Mong Palatino

Blogging about the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific since 2004


@mongster is a Manila-based activist, former Philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of Asia-Pacific affairs.

Archive for September, 2009

Byahilo: Evaluating Philippine Tourism (2009)

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Tourism continues to be a promising sector of the economy. It employs more than 3 million Filipinos (mostly in passenger transport segment of the industry). It contributes roughly 3 percent to the country’s GDP. It showcases the beautiful and exotic hotspots of the country. If the country is composed of more than 7,000 islands and […]

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The Philippine government subscribes to the UN-ASPA Four Stages of E-Governance: Stage 1 – Emerging Web Presence (website that contains basic information and contact details about the government agency). Stage 2 – Enhanced Web Presence (websites that are regularly updated and have a working search function). Stage 3 – Interactive Web Presence (websites that have […]

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Pagbabago para sa Pilipino

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Talumpating binigkas sa UPIS kaninang hapon. Maraming change ngayon: Charter Change, Character Change, System Change, Sex Change, Change of Citizenship. Kayo, anong change ang gusto ninyo? Sa pangkalahatan, hangad natin ang pagbabago. Mga emperador at diktador lang ang may ayaw ng pagbabago. Dapat lang na manawagan tayo ng pagbabago; at inaasahan natin na kabataan ang […]

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“Industrial peace of the grave”

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

In 1986 there were 581 factory strikes and lockouts in the Philippines. Last year the number of actual strikes went down to five. Using this data, the labor department of the government claims there is now industrial peace in the country. Is this true? Labor groups were quick to dismiss this assertion by describing the […]

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Save More

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

As of June 30, 2009, Henry Sy’s SM has 102 stores composed of 34 department stores, 41 supermarkets (16 SaveMore branches), 13 hypermarkets, and 14 Makro wholesale outlets. For the rest of the year, SM plans to open one new SM Supermarket, 7 SaveMore outlets, 6 SM Hypermarkets, and 2 SM Department Stores. SM is […]

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Electoral reforms

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Written one week after the 2007 elections…. Modernization of elections should be one of the top priorities of government after the midterm polls. We cannot afford to have the same slow, fraud-prone and chaotic manual elections in 2010. The Presidential elections three years from now is looming to be as significant, if not more momentous, […]

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