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One-fourth have no real job

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Last May 19, SWS reported that the Jobless are 25.7 percent of the labor force, according to the nationwide Social Weather Survey for the first quarter of 2014. The Jobless respondents were those who, when interviewed over March 27-30, said that they had no job, and that they were looking for one. The labor force is, by definition, the sum of the Jobless and those who said they had jobs.

Posted: May 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heeding economic suffering

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According to the Social Weather Stations survey of March 27-30, 2014, 17.8 percent of families nationwide experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months (see “Hunger among families little changed,” BusinessWorld, 5/12/2014). This is slightly less than the 18.1 percent hunger rate found by the previous SWS national survey in December 2013.

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

PH democracy’s last stand

This could be the 2016 elections. If good leaders emerge, the economy will grow and become inclusive. If not, hunger, poverty and desperation will hasten the nation’s descent into a failed state status. To avoid the latter, each and every Filipino must ensure a positive outcome in 2016.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The fight for food and climate justice

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Just three days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (known internationally as “Haiyan”), the biggest storm to ever make landfall, devastated my homeland, I attended the opening of the United Nations’ climate change talks in Poland.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Unless otherwise provided by law’

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Last Wednesday I was at a hearing of the House committee on constitutional amendments, which had asked for data on “the quality of life of the Filipinos vis-à-vis the posted economic growth of the Philippines.” There I presented the SWS surveys that show that Philippine poverty, hunger and joblessness have been disappointingly flat in the past decade, despite rapid economic growth. I pointed out that joblessness of well above 20 percent is not new, but has been around since 2005, and also that “Yolanda” victims are no more jobless than nonvictims.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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