Why public institutions matter in pandemic and non-pandemic times

Dr. Francisco A. Magno, Trustee and Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute The Philippines is at a critical juncture in its history as the COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc on our health and economy. Last week, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported that gross domestic product (GDP) dropped by 0.7% during the first quarter and 16.5%… Read More

The ‘oligarchy’ smoke screen

Orlando Oxales, President of Stratbase Research and Intelligence (SRi) and Lead Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines One of the President’s most quoted digressing remarks during his penultimate SONA, an expected element every time he speaks in public, was his renewed tirades against the two telcos, threatening to “expropriate” their operations because of, “less-than-ideal service that the… Read More

Digital infrastructure for online learning

Terry Ridon, Non-Resident Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute and Convenor of InfraWatch PH This week, many schools around the country have formally started online classes. In the first few days, students and their teachers will be orienting themselves with the various applications needed for effective teaching delivery. Schoolchildren will have to content themselves with… Read More

Telco threats

Terry Ridon, Non-Resident Fellow of the Stratbase ADRi and Convenor of InfraWatch PH In last week’s State of the Nation Address, the President started with a rambling, vaguely coherent rant, complaining about the poor level of service of the two leading telcos and urging them to improve their services by December so he can “call… Read More

ADRi vTHD: “Continuing Political Development Toward a Better (New) Normal: Making Public Institutions Matter”

Insofar as to what have been claimed about the achievements of the Duterte Presidency and as we are fast approaching the remaining years of its political timeline, the Filipino citizenry should in turn look into four challenges under which we can move and act together to recover, heal, develop, and build forward better. The first… Read More