COVID-19

IBON decries shutdown of ABS-CBN

May 6, 2020

STATEMENT | The pandemic is a real problem, but so is the Duterte administration’s using this for its own authoritarian ends.

After 7 weeks of lockdown: Meager cash aid puts HHs below official poverty line

May 5, 2020

NEWS

97% of 11.4 million served beneficiaries are barely surviving the lockdown with cash aid that is way below the official poverty line.

Oil tax hike insensitive and will make poor Filipinos suffer more

May 5, 2020

NEWS

Raising taxes on imported oil products will push prices up and burden many poor households already struggling with jobs and income losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Millions left behind during lockdown

May 1, 2020

The Duterte administration’s poor emergency relief leaves 7.7 million working people and their families behind during the worst mass unemployment in decades.

ECQ disrupts livelihood of 19M:

Millions of working people left behind by poor gov’t response

May 1, 2020

NEWS

The Duterte administration’s poor response is causing widespread suffering and passing the burden of containment onto the poorest and most vulnerable.

Gov’t should deliver cash subsidies it owes 3.8M poor families in GCQ areas

April 30, 2020

The government announced that it will ‘reprioritize’ social amelioration to only the areas retained under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and will ‘discontinue’ in declared general community quarantine (GCQ) areas.

On 7th week of lockdown: 10M worker and informal earner households still waiting for emergency subsidies

April 28, 2020

NEWS

A month-and-a-half into lockdown, millions of workers and informal earners grapple in uncertainty as the government’s social amelioration program and Department of Labor and Employment aid are failing to reach them.

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.