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Engaging the Urban Poor in Climate Action

On August 20, 2021, the Urban Transformation Working Group (UTWG), composed of some member-NGOs of the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), kicked off its series of learning sessions that aim to deepen the understanding of climate change and the transformative power of cities by the staff members of…

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New Publication | The Bangkok Rules in Filipino

Considering the increasing number of women and girls placed in custodial facilities like jails and prisons in many parts of the world, the United Nations adopted in December 2010 the Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders. Thailand led the promotion and reinforcement of…

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The State of Women in Conflict with the Law: A Learning Session with the CHR

In preparation for the dialogues with national “pillars of justice” under the “Delivery of Women’s Legal Literacy and Access to Justice Services in the Philippines Project” supported by UN Women, the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) organized a learning session about Filipino women in conflict with the law…

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New Publication | Karapat-Dagat: An Assessment of the Policy on Commercial Fishing in Municipal Waters

Republic Act (RA) 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of the Philippines of 1998 cites two important provisions that safeguard the socio-economic lives of the fisherfolk and the environmental state of the seas: (1) ensuring the preferential rights of the municipal fisherfolk in municipal waters; and (2) setting the municipal…

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Who Needs Social Protection?

Social protection is key to building the human capital especially of those who are poor and vulnerable. It helps economies and communities grow and prosper. Social protection systems address vulnerabilities by building resilience to future shocks and offering coverage against risk and adversity throughout people’s lives and especially during critical…

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Balik Probinsya: What Will It Solve?

Initially proposed as a measure to decongest Metro Manila and to promote growth in the provinces as soon as the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is lifted, the “Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag-asa Program” (BP2) became a controversial response of the Duterte administration to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in…

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A Political Economic Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines

The enormity of the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic invites reflection on the critical role of government in steering the behaviors and interests of people in a direction that would be conducive to meeting the challenges of the situation. The Philippine government has been roundly criticized for its…

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Kaliwa Dam: Greatest Good for the Greatest Number?

Despite opposition from indigenous communities, environmental groups, and cause-oriented organizations as well as “red flags” raised by the Commission on Audit referring to violations of bidding rules, President Duterte is determined to have the controversial Kaliwa Dam constructed soonest to prevent another water crisis in Metro Manila and surrounding areas.…

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