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Commentary: A better remedy for shortages is to move on from the 70s

Decades of attempts at self-sufficiency has only led to shortages, in and out of the Philippines. It may be high time for the country to leave old, inefficient policies behind.

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Commentary: Suspend fuel taxes? Roll out the subsidies instead

The increase in gas prices calls for sufficient subsidies—not much of tax cuts—to directly help affected consumers.

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Malampaya depletion, energy crisis taunt our electricity bills

With Malampaya’s continuous depletion, we can expect electricity bills to go up amid the energy crisis.

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Cars, buses, and PAREX: Solving Metro Manila traffic woes

A build-operate-transfer tollway project is eyed to address congestion in Metro Manila but the assurance that it will deliver remains unclear.

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Despite P683M deficit, DLSU foregoes another tuition increase

For the second year in a row, DLSU resolved not to push through with a tuition fee increase (TFI). In a Help Desk Announcement last July 30, DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC said that they decided to overturn the earlier approved 2.5-percent increase for Academic Year (AY) 2021-2022 to recognize the financial burden students…

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State of democracy to determine pandemic recovery—JRIG forum

The DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG), together with INCITEGov and Asia Democracy Research Network, organized Knowledge Forum: Democracy in Pandemic Times, via Zoom and Facebook Live last August 12. The forum tackled issues concerning the state of democracy and governance as election season nears. Backsliding of a democracy As President Rodrigo Duterte…

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In longest post-Marcos SONA, Duterte spotlights gov’t ‘achievements’, unfulfilled campaign promises

President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his sixth and final State of the Nation Address last July 26 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. Clocking a little less than three hours—the longest address on record since former President Ferdinand Marcos—Duterte’s speech looked back on what he considered were the accomplishments of his administration before and during…

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LA presses Comelec on login creds, voter awareness in 2021 make-up polls

The Legislative Assembly (LA), in its session last July 2, scrutinized the DLSU Commission on Elections (Comelec) in its inquiry into the issues encountered during the 2021 Make-up Elections (MUE) held last January. The questioning was mostly led by the Tapat-dominated minority floor, which pressed the poll body on various matters, particularly on cases of…

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As the pandemic drags on, vaccines became a political tool

Realpolitik does not stop in the middle of a pandemic. International affairs continue to influence local courses of action—the most evident at present being vaccine distribution. Launching into a global market for COVID-19 vaccines, the Philippines faces not just the challenge of vaccine supply inequity but also the need to keep an eye on the…

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Easing the blows of RTL, pandemic to Filipino farmers

The agricultural sector has managed to endure the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite lockdown measures severely impacting other sectors, by continuously supporting the country’s food security. But the past year has been quite a challenge for the industry: changing quarantine protocols inhibited the mobility of goods in different areas, tropical cyclones devastated large swaths…