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To reap what was not sown?

April 4, 2021

This is a crucial time to rethink our entire strategy for reaping the demographic dividend. While things are bleak from where things stand at present, the experience of our neighbors tells us that a demographic dividend is possible given the right set of policy choices.

Joblessness worsens in February and will get worse with ECQ — IBON

March 31, 2021

The latest labor force survey confirms that unemployment and underemployment are worsening despite economic managers’ hype of rebounding employment.

Measly ECQ aid an afterthought — IBON

March 31, 2021

Poor and low-income families in NCR+ deserve not just Php1,000 but at least Php10,000 in emergency cash subsidies to be distributed immediately, or ten times more than being offered after a year of lockdowns.

IBON: Gov’t should rectify, ramp up COVID-19 aid

March 29, 2021

Reimposing an ECQ will only aggravate the health and economic crisis if the Duterte administration does not rectify its scrimped, militaristic and increasingly politicized response. It should take fast and real action, starting with prompt aid distribution to all affected households.

What’s up, pork? (Part Two)

March 19, 2021

FEATURES – The Duterte government can do a lot of things to recover domestic hog production, consumer capacity and the national economy. But it has just opted to cater to private profits, foreign pressures and whims of public officials. And they have just been hogging everything to themselves, as they have done during the pandemic lockdown and beyond.

What’s up, pork? (Part One)

March 19, 2021

FEATURES – Again, the Duterte government is proposing importation without careful consideration. A year of unscientific and irrational responses – that has been more fatal than the plague itself.

EDSA spirit lives on: Braving authoritarian pandemic restrictions, the people faced the crisis together

February 25, 2021

STATEMENT

Our relentless assertion of rights is the country’s brightest hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, calamities, and worsening authoritarianism.

Shifting to MGCQ a short-sighted and desperate move without containing pandemic–IBON

February 18, 2021

Easing restrictions will not spur recovery without a real fiscal stimulus while risking the more rapid spread of COVID-19

Ombudsman sitting on IBON red-tagging complaint for a year

February 11, 2021

The Ombudsman is becoming an enabler of the non-stop red-tagging by its failure to take action on IBON’s complaint filed a year ago. The Ombudsman should live up to its mandate and take immediate steps to hold red-tagging officials accountable.