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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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Intervention at Diversion: Ang Puso ng Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act

Ang Republic Act No. 9344 o ang Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 o JJWA, na inamyendahan ng Republic Act No. 10630 noong 2013, ay nagtatakda ng isang hiwalay na sistemang pangkatarungan para sa mga mga batang lumabag sa batas o children in conflict with the law (CICL). Ngunit…

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Karapatan sa Pagkain, Ipaglaban sa Halalan!

PRESS STATEMENT KARAPATAN SA PAGKAIN, IPAGLABAN SA HALALAN! Malawakang Mobilisasyon para sa Pandaigdigang Araw ng Pagkain | 16 Oktubre 2018 Ngayong ika-16 ng Oktubre, dinaraos ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Pagkain o ang World Food Day. Sa taong 2018, hinihikayat ang mga pamahalaan at mga mamamayan na gumawa ng mga konkretong…

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The Bangsamoro Organic Law: What Change Will It Bring?

The enactment of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is seen as a welcome development in the quest for peace and development in the most impoverished parts of the country where prolonged conflict has repeatedly displaced communities and prevented the delivery of essential services to the…

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