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Cebu governor says no more fund transfers to NGOs, CSOs

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia says she wants to avoid a controversy similar to the pork barrel scam

NO PORK. No fund transfers will be allowed to NGOs or CSOs Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia says. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office's Facebook page

ASEAN NGOs decry rights atrocities, inequitable policies in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:16 PM

'An important element of the discussions is to really strengthen the solidarity of the peoples among Southeast Asia'

UNITED IN SOLIDARITY. Representatives from different civil society movements in the ASEAN region gathered at the People Power Monument as a sign of protest to the current ASEAN policies

Civic groups offer 10 recommendations to make ASEAN inclusive

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:56 PM

ASEAN civil society groups say that the protection of human rights in the region is 'inadequate'

ASEAN civil society groups to highlight human rights issues in region

Nov 10, 2017 - 7:26 PM

'ASEAN is not a safe place for human rights activists and defenders, journalists, and people who have been progressive and modernizing ideas,' says the steering committee of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference to be held in Manila

Palawan CSOs see hope in Renewable Portfolio Standards

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:19 PM

'Palawan has a lot of land, so there is definitely [a] potential to put up renewable energy here,' says National Renewable Energy Board Chairman Jose Layug

File photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

ASEAN countries urged to boost spending on social protection

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:53 PM

A UNESCAP report says expanding coverage for social protection is among the schemes that could distribute economic growth and limit inequality

VULNERABLE. Only two countries in Southeast Asia allocates more than 6% of their GDP for social protection. AFP file photo

The beckoning

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:45 AM

How Brother Armin Luistro is responding to the realities he saw as a government official and how civil society’s role may be on the rise again

HRW on war on drugs: PH needs 'international intervention'

Feb 20, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Describing the Philippine situation as a human rights calamity Human Rights Watch Deputy Director Phelim Kine says the Philippines needs an urgent international intervention to address human rights violations

HUMAN RIGHTS. Human Rights Watch Deputy Director Philem Kine says that the human rights problem in the country require international intervention. Photo by Marvin Tandayu

CODE-NGO to Diokno: Reconsider plan to drop BUB

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

The Caucus of Development NGO Networks urges budget secretary Benjamin Diokno to review of the bottom up budgeting program before pushing through with their plan

What a Duterte presidency will mean for climate action in the Philippines

May 17, 2016 - 6:30 PM

As president he will chair the Climate Change Commission which mainly negotiates for the country at the United Nations

Image by Alejandro Edoria / Rappler

The time has come to break free from fossil fuel

May 17, 2016 - 3:06 PM

While we have been so active in climate change negotiations we have to match it with actually protecting and conserving our environment We have all the progressive laws and policies but the problem is implementation

IN PHOTOS: Paris streets festive, call for climate justice

Dec 13, 2015 - 4:55 AM

Take a look at how Parisians took over the streets in the name of climate justice

RED LINES. Advocates carry a long trail of red cloth to represent 'red lines' or climate issues that cannot be compromised

#COP21: Paris pact draws cheers, but what's next?

Dec 13, 2015 - 3:42 AM

Various sectors praise the Paris deal But the clock is ticking they warn

WATCH: A red line at the heart of #COP21

Dec 12, 2015 - 1:42 AM

Over a hundred civil society representatives carry a long trail of red cloth to represent red lines In climate negotations red lines refer to issues that cannot be compromised

Ombudsman urged to probe 'chronic absenteeism' in House

Dec 03, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Civil society leaders say the habitual absence of some lawmakers erodes public trust

QUORUM WOES. Tardiness has always been in a problem in the lower house.

Social Dev't Celebration: CSOs to converge for inclusive growth

Nov 10, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Civil society continues to have an active role in the Philippines Many civil society organizations are involved in grassroots work policy and advocacy work and reform agendas

#KeepUsInTheRoom: Civil society protests lockdown of Bonn climate negotiations

Oct 22, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Civil society organizations are locked out from the climate negotiations on with only negotiators and delegates allowed inside the conference center

The moral compass of ASEAN

Jun 21, 2015 - 4:53 PM

Philippines has become ASEAN s moral compass through its commitment to democracy the rule of law good governance freedom of speech and association economic transparency and international law

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders (L-R) Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong link their hand for a group photo session during the opening ceremony of the 25th ASEAN Summit at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, 12 November 2014. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

In ASEAN, women empowerment low on priority list

Mar 08, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Civil societies in Southeast Asia question why ASEAN member countries are able to find compromise when it comes to economic and political issues but refuse to give up sovereignty when it comes to human rights

LOW ON LIST. Social-cultural issues like women empowerment are behind political and economic issues when it comes to priorities of ASEAN member states. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

ASEAN countries slow in funding women empowerment

Mar 06, 2015 - 11:04 AM

Despite the establishment of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children member states have dragged their feet in donating money to the commission stalling its projects and work plan

SLOW-MOVING. The ACWC is unable to complete their projects that would help women in ASEAN due to lack of funding. File photo

Hollande PH visit, Corona joins ouster, Enrile at Makati Med | The wRap

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:23 PM

French President Hollande visits the Philippines to fight climate change Former chief justice Corona says “Oust Aquino ” Senator Enrile is rushed to Makati Medical Center

NGOs and the rise of new leaders

Aug 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM

People like myself who teach and practice development work can only hope that someday as it did during the People Power Revolution the margins can take center stage and that the grassroots can eventually grow in the gardens of Malacañang

Lessons for the academe from Jesse Robredo

Aug 20, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Jesse’s stirring words become more crucial today as we confront the public cynicism amid the never ending tales of corruption issues and deepening social inequality

Domain .NGO to be launched for non-government orgs

Aug 14, 2014 - 6:50 PM

NGO will give civil society its own home on the Internet

Politically divided Indonesians unite for Palestinians

Jul 17, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Small businesses civil society groups and activists have launched various initiatives to raise funds and spread awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE. Indonesian protesters wave Palestinian flags during a rally in Banda Aceh on July 15, 2014. Protesters are demanding the international community to take actions to stop the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

15th annual Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute begins

May 14, 2014 - 2:35 PM

MPI is an Asian peacebuilding training institute grounded in the Mindanao context using models developed and adapted for and by Asians

Delay in graphic warning bill 'persecuting Filipinos' – groups

Apr 16, 2014 - 1:12 PM

A 2008 Australian study shows exposure to graphic health warnings can make smokers think twice about smoking

Bangsamoro draft law complete, set to be submitted to Palace

Apr 13, 2014 - 4:54 PM

Mindanao CSOs will hold a rally Monday afternoon to mark another step forward in the peace roadmap

DILG to prioritize Yolanda areas for anti-poverty projects

Apr 11, 2014 - 11:07 PM

DILG is hoping local governments can draft clear plans for spending the money

PH disaster agency puzzle: What to do with civil society?

Apr 06, 2014 - 8:42 PM

Civil society organizations tell the Philippine government: don t leave us out

File photo of Hernani, Eastern Samar by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Brazil dreams of zero hunger

Dec 14, 2013 - 9:24 PM

Through Brazil s government program Fome Zero a well informed public becomes the country s greatest weapon against hunger

NDRRMC: Too many cooks spoil the broth

Nov 30, 2013 - 10:46 PM

The law creating the NDRRMC may have its innovations but it fails Yolanda s horrific test

US, China, Google on the spot over spying

Oct 24, 2013 - 7:08 AM

THE IGF s workshop on online oppression sparks a heated debate

TOUGH QUESTIONS. Panelists at the Internet Governance Forum's workshop on Oppression Online face tough questions from delegates about surveillance. US State Department official Scott Busby (second from left) and Google's Ross Young (4th from left) was asked the most questions. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

USAID launches $24M Phil-Am fund for civil society

Oct 01, 2013 - 10:47 AM

The United States Agency for International Development launches a new fund for civil society organizations

The rains of Maring: Lessons learned

Aug 22, 2013 - 9:00 AM

To work preparedness must be a public private endeavor Unfortunately the business and commercial sectors went their merry way

Empower citizens, prepare LGUs

Jul 25, 2013 - 7:50 PM

Congresswomen Leni Robredo and Kaka Bag ao join NGOs in their crusade for people power governance

Soon in PH: crowdsourced laws?

Jul 04, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Sen TG Guingona refiles his crowdsourcing bill allowing netizens to participate in the lawmaking process

High hopes for PWD-inclusive election

May 08, 2013 - 10:49 PM

A free concert to encourage PWDs to cast their votes in the coming elections was held Monday May 6

Bottom-up budgeting: Moving up, but long way to go

Apr 14, 2013 - 3:13 PM

After rejecting citizen groups proposals for the budget regional officials asked citizen leaders to sign an alternative list the officials themselves drafted

5 tips for the confused, frustrated voter

Oct 26, 2012 - 7:31 AM

Stuck with Mr Trapo Madame Epal and father and son politico what can voters do?

Anti-tobacco group demands Recto's resignation

Oct 10, 2012 - 9:53 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Recto defied the Aquino administration s reform agenda by endorsing a watered down version of the sin tax bill