China’s gray zone operation in the making?: A commentary on Julian Felipe Reef crisis

Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute On March 20, 2021, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana officially informed the Filipino nation about the presence of around 220-blue hulled Chinese fishing vessels moored in line formation at Julian Felipe Reef (international name… Read More

Private sector drive for strong, inclusive recovery

Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The year 2020 was a great disruption that reversed the Philippine economy’s growth with a full-year contraction of 9.5 percent, the country’s worst economic performance in 73 years. This was also the steepest decline recorded in Southeast Asia last year. Likewise a record was the country’s annual unemployment rate… Read More

Why digital transformation needs the private sector’s spirit

Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute The Stratbase ADR Institute recently launched a quarterly virtual roundtable discussion series highlighting the business sector’s role in addressing economic insecurity brought upon by the pandemic. Kicked-off last month, the inaugural session brought together thought leaders from the country’s most prominent business groups to talk about how… Read More

Integrating whole-of-society partnerships toward recovery and growth

Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The year 2020 turned out to be another indelible page in history; a period of great disruption not only for the Philippines but also for the rest of the world. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the global recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic averaged -3.5% in 2020.… Read More