Tag: Programs and policies

Inflation slowing due to a sluggish economy — IBON

November 6, 2019

Research group IBON said that despite reported slower inflation, daily expenses are still rising and too expensive for the majority of Filipinos who suffer low and stagnant incomes. The group also said that slowing inflation mainly reflects a slackening economy. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported lower nationwide inflation at 0.8% in October 2019 from […]

AWIT!

November 4, 2019

Can’t afford to die

October 31, 2019

My friend’s lola died last month. She was dear to me, as I grew up without grandparents and she was the lola I never had. She once left the country to work as a domestic helper to ensure that all of her eight children would finish school. She liked gardening and ballroom dancing. She loved […]

Solving the NCR mass transport crisis

October 28, 2019

The mass transport crisis is real. Millions of commuters in the National Capital Region (NCR) suffer inconvenient and inefficient travel every day. Average commuting time was around 37 minutes in 1980 and 51 minutes in 1996, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A survey by commuter group Komyut reported this rising to as […]

Unmet targets: Poor water and sanitation service is failure of privatization

October 25, 2019

Yet another round of water service interruptions, mounting unmet sanitation infrastructure obligations, and looming water rate hikes highlight the failure of water privatization. It is unconscionable that water firms’ profits continue to rise and they are even expanding abroad despite their failure to meet their domestic service obligations. Water privatization is failing to ensure people’s […]

No need for Kaliwa Dam

October 24, 2019

Until our Mary Janes come home

October 22, 2019

Did you also feel your world stop in 2015 when we thought that Indonesia had executed overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Mary Jane Veloso? Please, not another Flor Contemplacion, not another OFW coming home in a balikbayan box. Putting her kids through school was Mary Jane’s only compulsion for leaving her family and homeland for any […]

Agri sector slumps due to continuous government neglect

October 16, 2019

Even prior to rice liberalization, the country has become increasingly dependent on food imports Long-time government neglect and low prioritization has put the agriculture sector in a chronic crisis, said research group IBON. The group said that this is in line with government’s advancement of neoliberal policies favoring local and foreign big business. The Duterte […]