August 30, 2015     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Foreign brands influx into Phl retail market

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Three months ago, I wrote about the hazy prospect of resolving the huge backlog in providing housing for the underprivileged and homeless citizens: 5.5 million units today, projected to rise to 12.5 million in 2030. Private housing developers gripe that the government is passing

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Asserting national interest in trade negotiations

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Though we are mere uzi or bystanders in the ongoing negotiations to forge a Trans-Pacific free-trade bloc, it is interesting, and instructive, to observe the converging...

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

‘Close US military bases and save money, lives’

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Now comes a new — and quite reasonable — proposal on what to do with the 700 US military bases overstaying in various countries across the...

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Agriculture lag, other issues in final SONA

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A month ago I wrote in this space that at least two unresolved issues – his “dismal record” on human rights and impunity and the Mamasapano...

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Threats, harassments vs progressive groups

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star What are they up to? Are they aiming to deter bigger participation in the anticipated protest actions timed with President Aquino’s final state-of-the-nation address on July...

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Austerity, eurozone policies need to change

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The government’s economic managers have been repeatedly assuring us that whatever happens to debt-ridden Greece and its European Union membership will have little impact in the...

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...

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...

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