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Poison in the Barrel

Poison in the Barrel

I am, of course, talking about the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), progeny of the Countrywide Development Fund (CDF), more popularly known as the pork barrel. But why, as chamber of commerce, should we care? Well, the pork barrel provides many opportunities for corruption. It is tempting. Not unlike the poisoned apple that Adam and […]

Stupidity of our Good Hearts

Stupidity of our Good Hearts

You and a friend are leisurely walking along Magsaysay Drive (or Boardwalk if you prefer), on a nice early evening, taking on the sights, talking about the weather. Suddenly, a young beggar approached you asking for money—to buy food, she said. What would you do? Knowing that she’s probably doing this all day, every day, […]

The Case of the Olongapo Flooding

The Case of the Olongapo Flooding

The City of Olongapo was again devastated by so much flooding… one of the worst in the city’s history. Many of the houses in low-lying areas were totally submerged, roof and all. Schools converted to evacuation centers were packed full of people, with little to eat and no fresh clothes to change to. It’s a […]

Labor-Only Contracting is illegal

Labor-Only Contracting is illegal

By Philippine law, there are permissible job contracting and subcontracting. But labor-only contracting? My friendly advice is to stay away from it. It is illegal! What is it? The Philippine Labor Code, since 1974, has already illegalized the notorious practice of labor-only contracting by some middlemen (now mostly masking as valid companies) who make quick […]

Closure on the Waste Dumping Issue

Closure on the Waste Dumping Issue

Okay, for those just coming out of hibernation, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Philippines (“Glenn Defense”), a US Navy contractor and member of the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce (“Subic Chamber”), was alleged to have dumped ship waste into waters abutting Subic Bay. This issue hugged the frontpage of newspapers for several weeks, prompting investigations […]