Growth Figures Expose Government’s Fake Stimulus, Limits Of Relying On Remittances

November 28, 2009

Third quarter growth results released recently by the National Statistical Coordination Board show that the economy is back to its trend of poor growth | By Sonny Africa IBON Features – The weak third quarter growth results reported by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) do not only confirm the uncertainty of achieving the full-year […]

SDO And Farmers’ Misery In Luisita

November 16, 2009

Through the stock distribution option, the essence of land reform has been distorted to benefit landowners-denying the farmers of actual land redistribution. IBON Features – The massacre in Tarlac’s Hacienda Luisita five years ago where seven farm workers were felled by government bullets and scores suffered injuries-is a tragic testament to the peasants’ continuing plight […]

Landlessness And Peasant Woes: A Lingering Calamity

October 21, 2009

Disaster or no disaster, this year’s Peasant Month again finds the Filipino farmer still deep in distress from the effects of unprecedented land-use conversion, land monopoly, high rent, usury and low wages, lack of government support and a litany of soci IBON Features – Recent tropical storms Ondoy and Pepeng reportedly caused P20 billion worth […]

Economies Still Struggling, Jobless, Hungry People On The Rise

October 13, 2009

Looking at the more credible indicators of secured employment, incomes, percentage of the population receiving adequate social services, poverty incidence, the number of hungry population etc. shows that the global crisis is not yet over. | By Jenny Guste IBON Features – Amid news that capitalist countries are in the road to recovery, real indicators […]

Amid Barrage Of Hype, Reality Of Weak Economy Persists

October 7, 2009

The clearest signs of economic failure under the Arroyo administration are in the poor conditions of millions of Filipinos. IBON Features – The administration has made much noise of its economic performance in 2007. Most of all it crows about rapid growth in gross domestic product (GDP), the peso’s appreciation against the dollar, and reining […]

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 […]