Filipinos must realize that we need two consecutive good Presidents in order to take off.
From Foreign Policy
Once considered the most promising economy in Asia after Japan, the Philippines has fallen far behind Southeast Asia's nimble, export-led economies. But things are finally looking up. Tired of being scorned as "the sick man of Asia," President Benigno Aquino III asserts: The Philippines is now "open for real business."
Judging by some very visible changes, Aquino, who has been in office for two years, isn't engaging in wishful thinking. Manila's luxury hotels are crawling with Asian, American, and European investors in search of opportunity. And the city's skyline, a symbol of its past as a home to slow-moving domestic oligarchs, is now dotted with cranes. Foreign direct investment is on track to triple this year, while GDP growth is expected to rise from 3.7 percent last year to a respectable 5 percent in 2012. Karen Ward, a London-based analyst for HSBC bank, speculates that the Philippines, now the world's 43rd largest economy, could be the 16th largest by 2050.
Such optimism is hardly a consensus view. For one thing, the Philippines has yet to deliver an economic performance worthy of an Asian tiger. The IMF forecasts that, while up considerably, Philippine GDP growth will still lag behind that of the other Asian tiger wannabes -- Indonesia and Vietnam -- in 2012. And while foreign investment is rising rapidly, it's from a dismally modest base: Indonesia is expecting to attract some $27 billion this year, compared to roughly $3 billion for the Philippines.
Indeed, the standard indictment of the economy still seems daunting. For one thing, the Philippines is startlingly dependent on alms from abroad. Roughly 11 million Philippine citizens (12 percent of the population) work in a great diaspora, running from Hong Kong to New York and Kuwait, sending home about $20 billion annually to support their families. Nearly one-fifth of all Pinoys, as Filipinos call themselves, still live in deep poverty, which is defined by the World Bank as a purchasing power of less than $1.25 a day. Meanwhile, the WTO reports that "key sectors" of the Philippine economy remain "effectively controlled" by uncompetitive domestic elites.
Yet now that the Philippines is cleaning up its act and open for business, a critical question must be asked: Now what? Where does Aquino go from here?
The trouble is, Aquino can't run for re-election in 2016. What if his successor has very different ideas about reform? From Bloomberg News
The 2016 presidential election is therefore very crucial. Are we going to elect an honest president again?
Another Trapo in 2016?
Or are we going back to our old ways of electing a popular "trapo" candidate?
Who will be the "Anointed One"?
"If you think you can, prove it!"Mar Roxas' resume:(from his website)
Wharton School of Economics. University of Pennsylvania (1979)
Investment Banker in New York. (1979-1986) Became an assistant vice president of the New York-based Allen & Company
Congressman representing the 1st District of Capiz (1993-2000) Became Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.
Roxas Law. Ensured fair distribution of the education capital budget among all the provinces. This started his advocacy for fair and equitable access to education, free from regional bias and political patronage considerations
Compensation to displaced residents and local governments. RA 8748 (Act Amending the Special Economic Zone Act of 1995) afforded local governments greater fiscal autonomy and gave displaced local residents due compensation by providing for the direct allocation to the municipality or city of 2% (out of the 5%) gross tax to be collected from the establishments operating in the eco-zone
“Father of the Call Center and Business Process Outsourcing Industries”. Launched the “Make IT Philippines” project and organized the first IT-enabled services (ITES) road show to the US, which drew the biggest global industry names to invest in the country, and pioneered the establishment of high-technology industry centers and the promotion of the business process outsourcing (BPO) market in the Philippines, thereby creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and investment inflow.
Regulating the Pre-Need Industry. Senate Bill No. 105 (Pre-Need Industry Act of 2007) addressed the absence of a statute that regulates the pre-need industry and governed the operations of firms which issue or sell pre-need plans or similar contracts and investments.
Affordable Medicines. Senate Bill No. 101 (Law on Patents, Tradenames and Trademarks) amended the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines to eventually make way for the Universally Accessible Cheaper Quality Medicines Act which lowered the prices of medicines through increased competition among drug companies and by providing the government with better policy tools to significantly influence the supply and demand of medicines.
Champion of E-Services. Honored by E-Services Philippines with the E-Champion Award recognizing his pioneering efforts and leadership in making the Philippines a popular outsourcing destination of choice. (2007)
From ABS-CBN News
MANILA - Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas remains the frontrunner to become the standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 presidential elections, according to the party’s acting president, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya.
“Sa LP, alam niyo naman ang kasagutan ko diyan, kung sino ang magdadala ng bandera ng LP, si Secretary Roxas po ‘yun. Nagmi-meeting ho kami para itulak at isulong itong pananaw ng partido,” Abaya told reporters.
"If you think you can, prove it!"
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