News Analysis

Gov’t labor market, quality work hype disconnected from poor Filipinos’ reality — IBON

July 10, 2024

NEWS ANALYSIS

Persistent lack of decent work, low wages, and worsening poverty contradict the Marcos administration’s claims that the labor market is on a positive momentum and that more quality jobs are being created.

Job-losing growth in first quarter 2024 is cause for alarm not optimism – IBON

May 10, 2024

The difficulty in creating enough decent and sustainable work which leaves millions of Filipinos to survive off of meager incomes certainly cannot in any way be a source of “optimism and pride,” as the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) put it when the growth figures were released

Lack of gainful employment belies govt claims of improving jobs market — IBON

April 13, 2024

The Marcos Jr administration keeps touting that the labor market is improving. But there is a serious disconnect between this government hype and the actual reality of millions of Filipinos.

Stagnant employment and shrinking labor force indicate worsening disguised joblessness — IBON

January 10, 2024

The lower unemployment rate appears favorable but should not be taken at face value.

Lower agri tariffs a lazy and counterproductive response to El Niño — IBON

December 27, 2023

EO 50 is counterproductive because the over-reliance on cheap imports even before El Niño occurs disincentivizes domestic producers and undermines domestic agricultural production.

Poverty isn’t really falling, govt can do more

December 23, 2023

Poverty only seems lower because it’s compared to when the economy was locked down. Compared to the first semester of 2018, poverty is actually growing and shows that government needs to do more.

Almost three million drop in employed sign of swelling ranks of discouraged workers—IBON

September 8, 2023

Research group IBON said that the 2.8-million collapse in the number of employed persons but small decline in unemployed confirms that many Filipinos have dropped out of the labor force. This is due to the lack of jobs – even work that is self-employed and informal. The group said that this huge increase in discouraged […]

Tax the super-rich

August 15, 2023

NEWS ANALYSIS

Growing billionaire wealth amid increasing poverty, worsening joblessness, and stagnant wages shows that it’s high time for the Marcos Jr administration to heed calls for a wealth tax on the country’s billionaires.

Three straight quarters slowdown confirms economic decline

August 11, 2023

Growth slowing for three straight quarters confirms economic decline under the Marcos Jr administration. The economic rebound and momentarily fast growth from reopening, which was measured from the worst economic contraction in the country’s history, is over. The economy has returned to its trajectory of slowing growth that started even before the excessive pandemic lock […]