Fostering a people-centered health agenda

Alvin Manalansan, Non-Resident Fellow of Stratbase ADR Institute and Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines After backtracking from its initial decision, the National Government recently announced that it will push through with the implementation of granular lockdowns. This is being piloted in the National Capital Region until Sept. 30. Since this pandemic began, the government has experimented… Read More

The impact of the Malampaya shutdown

Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute A few weeks before it was set to shut down for preventive maintenance, the Malampaya gas field suddenly stopped supplying fuel to natural gas plants in Luzon. With natural gas output restricted, several large power plants were forced to switch to more expensive fuel sources, reduce output,… Read More

Averting an education crisis

Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute Last week’s column discussed how the continued closure of schools in the Philippines due to the pandemic could be leading to an education crisis in the Philippines. With the country struggling to stop the surging number of COVID-19 cases, face-to-face classes are still prohibited, and Filipino students… Read More

The COVID-19 slide and the digital divide

Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute COVID-19 has forced schools in the Philippines to remain closed for the second straight school year. With face-to-face classes prohibited, students continue their learning through online classes and self-learning modules. Many are concerned, however, over learning loss and the potential long-term negative impact of prolonged school closure,… Read More