Removing Restrictions On Foreign Troops On Cha-Cha Agenda: Troops From 12 Countries Set To Enter RP

April 20, 2009

The administration appears set to allow unspecified numbers of foreign military personnel into the country in early May 2009 for “disaster relief training exercises” despite the absence of treaties giving this legal basis as required by the Constitution. IBON Features – This disregard for the charter’s restriction on the presence of foreign troops and facilities […]

Tourism Act 2009: More Land Grabbing, More Displacement

March 14, 2009

The reclassification of lands for tourism means only one thing for rural families: the large-scale physical and economic displacement of farmers and fisherfolk communities. IBON Features – Malacañang is set to sign next week the new Tourism Act of 2009, which will reclassify lands, including productive farmlands and coastal areas, into tourism zones. It is […]

Is The Call Center Industry A Bright Spot For New Graduates?

March 11, 2009

In the face of record-high unemployment and uncertainty for new graduates who will soon enter the labor force, the Philippine government says that the call center industry poses great opportunities for Filipino workers – especially amid the global crisis IBON Features – In the face of record-high unemployment and uncertainty for new graduates who will […]

OFW Remittances Amid Crisis: Government’s Dependable Source Faces Challenges

February 21, 2009

The situation OFWs are now facing is a wake-up call for government which has mythologized overseas remittances as some kind of magic bullet for development. IBON Features – Even as overseas Filipino workers (OFW) remittances grew by 13.7% last year, the slowdown in growth in December 2008 draws attention to the possible difficulties in the […]

The Economic Folly of Charter Change

February 5, 2009

Cha-cha proponents argue that removing the Constitution’s nationalist provisions is key to reviving foreign investment flows into the country. Yet this is a weak argument for an effort that is also about Pres. Arroyo’s extension in power beyond 2010. IBON Features – Amid lack of public consultation and accusations of railroading legislative processes, the committee […]