Category: News

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 […]

Severe rich-poor income gap a cause for concern for Aquino gov’t

July 15, 2010

The income gap in the latest 2006 government data shows that the share of the top 10% families in the income pie was even higher at 36% than the 35% share of the bottom 70% families. One of the pressing issues that the Aquino administration faces is the widening rich-poor gap in the country, said […]

Reconsider attrition law as way to manage fiscal woes, DOF urged

July 12, 2010

The Attrition Act moreover paves the way for the unnecessary streamlining of government bureaucracy. Research group IBON Foundation calls on the Department of Finance (DoF) to reconsider its proposal of strengthening the attrition law to address the country’s deficit, saying that the measure passes the burden of efficiency to government workers and deregulates government function […]

Recent power hike highlights urgency of repealing EPIRA

June 10, 2010

The latest rate hike announced by Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) reinforces consumers’ long-time demand to repeal Republic Act 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001. Research group IBON also urges Pres. Aquino, who as Tarlac representative voted against the EPIRA in 2001, to take steps in repealing the pro-corporation law. Under […]

Aquino urged to consider alternative fiscal solutions to improve RP revenues

June 9, 2010

As the cabinet of Pres. Aquino lists efforts to address the country’s budget deficit, research group IBON urges the new administration to look into alternative fiscal solutions instead of resorting to measures that have failed in the past. As the cabinet of Pres. Aquino lists efforts to address the country’s budget deficit, research group IBON […]

Teachers group calls on incoming gov’t to address education woes

June 8, 2010

Education for Development | The Arroyo administration has given lowest priority to education in the national budget since the term of Pres. Corazon Aquino Teachers group Educators for Development (EfD) calls on the incoming administration to give more priority to education as the 2010-2011 school year starts this month with the education sector in decline […]

Despite hike, NCR wage worth only P242: Workers get smallest increase in real wages under Arroyo Gov’t

June 8, 2010

The Arroyo administration has the longest-running term since Marcos but has seen the smallest increase in workers’ real wages over the last nine-and-a-half years The recently announced P22-wage hike in the NCR brings the real or inflation-adjusted minimum wage to only P242 based on 2000 prices, according to research group IBON. This estimate assumes an […]