This paper was presented at the Forum on the Macapagal-Arroyo Tax Reform Program organized by Action for Economic Reforms and the Human Development Network and held on 22 October 2001. The paper asserts that the proposed shift to gross income tax does not address the pressing problems of the moment, specifically, a slipping BIR tax […]
This paper looks into the most crucial challenge confronting the Macapagal-Arroyo administration in relation to the mobilization of domestic resources. This is none other than the implementation of a coherent and practicable tax reform agenda whose goal is to increase the tax effort (measured as taxes as a proportion of gross domestic product) to a […]
This paper, written in Filipino, presents an analysis of how historical events dating back from the time the Spanish colonizers seized the means and fruits of their labor had shaped the current psychology of the impoverished Filipino masses. That despite developments over time, they have remained marginalized/ deprived of the means to improve themselves. Nevertheless, […]
The paper presents an overview of the performance of the education sector. It noted that while access improved over the years, internal efficiency stagnated and the quality gap widens further. The paper also compared performance across regions and population groups.
This paper outlines the state of the law on access to official information in the Philippines, and gives an overview of the role that non-government organizations play in promoting the right to official information.
The economy-wide impact of the restructuring of electricity industry makes it an important area for continuing study. This paper looks into the proposed restructuring of the electricity industry, to be accomplished through legal reform, from three perspectives. First, the paper examines the restructuring from the standpoint of the legal conception of the government-nongovernment distinction obtaining […]
Upon presentation by the Action for Economic Reforms (AER) of its
position paper during the 16 February 2001 public consultative hearing
conducted by the Bicameral Conference Committee on the proposed
Electric Power Industry Reform Act, the Honorable John H. Osmena,
Chairman of the Senate Panel of the Bicameral Conference Committee on the Power Bill, requested AER to submit its proposed specific
amendments to the bill following the issues that it raised. In response
to this request, the AER submits this updated version of the position
paper, with the section spelling out its proposed specific amendments
to the bill presently under consideration by the Committee.