National government outstanding debt as of May 2022
July 18, 2022
The country’s outstanding debt has hit record-levels. Did the pandemic really cause this or was this due to government’s policy missteps?
The 2021 Yearstarter Birdtalk
January 16, 2021
There’s certainly much we can do to make sure that 2021 is better.
National Government Outstanding Debt
October 12, 2020
DEBT IS SOARING. The Bureau of the Treasury recently reported that national government’s outstanding debt reached Php9.6 trillion as of August 2020. This isn’t the end of it though, as debt is projected to reach Php10.2 trillion by the end of 2020, then Php12 trillion in 2021, and Php13.7 trillion in 2022.
Duterte’s Pandemic Borrowing
June 30, 2020
The Duterte administration’s foreign borrowing has continued to rise during the pandemic. How much is really to respond to COVID-19, and how much for debt-driven growth and the illusion of development?
2018 Yearender: Are You High? The Economy Isn’t
December 31, 2018
by Sonny Africa Executive Director, IBON Foundation The Duterte administration’s economic managers made some odd statements as the year wound up. Economic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia said “the Philippine economy became stronger and even more resilient than ever”. Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III insisted on “the soundness of the Duterte administration’s economic development strategy”. Bangko […]