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Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority

Feb 12, 2012

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority   Republic Act 10083 creates Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO). It amends RA 9490, which created the Aurora Special Economic Zone.  RA 9490 legislates the creation of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on 500 hectares of public...

Continuity and Change in Philippine Anti-Poverty Paradigms: 1986-2010

Continuity and Change in Philippine Anti-Poverty Paradigms: 1986-2010

Jan 25, 2012

Continuity and Change in Philippine Anti-Poverty Paradigms: 1986-2010 By Jerik Cruz (Note: This article is a longer version of a piece that will appear on Focus-Philippines' upcoming Poverty Policy Review) We know that from the time that humankind first invented the wheel, poverty and inequality have marked nearly all human societies and civilizations. But...

Why Asia’s Farmers Deserve Protection

Why Asia’s Farmers Deserve Protection

Jan 15, 2012

Why Asia's Farmers Deserve Protection By Walden Bello "One of the terrible truths of the 20th century is that it was a blight on small farmers or peasants everywhere. Before looking at the question of whether Asia's farmers need protection, it is necessary to consider this historical background." In both wealthy capitalist economies and in socialist countries,...

In the Shadow of Debt:The Sad but True Tale behind a Quarter Century of Stagnation in the Philippines

In the Shadow of Debt:The Sad but True Tale behind a Quarter Century of Stagnation in the Philippines

Jan 15, 2012

In the Shadow of Debt:The Sad but True Tale behind a Quarter Century of Stagnation in the Philippines By Walden Bello* Assaulted on all sides owing to its entanglement in the ZTE-NBN corruption scandal, the administration has confronted its critics with the image of an economy that is purring along, that is doing just fine except for the rise in the price of...

Neoliberalism as Hegemonic Ideology: Rise, Apogee, Crisis

Neoliberalism as Hegemonic Ideology: Rise, Apogee, Crisis

Jan 15, 2012

Neoliberalism as Hegemonic Ideology: Rise, Apogee, Crisis By Walden Bello* (This paper was delivered at the plenary session of the 2009 National Conference of the Philippine Sociological Society held at the PSSC Building, on Oct. 16, 2009.) This paper seeks to shed light on how an ideology achieves hegemony, how this hegemony is maintained, and what happens...

Responsible Agricultural Investments: Rationalizing Land Grabbing

Responsible Agricultural Investments: Rationalizing Land Grabbing

Jan 15, 2012

Responsible Agricultural Investments: Rationalizing Land Grabbing by Joseph Purugganan Since January 2010, global institutions like the World Bank, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have been pushing for Principles for...