Philippine economy

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 […]

Next admin should address deepening jobs crisis–IBON

March 15, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | Research group IBON warned that the steadily falling labor force participation rate (LFPR) and growing underemployment are signs of underlying problems in the labor market, even as unemployment reportedly fell in January 2016. The next administration will need to reverse the neoliberal policies of the Aquino administration to improve the jobs situation, said the […]

Filipino women workers worse off under Aquino–IBON

March 8, 2016

The plight of Filipino women workers worsened under Aquino more than one hundred years after the first International Women’s Day was celebrated, said research group IBON. According to the group, the government refuses to significantly raise wages and instead promotes neoliberal policies such as labor flexibilization and contractualization. This has only created further job insecurity and […]

Not the future we want: 4 Marcos-era socioeconomic problems that live on

March 2, 2016

IBON FEATURES – The late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos’ martial law legacy figured in the various ways that the EDSA People Power uprising’s 30th anniversary was commemorated recently. What darkened this period aside from the gross human rights violations were socioeconomic woes that were compounded by the Marcos regime’s policy decisions and action. Of these, […]

Bracing for El Nino

May 11, 2014

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