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Launch of Philippine Institutions: Growth and Prosperity for All

To quote the Harvard economist Dani Rodrik, “institutions rule.” The evidence is overwhelming that the quality of institutions predicts long-term growth and prosperity.

The rebuilding of institutions is critical to the task of administration of Benigno Aquino III. The commitment of President Aquino to fight corruption and promote good governance is essentially a question of rebuilding institutions.

Health Promotion Funding and Tobacco Tax Seminar

Action for Economic Reforms, in collaboration with the Department of Health, World Health Organization, University of the Philippines College of Law, SEATCA Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT), and HealthJustice will be holding a Health Promotion Funding and Tobacco Tax Seminar on June 22, 2010, Tuesday, 8:00AM- 12:30PM at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. This event will feature Dr. Ayda Yurekli, a Senior Economic Adviser from the World Health Organization.

The main objectives of this Seminar are: (1) to enhance the participants’ understanding of the health promotion funding concept and how tobacco taxes can be used as a source of funding for priority public health programs; and (2) to draw broad-based support for the tobacco tax increase and health promotion funding.

ARANGKADA FOI! UPDATE # 1

In a few days, Congress will resume its session. Under the original legislative calendar, this is scheduled on May 31. However, the Senate and the House of Representatives have decided to advance the resumption to May 24 to facilitate an earlier canvass of the votes for the President and Vice President.

The Right to Know. Right Now! Campaign is prepared to make a determined push for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act. The bill, after having hurdled reconciliation by the bicameral conference committee, only needs ratification by the Lower House (the Senate has already fulfilled its ratification last February 1) before it is enrolled and transmitted to the President for her signing into law.

We call on you to join us in the activities that we have lined up for the coming weeks. Your support will add inspiration and muscle to the campaign, and improve the chance of the FOI bill finally becoming law after more than two decades since the ratification of the 1987 Constitution.

The Great Financial Crisis and Challenges for Asia

Book launch of “Nowhere to Hide: The Great Financial Crisis and Challenges for Asia” and lecture by Dr. Michael Lim Mah Hui, the principal author.

The lecture and book launch is on June 1, 2010, Tuesday, from 2 to 4 pm. It will be at the Social Sciences Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

This is an event co-organized by Action for Economic Reforms, Social Watch Philippines, Ateneo Department of Economics, Ateneo Confucius Institute and the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies.

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RSVP 426-5626. Look for William Alamin. You can also email us at aer@aer.ph.

What are the risks of failure of the automated elections?

Halalang Marangal (HALAL) invites political parties, election monitors, NGOs, the media and the public to a public forum on the May 10 elections, to be held on Wednesday, March 17, 9am – 12nn, at Conference Hall of PRRM, 56 Mo. Ignacia Ave., QC.

HALAL will explain why the risk of failure of the automated elections is “unacceptably high”, and will discuss possible scenarios emerging from its analysis.

Bishop calls for FOI Bill ratification. FOI advocates sends letter to Nograles.

Freedom of information advocates found another champion in known social
reformer Bishop Broderick Pabillo as the campaign for the ratification
of the FOI Bill by the Lower House on May 31 intensifies.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Manila celebrated a Mass calling for the Catholic faithful to pray for the ratification and signing into law of the FOI Bill. The Mass was held in the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish amid celebrations of Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year.

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