Towards sustainable mining and economic recovery

Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the economy. A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that unemployment reached a record-high of 45.5% in July of this year. The SWS also found that 2 in 5 Filipinos believe that the country’s economy will only become… Read More

The anti-corruption challenge in the national budget

Prof. Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute Just recently, Transparency International Philippines (TI), one of the leading civil society actors advocating good governance and accountability, celebrated 25 years of anticorruption work in the Philippines. Together with the Stratbase ADR Institute, a virtual town hall discussion was held to highlight the emerging pandemic of corruption and… Read More

Addressing corruption vulnerabilities in COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Francisco Magno, Trustee and Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute The eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore the severe corruption vulnerabilities in the health sector. Globally, over US$ 7.5 trillion are allocated annually for public health. However, even before the pandemic, it is estimated that the leakage from corruption amounted to 10-25%… Read More

Civil society as a co-producer in fighting corruption

Dr. Francisco A. Magno, Trustee and Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute Allegations of widespread misuse of public funds by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) represent the continuing problem of corruption in the country. All over the world, it has been shown that the battle against corruption is waged not by government accountability agencies alone.… Read More

Stratbase Statement: “Digitization of bureaucracy can kill corruption”

Just recently, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to the Filipino people that all the funds spent for the government’s COVID-19 response would be accounted for. He acknowledged the people’s need to know how each government agency utilized their respective budgets, where these were directed to, or who were the beneficiaries of the public services. For the… Read More

ADRi Statement: “Promoting transparency and accountability through digital transformation”

Despite implementing a multi-sectoral response to the pandemic, the Philippine government continues to struggle in containing the spread of the virus and mitigating its social and economic impact. With more than 200,000 total infections, the Philippines now leads Southeast Asia in the total number of COVID-19 cases. The current situation in the Philippines can be… Read More