Archive of Features

Teachers and parents demand: Safe reopening of schools
January 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Alli­ance of Concer­ned Teachers (ACT) criticized Rodrigo Duterte for reneging on his plan to reopen a limited number of schools for face-to-face classes this January. Teachers said that this is a neglect of his duty to ensure the need for safe, quality and accessible education during the pandemic. The group called this a “passive […]

No 13th month pay for many workers
January 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Many workers anticipated to receive their 13th month pay last December 2020 in order to bounce back this new year. Many also expected that they could use this to pay the debts they incurred after losing their jobs during the lockdown period. New year has already passed and many have not received the said pay. […]

Surviving Covid but not hardships
January 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The year 2020 ended with the Philippines registering 747,000 cases of Covid-19 infections. Last January 4, the total number of recoveries was placed at 448,258 and deaths at 9,257. Most of those who recovered from the infection are under 49. Most of the patients who died were aged 60 and above. During the pandemic, thousands […]

Social me­dia in the Philippines: Channel of unity and struggle
January 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the militarist lockdown, physical assemblies and mobilizations of democratic organizations in the Philippines were limited in 2020. (Read related article in Ang Ba­yan December 21, 2020.) In this light, various sectoral mass organizations in urban centers strove to use online platforms to arouse, organize, mobilize and study. Based on […]

Mass protests amid lockdown
December 21, 2020 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Duterte regime exploited the Covid-19 pandemic to suppress the people’s rights to express, organize and protest. The militarist lockdown brutally implemented by the police and military fended off the outbreak of massive protests for aid, livelihood and rights. Despite this, democratic sectors were able to mount several large and small protest actions this year. […]

Christmas of poverty and hunger
December 21, 2020 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Christmas is one of the most anticipated occasions by Filipinos annually. A major part of this celebration is the noche buena, a traditional feast often celebrated by Filipino families on Christmas eve. Amid the pandemic however, many families will opt not to carry on with the tradition due to the crisis which has been ravaging […]

Raising the capacity of the health system
December 21, 2020 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Second part of the two-part series on the Cuban state and people’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. One of lessons drawn by Cuba on how to manage the Covid-19 pandemic is the need to raise the capacity of its health care system to provide health care for seriously ill and critical patients. This is called […]

Prices surge despite weak demand
December 07, 2020 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

In June, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas announced that the inflation rate will most likely remain low saying that demand is weak due to the pandemic. Despite this, inflation rates already went up three times this year (July, October and November.) According to latest data, inflation recently rose by 3,3%, with food prices registering the […]

Successive disasters in 2020
December 07, 2020 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Prior to 2020, the Philippines has already been in various list of countries considered most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The Philippines has long been facing threats of natural disasters due to its location. Today, however, the damages these cause on the people has become worse due to the catastrophic response of the […]

Overcoming the pandemic in Cuba
December 07, 2020 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

First part of the two-part series on the Cuban state and people’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Key to Cuba’s response to the Covd-19 pandemic is its national health system which is free, universal, accessible to 100% of the population, based on primary health care and ran by quality community doctors and nurses. Cuba is […]