Philippines lags behind peers in basic education spending

Published by Philippine Star Louise Maureen Simeon – The Philippine Star January 23, 2022 | 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The basic education spending levels in the Philippines continue to fall behind in the region, contributing to the country’s poor performance in international standardized student assessments. In a recent study, state-run think tank Philippine Institute for […]

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Capped

Published by Philippine Star FIRST PERSON – Alex Magno – The Philippine Star January 22, 2022 | 12:00am Our economic managers are bullish. They are targeting GDP growth of between 7 and 8 percent this year – the setbacks inflicted by Omicron notwithstanding. At this pace of expansion, we are expected to recover pre-pandemic economic […]

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Look to (mega)cities

Published by Philippine Star We confront the problems of 21st century society with institutions designed 400 years ago. But today’s challenges won’t be solved using the archaic three-department, separate but together framework of central governments. The late political theorist Benjamin Barber suggested a change in narrative. Look to cities. More than 50 percent of the […]

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Japan’s post-Covid regional dilemma

Published by The Bangkok Post Among the major powers that are moving forward with an eye on the post-pandemic era, when Covid-19 will eventually become an endemic with flu-like manageability, Japan is second to none. The visit last week by its minister of economy, trade, and industry (METI), Koichi Hagiuda, made front-page news in Bangkok, […]

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