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 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.
The Council for People’s Development and Governance, through its esteemed members, were able to address the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2023, and unpack the different systemic barriers and challenges in achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of the multiple crises, including the shrinking civic spaces. They also raised the calls for development justice and higlighted the role of civil society in development processes.
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.
Human rights stakeholders discussed recommendations for the Philippines from the 4th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations (UN) on the country’s human rights record and identified ways forward. The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) co-organized the event with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Philippines, the United Nations (UN) […]
Christmas wish: Marcos Jr administration challenged to act on children’s rights violations, tackle peace processDecember 22, 2022
Numerous child rights violations happened under the watch of the Duterte administration, prompting child rights advocates and groups to call on the Marcos administration to address these including the resumption of peace negotiations that will identify solutions to socioeconomic strife.
Social enterprises can be viable partners in nation building towards people-centered development if driven by social mission to uplift the lives and improve overall well-being of the marginalized. Community-based initiatives flourished even without government support, but they are threatened because of authoritarian neo-liberalism.
CPDG supports the people’s calls for living wage for workers, support subsidy or ayuda for poor households, as well as production subsidy for farmers and fisherfolks, and lowering of the prices of basic goods amid falling household incomes and increasing poverty across the nation.
National civil society body Council for People’s Development and Governance holds a collective action with CSOs to re-echo the voices of various stakeholders in their joint recommendations to ensure the Filipino people’s civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights and freedom of expression, association, and assembly.
Continuing rights violations belie PBBM’s promise to protect human rights, CSOs call govt to adopt stakeholder recommendations as UN review of PH human rights situation nearsAugust 11, 2022
At the conclusion of a series of consultation-workshops on the state of human rights in the country, over 100 civil society organizations (CSOs) noted continuing rights violations and impunity in the new administration. They pointed out that this runs contrary to the promise President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr made in June, at a meeting with the UN resident Coordinator to the Philippines, to protect human rights during his administration.