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Illusions of Influence: Clerical Partisan Engagement during the 2022 Election

Eric Marcelo O. Genilo, SJ is a professor of Moral Theology at the Loyola School of Theology. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (ICSI), but his views in this article do not necessarily represent, and should not be…

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Housing for those who need it most

Launched as soon as Jose Rizalino “Jerry” Acuzar was appointed head of the three-year-old Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), the Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino Program undeniably created excitement, especially among ordinary Filipinos dreaming to have a home of their own. By tapping funds from the private…

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Ang Tunay na Pag-move on at Pagpapatawad

Paggunita sa Ika-50 Taon ng Pagdedeklara ng Martial Law ni Dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. Limampung taon pagkatapos ng pagdedeklara ng Martial Law ni dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., noong ika-21 ng Setyembre 1972, marami ang nagsasabing dapat na tayong mag-move on, na ibaon na sa limot ang nakaraan upang…

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Empowered, connected, and respected: how harm reduction can help drug-using women

High-risk behaviors such as using illegal drugs have been one of the common causes of women’s coming into conflict with the law. In the Philippines, the antidrug campaign has resulted in more individuals, women included, getting apprehended, incarcerated, and, in some cases, treated inhumanely and unjustly. As part of the…

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Green Development in Philippine Cities

For its third learning session, the Urban Transformation Working Group (UTWG), which ICSI steers with other member-organizations of the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), invited Architect Nathaniel von Einsiedel to talk about green development in Philippine cities. The activity is part of a series of learning sessions that…

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Who’s not touching some grass?

The people’s organizations our institute has been working with for various advocacies—from reforming government’s housing policies and programs to opposing the killings and senseless violence in the anti-illegal drug war—are throwing their support behind Vice President Leni Robredo. Even before she announced her decision to seek the country’s highest post,…

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Bringing the “Bangkok Rules” to Life

On December 6, PHILSSA and UN Women launched the Filipino translation of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders, also known as the Bangkok Rules. The publication has been available for online download since August 2021, but PHILSSA and the NGOs…

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: A Learning Session on Improving the Delivery of Justice for Women in Conflict with the Law

On November 15, 2021, UN Women and the PHILSSA-led consortium of NGOs implementing the “Delivery of Women’s Legal Literacy and Access to Justice Services in the Philippines” Project held a learning session to understand the systemic causes behind the lack of responsiveness of the Philippine legal system which hinders access…

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Towards a Gender-Responsive Jail and Prison Development: A Dialogue with the BJMP and BUCOR

On October 7, 2021, the implementing NGOs of the UN Women-led “Delivery of Women’s Legal Literacy and Access to Justice Services in the Philippines” Project (A2J Project) held a dialogue with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR). The activity served as a platform…

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