Bilateral digital partnerships

By Marvin Tort
Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to be worth $330 billion by 2025, Reuters reported recently, slightly down from a previous forecast of $363 billion after considering prevailing economic uncertainties as well as pressure on tech companies to make a profit. Reuters cited a yearly report by Alphabet’s Google, Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings, and global business consultants Bain & Company.

Controversies hounding the World Cup in Qatar

By Philip Ella Juico
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, kicked off last Sunday. It started 12 years after the FIFA — Federation Internationale de Football Association — awarded the hosting rights to a tiny but rich Middle East country that has, in the words of football experts, “no soccer pedigree.”

Navel exercises

By Tony Samson
YOU MAY BE quietly sipping coffee at a terrace cafe in Baguio, reading about safe spaces in the workplace on your phone when something distracts you. A female in her twenties passes by wearing a bare midriff outfit under her open jacket. Why is she trying to keep warm with an exposed navel? Not exactly a question Marcus Aurelius grappled with. But there it is.

Hope for coconut farmers

By Bernardo M. Villegas
Coconut farmers are among the poorest of the poor in the Philippines. Whereas, the national poverty line at the moment is on the average at about 17%, there are provinces among the 69 growing coconuts (out of 82 provinces in the entire archipelago) that have poverty incidence as high as 50% to 60%, especially in the island of Mindanao.

Day 1 of the Pilipinas Conference: Commitments from our government

By Victor Andres C. Manhit
Day 1 of the Pilipinas Conference turned out to be everything we had expected and more. Our esteemed guests from the public sector, private sector, civil society, as well as the diplomatic community, enthusiastically shared their time and their precious insights to deepen our discussions on how we can more effectively respond to the challenges of the times.

Contracting arrangements in the Philippines: Where are we now?

By Karenina Isabel A. Lampa
To recall, under the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) issued Department Order No. 174, series of 2017 (“DoLE DO 174-17”).

Looking for the World Cup winner? Don’t follow the money

By Eduardo Porter
ENGLAND is going to take the World Cup — besting Brazil in a tight final after narrowly defeating Portugal.

Focusing on what matters: A tax regime proposal

By Raymond A. Abrea
“Focus on what matters” isn’t only a phrase that applies to maintaining a proper work-life balance or just bettering your life in general. This phrase is also the key to improving our tax administration.

Digitalization will not reduce fraud in PhilHealth

By Oscar P. Lagman, Jr.
The Inquirer’s editorial of Nov. 11 reported that an Aboitiz Group-led consortium had submitted a P1-billion unsolicited proposal to digitize the claims process of the corruption-plagued Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Aboitiz InfraCapital President Cosette Canilao said digitalizing PhilHealth’s claims process is a crucial step in addressing the problem of corruption and incompetence in the state health insurance company.

On government debt, WESM prices, and the UP presidency

By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr.
Today and tomorrow I am attending the Pilipinas Conference 2022, organized by Stratbase ADR Institute, held at the Ayala Museum in Makati City.

Private sector key to climate action in the PHL

By Kim-See Lim and Jean-Marc Arbogast
BENEATH the palpable vibrancy of the Philippines, an island country, lies a fragile reality — climate change. Rising temperatures and climate shocks could seriously impact the nation’s ability to meet its development goals, highlighting the urgency of a climate action roadmap while posing a vital question: how can the Philippines best tackle the impacts of climate change?

Growth, poverty, inequity, and freedom

By Romeo L. Bernardo
The Atlas Network ( partnered with the Foundation for Economic Freedom or FEF ( to organize and host the “Asia Liberty Forum” in Manila on Sept. 29-30.
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