Infusing Reform in Elections: The Partisan Electoral Engagement of Reform Movements in Post-EDSA Law Philippines
Aceron, J., David, R., Leonillo, G., Buenaventura, V. (2012). Quezon City: Ateneo School of Government
In the Philippines, since the end of martial law, civil society has been hailed as “the savior of governance,” playing the roles underperformed by the government or filling the gaps in the services needed by the people. One of the most crucial elements of civil society engagement in the Philippines is its reform work that is varied and encompassing. These actors constitute a large portion of what is being referred to as reform movements in the Philippines, which consist also of the reformers in government, political parties, local government units and other arenas.
The book centers on the engagement of the reform movements in partisan electoral politics, particularly in presidential elections, as part of their efforts for reforms. The book chronicles the engagements of these groups and actors in 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010 presidential campaigns, drawing lessons that can guide future actions in advancing reforms through partisan electoral engagement.
Mesa-Lago, C., Viajar, V.Q. Castillo, R. (2012).
Pasig City: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Philippine Office
The study equips unions, government institutions, political parties, the academe, and other critical stakeholders with an accurate, objective and fundamental knowledge of the various pension schemes in the Philippines and the resulting massive discrepancies in terms of coverage and benefits. The study also contains policy recommendations and suggestions for reform in the Pension system in the Philippines.
For Democracy and Human Rights: Rekindling the Lessons of Martial Law and the People Power Revolt Public Exhibition Booklet
Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking
The exhibit booklet provides a pocket size copy of the exhibit created by the Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The booklet offers information and raises awareness of young people – the country’s next generation of leaders – on the actual events that had transpired during — and serious institutional damage that was effected by — the Martial Law period (1972-81). It creates a platform to reintroduce democratic values, principles, norms and lessons from Martial Law and from the first EDSA People Power Revolt.
Social Security for Overseas Filipino Workers in the Top Ten Countries of Destination: A Survey of Social Protection Mechanisms and Recommendations for Reform
Center for Migrant Advocacy
The study takes a critical look at the labor and social laws as well as existing Social Security programs available to OFWs in the sample of top ten destination countries. It specifically identifies programs and policies that address Social Security and Social Protection of migrants and how these apply or not apply to migrant workers. In conclusion, it highlights the major issues and concerns of migrant workers and puts forward recommendations for consideration of the Philippine government and involved destination countries as well as migrant advocates.
Pertierra, Raul (2012)
FESMedia Asia, FES in Asia
“The New Media, Society and Politics in the Philippines” is a publication that looks into the wide range of perspectives on Philippine politics and democracy vis-à-vis its media landscape and society.
As the author Raul Pertierra mentioned in the Abstract: “[Philippines] media is legendary for its critical stance and free-wheeling approach. It launched the so-called people power movement in 1986, inspiring other countries in non-violent revolution. It has accepted and domesticated the new media enthusiastically, making it the texting capital of the world and among the highest users of Facebook. The country is also known as the economic basket case of Asia, living on the income of its overseas workers. It is also among the most corrupt in the region. Its political elite rules uninterruptedly, winning elections repeatedly. It is the only country without divorce and contraception is too expensive for its poor. After Iraq, the Philippines is the most dangerous country for journalists.”