The Stratbase ADR Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRi) is an independent, international research organization focused on the in-depth analysis of economic, social, political and strategic issues influencing the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region. At the age of geopolitical uncertainties and technological advancements, ADRi gives equal importance to the interdependent nature of states, sectors and stakeholders for its strategic analyses and solutions design.

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, Indo-Pacific 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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Thinking Beyond Politics

Day 2 of The Stratbase ADR Institute’s Pilipinas Conference was equally insightful as Day 1. On this day, the discussions centered on how the government can most effectively collaborate with the private sector in bringing about economic recovery, and sustained and inclusive development.

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During trying times, people will need all the help they can get. In a world filled with complex and intertwined political, economic and social challenges, it is only through a concerted effort by various stakeholders can these obstacles be addressed.

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Day 1 of the Pilipinas Conference turned out to be everything we had expected and more. Our esteemed guests from the public sector, private sector, civil society, as well as the diplomatic community, enthusiastically shared their time and their precious insights to deepen our discussions on how we can more effectively respond to the challenges of the times.

This is our seventh Pilipinas Conference, and I have reason to believe we will look forward to many more.

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Since 2016, the Stratbase ADR Institute has held its annual Pilipinas Conference to spark ideas and generate discussions on pressing issues of its time. Now on its seventh year, the Pilipinas Conference 2022 aimed to continue forwarding multi-sectoral collaboration and impacting policies on the most urgent social, political, and economic challenges that influence the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region.

Moving forward from the 2022 Philippine national elections and keeping in mind the various crises the country faces, it is important to engage the new government on how it intends to set the course for the next six years.

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Maritime security has become an important dimension of global security despite being frequently overlooked in coverage of international affairs.

The heightened competition in the maritime domain, as well as the emergence of various maritime security challenges have continued to elevate risks and put existing regional mechanisms under pressure.

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“Attracting investments” is an often-espoused objective when we talk about the economy. The objective is to make our country more attractive to investors, whether foreign or domestic, who would put in capital and operate their businesses here in the Philippines. These businesses stimulate economic activity, create jobs for the people, allowing them to have an income they could spend on their needs and wants, and to improve their quality of life.

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A nation’s long-term prosperity can only be attained through a holistic strategy where all stakeholders have a valuable contribution that leaves no one behind. That, essentially, sums up the action plan needed to address the paradoxes in Philippine society today.

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Amid new and evolving dynamisms in our economic and political landscapes, we struggle to grasp the “long-running development issues” that Philippine society confronts and craft comprehensive responses to achieve inclusive resurgence from the pandemic and sustainable growth. In the economic realm, the imperative of pursuing an investment-led growth and the development of human capital are twin goals of overcoming the long emergency of bouncing back from a crisis.

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This discussion aimed to tackle the importance of democratic principles, including collective citizen participation, transparency and accountability, and the rule of law. It also tackled how public opinion or surveys affect the multi-dimensional issues besetting the current administration. Lastly, it looked into various strategies that participants can use in advancing their own governance-related advocacies in the digital age.

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