Marcos Jr’s first 100 days: The truth is out
October 8, 2022
The first 100 days are arguably the most crucial moment to make a break from the past – not just from the past administration but from poverty, inequality and underdevelopment. The Marcos Jr administration failed to do anything with this moment and, if anything, confirmed that it is unable to even imagine any real fundamental change.
PH Peso: Catch Me I’m Falling
October 6, 2022
The Philippine peso has been hitting record low after record low. This will be among the main drivers of accelerating domestic inflation which will burden Filipinos with rising prices of basic needs on top of their floundering incomes and earnings.
What Marcos Jr’s US trip was really for
October 5, 2022
The real success of Marcos Jr’s trip to the US was the rehabilitation of his family’s justifiably tarnished name and rebuilding foreign policy bridges that former Pres. Duterte burned. However, the trip did not really bring back anything beneficial for the people especially in terms of solving the country’s long-standing economic crisis.
Upper middle-income status: A smokescreen for underdevelopment
September 30, 2022
Does getting an upper middle-income designation really mean the Philippines and its people are achieving genuine development? Or is it just another label being hyped by the Marcos Jr administration to project economic success while hiding a troubled economy and the millions of Filipinos being left behind?
Address climate inaction, fund the People’s Green New Deal
September 22, 2022
To guarantee that everyone benefits from our transition to a greener future, a strong and comprehensive policy framework like the People’s Green New Deal is required. Substantial new public spending and re-directing of private spending is also needed to finance this.
Invisible poverty, trivial solutions
August 22, 2022
The most fundamental cause of poverty is in how the overwhelming majority of Filipinos only have low value-added and low productivity work. This is not for lack of individual effort or capacity but because of the structure of the economy distorted by neoliberal policies.
No Mavericks Among Economic Top Guns
June 15, 2022
The next administration’s economic agenda will be fully presented at the state of the nation address in July. There are hardly any specifics yet. Still, the tidbits already emerging can be interpreted against the incoming economic team members’ individual track record and especially in the context of the long arc of neoliberal thinking that has defined Philippine policymaking over the last half century.
WHO should call the shots, but it hasn’t
May 18, 2022
The 75th World Health Assembly will be the third one under one of the world’s worst pandemics. What exactly will be the agenda when WHO action is stalling?
The scourge of price hikes
April 16, 2022
Prices keep rising, cash subsidies are limited, and real wages keep falling. The situation will not get better if the government does not acknowledge that the rampant jobs crisis and worsening poverty are huge problems that require big solutions.