Falling real wages, more expensive food (as of October 2023)

November 7, 2023

Inflation reportedly eased in October 2023, but Filipinos’ wages and incomes still have not been keeping up with the price increases.

Falling real wages, more expensive food (as of September 2023)

October 10, 2023

Recent oil price rollbacks barely offset the several weeks of hikes. Should government be proactive and carry out the removal of fuel excise taxes, Filipino families will have money to curb the domino effect on increasing costs of living expenses.

Falling wages, more expensive food (August 2023)

September 5, 2023

Prices have increased in August and are still going up. With no proper regulation, insufficient or no direct support for small producers and no corresponding improvement in consumers’ purchasing power, things may be worse in September.

NCR family living wage as of July 2023

August 8, 2023

The National Capital Region family living wage (FLW) as of July 2023 is Php1,164 per day or Php25,327 per month. Despite the recent wage hike effective mid-July, the NCR nominal wage of Php610 is 47.7% short of the regional FLW.

Over 1M rise in part-time workers belies admin’s ‘favorable’ labor market claims—IBON

July 8, 2023


Despite months of government playing up so-called reforms to ensure high-quality job generation, more and more Filipinos are struggling to earn whatever they can just to get by.

NCR and regional nominal wages vs family living wage, as of June 2023

July 7, 2023

The NCR and regional nominal wages fall short of the regional family living wage estimates. The BARMM still has the widest gap between the regional minimum wage (Php341) and the regional family living wage (Php1949).

PH inflation highest in region; purchasing power not keeping up—IBON

July 6, 2023


The Philippines has the highest inflation in Southeast Asia and Filipinos’ purchasing power is not keeping up.

Marcos Jr Administration Year One

July 4, 2023

The Marcos Jr government projected its first year as being full of sunshine. But this has failed to conceal the administration’s inaction and incapability to genuinely serve and keep its promises to the Filipino people.

Marcos Jr’s first year passes without a wage hike, while NCR hike in July still paltry — IBON

July 3, 2023

The Marcos Jr administration cannot tout the NCR wage hike as an additional accomplishment to report on its first year. The new NCR wage is still so much lower than demanded by workers, than the FLW for a more decent standard of living, and even less than the increase in worker productivity, and the plight of millions more low-income self-employed and other informal sector workers and unemployed Filipinos remains unaddressed.