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LRT-MRT fare hike: ‘User pays’ principle not applicable for public utilities – IBON

January 8, 2015

User pays’ is a neoliberal principle which means that government will no longer be responsible in making sure that the LRT/MRT is accessible and affordable to commuters The “user pays” principle in transportation service pricing cited by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) for the LRT-MRT fare hike should be rejected. According to research […]

DOF urged: Name PH delegation to crucial Busan Aid Forum

October 6, 2011

AidWatch Philippines | The forum, to be held in Busan, South Korea in November, is considered crucial because it will supposedly define the new direction of aid and development cooperation. As the global community prepares for the much-anticipated High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), Philippine civil society groups urge the government to name the […]

EfD Mindanao Statement on World Teachers’ Day, October 5

October 5, 2011

As we salute our fellow teachers for the commitment and sacrifice for the development of the youth, we call on the Aquino government to seriously commit to uplift the teachers’ welfare and the state of education The Educators Forum for Development (EFD) Mindanao, an association of teachers and educators espousing education for social transformation, joins […]

EfD salutes teachers on World Teachers’ Day

October 5, 2011

Indeed Filipino teachers, both in the public and private education sector, are unsung heroes in the forefront of shaping the minds of the next generation of Filipinos The Educators for Development (EfD) greets our colleagues in the Philippine education sector on the occasion of World Teacher’s Day and the culmination of the National Teacher’s Month […]

Cha-cha ‘fixation’: Lawmakers fail to learn from economy’s experience

September 21, 2011

Changing the charter out of a fixation to attract foreign investment fails to learn lessons from the past and is going to be a step backward for Philippine development The proposal to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution to lessen restrictions for foreign investments shows that lawmakers still insist on an economic strategy that […]

Real regulation solution to high oil prices

September 20, 2011

This demands real government regulation because of the monopolistic nature of the oil industry With the creation of an inter-agency task force to supposedly review oil overpricing, it is expected that the Aquino administration can already start taking steps to control the unreasonably high prices of oil products. According to research group IBON, this demands […]

Oil Deregulation Law review must focus on pricing and profits

September 19, 2011

The review will be more effective if it is a multi-stakeholder process involving not just government agencies but affected sectors and independent experts The review of the oil deregulation law ordered by Malacañang is welcome but should not pre-judge that the problem in the oil industry is only the lack of competition. According to research […]

Local diesel prices rising faster than global crude rates since oil deregulation

August 24, 2011

An analysis of monthly price data since the full deregulation of the oil industry in 1999 shows that local pump prices are rising faster than the global crude prices, according to research group IBON. An analysis of monthly price data since the full deregulation of the oil industry in 1999 shows that local pump prices […]

No comprehensive study to justify Php39.5 billion CCT budget for 2012

August 16, 2011

Huge budget increase is unjustifiable in the absence of conclusive studies about program implementation and impact The Aquino administration still does not have any major studies on the impact of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program even as it is seeks a Php18.3-billion or 86% increase in the budget for CCTs to Php39.5 billion in […]