PH education: shortage of solutions?

January 14, 2012

Reducing state support for education and increasing private sector participation remain the administration’s solutions to the country’s education woes IBON Features— Nine-year old Hilary is an incoming grade four pupil. Every day, she does regular rounds among houses near their community in Quezon City to gather “kalakal”, or pieces of scrap, plastic, and metal to […]

Economic lessons from 2011

December 30, 2011

IBON FEATURES | By Sonny Africa | 2011 gives us insights to inform economic policy-making not just in 2012 but in the coming period of great challenges for Philippine growth IBON Features—The Philippines slipped into another economic downturn in 2011. Adverse global trends are a factor with the world economy three years into what is […]

No new solutions for the crisis, G20 countries in a fix

November 7, 2011

IBON Features | 7 November 2011 | The slow recovery highlights the urgency for policies that are directed in strengthening domestic economies IBON Features— Heads of states of largest and developing nations gathered last week for the Group of 20 (G20) Summit but failed to come up with concrete plans to manage what the International […]

CCTs: expensive, short-sighted and artificial

September 13, 2011

The Aquino administration seeks a bigger budget for a program that is criticized as a poor cornerstone in the drive against poverty | By Sonny Africa IBON Features — The Aquino administration is currently seeking an 86%-budget increase for its multi-billion peso conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. But while the program admittedly has a feel-good […]

US credit troubles: problems for the Philippine economy

July 1, 2011

COMMENTARY | By Sonny Africa | A worsening of the US economic situation will quickly impact on the Philippines in terms of weaker remittances, lower exports, and more problematic investments IBON Features — The recent United States (US) credit rating downgrade is just the latest sign that the global crisis which erupted in 2008 has […]

The Philippine economy: After the first year of the Aquino administration

June 29, 2011

The administration… is most of all about aggressively pushing corporate interests, especially by big foreign investors, over the economy’s or the people’s development needs. “From a President who tolerates corruption to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption; From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our […]

Foreign land deals: global land grabbing?

June 16, 2011

These land deals are unconstitutional and have long-term severe implications to the host country’s food security, land ownership and national sovereignty. IBON Features– There is a rising trend in the number of what are called foreign land deals in many countries across the globe, covering up to million hectares of land. The scale and rate […]

Ten years of EPIRA: a decade of increasing private power monopoly

June 10, 2011

Ten years after, all the EPIRA has done is usher in the monopolization into private hands of the power industry where giant corporate energy players have been making significant profits at the expense of the public and national development (Part Two of a two-part series on EPIRA’s 10 years) Part One: EPIRA: failed promise of […]

EPIRA: Failed promise of affordable electricity

June 8, 2011

Today marks the 10th year of the EPIRA, the law that was built on the premise that privatizing the power sector and giving play to `free market’ forces would compel firms to compete in terms of lower electricity prices. (Part One of a two-part series on EPIRA’s 10 years) (Part Two: A decade of EPIRA: […]