Philippine economy

Luzon lockdown threatens livelihoods of 11M workers, informal sector earners

March 17, 2020

NEWS

The Duterte administration’s declaration of an enhanced community quarantine over the whole of Luzon threatens to displace nearly 11 million workers and informal sector earners. While government is correct to take all necessary measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is failing to do this in a way that protects the poorest and most vulnerable Filipinos.

International Working Women’s Day 2020: Filipino women workers worse off under Duterte – IBON

March 8, 2020

NEWS

Filipino women’s continuing plight is just another result of the Duterte administration’s market-driven pro-big business policies that disregard women and workers’ rights.

Php750 NCR Minimum Wage Doable

March 7, 2020

A substantially higher minimum wage is an important and doable step towards making economic growth genuinely inclusive. Millions of workers and their families will immediately benefit from a Php750 minimum wage in NCR which will only cost employers 8.9% of their profits.

The Family Living Wage, as of February 2020

March 7, 2020

Filipino women and their families don’t have to struggle to budget for their household needs. If only the State upheld the right of all workers to a family living wage.

Farmers lose Php85 billion during first year: Peasant livelihoods destroyed, food insecurity worsened by rice liberalization

February 14, 2020

NEWS

Rice liberalization has undermined the livelihoods of millions of farmers and most likely even pushed many into bankruptcy. It will only worsen the country’s food insecurity as already seen with record high rice imports.