Still exclusionary: growth fails to create quality work—IBON

Growth in Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter is still not creating enough decent work for Filipinos and remains exclusionary. The services-driven growth is the reason for the prevailing jobs crisis in the country, research group IBON said The GDP growth of 6.0% in the third quarter is faster compared to that 

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TPP most intrusive economic deal in history–IBON

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which is likely to be tackled on the sidelines of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) high-level meeting, will not benefit backward and underdeveloped countries like the Philippines. Research group IBON stressed that the Philippines should not join the TPP despite the Aquino government’s insistence on this. After years 

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‘Why I’m here’ — Sr. Stella Matutina, Benedictine nun and human rights activist

  A fearless Benedictine nun tells her story of being one with the indigenous people’s struggles in Caraga region of Mindanao–despite threats from the military. By Sister Stella Matutina, OSB Why am I here? I am here because this is my missionary place. I am here because I was sent to continue our work as Benedictine 

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Malnutrition will stay as long as there is poverty, study says

By Marxze D. Umil MANILA – Rommel Roxas, 43, whose family lives in the streets of Intramuros, Manila is having noodles and rice for lunch. He takes a break from his work as a barker, and eats with his family. Roxas earns less than P300 ($6.50) a day. His wife Maritess (not her real name), 

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Over one million jobs generated under Aquino poor in quality

Poor quality work has marked job generation under the Aquino government, while the country’s jobs crisis reached unprecedented levels. Research group IBON repeated this amid government claims that its mantra of good governance and good economics has led to better job opportunities. At the recently-held Philippine Economic Briefing 2015, National Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan 

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An 11-year-old boy works at an underwater mining site in Camarines Norte, Philippines.
PHOTO: Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

Children risk death to dig and dive for gold 

(Manila, September 30, 2015) MANILA–The Philippine government is failing to protect children who dig and dive for gold in dangerous small-scale mines, Human Rights Watch said Sept. 30 in a new report and video, released ahead of Children’s Month in the Philippines. The 39-page report, “What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold 

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Educators’ group to Aquino: Act on killing of educator and continued military occupation of Lumad schools

Silence or inaction to address matter tantamount to govt’s promotion of big business at the expense of indigenous people’s communities The Education Forum for Development (EfD), a network of 100 schools nationwide advocating transformative education, condemned the killing of Emerito “Emok” Samarca, executive director of the Alternative Learning Center for Livelihood and Agricultural Development (ALCADEV), 

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Popular cartoonist Manix Abrera (Photo by M.Santiago/Manila Today)

Ph, EU cartoonists find humor despite violence, life risks, censorship

MANILA – A drawing can cost you your job, or worse, your life. For cartoonists in the Philippines, defying censorship by publishers means getting kicked out of work, while for those in Europe, being “censored” by outraged readers could mean a deadly attack such as the massacre in the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris early 

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Increase in jobs with poor quality work alarming — IBON

605,000 worked less than 20 hours and 108,000 who were classified ‘with a job but not at work’ The Aquino government should pay attention to the nature of jobs created in 2014, as these are largely comprised of part-time work, research group IBON said. The number of employed Filipinos increased by 1.02 million last year, 

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Fr. Joyohoy (Photo by J. Ellao / Bulatlat.com)

‘To live simply’

A tale of 3 Aglipayan priests By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — The Lenten season is a time of solemn spiritual journey, but journeying through this holy season needs more than practice of piety and penance. The Church observes this season through prayers and fasting, and the practice of charity, a witness to Christ’s 

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