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 […]

Human Rights Week: Violations Of Economic, Social Rights Worsening Under Arroyo Administration

December 11, 2009

IBON Features — The Arroyo government’s human rights record is considered one of the worst in history, not just in violations of civil and political rights but also in the economic, social and cultural realm. Thirty-five years after the Philippines ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR), the rights of millions […]

Take Responsibility For Global Warming, Filipino Educators Tell First World

December 9, 2009

As the 15th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 15) enters its third day, progressive educators and cause-oriented groups in the Philippines hit the US and other developed countries for refusing to take responsibility for global warming. Led by the Educators for Development (EfD), the groups held a ‘Speakout Against Climate Change’ today in […]

On Human Rights Day: 25 Million Filipinos Denied Right To Work

December 8, 2009

As International Human Rights Day is observed this week, millions of Filipinos are deprived of the right to decent work, one of the most basic economic rights. According to research group IBON, decent work is a vital starting point for human development. However a job in itself is not enough: workers have a right to […]