There’s no question: Knowledge capital is fundamentally important for the growth of a country. How has the Philippines fared?

While the country has made significant strides, it still has a long way to go. Increasing knowledge capital requires an interrelated set of solutions that involves employers,...

June 30, 2017

It’s time to seriously consider decentralizing Philippine basic education. It is only through a decentralized system that the Duterte administration can deliver on its promise of change. One might argue that this is nothing new as the Local Government Code is already on its 26th year. However, unlik...

May 18, 2017

Wanted: ice cream salesperson, minimum 2 years college.” This job ad and countless like it typify the disconnect between lofty policy goals and real-world challenges to human capital development. As leaders talked about investing in the youth in the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) on t...

December 29, 2016

It’s the Christmas season and Congress has given us a sparkly gift: free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs). It’s an P8-billion boon that could potentially improve every Filipino’s life. But as someone whose life education changed for the better, I worry that free tuition in SUCs migh...

June 21, 2016

In education, I would argue for a national industry-academe-government council

On June 20, 2016, incoming Finance secretary Sonny Dominguez called for "coalitions for reform" as the Duterte administration prepares its economic agenda. In sum, he challenged the business community to transform the way...

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December 29, 2016

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