Sunday, July 23, 2017

What I learned from taking the MRT and LRT

A year into Pres. Duterte's term, I decided to take a trip from Makati to Marikina using the MRT and LRT to see how well, or how badly it still is. Here is what I discovered.

Saturday, 22 July

6:30 am: I boarded the MRT at the Ayala Station to take the northbound train heading for Cubao. The fare was Php20 for a single trip, one way. There were not too many people yet, although I had to stand for the entire duration of my trip.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Episode 3: Assessing K-12 with Former DepEd Asst. Sec. Elvin Uy

He was the public face of the K-12 program in its infancy for most of the Aquino administration's term in office. Now former DepEd Assistant Secretary Elvin Uy sits down with The Cusp PH's Doy Santos to discuss the birthing pains of the program, and reflects on the lessons learned and next steps for reforming basic education.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Episode 2: Is Duterte's TRAIN on the right track?

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusiveness package or TRAIN is the cornerstone of 'Dutertenomics'. Without it, the Build, Build, Build program, which seeks to spread the benefits of growth from Manila to the rest of the nation will simply stall. In this episode of the podcast, we look at what the reforms seek to achieve, and whether the policy tools used to achieve them are the right ones, from efficiency, equity and ease of administration perspectives.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Episode 1: What's wrong with the Philippines

Introducing The Cusp podcast! Our first episode is ready for viewing.

Episode 1: What's wrong with the Philippines

There are so many problems for the country right now. Among them are poverty, corruption, criminality, terrorism, and territorial disputes. One in particular is affecting our nation’s ability to grapple with each of the fundamental challenges it faces. On this first edition of the podcast, we tackle the Philippine "culture wars" or the growing polarization within our society being deepened by social media.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


President Obama sat down to chat with Ezra Klein of Vox in what he jokingly described as a sort of Wonkapalooza. They discussed the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act derisively nicknamed "Obamacare" by his opponents. He makes a striking comment directed at Republicans: that if they can provide a better approach, he would gladly endorse it.

The interview was quite revealing in a number of ways. Pres. Obama's ability to distill very complex policy issues down to their core essence, and his candid assessments of what worked, what didn't work so well and why, and how things could be improved, was impressive. This could be the last time we hear from an articulate president for a while.