National Socioeconomic Situation

Automated polls: privatized elections, foreign-controlled democracy (Part 1)

April 28, 2016

First of two parts By Arnold Padilla IBON Features | #BeyondElections2016 | In the Philippines, you know that it is election season again not only when political scandals are at a fever pitch but also when criticisms against the Commission on Election (Comelec) are highly agitated as well. These criticisms – like most politically motivated scandals – […]

The Education Agenda: A Seminar-Forum on Philippine Education

April 27, 2016

IBON in cooperation with the Educators’ Forum for Development (EfD) invites you to “The Education  Agenda: A Seminar-Forum on Philippine Education” this Friday April 29, 9am-12nn at the Conference Room  4/f IBON Center, #114 Timog Ave., Brgy Sacred Heart, QC. For RSVP please contact Joseph & Amil of the IBON Partnership in Education for Development […]

Jobs crisis will persist despite growing FDI if next admin retains neolib frame–IBON

April 27, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | Research group IBON pointed out that growing foreign investment under the Aquino administration has not improved the country’s jobs situation. This, as the presidentiables vow to continue the major economic policies of the incumbent administration, which has made attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) a key strategy for inclusive growth. IBON noted that annual […]

Has PhilHealth, the country’s so-called universal health care program, benefited the Filipino people?

April 24, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | All the presidential bets vow to continue Philhealth. But has this so-called universal health care program benefited the Filipino people? The 2015 National Government budget for PhilHealth rose to Php39.1 billion from only Php3.5 billion in 2011. It is now said to cover 87% of the entire population as of 2013. Yet, according […]

Infographic: Have Filipino children benefited from CCTs/ 4Ps?

April 20, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | Among the conditionalities for receiving conditional cash transfers (CCTs)/ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) dole-out are visits to health centers where children aged 0-5 years old are supposed to be immunized, children 0-2 years old will have monthly weight monitoring and nutrition counseling, and children 25 to 73 weeks old will have quarterly weight […]

SALE until April 21: IBON Bookshop revitalized with beyond elections theme

April 16, 2016

The IBON Bookshop, research group IBON Foundation’s main outlet, opened Thursday with a new and revitalized look with the theme #BeyondElections2016 in an afternoon event dubbed “Eleksyon, Libro, Lapis at Kape”. With less than a month to go before the vote, IBON encourages the public to exercise their political rights before and beyond the elections by […]

Of #BeyondElections2016 and the IBON Bookshop

April 6, 2016

The IBON Bookshop welcomes the public on 14 April 2016, 1pm with the theme #BeyondElections2016. During the election period, IBON takes the opportunity to drumbeat its ‘economics for Filipinos’ advocacy.

Aquino gov’t borrowing billions for failed anti-poverty program

March 22, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | The Aquino administration is borrowing more for an anti-poverty program of dubious anti-poverty impact, said research group IBON. Despite billions of pesos spent on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) since 2011, poverty remains widespread and the program is failing even on its health-related conditionalities. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank in […]

Next admin should address deepening jobs crisis–IBON

March 15, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | Research group IBON warned that the steadily falling labor force participation rate (LFPR) and growing underemployment are signs of underlying problems in the labor market, even as unemployment reportedly fell in January 2016. The next administration will need to reverse the neoliberal policies of the Aquino administration to improve the jobs situation, said the […]