Crucial components of TRAIN

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) is expected to be passed by the Senate in October and then signed into law...

Never again!

Republic Act (RA) 8049, or An Act Regulating Initiation Rites in Fraternities, Sororities and Organizations and Providing Penalties thereof, otherwise known as the Anti-Hazing...

Questions from Dentons, Beijing

This columnist had the privileged of speaking about the Future of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Philippines before lawyers and clients of Dentons in...

Hitting home runs

Being at the right place at the right time is one of the best things that can happen to anyone; your accomplishment becomes effortless...

What can the Asian profession learn from the 2016 Ifac...

Conclusion This article on the 2016 International Federation of Accountants (Ifac) Global SMP Survey with an Asian perspective continues with a discussion on the small-...

Education, economy and the environment

Conclusion Last Monday I started to enumerate four of the six principles to replace the six myths about the foundations of modern education. Environmental educator...

Universal health care for all Filipinos

The House of Representatives on September 6 passed on third and final reading the House Bill 5784, or An Act Providing For A Universal...

Dissecting PPP contracts #7: Right-of-way

Securing right-of-way (ROW), which is typically a contractual responsibility of the government, is seen being one of the main reasons for delay in completing...

Solo flight

IN Spanish, Soledad means solitude. There are some activities that are designed for more than one person, such as diving or golf. In the...

What can the Asian profession learn from the 2016 Ifac...

Part One The 2016 International Federation of Accountants (Ifac) Global SMP Survey asked practitioners from small- and medium-sized practices (SMSPs) across the globe about: their...

No-frills

Earlier in the week, the House of Representatives finally passed a bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, originally scheduled for the...

Employability issues

AN interesting Facebook post has made the rounds of the Internet recently. An anonymous entry, this post dares to ask an eyebrow-raising question: “We’re...

Because this Congress has slit my throat and I cannot sing...

Because I speak in metaphors, I believe this Congress will never understand my column. But I speak for my readers who have been assuring...

The antidote to smuggling

First part of a series on the ills of smuggling and how to prevent it. FOR the past several weeks, the nation’s attention stayed glued...

The linkages between migration and development

Philippine statement delivered by Ambassador Teddy Locsin Jr. at the Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, on July 24, 2017.  DURING negotiations for the 2030...

Duterte charms SSS employees, members and pensioners

FOR about an hour or so, President Duterte briefly bonded with the Social Security System (SSS) employees and some members and pensioners during the celebration...

Reforms afoot to speed up transport koop building

There are still several policy bottlenecks preventing the faster conversion and registration of transportation associations into cooperatives, but at least consultations are now being...

The Ledac’s priority measures

THE Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) identified as priority 28 measures, 14 recommended as urgent, as follows: Unified National Identification System Act (national ID);...

Binhi Micro-Crop Insurance Program

MICRO-FINANCE institutions lend out to small farmers across the country. Their loan portfolio, however, is placed at risk whenever a devastating typhoon hits the...

Economy sustains strength, stable growth

THE government and private economists, as well as international institutions, are all optimistic about the bright prospects for the Philippine economy for 2017, based...