growth in H1

Government aims for 7% growth in H1

MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino administration is aiming for a seven-percent economic expansion in the first half, banking on election spending to boost traditional sources of growth this year, officials said. “We are optimistic the growth momentum will continue from the fourth quarter, which we predict will be a better one than the three previous... continue reading

Job-matching site Kalibrr has list of nation-building jobs

Job-matching site Kalibrr has list of nation-building jobs

MANILA – Looking for a job that will allow you to serve the nation? The online job-matching startup firm Kalibrr kicked off 2016 with a list of employment opportunities in the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), and the Public-Private... continue reading

The Year that was

The Year that was

If the Aquino government was trying to solidify gains it made last year since taking over the mantle of leadership in 2010, it sure made a poor showing. Except for the long delayed spurt of spending in government projects, nothing much seemed worthy of praise. Really nothing much to gloat about. The Philippines managed to... continue reading

SC to tackle head on controversial cases, institute reforms this year

SC to tackle head on controversial cases, institute reforms this year

OCTOPUSES, unlike magistrates, would have six other arms free. But with resolving controversial issues on one hand and instituting new reforms on the other, it seems the justices of the Supreme Court (SC) have their hands full this year. Controversial CHIEF Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has acknowledged the need to immediately address the expected deluge... continue reading

First phase of DepEd PPP complete, 9,296 classrooms built

First phase of DepEd PPP complete, 9,296 classrooms built

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education said Tuesday that 9,9296 classrooms have been constructed and delivered in Regions 1, 3 and 4-A as of December 4, marking the completion of the first phase of the agency’s first public-private partnership project. The one- and two-story classrooms, which come with furniture and fixtures, are expected to... continue reading

Specifications for Centennial Water project due in Jan.

Specifications for Centennial Water project due in Jan.

THE PUBLIC-Private Partnership (PPP) Center is to issue early this month a project specifications to qualified bidders for the P18.7-billion dam that is expected to supply more water to Metro Manila. Reginald P. Florentino, the PPP division chief handling the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project, said in a recent phone interview that his team... continue reading