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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In the wake of the mobility restrictions during the strict quarantine conditions last year, Philippine telcos have reported a 500% increase in data usage when lockdowns started last year because of the massive shift to online services to adapt to travel restrictions and working from home. This is a pandemic induced phenomenon that has permanently… Read More

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It is with pleasure that we share with you our January 2021 Occasional Paper entitled, “The 2021 National Budget: What Promise Does it Bring to the Filipino People?” and authored by our very own Edwin P. Santiago (Member, Editorial Board) and Venice Isabelle T. Rañosa (Research Manager). As you may have known, the GAA of… Read More

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Dr. Jaime Jimenez, Deputy Executive Director for Research, Stratbase ADR Institute In a pandemic, the prevention of a wider spread of a virus and economic recovery are the essentials of the day. Among other things, budgeting during a pandemic needs to focus on three things: response measures, social protection, and economic stimulus. The theme of… Read More

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a hidden weakness of global economies: healthcare systems are not as healthy as we thought they were. The pandemic showed that even the best healthcare systems of the most technologically advanced countries can be strained in the absence of a basic cure in the form of a working vaccine. Since the… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute Turning over to a new year always gives Filipinos new hope. Last year, with its economic turmoil, health risks, and social uproar, was challenging, to say the least. Many have taken to calling 2020 a “lost year.” An apt description given the lives, businesses, opportunities, and the suffering over… Read More

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Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute The other day, Moody’s Analytics reported that it expects the Philippines to be the last economy in the Asia Pacific Region to fully recover from the recession induced by COVID-19. Moody’s also said the Philippines and India are the countries least committed to fiscal stimulus despite being… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The year 2020 has been the most challenging period for the Duterte Administration. On one hand, Philippine governance and society are now confronted by compound problems caused by or aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and government measures to control the spread of infections—a weak health care system, inadequate social… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute In the Stratbase ADR Institute Special Study entitled “The Challenge of Managing 21st Century Pandemics Amidst the US-China Strategic Competition,” trustee and program convenor Dr. Renato C. De Castro emphasized that “while the global society grapples to control and eradicate the COVID-19 virus: it ignores the big picture that pandemics… Read More

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Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute There is no doubt that people will remember 2020 as the year the world was introduced to COVID-19, the virus behind the global pandemic that has led to over 1.8 million deaths, caused economies to crash, and opened doors to corruption around the world.  In the Philippines, COVID-19… Read More

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