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Expansion of ASEAN food corporations

Many Philippine companies expand overseas to reach more consumers and increase revenues. Also, companies can utilize global markets to introduce unique products and services (https://www.bizjournals.com/).

Current management doctrines have long since become archaic

By and large, current management principles and practice are a throwback from a relatively placid era long gone. Their intellectual moorings are largely the handiwork of legendary management guru Michael Porter whose Five Forces model of the business enterprise, to this day, continues to dominate management thinking and practice -- three and a half decades since the publication of his classic work, “On Competition.”

Wanted: A detailed data of city poverty incidence

Poverty incidence monitoring is an important metric of local government performance.

Corporate governance for GOCCs and listed companies

The GOCC Governance Act formally characterizes the members of the Governing Boards and Officers of GOCCs as “fiduciaries of the State” with “the legal obligation and duty to always act in the best interests of the GOCC, with utmost good faith in all its dealings with the property and monies of the GOCC.”

Philippine fisheries dying

Philippine fishery production declined between 2010 and 2017. As a result, since 2010, the contribution of fishery to agriculture growth has been negative.

Sustaining leadership excellence in the AFP

On his deathbed, Alexander the Great’s comrades asked him, “To whom do you leave the kingdom?” To this, Alexander simply replied, “To the best and strongest.”

Disruption in taxation

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, while the only constant is change. Who doesn’t know that? And yet, it still hurts like the first...

Guardians of political stability

On March 22, during the celebration of the 124th Anniversary of the Philippine Army, former Commanding Generals across generations were honored with a parade...

The most inclusive province: Bataan

If poverty incidence is the metric of inclusivity, what province wins? Bataan. Surprised? Let us compare the scores of provinces with the least number of...

The corporate governance system for the GOCC sector

PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 1. Full Implementation of the Stakeholder Theory in the GOCC Sector The GOCC Governance Act recognizes that all GOCCs, whether chartered...

Memories of UP ‘masa’ dorm

Yakal is a dorm in UP Diliman. It was a “masa” dorm as it had double-deck beds good for four. It was known...

Technophobia

One of the greatest minds, Stephen Hawking, before he passed away, warned us anew on the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). In several interviews,...

Board Qualifications and Disqualifications: The Fit and Proper Rule

The GOCC Governance Act mandates that the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) shall formally issue a “Fit and Proper Rule” as “the standards for...

Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration: A case study on Tourism Sustainability

Let me start with a little scenario. Tomorrow, one family or barkada will take a trip to the mountain resort of Baguio and then the...

Should there be ‘independent directors’ in the GOCC sector?

While I was the incumbent Chair of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG), I had a short conversation with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...

Tourism: Bane or boon?

Since the government’s discovery of the missing marshlands of Boracay, a lot of talk and media has been devoted to tourism issues -- one...

Agriculture: Arroyo and Aquino years and Duterte’s trajectory

Bill Gates of the Gates Foundation supports many initiatives in developing countries. He has espoused the decisive role of agriculture in development. Of the...

The tale of two Mindanao regions

This article will examine the progress of two key regions in Mindanao: Davao and the Zamboanga Peninsula. Davao, in the east, faces the Pacific...

The Corporate Governance System for the GOCC sector compared with that...

The GOCC (government-owned and controlled corporation) Governance Act formally defines “Board of Directors/Trustees” as “the governing body that exercises the corporate powers of a...

Philippine Corporate Governance Regimes

THERE is a public perception that the system of corporate governance (CG) in the private sector is of “superior standard” when compared with public...

Communist insurgency: An anathema to a stable business environment

The theme of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) for 2018 is “Competing in the Age of Disruption.” Disruption will come from advancement...

Higher pay for tax collectors

With the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) earning a net of P14,000 in...

Competing in the age of disruption

(Following is the inaugural speech delivered by the author who is the President of the Management Association of the Philippines for 2018) I stand before...

Guideposts for the successful execution of inclusive business strategies

Inclusive business strategies -- more commonly known as Inclusive Business Models (IBMs) -- are business solutions that provide access to economic opportunities to the...

How to book a return flight from crisis and live to...

The Philippines is no stranger to crises. The local tourism industry in particular has borne the brunt of these crises, ranging from acts of...

The Business Sector’s Hand in Quelling Geopolitical Uncertainty

Geopolitical threats often cause the business sector enormous uncertainty. The North Korean nuclear threat, the West Philippine Sea dispute, and the Marawi crisis are...

The Gokongwei Brand of Entrepreneurial Management

Just a few years ago, the conventional wisdom was that family-run businesses could not be as well-managed as non-family run businesses. But the research...

Celebrating the Service

From September to December, those merry months in what is known around the world as the longest Christmas season of all, Filipinos go through...

Citizen tax planning

Any day from now, we expect the Bicameral Committee to submit the final version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) package...

Hazing: Time to leave the old ways behind?

The latest hazing incident that resulted in the death of Horacio Castillo III, a neophyte of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, brings to light malpractices...

Revisiting the fiduciary duties of the board of directors and management

Part III Prior to the promulgation by the SEC of the original Code of Corporate Governance, corporate governance literature abounded with championing the “Maximization of...

Is Competition Policy Relevant to Small Business?

The lack of market competition hurts most businesses and all consumers. It limits access to goods and services, keeps prices up and quality low,...

Revisiting the fiduciary duties of the board of directors and management

(Second of two parts) THE very essence of what constitutes “good corporate governance” for stock for-profit corporations depends largely on properly delineating the constituencies to...

ASEAN competitiveness through better supply chains, procurement, and logistics

In recent years, with the increasing pace of economic growth in Asia coupled with the slowdown in Europe and the US, the world is...

Tracking Global Food Security in 2017: Where is the Philippines?

The Global Food Security Index (GFSI), developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with sponsorship from DuPont, is a universal benchmarking tool on food...

Revisiting the fiduciary duties of the board of directors and management

Among the essential features of an effective corporate governance (CG) regime would be the proper designation of the agency in the corporate setting that...

The Commander-In-Chief brings change to the army

Last Oct. 5, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presided over the Change of Command Ceremony of the Philippine Army (PA), the AFP’s premier service. In...

Inclusive business: Strategic Outcomes and Developmental Impact

Over the past several years, business has been playing an increasingly important role in poverty alleviation and social development through what are known as...

Restructuring our income tax system

The Duterte administration has taken a bold step in prioritizing to reform our two-decade-old tax system on its first year (not 100 days). Under...

ASEAN — What’s in it for you?

Still many people think ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is about traffic, cancellation of work and classes, and just like the flak APEC...

Can Business Save Capitalism?

Capitalism today is going through a major crisis, one which is characterized by a gradual disintegration of the global economic and political order that...

Competing Against Risk: The Challenge for Corporate Governance in the 21st...

“There is clearly an intense focus on risk today. While risk management has been on the radar -- if not a priority -- for...

Poverty reduction is business expansion

How will poverty reduction impact on businesses’ bottom lines? And why should businesses seek rational spending on poverty alleviation? Here is why. The Philippines had...

Building trust amidst uncertainty

Uncertainty is the new normal. Greater public demands, extreme vigilantism with our smart phones, and the rise of fake news have created a fearful,...

M. A. P. Insights Jaime S. de los Santos During the second quarterly meeting of the Association of Generals and Flag Officers last June 22, the...