National Socioeconomic Situation

Ruling on West Philippine Sea: Group says PH sovereign footing in foreign policy can begin

July 14, 2016

The arbitral ruling favoring Philippine claim over the West Philippine Sea can be the new administration’s signal for further asserting its economic sovereignty, research group IBON said. This is also an opportune time for the Philippines to consider cutting or renegotiating unequal arrangements with other countries that put the nation’s control over its resources at […]

Administrasyong Duterte: Pakikibaka at Pagbabago

July 11, 2016

Download the Usapang IBON Praymer by following this link: UI Praymer Midyear 2016 CR Puno ng pag-asa ang pagsalubong ng sambayanan sa ipinapangakong pagbabago ng administrasyong Duterte. Hindi nakapagtataka ang mainit na pagtanggap na ito. Sa nakalipas na anim na taon, inatake ang mamamayan ng lubhang pahirap na rehimeng USAquino. At ngayon, pumalit ang bagong Pangulo na […]

Elitist politics and economics: the real Aquino legacy

July 1, 2016

The next presidency is challenged  to tackle a worst-ever jobs crisis, heightened inequality,and  pro-foreign and pro-business policies sown under Aquino’s leadership   Towards the end of its six years in office, the Aquino government boasted its legacy of inclusive growth. Indeed for its neoliberal thrusts the Aquino administration may have achieved certain economic outcomes. But for […]

Fabella Hospital closure and privatization: Undermining mother and child care

June 9, 2016

​In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized a government hospital for being a “role model of the WHO-Western Pacific Regional Office for its essential newborn care programs, which have been proven to reduce infant morbidity and mortality.” Today, June 9, 2016, the Department of Health (DOH) will close the facility supposedly due to the […]

IBON’s 2016 Midyear Birdtalk

June 2, 2016

Block the dates: July 15 for teachers and students, July 14 for other sectors esp business, academe, religious, NGOs, people’s organization leaders, etc. 1pm.

IBON congratulates prospective DSWD head Dr. Judy Taguiwalo

May 31, 2016

Research group IBON congratulates Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo, Chairperson of IBON’s Board of Trustees, on being chosen by president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to head the incoming administration’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The group expressed optimism that she will be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments and, along with other progressives in the new […]

Amid growth: PH unemployment still worst in Asia–IBON

May 23, 2016

Research group IBON warned against overestimating the reported high election-boosted economic growth as a sign of economic success. Economic growth is important but should not be used to divert public attention from fundamental problems of chronic joblessness and poverty, the group said. The Philippine economy’s reported 6.9% growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the […]

On strengthening public education system: Review K-to-12, educators challenge Duterte

May 16, 2016

Upon the presentation of the presumptive administration’s education thrust in its eight-point economic agenda, Filipino educators network Educators Forum for Development (EfD) challenged president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to effectively strengthen the public education system by calling for a review of the K-to-12 program and pushing for a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented curriculum. The incoming administration’s education […]