The Asia Foundation’s programs in the Philippines promote policy reform, citizen participation, and better governance to support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, encourage reform in the security sector, and foster peace and development in Mindanao. Building on our wide network of partners, we are helping government, local nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to strengthen democratic institutions and create sustainable economic growth.
Accessible Polling Places
The Foundation successfully built a multi-sectoral coalition that promotes the participation of people with disabilities (PWDs) in the democratic process. The 2016 Philippine national elections not only set a new record for voter turnout, it also marked the first time that Republic Act 10366 was fully implemented. This act mandates that polling stations be fully accessible for PWDs. We worked with a coalition and members of the PWD sector to apply the existing law to increase voter registration and the number of accessible polling places. From only two polling places available to disabled voters in 2013, today there are more than 5,000 such polling places.
NEWS FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Governance in the Philippines
September 8, 2017
South China Sea Dispute Undermines Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
August 23, 2017
Increasing Trade and Investment
We work with the Philippine government and private sector to enhance national competitiveness and promote increased trade and investment. Our efforts, from assisting with the passage of bills and issuance of policies liberalizing inter-island shipping, shifting into a market-based right-of-way acquisition modality for infrastructure projects, enhancing electricity supply procurement through a competitive selection process, supporting the regional open skies, to promoting the expansion of key industries, last year helped realize more than $5 billion worth of public and private investments for roads, water, energy generation, and agribusinesses, such as cacao and seaweed.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Forced Labor and Child Trafficking in India’s Garment Sector
September 20, 2017
Asia Foundation Development Fellows 2017 in San Francisco
September 18, 2017
Library of Congress Honors Asia Foundation for Promoting Literacy
September 14, 2017
Labor Migration’s Impact Economically, Socially and Politically in Nepal
September 7, 2017