National Socioeconomic Situation

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 […]

Contractualization Prevails (IBON Facts & Figures Excerpt)

April 23, 2018

“Contractualization has violated workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain for higher wages, economic benefits, social security, better terms of employment, and better work conditions. It has also forced workers into accepting unfair labor practices and violations of their political rights. This points to the urgency of real measures by the government to not merely […]

Charter Change: Renewed blow to sovereignty (IBON Facts & Figures excerpt)

April 22, 2018

The Philippine Congress pushed anew efforts towards amending the 1987 Philippine Constitution… This call for changes in the Charter is the latest among many attempts, seeking to remove the Charter’s nationalist and other progressive economic provisions. Widespread protests and outright resistance from various sectors however deterred legislators from pursuing the changes. Those who are opposed […]

Greater burden due to TRAIN

April 9, 2018

While the change in global oil prices and peso depreciation were factors in recent inflation, TRAIN also already increased the prices of oil products, sugar sweetened beverages and other goods and services. The public has been feeling the weight of price hikes as early as January.

Unsolicited projects for favored business interests to rise under Pres. Duterte?

March 2, 2018

By Arnold Padilla ​When President Duterte said last month that “all projects of the Philippines would be something like a Swiss Challenge”, media attention has focused on the Swiss Challenge and its implications. But what the presidential statement implied was that in order to supposedly fast track his ambitious Build Build Build program, the administration […]

Gov’t must ensure efficient and accessible transport for all–IBON

February 28, 2018

Policy study baring unsound transport policies released Research group IBON said that the Philippine government’s policies have increasingly opened the transport sector to profit-oriented control, thereby privatizing the transport system and undermining public usage of this very basic service. Government should reverse this trend and strengthen the public transport system to improve people’s mobility and […]

Guns Against Needles: Escalating attacks on community health workers in the Philippines

January 24, 2018

This month, IBON Foundation launches thru a mini-forum the book “Guns Against Needles: Escalating attacks against community health workers in the Philippines”. The event will be on 26 January 2018, 2pm at the IBON Conference Hall, 4th Floor located at the IBON building, #114 Timog Ave. QC. The forum/ launch intends to bring together health […]

Under Duterte: Biggest contraction in employment in 20 years –IBON

January 20, 2018

  PH growth job-destroying in 2017 Going on its second year, the Duterte administration saw the largest contraction in employment in 20 years, research group IBON said in its year-end analysis of economic and political trends. This shows that generally rising Philippine economic growth remained unfelt by Filipinos amid a worsening jobs crisis, said the […]