The Asia Foundation in the Philippines works with the government, civil society, and the private sector to strengthen democratic institutions, support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, improve education, and foster peace and development in Mindanao.
Coalitions for Change
Access to quality public services improves the standard of living and help an economy thrive. The Foundation’s Coalitions for Change (CfC) program works with local leaders in the Philippines to develop and enact transformative public policies. In 2020, 13 new policy measures were enacted to improve education, governance, inclusivity, and the economy. To improve public financing of social programs, CfC helped amend the excise tax law on alcohol and e-cigarettes, increasing revenues from $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion in one year.
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Online training to counter violent extremism
Two complementary Foundation projects in the conflicted Bangsamoro region of the southern Philippines—CONVERGE (Countering Violent Extremism through Government and Civil Society Engagement) and CIRCLE (Communities of Inclusion and Resilience through Collaborative Local Engagements)—increased the capacity of 15 local government units to respond to violent extremism in their communities. During Covid lockdowns, CIRCLE and CONVERGE launched additional online training for more than 60 members of local governments and community service organizations to effectively address local vulnerabilities and strengthen community resilience amidst multiple crises.
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