July 08, 2015     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Elitism in Phl banks; PWDs’ plight in BPOs

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star This week the P14.12-trillion Philippine banking system was the subject of news reports in two contrasting lights. On the one hand, Philippine banks — particularly the big universal and commercial banks — were praised for being well capitalized and “among the most best-placed

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Mindanao IPs cry: ‘Let us keep our schools!’

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Mindanao is no longer home for the Higaonons, for the B’laans, Ata Manobos and other indigenous people. Their leaders are either killed by the military and...

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

HR violations to hound P-Noy in his last SONA

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A month hence President Aquino will deliver his sixth and last state-of-the-nation address. However much he may embellish his administration’s achievements on the economy, anti-corruption drive...

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Revisiting labor contractualization

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A year ago I discussed in this space how labor contractualization — where firms hire workers for short-term, non-regular employment without the benefits accorded by law...

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

A new stab at solving the housing backlog?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star After 23 years of the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 (RA 7279), the backlog in providing housing units for those needing them has burgeoned...

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

A rightful land reform

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A “moral imperative and a political necessity” is how a militant peasant organization and advocates of genuine agrarian reform described the launching yesterday of a Philippine...

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Downsides, upsides (?) in US free-trade policy

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In 1993, then US President Bill Clinton had to fight hard to overcome his Democratic partymates’ “fierce opposition” to the passage in Congress of the North...

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

My father cherished Kapampangan verse

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The month of May evokes in me memories of joy and sadness. May is the month of fiestas. Where I was born and grew up, we...

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

The threats to the press, within and without

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld May 3 was proclaimed in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly as World Press Freedom Day on the recommendation of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)....

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Can US take a softer, wiser tack on maritime row?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Since my first column piece (this is the sixth) on our maritime dispute with China in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, I have consistently urged...

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Foolhardy military steps to counter China bullying

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star It wasn’t just a foolhardy turn (as I wrote here last week) that the Department of Foreign Affairs welcomed with alacrity the Pentagon’s announced intention to...

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