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 […]