Category: Commentary

Youth unemployment, a scourge of neoliberalism

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective One major issue that the incoming Duterte administration has to address is youth unemployment. The government’s National Economic Development Authority is alarmed at the high unemployment rate of the youth. According to the Labor Force Survey, 50.1 percent of the 2.594 million unemployed people, in April 2016, are from the…

Our Unity for an Eco-Challenge for Change

The following is the 14-point unity statement presented by the newly-formed Eco-Challenge Coalition at a press conference in Quezon City on June 22. It was signed by 32 environmentalist groups from all over the country. With over 16 million votes garnered in the 2016 elections, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will have a strong public support for…

Peace talks 101

The significance of peace talks resumption between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the revolutionary umbrella organization that includes the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), is not as easy to appreciate and be enthused about as one would think. The subject matter is complex and its prolonged…

Neoliberalism and greater Inequality

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The country is ushering in a new administration by the month’s end. While previous administrations came and went, the neoliberal agenda has remained. There has been no deviation from the neoliberal policies that have been implemented since the time of the Marcos dictatorship. However, since incoming Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has…