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Record debt not due to COVID-19 response

March 5, 2022

The Duterte administration did not change its priorities despite urgent pandemic needs and, if anything, only used COVID-19 response to cover up massive borrowings for continued debt servicing and infrastructure.

IBON statement on the New Bataan 5 massacre

March 1, 2022

We decry the government’s so-called anti-terrorism campaign which is being used to put down struggles to assert rights, social justice and development.

PH upper middle income by end 2022?: Just a number – IBON

February 12, 2022

The “upper-middle income” country status that the Duterte government is hoping to achieve this year is just a number. Even if reached, this is an empty achievement amid the weakest economy and worst joblessness in decades and will just reflect the prosperity of an elite few.

Duterte gov’t creates the most unemployment among all post-Marcos admins

February 10, 2022

Pres. Duterte will leave behind a legacy of having the biggest increase in joblessness among all post-Marcos administrations.

PH 2nd fastest ASEAN growth but worst unemployment — IBON

February 4, 2022

The Philippines is among the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia but this does not mean that Filipinos are better off.

Attacks on green producers violate right to till and undermine food security

February 4, 2022

Government inaction in the face of the attacks against farmers is consistent with its decades-long neglect of Filipino farmers and the Philippine agriculture sector.

IBON: Reject RCEP

January 31, 2022

It’s long overdue to let go of the reckless abandonment of agriculture and the Philippine economy to market forces that the Philippines is ill-prepared to take advantage of. IBON calls on our senators to reject Philippine membership in RCEP.

Jobless growth and worst in ASEAN: IBON on PH economic performance in 2021

January 27, 2022

The economic managers are overstating their performance and understating the economy’s problems. This isn’t a good starting point for finding solutions.

Jobless, sluggish growth persists contrary to gov’t hype — IBON

November 10, 2021

Economic managers shouldn’t celebrate too soon over seemingly positive third quarter growth as more and more Filipinos lose jobs and increasingly make do with informal work. Economic growth is also still slowing with many sectors years from recovery.