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Nadine S. Ragonjan


Young Advocates Use Art to Promote Peace in Southern Philippines

February 17, 2016


Late last month, a group of young peace advocates sponsored “Piece of Peace,” or POP, an art contest at a public elementary school in the town of Patikul in Sulu, Southern Philippines. The event attracted young artists from the area who showcased their talents…


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.


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…


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.


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… Read more