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New Year’s Wish List – P55: $1

During a recent forum, Former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno proposed that a fixed exchange rate of 55 pesos to the dollar to create a fiscal stimulus of at least P100 billion that would pump prime the Philippine economy in the face of a global economic downturn.

Forum: “Migration, Development and Connectivity”

Action for Economic Reforms (AER), Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) and the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR) held a forum on “Migration, Development and Connectivity” on October 23, 2008 at the Isabelo delos Reyes Auditorium, UP SOLAIR Diliman, Quezon City.

Roundtable Discussion on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

On August 11, 2008, Action for Economic Reforms (AER), other NGOs and agrarian reform (AR) advocates had an interesting roundtable discussion (RTD) to tackle the multifaceted issues surrounding the program. AER, in particular, wanted to stimulate debate on the CARP.

Arthur Neame, currently with the Social Pastoral Institute, jumpstarted the discussion by presenting is paper Agrarian Reform and Rural Development – Mapping the Terrain.”

A Luncheon with Human Rights Groups and Business

On June 26, 2008 a luncheon was held as a means to widen understanding on this interaction between human rights and business. Co-organized by Action for Economic Reforms (AER), the Makati Business Club, and the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) of the University of New South Wales, the luncheon was attended by human rights advocates, labor organizers, government officers and business executives.