Beware of China giving gifts: The risk of joint development of the South China Sea resources

Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program of the Stratbase ADR Institute A few weeks after his fifth visit to China, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed that Chinese President Xi Jingping offered him a controlling stake in a proposed joint energy exploration in the West Philippine… Read More

Stratbase ADR Institute’s Third Quarter 2019 SPARK: “The Duterte Presidency at the Crossroads”

It is with pleasure that we share with you our latest SPARK entitled, “The Duterte Presidency at the Crossroads”. This paper consists of five sections. While the introduction lays the general landscape within which the present government could be understood, the second part comparatively discusses the achievements and the SONA (State of the Nation Address)… Read More

How the recycling industry can help reduce plastic pollution

Vanessa Pepino, Non-Resident Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute Plastic waste pollution is one of the country’s most pressing environmental problems. However, what is unknown to most is that in 2018, plastic imports grew by 1.5% and was valued at US$ 180 million. This was needed to fuel our manufacturing industries and meet the seemingly… Read More

The enabling strategy

Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute In the playbook of democratic governance, government and its institutions perform the role of an enabler that provides the necessary legal and regulatory environment for the delivery of better and affordable public services. While the political stiffness rendered by centralized services has made government programs inept amidst… Read More

ADRi Occasional Paper: “Revitalizing the Philippine Recycling Industry: A Viable Strategy for Solid Waste Management”

We are pleased to share with you our August Occasional Paper, entitled “Revitalizing the Philippine Recycling Industry: A Viable Strategy for Solid Waste Management” written  by our Environment Fellow, Ms. Vanessa Pepino. The paper focuses on how a vibrant and well-integrated Recycling Industry is necessary to develop a more efficient and effective solid waste management… Read More