The Stratbase ADR Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRi) is an independent strategic research organization. With its international focus, ADRi believes that Philippine and regional security and development can be achieved through the cooperation of the public and private sectors.

ADRi traces its roots to the Stratbase Research Institute (SRI) established in 2004. SRI focused on providing strategic solutions to domestic governance, socio-economic, and other policy concerns. It aimed to contribute to Philippine development through research and responsive policy alternatives.

As SRI sought solutions, East Asia’s affairs frequently inserted themselves into the equation. There was and is a clear relation between domestic and regional affairs; movement in one reverberates in the other.

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Vanessa Pepino, Non-Resident Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute The last two months have been replete with small victories related to the Philippines’ waste problem. After languishing in our ports for years, shipping containers of garbage — plastics, household kitchen waste, shredded electronic wastes, and contaminated trash — were recently shipped back to their places… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute The third regular session of the 17th Congress began with a “bizarre leadership revamp” in the lower chamber. Right before President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo emerged as the new Speaker, replacing Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez. The power struggle… Read More

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Orlando Oxales, Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute and Lead Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines Economic development, especially if it were to be inclusive, requires conscientious planning in which time is of the essence. Coming out of the summer months, the series of yellow, and even some disquieting red alerts in the Luzon grid over April… Read More

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Edwin Santiago, Executive Director of the Stratbase ADR Institute Our situation in the South China Sea evokes an image of a child who gets his pants pulled down on the playground at lunchtime. This is normally followed by physical harm such as repeated hitting, kicking, pushing, and the like. And, to make the physical intimidation… Read More

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Stratbase ADR Institute organized a roundtable discussion last June 7, Friday, held at the Manila Golf & Country Club in Makati City. The guest speaker, Mr. Gregory Poling was in Manila. He is the Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and Fellow of the Southeast Asia Program at the Washington D.C.-based think tank Center… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute 27.8 million learners are starting the 2019-2020 school year during what could be considered a relatively propitious time marked by four positive events. First, the Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings upgraded the Philippine credit rating during the first week of May to BBB based on the country’s… Read More

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We are pleased to share with you our May occasional paper, entitled, “Market Failure? Re-examining the Metaphor of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’ in the Philippines”. Written by Atty. Jenny Domino, Fellow for Democracy and Human Rights of the Stratbase ADR Institute. Her paper argues that metaphor of the “marketplace of ideas” remains a popular semantic… Read More

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Orlando Oxales, Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute and Lead Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines Despite the shift in the academic calendar for some colleges and universities, June for many is still synonymous with the opening of classes. This year, some 27.8 million learners, or almost 3 percent more than last year, are set to either… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute The overwhelming victory of the allies of the administration in the senatorial race is expected to lead to the rise of a new “supermajority” in the Senate. Nine out of the 12 winners are allies of the administration. Of the 12, only three were not personally endorsed… Read More

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