Addressing Rural Poverty in Cabuling: The Agrarian Reform Community Development Program

The paper presents a case study of an agrarian reform community (Cabuling, Tantangan) in the province of South Cotabato. It examines the results of the land distribution and subsequent programs implemented in the community focusing on the situation of the beneficiaries. The study inquired into the history of the program, the general situation in the […]

Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization: Remaining a Pipe Dream

The AFMA provides a workable framework for agriculture modernization in the Philippines. However, if government does not act to address problems in the its implementation, agricultural modernization and poverty alleviation in the countryside will remain a pipe dream. This paper looks into the status of implementation of the AFMA, identifies existing implementation problems, and proposes […]

The Move To Shift To Gross Income Tax: Wrong Timing

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, 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, […]