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POGOs not an essential sector, only 0.23% of gov’t annual tax revenues

May 4, 2020

NEWS

Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) generate minimal income and employment for the country, contrary to government’s claim that it is an essential sector and should be partially reopened.

Giving traditional Chinese medicine a bad name

April 27, 2020

The Department of Health has recently stated that it is looking into traditional Chinese medicine as a means to treat the country’s over 7,700 COVID-19 patients. However, the government’s attitude towards the otherwise renowned traditional Chinese medicine is closely tied up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which some researchers say is bad for the environment.

Why do we keep on begging China for friendship?

April 21, 2020

BY ROSARIO GUZMAN

In the face of the Filipino people’s growing anxieties about COVID-19 and life after the lockdown, president Duterte keeps heaping praises on China.

Where’s our water?

March 21, 2020

By Jose Lorenzo Lim

The WHO stated that the best way to avoid COVID-19 is by simply handwashing frequently with soap and water for around 20 seconds. Soap dissolves the fat membranes of the SARS-CoV-2, which is the pathogen that causes COVID-19 and makes it inactive. Sounds easy right?

Dam(n)ming the Philippines

March 14, 2020

The ongoing construction of megadams physically threatening communities and the environment, continues to unfold and warrant government and public attention too. Adding this voice on the International Day of Rivers and Against Large Dams: #MalalangEkonomiya #MayMagagawa #ProtectTheEnvironment #UpholdPeoplesRights #NoToKaliwaKananLaibanDams #NoToOnerousChinaLoans #PeoplesControlOverPeoplesResources

China ODA funds half of water resource projects under Duterte’s Flagship Infra

March 10, 2020

In the Philippines, water resource projects under Duterte’s flagship infrastructure program are being funded with foreign loans, half of which are from China. One of these is the Kaliwa Dam, which faces opposition from indigenous people and residents of affected areas in Rizal and Quezon provinces. The dam poses huge threats on the environment and […]

Wake me up before you POGO

January 9, 2020

BY JOSE LORENZO LIM

The government has relied on the BPO industry for economic growth but even that is slowing down as seen in the decline of BPO investments in the country. Now, the government seems to be replacing BPOs with POGOs as the future of the services sector.

China’s energy investments around the world

January 7, 2020

An overwhelming majority of China’s energy investments globally are in the Asian region. This includes 40% of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) owned by the State Grid Corporation of China. Led by Chinese executives and operated by Chinese contractors, this private firm is responsible for transmitting electricity from generating plants to substations […]