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 […]

Current NCR minimum wage only worth P235: Gov’t urged to raise wages to decent level

June 1, 2010

The minimum wage has been unchanged in NCR since September 2008 and Filipino workers are in effect bearing the burden of adjustment to the current global crisis. As wage boards deliberate on the wage increase for Metro Manila workers, research group IBON urges government to approximate the wage hike to the estimated family living wage, […]

RP gov’t urged to resist EU pressure for ‘economic integration’

May 28, 2010

The Philippine government should assert its right to implement the development policies that it needs. The just-concluded EU-ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Madrid ended with apparent agreement on economic integration mechanisms and the EU calling the ASEAN countries not to implement protectionist measures. But according to research group IBON, the Philippine government should assert its […]

Poverty, joblessness despite GDP growth puzzling

May 27, 2010

The incoming Aquino administration needs to acknowledge that it is inheriting a distorted economy that is not delivering development to the people. The reported 7.3% growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2010 is seemingly good news especially coming from the steep fall in economic growth since 2008. However any enthusiasm […]

Aquino urged to resist pressure for new taxes

May 19, 2010

A genuinely reformist approach to the fiscal crisis is possible. The new administration is challenged to put forward pro-people initiatives to address the fiscal crisis, but front-running presidential candidate Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino has yet to take a strong progressive position on the country’s fiscal problems, said research group IBON. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), […]

Educators nationwide gather to discuss promotion of ‘people’s governance’ in classroom

April 29, 2010

The value of teaching people’s governance is pivotal at this time because the youth is increasingly exposed to various electoral campaigns through various media Cebu City– As the nation counts down the days towards the May 2010 elections and prepares for a new set of leaders, the task of Filipino educators to promote people’s governance […]

Stop Angat Dam privatization: Presidentiables dared to prove independence from big business interests

April 28, 2010

Water for the People Network | Among the interested buyers of the Angat HEPP are some of the most politically influential business groups in the country and perceived backers of some presidentiables Advocacy group Water for the People Network (WPN) today challenged presidential candidates to prove that they are not beholden to big business interests […]

As El Niño threatens irrigation supply: water used by golf courses can supply 1,500 has of rice paddies per day

April 14, 2010

There may be enough supply if consumption is regulated among wasteful users such as golf courses. * Correction-In Metro Manila including in Antipolo… “around 18,576 cubic meters of water per hectare per day is spent for golf courses” SHOULD HAVE READ “around 18,576 cubic meters of water per day is spent for golf courses. “ […]

Regulate water use by golf courses, malls, hotels, etc. amid tight water supply in Metro

April 8, 2010

Water for the People Network Philippines | Ensure water for the people, advocacy group urges. Private water utilities operating in Metro Manila as well as government regulators must come out with a detailed plan on how they will ensure that ordinary households will not be further marginalized by well-off customers and commercial establishments in terms […]