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Mayo 1, 2016 (Linggo)
Pinagdiriwang natin ngayong Mayo Uno, 2016 ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa bilang pagpupugay sa natatanging papel ng uring manggagawa at anakpawis sa paglikha, pagbuhay at pagbabago ng lipunan.
Mula sa kanilang lakas-paggawa, sa kanilang pawis at dugo---nagpapakasasa ang mga ganid sa tubo at mga nabubuhay sa kaayusang mapanupil at magpagsamantala.
At mula sa kanilang sama-samang pagkilos upang pangunahan ang pagbaklas ng kanilang kadena ng pagkaalipin, ang uring manggagawa at anakpawis ang may pinakamatibay at pinakamatayog na pagsisikhay upang palayain ang iba pang binubusabos at inaapi sa ating lipunan.
28 April 2016 | Asian Peoples Movement on Debt & Development (APMDD) & Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Sustainable development figures prominently in this year’s meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank’s with its chosen theme “Cooperating for Sustainability”. ADB has also expressed many times its support for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by directing “enhanced resources to human needs, infrastructure, and cross-border public goods to eradicate poverty and strengthen sustainable development.”
For many Asian developing peoples, however, whose governments have participated for almost half a century in ADB’s poverty reduction programs, the 49th ADB-AGM also gives rise to challenging these pronouncements. While Asia’s economic growth has risen above other global regions, it is also the site of deepening wealth and income inequality. While poverty indicators are said to have improved over the years, impoverishment and deprivation continue to mark the lives of millions of people in ADB’s Developing Member Countries, rendering them highly vulnerable especially because our region is gravely impacted by climate change.
26 April 2016
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) expresses its dismay during the last Presidential debate hosted by ABS CBN held in Pangasinan last April 24, 2016. All the candidates proved disappointing and offered no solution to the current power crisis.
None of the candidates have a clear solution or platform on sustainable energy, worse presidential candidate Mar Roxas from the Liberal Party, reiterated the use of “ Clean coal” as the solution to the power crisis in the country. FDC Secretary General Sammy Gamboa reminded Mr. Roxas that clean coal is a dirty lie.
Clean energy advocates are not surprised however that candidates will continue to implement neoliberal policies that favors privatization and the use of dirty and harmful sources of energy such as coal. Their biggest financial backers from the industry always ensure that their interests are paramount over the interests of the poor majority of the population.
22 April 2016
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) again raised the alarm over the continuing crisis spawned by El Nino expressing concern that once the furor over the bloody Kidapawan dispersal subsides, the desperate plight of thousands in El Nino affected areas will be in danger of being forgotten once again.
“Certainly the Kidapawan dispersal brought the issue to national consciousness. It focused attention on the worsening situation in many areas in Mindanao including South Cotabato and put much-needed pressure on the government’s sluggish El Nino effort. But with media and public attention increasingly being pulled towards the elections, there is a risk of the crisis getting drowned out,” Sammy Gamboa, FDC Secretary-General said.
FDC stressed that the hunger and desperation resulting from the worst El Nino episode since 1997-1998 continues and is in fact worsening in some places.
“Three weeks after Kidapawan, we continue to receive reports from our members and partners in affected areas that the situation has not improved and delivery of support remains limited. By the Department of Agriculture’s own estimates, production losses have already reached P4.5 billion for rice and P4.53 billion for corn between February 2015 and March 2016. A total of 373,494 hectares of farmlands have already been affected,” Gamboa said.
19 April 2016
A latest case of MERALCO abuse, regulatory capture and collusion, and monumental failure of Electric Power Reform Act (EPIRA)”, the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) assailed the latest round of power rate increase by MERALCO.
FDC led a protest action by a group of electricity consumers in front of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) office today to denounce the looming power rate hike by the energy monopoly starting this month.
The power rate hike is a result of an 8-centavo increase in Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) effective April and the increase in “ancillary costs” nationwide with the Power Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) recovering a "differential ancillary service charge" of P6.5B for Luzon, P1.9B for Visayas and P1.6B for Mindanao which it will start recovering in May.
“The Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) is the government’s incentive to power investors to entice them to invest in renewable energy and guarantee a return of their investments. This is a burden passed on to the consumers,” the FDC clarified.