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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.

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Lower House Gives Nod to Freedom of Information Act

House Bill No. 3732, the Freedom of Information Act of 2008, was approved on 2nd reading at the House of Representatives during plenary deliberations last May 1.

The bill seeks to provide a “uniform, simple and speedy procedure for securing access to information” with regard to government policies, transactions and other affairs. Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III, one of the bill’s main proponents said that it reinforces the “right of the people to information on matters of public concern” embodied under Article 3 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

AER Joins Thousands at Makati Rally

More than 10,000 people crammed the intersection of Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue on February 15, 2008 in protest against the corruption under the Arroyo administration. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported: “In the loudest display yet of public outrage over the controversial $329-million broadband deal, thousands of protesters yesterday demanded the resignation of President Macapagal Arroyo.”