Advocacies

Hindi si Loren ang nanay ko

May 7, 2022

Kung ako ang anak ni Loren, parehas malamang kami ng sasabihin. Parehas ng magiging tanong ng mapag-usisang isip: Bakit? Sa isang banda iisipin ko ano nga ba ang isinusulong ng aking ina at kinakailangan niyang sumama sa hanay ng mga magnanakaw? Ganoon na lamang ba talaga karumi ang eleksyon, makuha lang ang posisyon at kapangyarihan […]

Million increase in underemployed: Economy still not creating enough decent work

May 6, 2022

NEWS

Government should not be complacent following the reported increase in employment, considering the spike in underemployment and in part-time work. Many Filipinos are still struggling to make ends meet and the economy is still weak despite reopening.

How Representative Is Our House of Representatives?

April 11, 2022

How representative is the House of Representatives (HOR) if 95% of 304 district and party-list representatives come from the richest 2% of 110.2 million Filipinos?

We will green more backyards

October 16, 2021

From idle or sweat-and-blood-stained rural land
greened by united farmers’ hands
To urban Church grounds, factory belts,
mass housing patches, informal decks,
Add to the school plots, herb and vegetable walls,
rooftops and flowerbeds,
We are greening more backyards.

Jobs crisis continues, informal work worsens

July 3, 2021

Latest labor force figures show that millions of Filipinos are still struggling to find work or turning more and more to informal jobs and self-employment to survive. Substantial ayuda is urgently needed and Congress should hold a special session to ensure the immediate allocation and distribution of funds for emergency aid.

Negative econ growth underscores jobs crisis – IBON

May 12, 2021

The first quarter 2021 economic performance is the clearest proof that government hype of employment surpassing pre-pandemic levels are hollow. The quality of work is deteriorating and the number of unemployed is higher compared to a year ago.

EO 130: Much fuss about paltry gains

April 26, 2021

The Duterte government with its EO 130 continues to argue for the reckless exploitation of the country’s vast mineral wealth for other countries’ corporate gains and industrial benefits. This makes the projected gains from large-scale mining even paltrier than they already are. We are giving up the non-renewable resource, the Philippines’ huge potential to industrialize, for nothing.

To reap what was not sown?

April 4, 2021

This is a crucial time to rethink our entire strategy for reaping the demographic dividend. While things are bleak from where things stand at present, the experience of our neighbors tells us that a demographic dividend is possible given the right set of policy choices.