Tag Archives: globalization

How Can Philippine Agriculture be “Saved” ?

I’ve had lively discussions with my AP friends recently on the issue of Philippine agriculture. It was an offshoot of a recent soiree into Negros – the epicenter of the golden age of Philippines Sugarlandia. We all agreed that: CARP doesn’t work – DAR is not needed. Corollary to #1 – Land redistribution via state’s […]

Is Doomsday Coming for Philippine Agriculture?

The challenge is quite simple – can the industry get its act together, sit on the table, and dig or climb or jump or get a lifeline out of the hole that CARP has dug for the industry. Government has done a lousy job – it’s about time time for private enterprise to show its wares and step up to the plate. These measures may not have the maximum effect as the optimal solution of abolishing CARP and the DAR – but can mitigate the losses by changing the way we think about our business models, our competition, and our markets – about the way we do business with the world. After all – we can’t expect to have different results if we use the same methods in a changed business environment – remember the dinosaurs, the mammals and the Ice Age?

Is P-Noy's Proposed Infrastructure Fund the Way to Go?

The government urges creation of an infrastructure fund to help fund Public-Private Partnerships. Sec Purisima says ““We’re solid in our belief that we need to invite investors to our country. Investors need a fair return as payment for their capital and the risk they’re taking. We need to make sure that we simplify the processes.” […]

Filipino Employee/Laborer's Worst Nightmare: The Filipino Employer

How often do we hear about “evil” foreign employers as the justification for protectionism? I find that hard to believe because in general, when it comes to employee compensation and benefits – Filipino companies are worse than foreign companies. Note that there are companies with foreign-sounding names but whose owners are majority Filipino. Oftentimes, the […]

The Myth of "Filipinos Can't Compete in a Global Market"

Behind the game of soccer lies a complex web of interactions that deliver value from customer wants to product designers to manufacturing distribution and services. We can damn these interactions as exploitation and imperialism. Or we can understand how the game is played and see for ourselves whether it is indeed imperialism that’s killing us […]

There's More to Outsourcing than Meets the Eye

A buddy sent me an email about an interesting discussion on outsourcing. It asked the question “Is outsourcing exploitation?”. It is not the first time to hear the question. I raised that question too as a young freelancer. As you know freelancing has a certain appeal to it. You are in complete control of your […]

There’s More to Outsourcing than Meets the Eye

Understanding the value chain – and how it relates to outsourcing will help understand the bigger business model to which outsourcing belongs. Filipinos are debating whether outsourcing is exploitation or not. I say this is the wrong kind of debate to have. Rather, I suggest the Philippines get its acto together and learn how to […]