Features

Wake me up before you POGO

January 9, 2020

BY JOSE LORENZO LIM

The government has relied on the BPO industry for economic growth but even that is slowing down as seen in the decline of BPO investments in the country. Now, the government seems to be replacing BPOs with POGOs as the future of the services sector.

Economic missteps in 2019, hope for 2020

January 4, 2020

The optimism of the economic managers that “the Philippine economy is strong and ready to soar” is misplaced.

Water You Up To, Mr. President?

December 13, 2019

BY SONNY AFRICA

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is posturing against oligarchs again. This time, the tough talk is against corporate water giants Manila Water and Maynilad.

Counterproductive Counterinsurgency

November 17, 2019

BY SONNY AFRICA

Development policymaking is hard enough as it is – the Philippines after so many decades of so many development plans is a case in point. Now the military wants to take that over as well?

Solving the NCR mass transport crisis

October 28, 2019

BY SONNY AFRICA

The mass transport crisis is real. And yes, the mass transport crisis can be solved.

Unmet targets: Poor water and sanitation service is failure of privatization

October 25, 2019

WATER FOR THE PEOPLE NETWORK

The public sector has to have the key and central role in providing water and sanitation services. These cannot be made dependent on the narrow profit-seeking motives of private corporations.

The Dangers of Development Work

October 20, 2019

This was presented by Dr. Judy Taguiwalo at the forum “UNJUST: Second Year of Detention of Development Workers Benito Quilloy and Rita Espinosa for Siding with the Poor”organized by the Assert Socio-Ecoonomic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) Mayaman ang Pilipinas pero naghihirap ang mamamayan. The Philippines is a rich country but the people are poor. Given this, […]

Transport and traffic woes: govt’s epic fail

September 30, 2019

One of President Duterte’s many promises at the start of his term was to resolve Metro Manila’s transport and traffic problems. But three years later, these remain just as bad if not worse than ever. The various programs and schemes that the government has come up with have done little to fix the transport and […]

Global crisis even less reason for charter change

September 28, 2019

The Duterte government argues that the protections for the economy in the 1987 Constitution are outdated, and that removing them will increase foreign direct investment (FDI) and improve competitiveness. This is however oblivious to the reality of growing protectionism worldwide amid slowing growth, trade and investment. Adverse global economic conditions undermine the arguments for economic […]