There is room for pro-people economics but 10-pt agenda concerning–IBON

July 16, 2016

“While there are sunny prospects, the 10-point agenda of neoliberal policies hangs over like a dark cloud,” said research group IBON’s executive director Sonny Africa yesterday at its political and economic briefing. In its 2016 Midyear Birdtalk held at the University of the Philippines, IBON welcomed the Duterte administration’s opening of opportunities for pro-people measures […]

Duterte’s 8-point economic agenda business as usual

May 14, 2016

The 8-point economic agenda of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte is an elitist neoliberal agenda, research group IBON said. It is good for big business at the expense of the majority of Filipinos and long-term national development. Its “business as usual” belies the clamor for change and, in repeating Aquino-era policies that drove this clamor for […]

Path not to take: The exclusionary and elitist Daang Matuwid

May 8, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | The Aquino administration’s long-playing call to sustain its so-called legacy of a fast-growing economy driven by “good governance” resonated in the “ituloy ang Daang Matuwid” electoral campaign. That the elections are just a day away and that the term of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III is nearing its end are opportune moments to review […]

Conditional Cash Transfers, from beneficiaries’ view

June 23, 2012

IBON FEATURES | Below are a few anecdotal evidence that, although illustrative and rich, does not replace a comprehensive assessment that a program of this size requires. Stories from CCT communities give us a picture that is different from how government describes the positive impact of its anti-poverty program IBON Features— The Department of Social […]

CCTs: expensive, short-sighted and artificial

September 13, 2011

The Aquino administration seeks a bigger budget for a program that is criticized as a poor cornerstone in the drive against poverty | By Sonny Africa IBON Features — The Aquino administration is currently seeking an 86%-budget increase for its multi-billion peso conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. But while the program admittedly has a feel-good […]