Posts By Nadine S. Ragonjan

Notes from the Field

Barangay Elections in the Philippines Test Security

November 6, 2013

Five months after the May mid-term national and local elections in the Philippines, nearly 54 million citizens across 42,000 barangays (villages) headed to the polls on October 28 to elect their new barangay chairpersons and councilors.

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In The News

Cautious Optimism in the Philippines as Elections Considered ‘Generally Peaceful’

May 15, 2013

In the lead up to the Philippine midterm elections on May 13, the Philippine National Police (PNP) identified 15 provinces as priority areas where there was a risk of election violence. These areas have a history of intense political contestations…

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In The News

Can Reforms Rid Southern Philippines of Election-Related Violence for Good?

January 16, 2013

Four months from now, the Philippines will once again be in the spotlight as citizens exercise their right to suffrage in congressional and local elections. It is because of this right that people and the institutions of the government must ensure that an enabling environment is provided for an effective electoral process.

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Notes from the Field

To Increase Transparency, Make Local Budgets Public in the Philippines

November 3, 2010

Local government budgets in the Philippines are by nature public and are important instruments for policy making and planning. But, inequities often emerge when local officials monopolize allocation decisions, which do not always reflect the priorities of the people who rely on local government services such as health care, social services, and low-cost housing for […]

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