August 25, 2023
The budget is only one of the wide range of policy measures the government has to spur growth, develop the economy, and improve the conditions of the people. The attention the public gives is well-deserved because the budget can do so much so quickly to achieve these.
August 25, 2023
Contrary to incredible “pro-poor” claims, the proposed 2024 national budget’s numbers tell a much different story about the administration’s priorities.
August 18, 2023
The government’s budget has for years been biased for big-business infra, debt-servicing and military, while allocations for social services, agriculture and labor have been lacking. The Marcos Jr administration’s 2023 budget was no different – how about the proposed 2024 budget?
Economic slowdown stresses urgency of boosting household purchasing power with wage hikes, ayuda– IBON
May 14, 2023
The continuing deceleration in household spending from low incomes and high prices is among the biggest factors in the slowdown, and is among issues that the administration can immediately address
September 8, 2022
More and more Filipinos are forced to make do with informal work given the lack of better jobs. Yet, the Marcos Jr administration has cut the 2023 budgets for ayuda and labor.
July 23, 2022
IBON Executive Director Sonny Africa on meager increase in the national budget for 2023
September 25, 2021
The 2022 budget prevents speedy recovery. Doesn’t spend enough to stimulate the economy and even spends on the wrong things.
August 26, 2021
The proposed 2022 national budget is perplexingly business-as-usual with the same priorities as before the pandemic. There is still disproportionate attention to infrastructure, the military and police, and debt service with only marginal changes to the health and social protection budgets. This latest spending plan should not just be scrutinized but also retailored to give due attention to urgent medical and economic responses.
October 15, 2020
The government should prioritize subsidizing small jeepney drivers and operators and at least postpone costly infrastructure projects that are less urgent because of the pandemic.