Category: National Socioeconomic Situation

Jobs crisis getting worse under Duterte gov’t – IBON

September 10, 2018

Research group IBON said that the jobs crisis in the country is getting more severe under the Duterte administration. The group said that the government should be more forthright and admit growing economic insecurity from inflation and joblessness rather than keep trying to downplay this. Millions of Filipinos are jobless, including those excluded from official […]

Infographic: PH Economy Duterteriorating

September 10, 2018

(From IBON Features “PH Economy Duterterioraing”–https://www.ibon.org/2018/08/ph-economy-duterteriorating/) Stay the course, the country’s economic managers always insist. They will be the last to admit bad economic news because eternal sunshine is part of their job. Their recent spontaneous reactions against federalism are however more revealing. They are losing control of the economy as it is and they […]

IBON offers “Serve The People” book online

September 9, 2018

On its 40th year and amid the growing tumult of an unreformed political and economic system, IBON is glad to share online Serve the People, Ang Kasaysayan ng Radikal na Kilusan sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas by the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND) and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT). – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NXTd0ObBXidKgPYkbxPnGYEhbn9jYOwJ/view […]

Minimum Wage Insufficient

September 6, 2018

The National Capital Region (NCR) daily minimum wage with Php30 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) totaling Php512 is not enough for a family of five members to be able to afford their basic needs. The minimum wage in the rest of the country’s regions is set at even lower levels.

2018 Midyear Birdtalk: Illusory Growth, Emergent Authoritarianism

August 12, 2018

Download here Two years into the Duterte administration, the Philippine economy’s gains are illusory and the political situation is on the brink of accelerated decline. The economy is on borrowed time. There is a limit to how long the government’s infrastructure spending frenzy and hype about sound fundamentals can disguise the problems. Agricultural and industrial […]

CL, Manila prices barely differ

August 3, 2018

The minimum wage in Central Luzon was hiked to Php400 per day, but since there is almost no difference between the prices of goods and services in the region and in Metro Manila, the amount – as with the National Capital Region’s minimum wage of Php512 – remains insufficient for the workers and their families. […]

Debt-driven growth an increasing burden–IBON

July 20, 2018

Nearing the third State of the Nation address, research group IBON said that debt-driven growth under the Duterte administration is not resulting in substantial improvements in the Philippine economy. According to the group, while ballooning debt accelerated government spending and pushed the 6.8% economic growth during the past year, the agriculture and industry sectors, which […]

Php750 minimum wage possible, non-inflationary and good for the economy–​IBON​

June 3, 2018

Contrary to government and big employers’ claims, research group IBON said that raising minimum wages nationwide to Php750 is doable, need not spike prices further, and will benefit millions of Filipino workers and the economy. The group cited the following reasons: Raising minimum wages nationwide to Php750 is doable if owners of establishments allow a […]

The People’s Choice (Excerpts from an Election Voters’ Education Kit)

May 11, 2018

The overwhelming majority of Filipinos suffer chronic poverty and backwardness… Many are hoping that the… elections will be a fresh start and that new leadership will address their plight. Yet the elections can only usher in the needed reforms if the people are able to choose national and local leaders who are genuinely pro-people, patriotic […]