The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) joins all human rights defenders and development workers declaring support for the Palestinian people striving for their sovereign rights as a nation and as a people.
There is mounting evidence the Anti-Terrorism Act or Republic Act No. 11479 is being weaponized against rights defenders. CSOs call for its review and repeal.
To foster unity and work towards genuine peace, the Philippine government has to heed the calls and demands of the people and implement human rights-based and people-centered policies ensuring people’s democratic participation in governance and development.
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 holds in high esteem the valiant Filipino workers who relentlessly advance the calls and campaigns for decent and sustainable livelihoods throughout the country. On May 1, 2023, various multisectoral groups joined workers in commemorating International Labor Day in the Philippines. The groups have united to call on the […]
The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) strongly condemns the vicious killing of Alex Dolorosa, a paralegal officer, and union organizer of the BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) Philippines Bacolod chapter. Dolorosa is also an LGBTQIA activist under the BPO Employees, Gay, Lesbians and Allies for Genuine Acceptance and Democracy (BEGLAD). This heinous act of violence against a development worker like Alex Dolorosa is not only a tragedy, but also an affront to the advancement of civic spaces.
Genuine peace and unity can only be attained if the root causes of poverty and inequality are resolved with people-centered and human rights-based development policies and programs.
CPDG reminds the government to honor its international human rights commitments including the OECD-DAC recommendations on enabling CSOs which includes creating and fostering an enabling environment for CSOs and other stakeholders for democratic participation in governance and development. CPDG and other civil society networks across the Philippines forward the CSO Manifesto which aims to enable and strengthen civic spaces in the country and serve as a protection mechanism for CSOs including rights defenders, humanitarian and development workers as they carry out their development work.
The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) supports the various workers groups in their demands to uphold freedom of association and right to organize, collective bargaining and living wage, among others.
The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) applauds the decision of the Court of Tax Appeals to acquit Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and Rappler of the tax evasion charges filed by the Duterte administration on date. This, by far, is the latest triumph against state intimidation on its critics and media repression.