COVID-19

Strong fiscal stimulus? Below average spending worsens in 2021, 2022

July 25, 2021

In the name of credit-worthiness, the Duterte administration increased its spending by only a bit, which is not at all commensurate to the enormity of the crisis at hand.

Helped Filipinos? Too few helped, too little given

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.

IBON Praymer: Ang pagwawakas sa rehimeng Duterte

July 17, 2021

Huling taon na ng gobyernong Duterte, subalit hindi pa rin nakukuha ng mamamayan ang sensible, makatwiran at mahusay na paggogobyerno sa harap ng napakalalang krisis ng Pilipinas.

The TRIPS waiver on Covid-19 pharmaceuticals and the Big Pharma

June 2, 2021

There is a raging debate about whether or not the WTO should temporarily waive some intellectual property rights of Covid-19 pharmaceuticals. Developed countries oppose the proposal, but recently the US has announced its limited support, while the EU continues to wrangle over its necessity. For proponents, the waiver would speed up and scale up vaccine production and contribute to a faster vaccination process in poorer countries.

Ayuda still needed even with shift to GCQ

May 15, 2021

Giving the Php10,000 ayuda demanded is extremely urgent. The amount merely approximates the government’s low official poverty threshold of Php10,756 and certainly does not come close to compensating the past year of collapsed incomes, anxiety and difficulty for tens of millions of Filipinos.

Greater Manila ECQ/MECQ shallow without aggressive COVID response – IBON

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.

Ayuda urgent – jobs crisis still worse than before pandemic

May 1, 2021

Government claims of employment improving in February 2021 compared to pre-pandemic January 2020 are unfounded. The so-called jobs increase is just Filipinos desperate to make a living in any way they can.

Ayuda urgent: Jobs crisis still worse than before pandemic — IBON

April 30, 2021

NEWS

The so-called increase in employment is just Filipinos desperate to make a living in any way they can. This makes the need for substantial cash aid even more urgent.