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Tag: Programs and policies

IBON launches alternative to failed govt econ agenda

October 10, 2019

Research group IBON is launching its campaign on People Economics to promote much-needed policy reforms that would really benefit the majority of Filipinos and engender genuine national development. Today, IBON holds the forum “People Economics: May Magagawa!” at the College of Science Admin Auditorium, UP Diliman to discuss why there is a need for and […]

My journey as a Jeepney operator’s wife

October 8, 2019

The year 1993 was the beginning of my journey as a jeepney operator’s wife. Two years before that, I got married to a First Quarter Storm (FQS) student activist.  In his forties, he was torn between leading a “normal life” (to marry and have kids) after being incarcerated in Bicutan for a year (he was arrested […]

IBON questions CITIRA job creation claims

October 3, 2019

Research group IBON said the Department of Finance’s (DOF) claim of over a million jobs to be created by corporate income tax cuts under the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) is imaginary. The group said that the DOF is hyping job creation to justify implementation of regressive tax measures. CITIRA will […]

Transport and traffic woes: govt’s epic fail

September 30, 2019

One of President Duterte’s many promises at the start of his term was to resolve Metro Manila’s transport and traffic problems. But three years later, these remain just as bad if not worse than ever. The various programs and schemes that the government has come up with have done little to fix the transport and […]

Global crisis even less reason for charter change

September 28, 2019

The Duterte government argues that the protections for the economy in the 1987 Constitution are outdated, and that removing them will increase foreign direct investment (FDI) and improve competitiveness. This is however oblivious to the reality of growing protectionism worldwide amid slowing growth, trade and investment. Adverse global economic conditions undermine the arguments for economic […]

Duterte admin banning aid to hide human rights violations

September 24, 2019

Research group IBON, a member of the multisectoral network AidWatch, said that the Duterte administration is stopping talks on new official development assistance (ODA) from 18 countries as part of its efforts to hide the worsening domestic human rights situation. This includes Spain which is supporting the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The group said […]

Part 2: Why the climate strike is a social justice issue (and why it should strike at the core of growing fascism)

September 23, 2019

Last of a two-part series Here is the social science The climate change we are experiencing is not natural. It is overwhelmingly anthropogenic – according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it is extremely likely (with more than 95% probability) to be the result of human activity. Climate change today is not the […]

Why the climate strike is a social justice issue (and why it should strike at the core of growing fascism)

September 20, 2019

First of a two-part series (Note: As this article goes to press, one of the Philippine groups organizing for the global climate strike is under surveillance by State security forces and has received reports of an impending raid on their headquarters.) Around the globe on September 20, the youth are leading a coordinated strike to […]