government spending

Debt benefits

January 22, 2022

The national government deficit and debt are historically large amounts and so easy to raise alarms about. But if current borrowing is used productively, this debt burden is actually not necessarily unmanageable.

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.

IBON Executive Director on Bayanihan 2 spending

November 24, 2020

Lawmakers are eyeing the extension of Bayanihan 2 until a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Does this fix the law? At the same time, the economic managers have rejected any Bayanihan 3.