Is the Philippine economy too strict?— Debunking the foreign direct investment myth
here are already numerous laws allowing 100% foreign ownership in most of the economy including manufacturing, trade, banking, telecommunications, most of transport and power, and even in mining and renewable energy sources. The economy is now among the most open economies in the region.
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The College Editors Guild of the Philippines, together with its allied groups and fellow progressive media sector formations, condemn in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Juan “Johnny Walker” Jumalon this morning, November 5.
Jumalon, 57, was killed on air as he tended to his morning broadcast at the 94.7 Calamba Gold FM. His murder, done in broad daylight at his home station in Calamba town, was caught live on his station’s Facebook Page Livestream.
PPSE conclude Zero Waste Month, vows to intensify campaign against plastic pollution and false solutions in PangasinanPangasinan People's Strike for the Environment | February 5, 2023
Pangasinan People’s Strike for the Environment ended the Zero Waste Month with a forum entitled “WALANG PLASTIKAN: a fotum on Plastic Pollution and Ecological Alternatives.Pangasinan People’s Strike for the Environment ended the Zero Waste Month with a forum entitled “WALANG PLASTIKAN: a fotum on Plastic Pollution and Ecological Alternatives”.
Statement on the Immediate Resurface of CERNET Staff April Dyan Gumanao and Labor Rights Advocate Armand Jake DayohaCommunity Empowerment Resource Network, Inc. | January 19, 2023
CERNET, Inc. finds this incident seriously alarming considering the existing trend of attacks on development workers in Central Visayas, starting with the abduction and death of Elena Tijamo of the Central Visayas Farmers Development Center.
CPDG together with the Stop the Discrimination Coalition and the Commission on Human RIghts set up a dedicated booth to advocate for the legislation of the Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Bill (CADB), which aims to address discrimination faced by all marginalized sectors of Filipino society and the cross-sectional discrimination they confront. Additionally, CPDG emphasized the urgent passage of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill, which seeks to prohibit various forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.
Environmental and human rights groups expressed their concern over the controversial New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project to United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights Ian Fry, in line with his official visit to the Philippines this week.
The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG), along with its network of human rights defenders (HRDs) and other civil society organizations (CSOs), renewed calls on the Philippine government to act decisively and be true to its declared commitment to respect human rights. This begins with ending impunity for continuing violations of the Filipino people’s human rights.
We believe that people’s issues are gender issues. Under the looming Marcos Jr. administration, the rising prices of commodities and transportation fares, along with decreased wages and currency value, have intensified the struggles faced by marginalized and subordinated sectors, especially women and the LGBTQ+ community.
CPDG stands up versus corporate power at the Asia Pacific Peoples’ Forum on Sustainable Development 2023March 26, 2023
The Council for People’s Development attends the Asia Pacific Peoples’ Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand. With this year’s theme, “Change the System, Shift the Power: Challenging Imperialism and Corporate Capture of the COVID-19 Recovery and the 2030 Agenda”, civil society presents the regional people’s realities in today’s context. These realities include the regression to attainment of the sustainable development goals and the 2030 agenda due to systemic barriers such as uneven development, vindication of neoliberal policies, and corporate war.
Media Release | 6 November 2022 In October 2022, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla led the government delegation during the fifth periodic review of the Philippines by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. The result was just as expected. On November 4, the UN Human Rights Committee released its concluding observations, calling […]
COP27 and the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation in the Philippines’ are taking place this November. Philippine CSOs call on the Philippine government to seriously address the interconnected chronic economic and environmental crises magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. They push for adoption of the priority recommendations on sustainable use of the environment and the right to development including the passing of urgent legislation such as the People’s Green New Deal.
CPDG expresses extreme concern that the Philippine government is leaving marginalized sectors and vulnerable groups behind due to very poor preparation and ultra-hasty implementation of the SIM Registration Act. Since there is no get-at-table Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training in the country, digitally incapacitated sectors become more vulnerable by unwillingly, worse unknowingly, giving out their personal data, metadata, and information.
Closing Remarks, CPDG Vice President Rochelle M. Porras, 17 February 2023 Thank you to all that worked on this, it has been months, for many of us many many months of engagements for the 4th cycle of UPR, 250 recommendations. We have much to do but this small step of success must also be celebrated, […]
Opening Remarks of CHR Chairperson Atty. Richard P. Palpal-latoc, 17 February 2023 Distinguished guests, our partners, the Civil Society Organizations, colleagues from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Signe Poulsen and Ms Arbena Kuriu, fellow human rights defenders, friends, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant morning to all! It is an […]