Category: News

World Water Day: Government urged to abandon plan to privatize Angat Dam

March 22, 2010

Water for the People Network | Privatization threatens access to water of 28,000 farmers, 14 million consumers As the country marks World Water Day today, we call on government to abandon its plan to privatize water facilities like the Angat Dam amid longstanding issues of lack of people’s access to water. It is alarming that […]

Only three out of ten job-seeking graduates may find work

March 18, 2010

By all indications, graduates face a difficult job market As new graduates enter the labor force, it is possible that only three out of ten college graduates looking for work may land a job. According to research group IBON Foundation, this estimate does not even include graduates who do find jobs but may likely take […]

RP jobs, quality of work in 2009 worst in 50 years

March 16, 2010

8 out 10 Filipinos in labor force either jobless or in poor quality work The country’s employment and quality of work was at its worst in 2009, with around 64.4% to 81% of the 39.4 million-labor force in 2009 either jobless or in poor quality work. Its true unemployment rate of around 11% counting 4.32 […]

January 2010 Labor Force Survey: 6 Out Of 10 Created Jobs Low-Earning

March 16, 2010

Jobs growth masks millions in poor quality work While government’s January labor force survey (LFS) reports an increase in the number of employed Filipinos by 5% from last year, it unfortunately also shows job-seekers crowding into the country’s lowest-earning sectors, as well as rising underemployment. Research group IBON Foundation said that nearly 6 out of […]

New water source not needed; Laiban deal setback temporary, continued vigilance urged

March 6, 2010

Water for the People Network, promoting people’s control over water services and resources Anti-water privatization alliance Water for the People Network (WPN) today said that the termination of the proposed P52-billion Laiban Dam is just a temporary setback for its proponents and called on all concerned sectors to remain vigilant and continue to oppose moves […]

Laiban Dam a costly, needless project: Indigenous people, water advocates hold protest at MWSS

February 9, 2010

The MWSS is expected to award the P52-billion dam project to bidder San Miguel Corp. (SMC) soon but the group reiterated that there is no need to construct the Laiban Dam. Members of the Water for the People Network (WPN) marched and held a protest outside the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to voice […]

Bulk Export Of Sugar To Blame For ‘Shortfall’ In Local Supply

February 8, 2010

Off-season export aimed to exploit high global price at expense of local consumers The supposed tight domestic stocks of sugar may be blamed on the country’s bulk and off-season export of sugar to the US, pushed by sugar exporters’ move to take advantage of the increasing global prices. According to research group IBON, the country […]

Stop Sugar Exports To U.S., Government Urged

February 3, 2010

Research group IBON Foundation today told government to stop the exportation of sugar to the US to ensure domestic supply and protect the country’s food security. The group made the appeal amid claims by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that a “sugar shortage” looms as supermarkets may pull out sugar products in the […]

IBON Urges Presidential Bets To Bare Plans On Debt And Deficit Crisis

January 5, 2010

Independent think tank IBON Foundation today urged presidential aspirants in the coming May polls to disclose how they intend to address the national government’s mounting debt obligations and budget deficit. | Reference: Mr Sonny Africa The group noted that the incumbent Arroyo administration is about to pass on to the next President a national government […]