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“The problematic private sector-led housing program of government further undermines the meager housing budget. So-called low-cost socialized housing, for instance, now has a price ceiling of Php450,000, which was increased from its previous Php400,000 to encourage private developers to participate in the production of socialized housing units as well as reflect higher construction costs. Many informal settler families (ISFs), who are supposed beneficiaries of mass housing, could not afford the amortization of Php300 to Php500 a month, which in some cases even reach Php1,000…

“Supposed beneficiaries are questioning the program in light of the DAP controversy and Malacanang’s claim that it is benefitting the poor. Some of the relocation sites, for example, are reportedly prone to flooding (such as Kasiglahan Village in Rizal which was flooded during the heavy monsoon rains on 2012 and 2013) and thus defeats the purpose of resettling ISFs away from danger areas.” — 2015 National Budget: For patronage, corruption and big business? IBON Facts & Figures Special Release, 15 & 31 August 2014

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Download “Change Underway” IBON Yearend 2016 Birdtalk briefing paper here

“Filipinos have long organized and struggled for meaningful wage hikes, ending contractualization, land, free or at least affordable social services, national industrialization, and many other urgent demands. These are all part of the aspiration for a truly independent, democratic and prosperous Philippines. The people can support any administration reforms that are in their interest. Or, absent such reforms, the people can push a progressive reform agenda while continuing to oppose any anti-people measures. In the end, the progressive forces for change and their struggles remain the strongest foundations for democracy and development in the country – continued struggle including seizing  opportunities as they arise only makes these stronger.”

— Dimming Prospects/ IBON Yearend 2016 Birdtalk

 

From IBON's 2017 "Promoting pro-people economics" Planner. Artwork by Manix Abrera

The call for land reform is among the twelve points illustrated in IBON’s 2017 “Promoting pro-people economics” planner drawn from the People’s Agenda for Change. The comprehensive agenda for social, economic and political reforms fleshes out a program for nationalist and progressive change based on the Filipino people’s daily and historical plight. Hundreds of people’s organizations and their allies crafted this through nationwide regional and sectoral consultations. The concrete short- and long-term proposals cover five areas: Economic Agenda; Progressive and Pro-people Social Policy; National Sovereignty and Foreign Policy; Peace and Human Rights; and Governance and Fighting Corruption.

From IBON's 2017 "Promoting pro-people economics" Planner. Artwork by Manix Abrera
From IBON’s 2017 “Promoting pro-people economics” Planner. Artwork by Manix Abrera

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Experience the Punlaan land to the tiller food for all-themed music album at the People’s Bookshop Sale (starts November 23). Launched last October, Punlaan is a unique compilation of original Filipino farmers, indigenous and cultural groups’ compositions narrating the stories and struggles of the Filipino people in the context of a backward and underdeveloped economy and aspirations for a society of justice and peace.

IBON pays tribute to animator Gilbert “Gibet” Torres, who recently passed away. A Martial Law victim and a staunch advocate of pro-people alternatives to the country’s socio-economic woes, Gibet was also an IBON artist. We share some of his artworks for IBON and for nationalist Jose “Pepe” Diokno’s book “A Nation For Our Children”.

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During National Book Week, research group IBON is set to launch its 2017 “Economics for Filipinos” planner with recently-proclaimed National Book Awardee Manix Abrera.

Themed “Promoting Pro-people Economics for Filipinos”, the 2017 IBON planner was illustrated by the  celebrated Philippine Daily Inquirer cartoon strip “Kiko Machine” artist and author. His recent work “News Hardcore!” earned the Best Book of Graphic Literature award in the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and Manila Critics Circle-sponsored 35th National Book Awards.

Abrera’s cartoons on the planner capture IBON’s twelve-item adaptation of the 15-point People’s Agenda for Nationalist and Progressive Change. IBON highlights points for nationalist and progressive economics that counterpose the neoliberal economic policy-making that, according to the group, worsens poverty and inequality in the Philippines.

The 2017 IBON planner will be launched at the IBON Bookshop on Timog Avenue, Quezon City on November 23 at two o’clock during the kickoff of a three-day sale. The twin events will jumpstart a People’s Bookshop Month that will offer items on various socio-economic issues for as low as Php3 on weekdays from 9am-5pm.

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“This year, IBON highlights twelve points for nationalist and progressive economics. These counterpose the neoliberal economic policy-making that worsen poverty and inequality in the Philippines. Neoliberal  economics results in joblessness, job insecurity, decrepit social services, and foreign plunder of our natural resources.

“These twelve points are drawn from the People’s Agenda for Change. The comprehensive agenda for social, economic and political reforms fleshes out a program for nationalist and progressive change based on the Filipino people’s daily and historical plight. Hundreds of people’s organizations and their allies crafted this through nationwide regional and sectoral consultations. The concrete short- and long-term proposals cover five areas: Economic Agenda; Progressive and Pro-people Social Policy; National Sovereignty and Foreign Policy; Peace and Human Rights; and Governance and Fighting Corruption.

“The People’s Agenda was launched in a National People’s Summit with over a thousand attending from people’s organizations and supporters. The Duterte government can be guided by the agenda and replace destructive free market economic policies with new genuinely people-centered policies that deliver progress for the people and the nation.”

 

 

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IBON invites everyone to experience its People’s Bookshop Month which kicks off November 23 with a 3-day sale offering IBON books and manuscripts for as low as Php3. IBON Books feature people’s socio-economic national and international issues and alternatives. The research group also participates in the National Book Development Board-sponsored National Book Week thru a 2-day book stand at the National Library starting November 24.

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The advocacy for green producerism is a complement to the growing and active green consumerism in developed countries. The idea is to contribute in raising public awareness on the benefits of organic farming in order to add pressure on the State to pursue sustainable agriculture.

It is more appropriate in the Philippine context than consumer campaigns as it is grounded in the concrete conditions of the largest section of consumers in the country, the producers themselves. It is also what is needed in the face of an unresponsive government that prioritizes corporate and landlord interests. Its viability to be a sustained campaign rests on the strengths that have been presented in this study.

The Filipino organic farmers possess the science to practice sustainable agriculture. Apart from all the economic, food security, environmental, health and social benefits that they have achieved from organic farming, the farmers have gained knowledge and confidence to defend their practice and way of living. They have the capacity to develop the technology further, invent, innovate and hand down their knowledge-based systems to the rest of the community and the next generation. (Green Works: The viability of organic farming in the Philippines, IBON, 2014) 

TAKE PART IN A GREEN ACTION EXCHANGE
Organic products and photos on exhibit; petition-signing to support organic farming and food for all
October 22, 2016 9am-7pm
Department of Agrarian Reform Gymnasium

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