Features

“Build Back Better”: Lessons forgotten

November 10, 2020

FEATURES

2020 saw natural calamities hitting the country, from the Taal volcano eruption to the recent typhoons Quinta and Rolly. But is the Philippines equipped to handle natural disasters? Has it learned from Typhoon Yolanda?

Filipino rice farmers need support, not liberalization

November 1, 2020

FEATURES | The government’s defeatist attitude and blind surrender to market forces is the biggest reason why Philippine rice production and domestic agriculture as a whole remains so backward

Neoliberalism and our multiple crises in the COVID era: Dare to struggle, dare to win

November 1, 2020

Features | We may survive the pandemic, but we are headed towards even greater downward pressure on wages and working conditions amid greater repression of organized labor. We are headed towards increasing compulsion of capitalists to seek rapid growth at all costs, including environmental and social costs.

Dirty Duterte admin: More coal energy than ever

October 24, 2020

Features | The government is maintaining the country’s high dependence on coal, putting into doubt whether it is genuinely concerned about the Philippine environment and declaring a climate emergency.

IMF sees Vietnam overtaking PH: It’s not because of COVID

October 15, 2020

COMMENTARY

Our economic managers would do well to stop being blinded by their neoliberal dogma and start taking a more strategic view of national development. Without radical changes in our economic policies the Philippines will just keep getting left further behind.

Transport budget for infra but none for affected jeepney drivers

October 15, 2020

FEATURES

The government should prioritize subsidizing small jeepney drivers and operators and at least postpone costly infrastructure projects that are less urgent because of the pandemic.

Fighting for our rights to food, a healthy environment and development

October 14, 2020

FEATURES

The corporate onslaught on agriculture, Filipino producers and consumers has to be thwarted for local production systems to break free from big business and foreign profit-driven objectives. Philippine agriculture can then flourish and contribute to the nation’s needs and development through ecologically sound, scientific and sustainable practices.

Four reasons why the Kaliwa Dam Project loan is onerous

October 11, 2020

Features | President Duterte has reportedly ordered a review of loan agreements to determine if any are onerous and disadvantageous to the Filipino people. Yet the Kaliwa Dam project which has come under fire for its unfavorable Chinese loan agreement has already started.

Telltale signs that health care in the Philippines is not universal

October 5, 2020

COMMENTARY BY CASEY SALAMANCA

By hyping UHC, government pays lip service to the Filipino people’s right to health. The right to health pertains to a person’s overall well-being.