Philippine economy

Has PhilHealth, the country’s so-called universal health care program, benefited the Filipino people?

April 24, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | All the presidential bets vow to continue Philhealth. But has this so-called universal health care program benefited the Filipino people? The 2015 National Government budget for PhilHealth rose to Php39.1 billion from only Php3.5 billion in 2011. It is now said to cover 87% of the entire population as of 2013. Yet, according […]

On Earth Day: IBON scores foreign chambers on anti-envi agenda for new admin

April 24, 2016

Research group IBON hit the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in the Philippines (JFC) for laying down its agenda for environmental destruction and plunder for the next administration. Votes have yet to be cast but foreign big business is already maneuvering to further interests in industries such as mining, agriculture and power. The JFC recently […]

Infographic: Have Filipino children benefited from CCTs/ 4Ps?

April 20, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | Among the conditionalities for receiving conditional cash transfers (CCTs)/ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) dole-out are visits to health centers where children aged 0-5 years old are supposed to be immunized, children 0-2 years old will have monthly weight monitoring and nutrition counseling, and children 25 to 73 weeks old will have quarterly weight […]

Account for NDRRMF and El Niño funds – Green Action PH

April 8, 2016

As concerned citizens across the country and all over the world join the Global Day of Action for Justice to the victims of Kidapawan massacre today April 8, 2016, the sustainable development alliance Green Action PH asks the Aquino government where is the Php19 billion it promised in December 2015 for El Niño. “The Aquino […]

Of #BeyondElections2016 and the IBON Bookshop

April 6, 2016

The IBON Bookshop welcomes the public on 14 April 2016, 1pm with the theme #BeyondElections2016. During the election period, IBON takes the opportunity to drumbeat its ‘economics for Filipinos’ advocacy.

Gov’t privatization of irrigation, calamity unpreparedness amid El Nino hit

April 3, 2016

In the aftermath of the State-sponsored violence and continued harassment of protesting drought-stricken farmers in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, research group IBON criticized the Aquino government’s unpreparedness for El Nino and indicative neglect of agriculture in general, said the group. Department of Agriculture (DA) data shows that the damage caused by El Nino has already reached […]

Bracing for El Nino

April 2, 2016

We are reposting this article in the wake of the massacre of 3 farmers in Kidapawan who were among those who collectively sought rice support from government amid the El Nino drought.   By Arnold Padilla IBON Features—El Niño is not expected to occur until late June or July, with its impact likely to be felt by […]

Better jobs, better water? Privatization undermines work, water rights–WPN

March 22, 2016

  ​#BeyondElections2016 | ​As International Water Day is celebrated, water right advocacy group Water for the People Network (WPN) reiterates how neoliberal privatization has displaced jobs in the public water sector and led to more expensive water. The United Nations themed this year’s Water Day “Better Water, Better Jobs”. It stated that that 1.5 billion […]

Aquino gov’t borrowing billions for failed anti-poverty program

March 22, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | The Aquino administration is borrowing more for an anti-poverty program of dubious anti-poverty impact, said research group IBON. Despite billions of pesos spent on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) since 2011, poverty remains widespread and the program is failing even on its health-related conditionalities. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank in […]