MILWILDA M. GUEVARA
Why Juan cannot read
March 13, 2018
My grandnephew Matthew is a source of pride and wonder to me. His essays are elegantly written and show a grasp of the English language that is extraordinary. I will always be unable to write as brilliantly as he does because he is truly exceptional. And if just to keep me in constant awe, he has been awarded a scholarship by a renowned university abroad. He works very hard in his studies which he beautifully described in one of his written works, "A Workaholic's Guide to Burnout."
Read more: https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/03/13/matthew-and-motmot/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=128cf09a33ade49f6cb266
February 27, 2018
While many of us were sleeping, our Congressmen have been diligently working on how to change our Constitution and adopt a Federal form of government. I forced myself to read the draft that Sub-Committee 1 of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments of the Lower House has submitted, lest ordinary citizens like me, lose by indifference and attrition. It gave me a big scare that the proposals are ambiguous, amorphous and vague.
Read more: https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/02/27/why/
Tax amnesties - forgive and forget
February 21, 2018
I read somewhere that the word of the year is "complicity." It is defined as "partnership or involvement in wrongdoing." I cannot explain why the word came to my mind when I read the general tax amnesty that is proposed by Congress. By coincidence, the Ombudsman ordered a closure on the investigation of the foreign accounts of the President.
Read more: https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/02/21/tax-amnesties-forgive-and-forget/
Fix the leaks instead of a shift
February 13, 2018
Not everybody can be a local government leader. Secretary Jesse Robredo said that he must be "marangal, magaling, at matino." (honorable, effective, and efficient). He can be no less. The challenges that face him are daunting. He is the father, the leader, the provider, the protector, the visionary, the resource provider, and, the enforcer. His constituency prefers to have everything for free. They have been spoiled by paternalistic politicians who bought their loyalty through dole-outs and patronage.
Read more: https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/02/13/fix-the-leaks-instead-of-a-shift/
CLIFFORD CHI BURKELY
Improving the Delivery of Social Protection through ICT-Case Studies in Mongolia, Nepal, and Viet Nam
November 25, 2017
The rapid growth of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector over the past 2 decades has been changing the face and pace of development. Many countries in Asia and the Pacific are investing in ICT and integrating its elements in governance, including social protection programs.
Read more: https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/384386/sdwp-50.pdf