Posts by tag: 2007 Elections

9 years ago

Jobless figures can easily reach 4.3 million, higher than gov’t estimates

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Ibon calls the 2.9 million jobless figures in the latest labor force survey an “underestimation.” It did not include the number of discouraged jobseekers, or those who are willing to take up work from the labor force. Ibon’s higher estimates aims to correct the unwarranted change in the official unemployment definition in April 2005, which conveniently removes discouraged jobseekers and those willing/not available to immediately take up work from the labor force and hence does not count them as officially unemployed even if they do not have jobs.

Ibon estimates that some 2.5 % of the working age population 15 years and over should still be considered part of the labor force, which implies an additional 1.5 million jobless on top of the 2.9 million officially reported– for a total of roughly 4.3 million jobless.

The additional 2.5% is based on the estimated discrepancy in official and actual labor force participation rates in 2008. The number of jobless could be even much higher if, as is likely, labor force participation rates this year become bloated by even greater numbers of discouraged job-seekers.Read on

11 years ago

Davao councilors bid the city goodbye

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By CHERYLL D. FIEL

They gave their farewell speeches at the end of their term on Tuesday. But they probably will not be missed because their names will linger in the halls of the City Council, courtesy of the relatives who replaced them.

11 years ago

Exclusion of ‘fraudulent’ Maguindanao canvass sought

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The many serious irregularities, anomalies and acts of fraud in the Maguindanao special canvassing, including but not limited to massive vote padding in 16 municipalities and the refusal of the special canvassers to make the municipal canvassers explain why it took them so long to submit the municipal canvass reports are enough reasons to exclude and set aside the alleged Maguindanao certificate of canvass, said Bayan Muna lawyer Neri Javier Colmenares.

11 years ago

Irregularities unearthed in Maguindanao count

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By TYRONE VELEZ

Lawyers of Bayan Muna and the Genuine Opposition wanted the special canvassing to be declared illegal after discovering the irregularities in the certificates of canvass. They also questioned the nature of the special board and the manner it was created.

11 years ago

Shepherding the flock for a better future

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Analysis | It takes more than a moral alternative and religious preaching to be able to take a gutsy position on big issues. The flock should be shepherded into the mass movement for social emancipation that has long taken roots.