Category: News

Will RP gain from Aquino US visit? Trip may cause more harm than good, says group

September 20, 2010

With renewed commitments from both countries to negotiate a bilateral free trade deal, the MCA funding could be used to compel the Philippines to agree to a one-sided agreement. Research group IBON today warned that the much-hyped US visit of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino may result in more harm than good, as the group expressed […]

Aquino gov’t’s anti-corruption drive not reflected in revenue targets for 2011

September 2, 2010

On this key measure, it does not appear that the government expects its supposed anti-corruption drive to result in significantly increased revenues. Government has campaigned that a crackdown on corruption would plug leakages and increase revenue generation. However the revenue program for 2011 does not show signs that government expects to raise revenues from this, […]

Proposed budget shows diminishing priority for health

September 1, 2010

Falling subsidy for indigents belies promise of universal health care Contrary to the Aquino government’s target of expanding the coverage of healthcare for all, the proposed national budget for 2011 has allotted a decreased budget for public hospitals and subsidy for indigents, according to research group IBON. The 2010 budget item “Premium Subsidy for Indigents […]

Bloated by patronage funds, proposed 2011 budget prone to corruption

August 31, 2010

This large pork barrel allocated mainly according to parochial concerns is inconsistent with improving the effectiveness of spending | Sonny Africa, IBON Research Head There is a marked increase in the 2011 national government (NG) budget submitted to Congress, making the proposed budget alarmingly patronage-rich, says research group IBON. The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) […]

2011 proposed budget an austerity to repay debt

August 28, 2010

Most of this increase is accounted for by the large PhP80.9 billion increase in interest payments on debt to PhP357.1 billion Research group IBON calls the proposed 2011 National Government (NG) budget submitted to Congress an austerity budget to be able to keep repaying debt, adding that the proposed budget is not consistent with long-term […]

Economic growth remains unsustainable, unable to create jobs

August 26, 2010

The 2nd quarter and 1st semester results affirm why the country cannot and should not rely on external sources of growth amid the still unfolding global crisis The 7.9% growth in gross domestic product (GDP) is welcome at least for appearing to be mainly driven by domestic investors, according to research group IBON. Net foreign […]

SC urged not to miss historic opportunity on Luisita case: Genuine land reform, key to ending RP poverty

August 24, 2010

Breaking the feudal monopoly of the Aquino-Cojuangco clan over Hacienda Luisita will bring immediate and long-term economic benefits to the farm workers As the Supreme Court resumes its oral arguments on the Hacienda Luisita compromise deal today, independent think-tank IBON urged SC justices not to miss the historic opportunity to give decades-delayed justice to thousands […]

As UN declares access to water as basic human right: Aquino gov’t urged to stop water privatization

July 19, 2010

The Philippine experience shows that privatization violates the human right to water, and that water shortages are a direct result of privatization of water resources and utilities. The Aquino government should stop water privatization in the light of the United Nations’ (UN) recent resolution declaring water and sanitation as a right, according to water advocacy […]

Adopt pro-people measures to generate revenue, Aquino urged

July 16, 2010

IBON urges government to place the burden of adjusting to the fiscal crisis on those that have the greater capacity to pay The urgent challenge for the new Aquino administration is to increase revenues, but research group IBON urges government to place the burden of adjusting to the fiscal crisis on those that have the […]