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“PHP 67.3 billion misused DOH funds a clear disregard for people’s health and well-being”—CPDG

While Sec. Duque explained that the funds were already “accounted for” in a statement on Aug. 11, the mass resignation of nurses and health workers over unpaid benefits including the unreleased COVID-19 hazard pay, among others, looms.

CPDG Spokesperson Liza Maza on PNP order banning “unauthorized” humanitarian work during August 6 to 20 Enhanced Community Quarantine

Council for People’s Development and Governance Spokesperson Liza Maza on PNP order banning “unauthorized” humanitarian work during August 6 to 20 Enhanced Community Quarantine#PeopleEconomics #DemocraticGovernance #SocialJustice

“Bad governance, neoliberal policies, underdevelopment, #WakasanNa!” —CPDG

“Our aspiration for industrial development and corresponding improvement of people’s wellbeing  is hindered by the Duterte government’s anti-people and wealth-biased development policies. It does not focus on alleviating the dire situation of the people, especially the poor. Instead, it pours its resources in enriching its oligarch clique—both local and foreign, in suppressing dissent and criticism, and in extending power by hook or by crook,” asserts Maza.

Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems urgently needed to end hunger —CPDG

“The implementation of overly market-oriented and profit-biased neoliberal policies in the agriculture sector especially with the Agreement on Agriculture under the World Trade Organization or AoA-WTO exacerbated hunger among the population, particularly the poor and marginalized sectors. Neoliberal policies should be stopped and instead government should implement genuine people centered policies aimed at eliminating hunger, poverty and inequality” said Prof. Reggie Vallejos of Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Konsumer para sa Ikauunlad ng Bayan (SUKI) in his presentation at the forum.

Peasant organizations, agricultural development advocates, and civil society organizations shout: “Wakasan ang Kagutuman!”

The groups assert that the key to ending hunger and malnutrition is advancing food sovereignty where the people, especially farmers, lead in food production systems, policy making and their implementation.

Medical and health organizations demand a comprehensive, progressive, unified, and publicly-funded health care system

With the COVID-19 pandemic exposing the inaccessibility of healthcare in the country, the Coalition for People’s Right to Health, Council for Health and Development, Health Alliance for Democracy, and People’s Health Movement – Philippines held the forum Reclaiming Health and Well-Being: SDG 3 and privatization amid the pandemic on July 7, 2021. The organizations uncovered […]

Highlights from the People’s Review of SDG 1 & SDG 10: Rising above poverty and inequality in the time of COVID-19

The organizations and sectors involved are united in the conclusion that the Duterte government miserably failed in addressing the abject poverty and inequality aggravated by the pandemic. On the contrary, it was worsened by continuing budget cuts, anti-poor and pro-business policies, and the decade-old neoliberal framework in which the government’s development plan is anchored on. […]

Civil society organizations, rights group assess Duterte government’s commitment to peace, justice, and strong institutions

“Peace, justice, and good governance are inextricably linked to development. But the Duterte government’s militaristic response to the pandemic and characteristically repressive governance has significantly hindered the achievement of peace, justice, security and inclusive institutions, setting back the fulfilment of SDG 16 targets,” Maza explained in her opening remarks.

Fisherfolk, CSOs give Duterte gov’t 1/10 rating on SDG 14 Life Below Water

“The Duterte government grossly failed the SDG 14, even at the very appreciation of its essence, and of the whole 2030 Agenda.  It failed on the elementary stage of setting Goals, Targets and Indicators, selectively highlighting items it favored, and clearly abandoned its essence of benefiting the marginalized and vulnerable small fisherfolk sector,” Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson and a former lawmaker for Anakpawis Party-list, cited during the presentation of the Fisherfolk and People’s Agenda for SDG 14.

“Ecologically-sound, democratic, and sustainable economic systems: imperative for social and climate justice” —Advocacy groups

PRESS RELEASEJuly 14, 2021 “Ecologically-sound, democratic, and sustainable economic systems: imperative for social and climate justice” —Advocacy groups Environment groups, climate justice advocates, and civil society organizations tracked the Philippines’ progress in the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 (sustainable consumption and production or SCP) and 13 (climate action) in an online forum […]