Regenerative Development

Analysis and Opinion By Karl Garcia We want to save this planet but at the same time we are destroying it: 1. We tried to tackle air pollution with so many accords and so many protocols. We have China notwithstanding her use of giant air purifiers made by Dutch inventors. They still have the worst … Continue reading

What now Philippine Agriculture: Food security or rice self sufficiency?

Analysis and Opinion By Karl Garcia The pandemic has caused food security issues the world over. But what is food security? This is access to available food. Some say the neolibs will just dump their over-produced goods to vulnerable and weak nations. For me, it is the regulators who should check if there is over-importation, … Continue reading

To solve Manila’s traffic, start with facts and goals, not the well-being of interest groups

By JoeAm The Philippines is a nation run by interest groups, not ideas. So solutions are seldom found. Interest groups get in the way. Well, we need to crack through that barrier with a 10 pound sledge hammer. Here is my solution to Manila traffic, starting with a few facts . . . which are … Continue reading

Self-dealing defeats humanity

By JoeAm Democracy has proved to be rough going. It is a political process. Politics is agenda pushing, agenda-pushing becomes self-dealing, and self-dealing defeats democratic values. Human rights then get in the way. We see it in the US and UK. We are living it in the Philippines. Actually, the Philippines has had a self-dealing … Continue reading

Airport or ecology? Is the choice binary?

By JoeAm The Department of Transportation has accepted San Miguel Corporation’s bid to build a new Manila Airport about 50 kilometers north of Manila (about half the distance to Clark). With four runways and eight terminals, decent proximity to Manila, and funded privately, the proposed airport is a superb long-term solution to Manila’s airport problem. … Continue reading