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While I am strongly advocating for the planting of more high-value crops in the Philippines like cacao, coffee, cassava and rubber, among others, I still believe in the future of corn provided quality seeds are used. And when I am speaking about quality seeds, nothing beats hybrids not only for…

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This is the second column in a series where I will discuss key aspects at the crux of the data-driven economy, especially the role of Big Data. The previous column discussed how technology giants have emerged as the most valuable corporations in the world, mainly due to millions of users…

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In last week’s introductory column, I laid out the importance innovating has for our businesses and the unique challenges we face when we make the decisions to drive these innovations. With the outcomes of our innovation projects clouded by uncertainty, our decision-making may fall victim to biases and irrationalities as…

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MOST, if not all, cases that have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) involved family-owned businesses. These cases have divided families, pitting brothers against sisters and vice-versa. In not a few instances, some children have even formed alliances to take over the family business by getting rid…

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Traveling back and forth between Manila and Davao City has become a routine for me during the period we, external auditors, normally consider the busy season. From November to May, I earned a lot of airline miles that enabled me to attend various client meetings down south. My trip to…

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In the Gender and Development Forum I attended at Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija on November 15, I was moved by one of the subjects of the papers presented. A researcher talked about the wives of those arrested during “Oplan Double Barrel” of the Philippine National Police (PNP).…

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IT’S YEAREND. And if you’re a corporate slave, you must have worked hard for the past year to deserve not only the legally mandated 13th month pay, but the discretionary bonus as well. Assuming you were given P300,000 more than what you’re expecting, what would you do with that kind…

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A couple of weeks ago, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and the Filipina CEO Circle organized a forum entitled, “Women Next: Accelerating tomorrow to now.” The half-day event brought together the country’s top business leaders, innovators and disruptors to help women fast-track their careers and their journey to…

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Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re like me, the season brings the utmost joy to the heart out of all the occasions in the year. The festivities don’t last forever, however, and as soon as the season ends and we welcome a new year, post-holiday blues start…

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