2024 education budget: When will government learn?

August 30, 2023

The 2024 budget reflects at least slipshod management of the education sector and at most self-serving interests, pushing our problems from bad to worse

National budget for 2024: A Budget Badly Made (Part 3)

August 25, 2023


The budget is only one of the wide range of policy measures the government has to spur growth, develop the economy, and improve the conditions of the people. The attention the public gives is well-deserved because the budget can do so much so quickly to achieve these.

National budget for 2024: A Budget Badly Made (Part 2)

August 25, 2023


Band-aids are not necessarily a bad thing. Social spending can be wielded to improve people’s conditions – which is important in itself even if not prioritized by the administration. But it can also be used to increase overall aggregate demand and stimulate the economy – which presumably even a narrow, growth-fixated mindset would appreciate.

National budget for 2024: A Budget Badly Made

August 25, 2023


Contrary to incredible “pro-poor” claims, the proposed 2024 national budget’s numbers tell a much different story about the administration’s priorities.

5 marks of a crumbling democracy

July 20, 2023

The Marcoses personify the worst aspects of Philippine politics. And Marcos Jr is levelling up these anti-democratic features in the 21st century.

Agriculture deserves a competent leader

July 1, 2023

The Marcos Jr administration has not been looking at the stark reality of long-term agricultural decline. This chronic crisis deserves a full-time, competent and diligent leader.

One year of BBM: More hype, less help

June 30, 2023

The Marcos Jr administration has profusely hyped its one year of achievements that have supposedly helped the Filipino people amid the economic crisis. But looking back, did the President really achieve that much and help the Filipino people as much as he claims?

Marcos Jr’s weak DA leadership is dragging the agriculture sector

June 30, 2023


A year after taking the secretary post, the agriculture sector continues to be in shambles on a macroeconomic scale under the leadership of President Marcos Jr.

IBON Poverty Wages Feature

June 25, 2023

Filipino workers and their families are barely surviving on the minimum wage because this is even less than the rather low-standard official poverty threshold for a family of five. In other words, Philippine minimum wages are family poverty wages.