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Maria Belen Bonoan


New Online Portal Provides Greater Budget Transparency in Myanmar

August 10, 2016


After four months of much-awaited pronouncement, on July 29 Myanmar’s National League of Democracy-led government finally released its 12-Point Economic Policy outlining key priorities under the country’s new reform strategy. Among these were commitments to strengthen public financial management through more prudent and efficient public spending an… Read more


Zamboanga City Reaps Gains of Better Business Environment

January 12, 2011


Zamboanga City is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines, with a rich history and distinct culture. It is the third largest city in the country in terms of land area, and sixth in terms of population. The city is also a center of economic activities in Mindanao, with a modern seaport and airport that serve as the gateway of goods to the region… Read more


Two Decades of Journey to Local Autonomy in the Philippines

September 1, 2010


The 1991 Local Government Code, which initiated the decentralization process in the Philippines by empowering local governments to more effectively respond to their community needs, has always been referred to as radical and revolutionary. It now serves as an example for other countries on how local governments have accepted, adjusted, and adapted… Read more


In the Philippines: Mindanao Local Governments Gearing up to Become Truly Self Reliant

March 11, 2009


On February 25 – 26, 2009, participants from 11 municipalities in Mindanao gathered to share their different initiatives in making local resources work for effective governance. One of the basic challenges to good governance in the Philippines is the ability of local governments to mobilize and manage local resources effectively to deliver quality… Read more