Ako Bicol Rep. Garbin welcomes proposed economic amendments to Charter

Garbin (File photo via Ako Bicol) MANILA—AKO BICOL Party-List Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., the chairperson of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, welcomed the proposed amendments to some economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution. Garbin said the amendments would eliminate the “overly protective” provisions – such as foreign ownership limitations in business enterprises, including public… Continue reading Ako Bicol Rep. Garbin welcomes proposed economic amendments to Charter

‘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

Rising expectation of ‘cashless’ societies worldwide

A second annual report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), shows growing acceptance of digital currencies, accelerated by COVID-19. Consumers are increasingly adopting cashless payment methods while governments are stepping up planning or piloting of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and companies are experimenting with accepting open-source digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, for treasury or… Continue reading Rising expectation of ‘cashless’ societies worldwide

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?

The Filipino elderly are left behind

BULATLAT FILE. Pensioners looking for a way in to SSS. (Photo by M. Salamat / Bulatlat) By SANNY D. AFABLE Ibon Foundation After the launching of a community pantry resulted in crowd chaos and the death of a 67-year-old man, government officials and the media were quick to point fingers: at the well-meaning celebrity philanthropist,… Continue reading The Filipino elderly are left behind

Agri groups to boycott DA’s National Food Security Summit

Members of Agroecology X call for the scrapping of policies that jeopradize teh country’s food security. (Screenshot taken during the online press conference, May 11) Agroecology X, an alliance of local food producers and agricultural groups, pointed out the Department of Agriculture’s failure to address their problems, particularly the impacts of African swine fever and… Continue reading Agri groups to boycott DA’s National Food Security Summit

Duterte, lawmakers urged to provide cash aid for the poor

A protester calls for emergency wage relief during the Labor Day protest in Manila. (Photo by Carlo Manalansan / Bulatlat) “These are dire times that require urgent action. The people need immediate relief,” they said in a joint statement sent to the media. By JONAS ALPASAN Bulatlat.com MANILA — Progressives, academics, and church leaders have… Continue reading Duterte, lawmakers urged to provide cash aid for the poor