How transparent is our National Budget?

Edwin Santiago, Executive Director of the Stratbase ADR Institute The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) lists eight major characteristics of good governance — participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law. Of these, accountability and transparency are arguably the… Read More

Economic “Drivers and Spoilers” of 2018

Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute The economic momentum has slowed down in the third quarter of 2018. But the economic managers are hopeful that the resilience of the Philippine economy in 2018 will likely continue over the medium term. As a result of the underperformance of the agriculture and unprecedented increase in inflation,… Read More

The geo-political fault line in Philippine society

Dr. Renato Cruz de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute During his six-year term, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III pursued a balancing or a challenging policy on China’s expansive maritime claim in the South China Sea. He countered China by shifting the Armed Forces of… Read More