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 […]

PSALM told to stop bidding: Public water sector, not private power, should manage Angat dam, group says

March 23, 2010

Water for the People Network | Press Release | Water supply for irrigation and domestic use has been declining in recent months due to the El Niño phenomenon and has been particularly harsh on the vulnerable sectors Advocacy group Water for the People Network (WPN) today said that the water sector, instead of private power […]

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 […]