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SocDem: Filipino Social Democracy in a Time of Turmoil and Transition, 1965-1995


Tolosa, B.J., Jr. (2011) (Editor). Pasig City: the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office.

Because a full-fledged study of Filipino social democracy has not been undertaken before, this book as an effort at collective story-telling is valuable in itself as a way to recover political memories and draw out oral histories of this political tradition. The book also aims to document the history of Filipino social democracy both as an ideology and as a political movement. From these stories, one can draw out distinctive themes and learning experiences that have relevance not just from the perspective of the past but also for renewing political education and engagement at present.

The history of Filipino social democracy is studied in this collection by means of political and organizational narratives spanning the late 1960s until the mid-1990s coming from four social democratic formations.

The book is available at major bookstores such as Fully Booked, Popular Bookstore, Solidaridad, and at the Ateneo de Manila University Press.

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Keeping People Healthy and Far from Hospitals by Holding Local Governments to Account for Outpatient Cure and Diagnostics Services


Bilbao, C., Sabdao, J., Macli-ing, S. MK, & Berronila N., (2011). Quezon City: Institute for Popular Democracy and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office.

The government program for universal health is ambitious but falls short of a comprehensive implementing framework and its respective policies and guidelines. It aims to cover all Filipinos until 2013 but since it has been established, PhilHealth, the implementing agency of the National Health Insurance Program, has yet to attract huge members from the most vulnerable sector – the poorest households. Even PhilHealth’s members have very low utilization of health insurance benefits.

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So-called Socialized Housing is not for the Poor – Towards a Workable Solution for Securing a Place in the City


Esquerra, P. J. H. III. (2011).

Quezon City: Institute for Popular Democracy and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office.

The government’s program for socialized urban poor housing is ambitious but requires a more comprehensive implementation framework and clear policies and guidelines. It seeks to give the informal settlers an opportunity to stay in the cities by shifting emphasis from off-city relocation to area upgrading (on-site) and in-city resettlement through the Community Mortgage Program and presidential land proclamations.

Many factors might enhance or hinder the success of government’s program on socialized housing for the urban poor. One important factor here is the role and cooperation of local government units where the target beneficiaries are located. While housing is part and parcel of urban development plans of local government, such plans are oriented to accommodate consumption investment and middle-income lifestyle.

The book is dedicated to policy makers and decision-makers in agencies that deal with public housing. It also targets urban poor communities as natural constituents who should agree on principle about the viability of the proposed approaches. It also targets people in local government units since they are in the best position to craft and implement policies that will allow for the adoption of the proposed models/approaches.

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Enhancing the Right of Suffrage of Overseas Filipinos: A policy paper on Overseas Absentee Voting (OVA)


Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office (2011).

Lobbying and advocacy require substantial but clear situation analyses and policy proposals that CMA is able to generate collectively and in consultation with its migrant rights partners, organizations of Filipino migrants, other partners in the country and abroad. To deliver its consolidated positions clearly per key policy reform proposals, CMA produced migration policy monographs, as reference materials for target partner advocates.

The first paper seeks to improve the implementation of the Overseas Absentee Voting Law.

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Policy Monitor on the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Charter


Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office (2011).

The study presented as CMA’s second policy on migrant worker welfare sets the clear mandate and guidelines on the operations of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) including its programs and services as well as fund management. The proposals for an OWWA Charter had been consolidated in the House but they still require serious and careful review with the active involvement of migrant workers and other stakeholders including OWWA itself.

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Transformation: A Security Sector Reform Reader


The International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office, (2012).

This publication translates strategic Security Sector Reform (SSR) discourse under the INCITEGov SSR Study Group from 2008 to 2010 into a Reader in support of SSR public discourse. The book offers contributions and lessons of more than 3 years of INCITEGov’s efforts on raising awareness and capability building on SSR among peace advocates, security sector practitioners and other stakeholders.

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Asian Media Barometer Philippines 2011 Report


Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). (2011). Berlin: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

The Philippine media, while recognized as vibrant and free, is under attack, literally, as seen in the high number of journalist killings in the past years. The Philippines, in fact, has been labeled as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. The country is also one of the two remaining countries in the world without a freedom of information legislation.

The Asian Media Barometer (AMB), a work in progress, is a tool designed to be an in-depth, comprehensive description and measurement of national media environments in Asia. Unlike many other press survey or media indices the AMB is a self-assessment exercise based on criteria from international protocols and declarations and informed of the country context. It can be used as a practical lobbying tool for media development.

The specific topics on media environment that are discussed and assessed in the book can be grouped into four sectors:

  1. Freedom of information, including freedom of media, are effectively protected and promoted
  2. The media landscape, including new media, is characterized by diversity, independence and sustainability
  3. Broadcasting regulation is transparent and independent; the state broadcaster is transformed into a truly public broadcaster
  4. The media practice high levels of professional standards.

First used in 2009 in Asia (Pakistan and India), the AMB was adapted from the African Media Barometer founded in 2005.

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Migrant Workers’ Rights to Social Protection in ASEAN: Case studies of Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand


Hall, A. (2011). Singapore: Migrant Forum in Asia and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia.

Social protection has, over the past few years, become a significant issue in many countries, including those countries in the ASEAN region. The world of work has become increasingly precarious for many workers, particularly those in the informal sector, many of whom are migrant workers. The global financial crisis has heightened the precariousness of work, and over the last few years we have witnessed the steady erosion of protections for workers all across the world.

Migrant workers are among the most adversely affected by this rollback of labour protections. Looked to as a pool of cheap, flexible, and exploitable labour, rights for migrant workers are often secondary to the economic benefits they bring to both countries of origin (by providing a cheap labour force) and countries of destination (through their considerable remittances).

The research is a desk-based evaluation of primary and secondary documents on social security in Asia. A survey is used to collect information from CSOs working at the grassroots level on the effectiveness and accessibility of social protection for migrant workers and members of their families.

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Putting Agriculture in the Center of P’Noy’s Development Strategy Agenda


Bello, W. & Bernabe, R. (2011). Putting Agriculture in the center of P’Noy’s Development Strategy Agenda. Quezon City: Active Citizenship Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office

This nine-point agenda is drawn from the Left’s long and rich engagement, cooperation and work with small farmers, fishers, non-government organizations and civil society groups in agriculture. These recommendations follows a development path as they put agriculture at the front and center of the proposed development strategy and lead straight to poverty reduction, food security and sustainable economic growth and development.