#Undoing Duterte | Ordinary folk burdened with higher taxes, price hikes, stagnant wages

The Duterte regime may spin the narratives on the economy all they want. But all indicators show that the country is in a much worse shape today than when it took over in 2016. By ARNOLD PADILLA Graphics by Luisa Sandoval Bulatlat.com Part 1: Duterte’s economic legacy, crisis worse than pandemic 2021 SONA Coverage MANILA… Continue reading #Undoing Duterte | Ordinary folk burdened with higher taxes, price hikes, stagnant wages

#UndoingDuterte | Small businesses appeal for government support amid pandemic challenges

By DAWN CECILIA PEÑA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) owners are still trying to get back on their feet after enduring the burden of the world’s longest lockdown. “Up to this day, we are still having a hard time adjusting because we know we cannot be 100 percent safe at work.… Continue reading #UndoingDuterte | Small businesses appeal for government support amid pandemic challenges

Market Watch | What does it take to cook adobo?

What it takes to cook adobo? An ordinary worker’s whole pay for a day. By DAWN CECILIA PEÑA Market Watch Bulatlat.com MANILA – Progressives expressed concerns over the government’s move to establish a technical committee aiming to standardize popular Filipino dishes when people are going hungry. “The DTI [Department of Trade and Industry] wants to… Continue reading Market Watch | What does it take to cook adobo?

Market Watch | Oil prices up again this week

By ARNOLD PADILLA Market Watch Bulatlat.com For the 22nd time this year, the price of diesel will again go up this week with oil firms announcing a price hike of PHP 0.60 per liter. Gasoline will also increase by PHP 1.15 per liter, the 23rd price hike this year. Similarly, the price of kerosene will… Continue reading Market Watch | Oil prices up again this week

‘Economic Chacha will leave more farmers landless’

A farmer, Nilda Davao in barangay San Jose, Montalban, Rizal checking her crops after the typhoon hit their village. (Photo by Jaja Necosia) By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – Filipino farmers are worried as lawmakers approved on third reading the proposal to amend the Philippine Constitution, dubbed as the “economic Cha-cha” bill, allowing full foreign… Continue reading ‘Economic Chacha will leave more farmers landless’

Bayanihan 3: Why the ‘ayuda for all’ bill must advance

Women workers demand cash aid to tide them over during this crisis. (Photo by Carlo Manalansan / Bulatlat) With practically all House members – except Duterte’s son and a few die-hard Duterte lawmakers – co-authoring the measure, Bayanihan 3 brags the unprecedented and massive support of different lawmakers who crossed party lines. The political reasons… Continue reading Bayanihan 3: Why the ‘ayuda for all’ bill must advance

Scientists, fishers say new mining deals to cause more damage than good

Oceanagold’s mining operations in Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya have dried up the sources of water, polluted the environment and crippled the livelihood of farmers. (Photo by John Aaron Mark Macaraeg / Bulatlat) “We won’t be fooled by the pretext that reopening our natural resources to large-scale mining would help revive the pandemic-battered economy as it… Continue reading Scientists, fishers say new mining deals to cause more damage than good

Agri watch groups boycott gov’t food security summit, call for junking of EO 135

Cathy Estavillo of Amihan and Bantay Bigas says the National Food Security Summit does not address the country’s food crisis and the problems of food producers. (Photo by Carlo Manalansan / Bulatlat ) “Why would the government launch a National Food Security Summit, if it will only rely on imports instead of boosting local production?… Continue reading Agri watch groups boycott gov’t food security summit, call for junking of EO 135

Bayanihan 3: Where will P405.6 billion go?

House lawmakers are currently discussing the Philippines’ third economic stimulus package worth P405.6 billion or around $8.5 billion. The proposed Bayanihan to Arise as One Act or Bayanihan 3 apportions P216 billion to cash subsidies for all Filipinos, accounting for the largest share in the package. Source: Draft Bayanihan 3 bill (Infographics by Dawn Cecilia… Continue reading Bayanihan 3: Where will P405.6 billion go?

Allowing more pork imports to leave local hog raisers bankrupt – agri groups

By DAWN CECILIA PEÑA Market Watch Bulatlat.com A bill seeking to nullify President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to lift the cap on pork imports has earned the nod of various agricultural groups. Progressive groups expressed their support for House Joint Resolution 137 that aims to immediately withdraw Executive Order 128 and reject the Minimum Access Volume… Continue reading Allowing more pork imports to leave local hog raisers bankrupt – agri groups