National Socioeconomic Situation

2nd quarter growth weakest in five election years: Bold new economic policies needed

August 18, 2016

  Research group IBON said that the 7.0% growth in the second quarter of 2016 and 6.9% growth in the first semester are the weakest in the past five election years and challenge the Duterte administration. Bold changes in economic policies are needed to achieve sustained higher growth, said the group. According to IBON, the […]

Challenge to Real Change

July 25, 2016

On the day of the State of the Nation Address, IBON explains why the 10-point economic agenda hangs like a dark cloud over pro-people economics prospects and even the chief executive’s recently-affirmed popularity   #SONA2016 #justpeacePH | IBON Features  The unorthodox candidate and eventually President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made a flurry of announcements before and […]

Development Brings Peace (2014)

July 24, 2016

Reposting IBON’s 2014 infovideo stressing that genuine progress is contingent to a just and lasting peace. IBON reprises this video in a soon-to-be-released version at a time when the newly-seated Duterte administration opened the door for the resumption of peace negotiations anew. IBON joins the public supporting the the peace talks, which is a main call […]

Raising minimum wage can revitalize domestic economy–IBON

July 23, 2016

  Days away from the State of the Nation Address (SONA), research group IBON said that Pres. Rodrigo S. Duterte can support raising the mandated minimum wage to improve the situation of millions of wage and salary workers. It is an achievable demand that can help revitalize the domestic economy. IBON said that most wage […]

New admin can improve job quality for millions, end contractualization–IBON

July 22, 2016

​The basic economic issues confronting the new Duterte​ administration will take center stage in the peace negotiations as the next substantive agenda on the Comprehensive Agreement for Soci​al and Economic Reforms. IBON joins the public in aspiring for the soonest resumption of the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front and the Moro Islamic […]

Provide free or affordable social services, gov’t urged

July 22, 2016

The basic economic issues confronting the new Duterte administration will take center stage in the peace negotiations as the next substantive agenda on the Comprehensive Agreement for Soci​al and Economic Reforms. IBON joins the public in aspiring for the soonest resumption of the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front and the Moro […]

Boost job generation by developing Filipino agri, industry–IBON

July 20, 2016

The basic economic issues confronting the new Duterte administration will take center stage in the peace negotiations as the next substantive agenda on the Comprehensive Agreement for Soci​al and Economic Reforms. IBON joins the public in aspiring for the soonest resumption of the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front and the Moro […]

Filipino Steel and National Development

July 18, 2016

By Sonny Africa IBON FEATURES – A genuinely Filipino iron and steel industry is a vital strategic element for Philippine socioeconomic development, stability and national security. It can still serve as the backbone of manufacturing and national industrialization even amid the hyped globalization of the 21st century. The government needs to overcome decades of neoliberal […]

There is room for pro-people economics but 10-pt agenda concerning–IBON

July 16, 2016

“While there are sunny prospects, the 10-point agenda of neoliberal policies hangs over like a dark cloud,” said research group IBON’s executive director Sonny Africa yesterday at its political and economic briefing. In its 2016 Midyear Birdtalk held at the University of the Philippines, IBON welcomed the Duterte administration’s opening of opportunities for pro-people measures […]