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Duterte administration being dishonest about economic ‘gains’

July 4, 2019

Research group IBON said that the Duterte administration is being dishonest in its recent pronouncements about high growth, reducing unemployment, and reducing poverty. The group said that the government is taking liberties with statistics as part of its propaganda campaign that President Duterte is keeping his promise of real change. In its pre-State of the […]

Chronic undernutrition among kids, pervasive hunger belie 4Ps logic – IBON

July 2, 2019

Research group IBON said that the results of the expanded national nutrition survey (ENNS) dispute the logic of institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for poverty alleviation under Republic Act (RA) No. 11310. The program is said to be an  “investment in the next generation” that develops healthy educated Filipinos. Yet after over 10 […]

Govt will needed to enforce oil price unbundling – IBON

June 29, 2019

Research group IBON said that the Department of Energy (DOE) circular ordering oil companies to unbundle prices is a welcome and overdue measure for greater transparency to help prevent overpricing of oil products. However, the government must have the political will to implement this and the involvement of the public and consumer groups must be […]

Duterte selling out sovereignty for Chinese funding – IBON

June 20, 2019

Research group IBON said that the Duterte administration’s downplaying of the hit-and-run by a Chinese vessel of a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) shows how it gives more importance to Chinese funding over Philippine sovereignty. On June 9, a Chinese vessel rammed and sank the Filipino fishing boat F/B Gem-Ver and […]

On Sin Tax: Raise direct taxes rather than consumer taxes –IBON

June 7, 2019

Research group IBON said that the passing of the Sin Tax Reform Bill made the country’s tax system more regressive by increasing consumer taxes that burden the poor while cutting income tax and corporate tax that make the rich even richer. As part of the government’s tax reform agenda, Senate Bill No.2233 or the Sin […]

Govt should address job losses in agri, manufacturing — IBON

June 5, 2019

Research group IBON said that the rise in employment and decline in unemployment is seemingly welcome after the worsening job generation in the past four consecutive labor force rounds. But this should not be taken at face value because of alarming underlying trends. This includes job losses in the production sectors that the Duterte administration […]

Sin taxes, UHC to fund privatization of health services–IBON

June 1, 2019

Research group IBON said that government must allot a higher budget for public health services rather than fund private health providers through the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act. Also known as Republic Act (RA) 11223, the UHC Act ostensibly aims to provide all Filipinos with promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services “without causing […]

Amendments to Public Services Act removes Constitutional protections on public utilities

May 24, 2019

Research group IBON raised the alarm that proposed amendments to the Public Services Act (PSA) removing Constitutional protections on public utilities will undermine national security and consumer welfare. The group argued that foreign control over important sectors should still be minimized and that natural monopolies should if anything be more tightly regulated. The Senate identified […]

Group challenges Senate: Stop Charter change

May 19, 2019

Research group IBON is challenging the succeeding Senate to prove its independence by rejecting the proposal to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution or Charter change (Cha-cha). Lawmakers should keep in mind the dangers that Cha-cha poses on Philippine economic sovereignty, said the group, and not be swayed into passing other laws that fulfill the consistent […]