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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Atty. Hannah Viola, Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute Due to the difficult challenges in water, climate, energy, and waste management that humanity is facing today, the traditional concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has evolved to embrace new concepts such as “Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) standards,” “People, Planet, Profit,” “Impact Investing,” and “Corporate… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute An expansionary fiscal policy is said to exist if government increases its spending (i.e., the “Build, build, build” program) or decreases direct taxes (i.e., income tax and corporate taxes), or it does both. The rationale behind such moves is the strategic goal of revitalizing the economy and… Read More

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Edwin Santiago, Fellow and Member of the Editorial Board of the Stratbase ADR Institute The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its website, does not seem alarmed about climate change, although it recognizes its presence. According to PAGASA, “climate change is happening now,” adding that “it is most likely due to the observed… Read More

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Orlando Oxales, Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute and Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines Environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s “How dare you?” speech during the United Nations Climate Action Summit demanded real action from world leaders to avert what she passionately described as “the beginnings of a mass extinction.” This speech has gone viral in social media… Read More

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Ren de los Santos, Research Manager of the Stratbase Group Innovation has always been a buzzword thrown around in the industry. Much like a placebo, the use of the word elicits a sense of optimism. For many, the surface level understanding of innovation includes a departure from an archaic disposition or a bygone era. The… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute In the recent Technology and Innovation Summit entitled, “Innovative Philippines: Transforming Barriers to Productivity, Transparency and Inclusive Growth,” organized by the Stratbase Group, thought leaders from government, and the information and communications technology (ICT) sector came together to discuss the challenges faced by the industry, as well… Read More

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We are pleased to share with you our September 2019 Occasional Paper, entitled “A Policy Agenda for Creating a National Digital Transformation Strategy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Philippines” written by Dr. Sherwin Ona, an associate professor of political science at De La Salle University, Manila. The paper focuses on the policy-related developments and numerous… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute There was so much hype about the Philippines’ pivot to China, but there are no significant results until now. After President Duterte’s visit to China last month, his fifth, we can’t help but ask whether the foreign policy shift has indeed translated to tangible benefits for Filipinos.… Read More

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Orlando Oxales, Deputy Managing Director of the Stratbase Group and ICT Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute Addressing the rollout delays of the nationwide free public Wi-Fi hotspots is on top of the priorities of recently confirmed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan. “We will first connect everybody to each… Read More

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