In time for the Catholic tradition of fasting during the Holy Week, a peasant advocates group led a protest action assailing how the government “has virtually imposed hunger on the poor and the marginalized amid the apparent absence of any concrete plans for economic relief and the strengthening of the public health system.”
“During an intense crisis, the economic policies that should be implemented are those that are pro-people.”
A good fifty years later, the Philippine Congress is just about to punish Filipino children for being born poor.
By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Raise the minimum wage, create jobs, cut the perks of the rich. Decisively punish big corporations or their executives for breaking the law. These anti-poverty calls are being raised as vital issues in the United States presidential elections next November. (No, folks, it’s not…
Free Wi-Fi is cool, but it is no game changer. We can help poor families survive by making sure they have food on the table, rather than simply giving them Wi-Fi access.
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Philippine population reached 100 million in 2014, and is projected to reach 101.6 million this year. The projection is based on an annual growth rate of 2.1%, which, while lower than the 2.42% rate from 1990 to 1995, is still the highest in the Southeast Asian…
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld A Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) pastoral letter describes poverty in the Philippines as a “social scandal” for which government bears responsibility. But it declares that “we cannot just blame government. We need to understand our role in it, our personal responsibility for it in…
The Philippines seemed closer to reaching the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing poverty by half than if the old poverty methodology were used
By SONNY AFRICA
The Philippines can’t rely on the world economy and old globalization policies to drive economic growth and development.