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Immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 processing travel documents from more than 300 OFWs from Libya. Inquirer Photo/Rodel Rotoni

Migration reduces poverty… but why is the Philippines still poor?

This article is based on a research essay I wrote for my migration and development class. Click here for the full text. The Philippines is one of the largest labour exporting countries in the world. It is also one of the largest remittance-receiving nations in the global economy, coming in fourth after India, China, and … Continue reading

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[VIDEO] Executive Order No. 79, series of 2012: President Aquino’s Mining Policy

I just finished reading Executive Order No. 79, series of 2012 (EO 79), of which the long title is “Institutionalising and implementing reforms in the Philippine mining sector providing policies and guidelines to ensure environmental protection and responsible mining in the utilisation of mineral resources”. I shall refer to it hereon as the mining policy … Continue reading

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[VIDEO] Ending the ‘tyranny’ of white skin

Last month, we were assaulted by the Bayo mix & match campaign that sent a confused message about success and beauty in relation to racial mix. The social discussion was an opportunity for Filipinos to assess their concept of self-worth and Nikka Santos wrote an excellent article in about the “tyranny of tisay beauty”. … Continue reading

LGBT Pride March in the UP Diliman

A long way to go for LGBT rights

It’s a long way to go before we reach equality for sexual minorities. But even the women’s rights movement say that much still needs to be done for women’s rights. However, they were able to achieve universal acceptance of equal rights for women. They are not in the process of translating this acceptance into tangible rights. And before we are able to translate our rights to tangible, exercisable rights, we first need to fight for its acceptance. Much still needs to be done in this regard, even within our ranks.

The Scarborough Shoal and Philippine dependency on US military ‘might’

It is noble that the Philippines is standing by its claim on Scarborough Shoal, officially known as Panatag Shoal and formerly referred to as Bajo de Masinloc. The Philippines has the legal right to claim the Shoal according to the United Nations convention on the Laws of the Seas (UNCLOS). The main reason why China … Continue reading

Elevate the discourse

I know so many things have already been said about the Mon Tuflo-Claudine-Raymart fistfight but I just want to say that it’s about time to elevate the discourse by not talking about these people at all. Mon Tulfo is a non-journalist who gets TV, print and radio space because he’s such a hooligan. Claudine and … Continue reading

Metro Manila Green Print 2030

I am really impressed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and its Chairman, Francis Tolentino, for its forward-looking approach to the development of Metro Manila. Last Friday, the MMDA launched Metro Manila Green Print 2030, a master plan/program for the development of a more liveable metropolis by 2030. The program is supported by the World … Continue reading

Manila as the musical theatre capital of Asia

It makes business sense, you have the assets, you just need to come up with some numbers to rationalise making additional investments. Sounds like a finding from a generic business plan, but what if I told you that I am talking about musical theatre? Inspired by an article from the Australian Financial Review on the … Continue reading

Metro Manila Public Transport System Needs Some Updating

If you think driving your own car around Manila is inconvenient already, try taking the public transport system. For two weeks since last week, I have experienced not having a car and commuting from my house to my workplace, a 10-km distance, and back. It’s a nightmare. Metro Manila’s road network is laid out as … Continue reading

Beyond America: Presidency

There is a world beyond America and I think it’s about time we notice.