May 7, 2023
The Philippine inflation rate has further eased in April after the 14-year high of 8.7% in January, but it will likely remain high and volatile because the government has not taken decisive steps to lower prices.
October 27, 2022
August 27, 2022
The Marcos Jr administration’s 2023 proposed national budget defunds social protection even if millions still suffer the aftershocks of the government’s harsh pandemic lockdowns and as economic rebound fades.
August 21, 2021
The government has just announced the transition from ECQ to modified ECQ so the economy can supposedly recover. But the Duterte administration’s over-reliance on destructive lockdowns without effective and substantial health and economic response, like much-needed ayuda, is what’s really worsening the crisis and pushing more Filipinos into poverty.
July 25, 2021
The people’s and nation’s needs amid a public health emergency and economic crisis are huge, but government help stayed stingy while spending big on infrastructure, the military and debt-servicing.
July 22, 2021
May 5, 2021
Repeated quarantines to slow the spread of COVID-19 will be futile if it is not coupled with sufficient health and economic measures so that citizens can return to work safely, have more purchasing power, and spur economic activity.
April 26, 2021
The government can finance the very urgent and long overdue cash assistance if only it chose to. It has to make emergency relief and support a priority and not something provided only if there is somehow extra cash lying around.