August 17, 2017, 9:39 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07443 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.4017 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03628 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32436 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02723 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03626 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04054 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63579 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03534 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00763 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.60377 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13904 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06579 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30624 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20692 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 405.75598 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04049 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02733 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.57175 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13799 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.59343 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.43535 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98075 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47231 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.59951 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13357 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95278 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19181 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.28109 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36583 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46433 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01797 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04244 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01572 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08685 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.91021 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 182.75233 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1491 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.14512 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15784 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47422 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13229 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24625 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.54195 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.57844 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07211 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30521 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.93595 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 657.62059 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9771 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.6139 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23666 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0906 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38113 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.57681 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.12404 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.24078 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.6366 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00614 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01662 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.364 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 166.08836 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.51277 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.08877 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84435 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25922 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06179 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01258 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02821 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19642 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36735 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.09972 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.52331 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.27726 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16258 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.25578 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.70024 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31394 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.54094 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37863 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08672 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2604 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.52615 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59972 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17055 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08654 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02835 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00779 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06622 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06654 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11897 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0753 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 112.82935 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0738 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08196 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.14766 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.61897 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.076 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16004 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26836 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13498 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17451 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45006 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 152.00649 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.08634 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 435.85326 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17678 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.43737 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26014 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6897 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04917 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04647 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0711 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13537 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61011 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 45.17633 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53223 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.78071 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57377 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 77.82732 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20216 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 459.54601 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18241 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05201 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.77483 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05472 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.82205 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13174 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.06546 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25921 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 105.17835 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.33482 Zimbabwe dollar

Populism’s globalization polemics

We were  in between millennia and as we crossed over nearly everyone had heard of the book that would inextricably define Joseph Stieglitz.  “Globalization and its Discontents” introduced us to the paradigm that would realign the world economic order, transform free enterprise and compel monolithic conglomerates to consider breaking down their internal processes and redistribute these across different parts of the planet.

Globalization was operationalized  through various combinations and permutations metamorphosed from the traditional and had resulted in diverse and novel forms that ranged from business process outsourcing to relocating manufacturing operations to economies that offered the most optimal chemistry among revenues, costs and tax structures.

Whether one was on the supply or the demand side, the old demarcations no longer mattered. Globalization is Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World -Revisited”. It is technology-driven and does not respect political borders.

Satellites can warn motorists of hidden policeman lurking behind corners in gridlocked Pasay City. Saudi oil transported via Panamanian Petromax tankers are sold, bought and traded several times in the high seas simply by tapping on a touch screen while commuting on an app-enabled Uber limousine . Volkswagen’s Santana is built in China alongside the VW Phaedon in a country that openly abhors luxury goods.  American jeans are sewn in Shanghai by Murjani, a company founded in India.

Technical customer service calls for woolen fleece-lined coats sold at pre-winter Black Friday weekend sales are answered in a Cebu suburb by local call center agents who’ve never seen a snowflake.

Globalization had also led to the various trade agreements, pacts and unions that govern the global economy today, each forcing domestic enterprises, no matter how small, to play by rules and regulations written and enforced by third parties.

Stieglitz had seen systemic stigma in globalization despite its inevitable development long before the very first protest by its discontents. While capital roamed the globe unhampered by physical and statutory barriers, debited and credited worldwide by clicks on keypads, less developed economies still relied on stationary brick and mortar and human capital.

While investments travelled at the speed of an internet connection thus reducing margins and optimizing costs, human assets from labor-exporting economies like the Philippines had to plod through a labyrinthine bureaucracy pockmarked and potholed by petty corruption that effectively increases costs and burdens these on those who could least afford them.

Globalization offered tremendous opportunities but its prospects for equitable development were not always inclusive. It robbed labor from old industrial towns in Michigan and transferred these to a Mexican barrio. It decimated the margins earned by American farmers when the Chinese devalued the Renminbi and made American products less competitive and more expensive. 

It wrenched away highly educated Filipinos from technical schools, created a class of drop-outs and offered them higher hourly wages in call centers whose only requisite was a proficiency in the mid western accents they mimicked.

Those in the upper-crust economy earned the widest margins. Unfortunately, those who remain merely as cogs along a globalized value chain often paid the highest social prices. 

Coffee bean farmers in the Ivory Coast are paid the equivalent of a dixie cup relative to the fantastic margins earned in a nicely appointed cafe. Exported labor broke families up and left children un-parented. 

Call center hours led to aberrant cultures if not dysfunctional social behavior. Education became utilitarian and focused on short term dead-end careers and contractual labor.

From the globalization petri dish grew the latent populism we now see. The “Have nots” in Venezuela, Brazil, South Korea and even among the glens of the United Kingdom and the “Forgotten Men” in the Rust Belt surrounding the Great Lakes in the United States, all are rebelling.

Note the numbers behind socialist presidential contender Bernie Sanders and the thousands behind the Brexit referendum. Analyze Donald Trump’s phenomenal mandate founded on building barriers, disengaging from global trade pacts and focusing on the American parochial.

Populism’s global polemic, its isolationist and anti-establishment DNA, is spawned by the gnawing failure of globalization to provide for its discontents inclusive equitable growth. Indeed the poor remain poor as opposed to the rich who’ve gotten richer. Analyze the rejection of both Hillary Clinton and Mar Roxas where both represented elitism’s continuity and the failure to recognize William Graham Sumner’s “Forgotten Man”.

Where the Occupy Wall Street protests have failed, this latent global wave of populism threatens with a vengeance. And indeed, vengeance is the most appropriate word.
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