New Congress, renewed push for Cha-cha

June 15, 2013

IBON Features | Cha-cha to remove the nationalist economic provisions will reinforce the worst aspects of Philippine economic policy-making and drastically reduce the country’s policy space for real progress IBON Features— The renewed initiative for Charter Change (Cha-cha) following the midterm elections where Team PNoy candidates and allies dominated over Congress was expected. Several lawmakers, […]

Metro Manila experience: Poor water service, unjustified rate hike petition

June 14, 2013

IBON Features | “In the allocation of water resources, there should be preferential treatment and affirmtive action for the poor and marginalized sectors.” – The Filipino People’s Water Code IBON Features—The petitioned water rate hike by Metro Manila water companies is still being reviewed but 42-year-old Malou Lopez is almost certain that the price of […]

Elections 2013: Public exercise, private process

May 16, 2013

IBON FEATURES | COMMENTARY | The state has become captive of a private firm by allowing it to have full authority over the technology and the whole voting process, in effect losing its power to ensure that the exercise is truly democratic IBON Features—The 2013 elections are over, but the voting public has yet to […]

Five-Way Test: Measuring up the two major political blocs

April 14, 2013

IBON NETWORKS | PAGBABAGO! People’s Movement for Change | Formulated in the form of a question, the Five-Way Test covers the most basic and important issues that Pagbabagto! believes should be addressed by the candidates, in particular those running for IBON NETWORKS | Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change – To help guide the voters in […]

Earth Day 2013: PH environment in peril

April 1, 2013

IBON Features | The Philippines has been identified as the most disaser-prone country in the world and among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change IBON Features— A country’s wealth of natural resources is vital in defining its path for development. Sadly, Earth Day 2013 finds the Philippine environment in peril amid economic […]

World Water Day: Realizing Right to Water in PH

March 22, 2013

IBON FEATURES | Recent government data shows that 3,000 more families lost access to safe and clean water since MWSS was privatized in 1997 IBON Features— In the recently concluded Asia Water Week 2013, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that even though there has been improved access to water and sanitation in Asia, wealthier […]

EU-PH trade deal: The hazards of Free Trade Agreements

November 14, 2012

Amid slowing growth and increasing unemployment in EU countries, a free trade agreement with PH is perceived as EU’s way out of its economic crisis IBON Features—The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) concluded this week with the European Union (EU) pressing for Asia to further open up their markets. This was after talks with several Asian countries […]

Irreversible: envionmental costs of large-scale mining

November 8, 2012

IBON Featues | 8 November 2012 | Through the years, large-scale mining has caused deforestation and pollution as well as irreversible destruction to the ecology IBON Features– For spilling more than 15 million cubic meters of mine sediments from its Padcal mine tailings ponds in August, the Philex Mining Corporation figured in the news again. […]

Latest poverty measure: excluding the poor from the poverty count

July 31, 2012

IBON Features | 31 July 2012 | The Philippines seemed closer to reaching the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing poverty by half than if the old poverty methodology were used IBON Features—At 10 p.m., Aling Teresing, a mother in her mid-40s together with her 18-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son begin flattening scrap boxes to […]