November 4, 2022
The people may find little relief and may be worse off should the Marcos Jr administration stick to its weak response of hiking interest rates and limiting subsidies to address high inflation.
November 2, 2022
The government’s spending priorities need to be fixed. Social protection needs to be expanded to help families and sectors in need. It is also never too early to start taking steps to develop the national economy and make Filipinos less vulnerable to external economic shocks.
October 14, 2022
The recent oil price hike contributes to the soaring prices of basic goods and services. Filipino workers are having a hard time keeping up even with a minimum wage hike in June. In the National Capital Region, the minimum wage is barely half (51%) of the Php1,119 estimated family living wage needed by a family […]
October 11, 2022
Oil product prices will be lower without oil excise taxes and the 12% VAT. The latest oil price hikes increase the price of gas to as high as Php79.52/liter and of diesel to as high as Php85.79. The oil excise tax and VAT amounts to Php19.54 and Php16.29 for gas and diesel, respectively.
September 8, 2022
Prices remain high, while ayuda has been slow, lacking and limited to only a few recipients. More increases are projected–it is insensitive and neglectful of the Marcos administration to make huge cuts in the ayuda budget.
August 11, 2022
Contrary to the new economic team’s hype, research group IBON said that the quarter-on-quarter contraction of the economy in the second quarter of 2022 shows that recovery remains weak and requires more determined government action. IBON said that reopening the economy is not enough because too many Filipinos are still jobless, earn too little, and […]
July 6, 2022
Inflation is at its highest in three years, but instead of offering a real solution to soaring prices, the newly-installed Marcos administration is downplaying the severity of this and saying it is beyond government control.
June 13, 2022
The government hypes the Duterte legacy but comparing growth, jobs, inflation, trade and debt figures with other Southeast Asian countries shows the Philippine economy as among the poorest performers. This is due not only to its poor COVID response, harsh lockdowns and refusal of economic stimulus but to pre-pandemic mispriorities.
June 9, 2022
Higher May inflation pushed the real value of wages to even lower levels and is making basic food and transport services even more unaffordable. Inflation far outpaces the outgoing Duterte administration’s wage hikes and wage earners are worse off now than six years ago.