Joel Rocamora - updates

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[OPINION] Duterte is vulnerable

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

But if the opposition comes across as mainly defending liberal democracy, this is not going to make a dent in Duterte’s popularity

[OPINION] Return of the clans

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Political clans have not disappeared. Duterte has made them stronger. Duterte’s shoot-from-the-hip style of governance and more pervasive incompetence has weakened the central government.

[OPINION] Duterte and Israel: Why visit a rogue state?

Sep 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Israeli government of Netanyahu is one of the worst human rights violators in the world. I suppose one could cynically call Duterte's visit a gathering of human rights violators.

[OPINION] Is it downhill for Duterte?

Aug 02, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Popularity is important for winning elections and for keeping opponents at bay, but to govern, to implement policies and programs, you need organized support

[OPINION] Cha-Cha train is stuck at the station

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Gloria Arroyo’s ascension to the speakership adds a new wrinkle to prospects for Cha-Cha in the Senate

[OPINION] Con-Com draft will not create a federal government

Jul 24, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Federal states will still be dependent on fiscal transfers from the national government. Without fiscal autonomy there is no real local autonomy.

[OPINION] Donald Duterte

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:59 AM

What is disgusting about these two is not just that they encourage the worst instincts of people, they themselves are stuck in the mire, the stinky bottom

[OPINION] Federalism in motion: a runaway train?

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The logic of the PDP proposal seems to suggest an 'intended consequence' – a political system which will be easier for the Duterte regime to control

Duterte regains momentum in peace talks; is there still hope?

Feb 06, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Despite the President s announcement of an end of negotiations my bet is that it will continue

Sacked NAPC consultants to Maza: Bare plans, staffing needs

Sep 27, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Kaisahan ng mga Di Regular na Empleyado ng NAPC whose members were sacked by the new NAPC leadership says most of its members are opting to reapply to the agency

Former anti-poverty chief defends hiring of consultants

Sep 12, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Joel Rocamora said the National Anti Poverty Commission won t be able to perform its basic duties without the 158 consultants hired during his time

NOT BLOATED. Former National Anti-Poverty Commission lead convenor Joel Rocamora said the 158 sacked consultants were vital in implementing the projects of the government.

Who is Rodrigo Duterte?

Jun 18, 2016 - 5:25 PM

In Siquijor we say unsaon pod lamang accept what we cannot reverse make the best of it If you can cut through Digong’s populist bluster you will find a number of actually not policies more like policy thrusts

INCOMING PRESIDENT. Rodrigo Duterte in 'Malacañang of the South', DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

NAPC chief to beneficiaries: Defend BUB, Aquino admin reforms

Jun 11, 2016 - 8:39 PM

UPDATED NAPC lead convenor Joel Rocamora urges government beneficiaries to protect the key anti poverty reforms of the outgoing administration

REFORMS. Outgoing National Anti-Poverty Commission secretary Joel Rocamora tells beneficiaries to defend the reforms established by the Aquino government. Photo by Paulina Peregrino/

Fisherfolk leaders bare wish list to presidential bets

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:09 AM

The leaders say they want the reforms under the Aquino administration to be sustained but they would defer any endorsement until they ve heard all the other candidates

FISHERFOLK ASSEMBLY. Fisherfolk leaders from various provinces sit on yellow chairs as they await speech from Liberal Party senatorial-bet Risa Hontiveros. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Labor council under Office of the President wants K to 12 suspended

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A council within the National Anti Poverty Commission says K to 12 is a breakthrough in Philippine education but many labor issues need to be resolved first

SUSPEND K TO 12. In this file photo, protesters are calling for the suspension of the K to 12 program, which is expected to displace thousands of workers in 2016. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler Photo by Jeol Leporada/Rappler

Between independence and subservience

Dec 17, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The Supreme Court has to accept that it is after all only a court not a final arbiter of what happens in the government and even the economy In the end the honorable justices need to regain a modicum of modesty

Farmers urge SC to make decision on coco levy case final

Nov 19, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Anti poverty chief Joel Rocamora says that without a partial entry of judgment on a court decision made 2 years ago Malacañang cannot move to use the funds to help coconut farmers

DILG introduces 'seal of good local governance'

Jan 16, 2014 - 10:35 AM

The Seal of Good Local Governance will be implemented annually starting this year

UNA: Poverty data debunk Aquino's growth ‘spin’

Apr 24, 2013 - 6:52 PM

Citing government statistics that poverty incidence remained unchanged in years UNA questions the administration s claim that it has alleviated poverty

Militants beat up police, storm gov't office

Jan 31, 2013 - 1:11 PM

UPDATED In fear National Anti Poverty Commission employees hole up in their office Militants however blame the police for violence

Jesse Robredo’s lessons for the Left

Sep 27, 2012 - 3:11 PM

The Robredo case underscores one critical point for the Left: the new Left is out there The current Left can either recognize this and do something about it or once again be left out in the emerging politics of change

Noynoyism and the 3 basic problems

Mar 30, 2012 - 11:34 AM

Trending topics are now competing with militant slogans in captivating social consciousness Social media is a new arena of ideological struggle