Special Interest

Democracy & Governance: Deficit, Surplus, Unfinished Business

State of the PH in 2018: Perils,
Pitfalls of Shifting to Federalism

IS the proposed shift to federalism “a Trojan horse to stay in power” for President Duterte and his political allies?What follows is the speech of Atty. Christian S. Monsod, former Commission on Elections chairman and member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, at the forum on “Democracy and Governance in the Philippines: Deficit, Surplus, and Unfinished […]

PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
Who will rule? Send in the clans

A “SELF-EXECUTING” ban on political dynasties is supposedly one of the crown jewels of the draft constitution for the pitch to shift to a federal system of government. It is paired with a proposed ban on turncoatism, or candidates changing political parties between elections or during election campaigns.These are supposed to limit the opportunities for […]

A PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
Only half of all Pinoys are voters

WE ARE a nation of more than a hundred million people, but as of 2016, only one in every two Filipinos had registered as voters and could be allowed to participate in elections. If the pitch to shift to a federal system of government gets approved and submitted to a plebiscite, it is only this […]

A PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
A tricky tug of war for IRA, revenues

ONLY THREE of the proposed 18 federated regions have revenue collections larger than the fund transfers that they are getting from the national government in terms of Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA. The rest of the 15 regions remain largely dependent on their IRA shares to sustain their most basic operations.The three regions with strong […]

A PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
Hubs of wealth, ponds of poverty

THE POOR abound in this country — Filipinos who cannot earn or raise the minimum income to meet the basic food and non-food requirements. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) clusters them among citizens living below the poverty threshold.Across the nation, the PSA says that some 21.9 million Filipinos, or nearly one in every five, do […]

Sidebar

Federalism, how much? P44B? P51B?

IF THE push for federalism is at core a variant of decentralization, the nation’s experience with the Local Government Code that passed in 1991 is an object lesson.Dr. Rosario G. Manasan, a senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), has raised timely reminders about the billions of pesos that the project […]

A PCIJ Primer for Citizens

The state of the regions by stats:
Unpacking the federalism gambit

IF FEDERALISM is the answer, what is the question?If federalism is the solution, what is the problem?Indeed, where are the people in the debate and what motives or reasons drive the pitch to shift? And what good, bad, and ugly tidings does federalism signal? For the last two years, President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his […]

Project Bangon Marawi: DELAYED

China State’s Marawi consortium out;
PowerChina’s consortium next in line

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) — It’s back to zero for Marawi’s Ground Zero.There will be no groundbreaking rites on the first week of July as earlier announced by Housing Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chair Eduardo del Rosario because negotiations with the Chinese-led Bagong Marawi Consortium (BMC) on the development plan […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

Price check: Hygiene kit items cost
more than DTI, retail chain rates

THE top three suppliers of the billion-peso food, hygiene, and various other kits for the displaced residents of the Islamic City of Marawi supposedly offered “the lowest and most responsive bids” but a price check with the Trade department and retail grocery chains show otherwise.Instead of diving down, the price quotations that these suppliers submitted […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

DSWD-Region 12 blows a billion pesos
on food packs, various kits for Marawi

NEARLY EVERY month in the last half of 2017, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in Region XII (Central Mindanao) went on a shopping binge and ended up splurging over a billion pesos. It spent the sum — courtesy of taxpayers — on mongo beans, dried fish, canned fruits, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, […]

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