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The Hard Truth About High Value-Crops

High-value commercial crops refer to “those crops that have competitive returns on investment when traded in fresh form vis–a–vis alternative investment opportunities. These crops are characterized […]

Dichotomy Between Executive and Non-Executive Directors Dilutes the Oversight Role of Independent Directors

In contrast with the Revised Corporate Governance (CG) Code for Public Companies (PCs) which refers only to the role of independent directors of exercising independent judgment […]

Long-Term Agri Productivity Gap: The Major Cause of Poverty

Why is national poverty incidence in the Philippines more than twice that of ASEAN peers – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam?  It is even magnified in […]

Independent Directors For Publicly-Listed Companies

It is worth pointing out that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in formally adopting the Corporate Governance (CG) Code for Publicly-Listed Companies (PLCs) effectively provides […]

Learning from Other Tax Systems

The Comprehensive Tax Reform Program seeks to implement a fairer, simpler, and more efficient tax system. Toward this end, it has implemented relatively lower tax rates […]

Mixing it up in the Boardroom

For most Filipino companies, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is hardly a top priority. Although Corporate Philippines generally welcomes women and LGBT into the workforce—unlike other societies […]

The efficacy of oversight functions Of independent directors

Since the Securities Regulation Code’s (SRC) promulgation, there have arisen many issues regarding the rationale or efficacy of the system of independent directors (IDs), with passionate […]

Culture and Economics

I recently went on a trip to the Cordillera (someone told me it should be in singular, not plural), not Cordilleras as many people mistake it […]

A new management structure for agriculture

By many metrics, Philippine agriculture trails its ASEAN peers by a mile. The peers are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. What metrics?  Current levels of farm […]

Is a Military Junta Tenable?

This article will not delve on the legal issues of implementing a military government. It will discuss the foundation of military culture and its response in […]

Modernizing Tax Administration

Instead of increasing excise taxes on fuel and coal which has inflationary impact on consumer goods, the government must prioritize modernizing tax administration to broaden taxpayer […]


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The Independent Directors

The Securities Regulation Code (SRC) institutionalized within the PHC sector the system of “independent director” (ID) which it defines as “a person other than an officer […]

The Oversight Functions of Independent Directors

The corporate system of “Independent Directors” does not exist under the current version of the Corporation Code of the Philippines, where the aspect of “minority representation” […]

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 poorest segments […]

How to Book a Return Flight from Crisis and Live to Tell the Tale

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

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 just examples […]

The Gokongwei Brand of Entrepreneurial Management

  (Following is the acceptance speech delivered by the author when he received recently the “M.A.P. Management Man of the Year 2017” Award from the MANAGEMENT […]

Empowering Consumers in the Health Sector

If one looks back at the Aquino administration’s accomplishments, important reforms related to human capital investments, notably in the health sector, will surely be part of […]