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ADB Public-Private Partnership Handbook

Public-Private Partnerships are long-term contracts between a private party and a government entity, for providing a public asset or service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility, and remuneration is linked to performance. —PPP Knowledge Lab (World Bank)

Aaron Swartz (half-tone), via The Daily Beast (Image)

Who Is Aaron Swartz

After his death, Mr. Swartz has come to symbolize a different debate over how aggressively governments should pursue criminal cases against people like Mr. Swartz who believe in “freeing” information. (2013)

This law* makes startup sense

If your idea of life and success is to go to school, get good grades, get a job, buy a car, buy a house, get married, retire, and complete that sort of loop, you’ll probably be fine. But you’re not gonna change the world by being boring, bored, or both with that. *Youth Entrepreneurship Act, Republic Act No. 10679. Image: Jake Bowerman, North Texas Daily

Are Lawyers a bug or a feature?

For one thing, she must be willing to give up her plush office and lucrative salary for a computer station at a long table and compensation in the form of prayers, otherwise known as stock options. Lawyers at startups need to recognize that a workable answer today is often preferable to the perfect answer tomorrow; hand-wringers need not apply. But risk tolerance must be accompanied by a stiff spine in situations where the company’s momentum (and the CEO’s vision) hurtles on a collision course with the law (HBR).

Constitution for the Federal Republic

The more popular proposal to change our presidential to a parliamentary system is only one of the two vitally needed structural changes in our traditional form of government. The other is the shift from our highly centralized unitary system—that treats the local governments as dependent colonies of the national government—to a modern decentralized federal system. Without this even more important constitutional reform, political leaders in the new parliamentary system will happily continue to exercise the centralized governmental power of the old unitary system as their imperial prerogative (CMFP, Jose V. Abueva, ed).

Federal Republic of the Philippines

Under the proposed Federal Republic of the Philippines, government powers will be allocated between the national or federal government and the states with their local governments. The states will be coterminous with the ten administrative and socioeconomic regions. To the federal government will be allocated such powers and functions as national defense and security, foreign relations, the monetary system, custom and tariffs, and the national judiciary (Jose V. Abueva).

Presidential vs. Parliamentary

Unfortunately, we have weak Institutions and they contribute to the emerging phenomenon of the imperial presidency the imperial presidency. The weak political political parties parties fail to act as a sieve against mediocre personalities contending for the presidency. Instead of only the best and the brightest having the opportunity to be elected as the president of the nation, they cater to the passions of the day and abet the election of the person who can best deliver patronage benefits to them (Pimentel Institute).

A Parliamentary System

Given its close association with the legislative branch, the executive can be made more accountable for its performance since they are answerable to the members of parliament. There are two ways by which the Prime Minister and the rest of the Cabinet can be asked to step down. The first is through a vote of no-confidence by the legislature often initiated by an opposition party or coalition of opposition parties. This may or may not result in extraordinary elections. The other route is by virtue of a party vote, which does not force a new round of legislative elections. The Prime Minister, as long as he/she enjoys the confidence of the majority of the House, can dissolve the Parliament and call for early elections (PIDS).