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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.

Download the full press release.

Freedom of Information bill gets bicam nod

The Freedom of Information bill has been approved by the bicameral conference committee last week. The bicam report will have to be ratified by both Houses of Congress to have an enrolled bill that will be presented to the President for her signature.

The Right to
Know. Right Now! Campaign encourages all advocates to continue pressing
our legislators to pass this watershed legislation.

Download a copy of the bicameral confrence report . More information about the bill can be found in the Right to Know. Right Now! section of the AER website.

Senate passes SB 3308 on final reading. Next hurdle: Bicam

The Right to Know. Right Now! Campaign, a network of over 100 organizations and coalitions comprising public-interest groups, environmental protection advocates, independent media groups, print and broadcast journalists, farmers organizations and support groups, women’s organizations, private and public sector labor unions, migrant workers, businessmen, academic institutions, and student and youth organizations, trooped to the Senate last 14 December 17, 2009 to thank the Senate for passing the Freedom of Information bill (Senate Bill 3308) on second reading, and to sustain the momentum for its passage on third reading.

Comparing the Senate and House Bills on Access to Information

In May 2008, the House of Representatives approved,on final reading, a Freedom of Information Bill, House Bill 3732. After more than a year, the Senate passed, on final reading, its own version, Senate Bill 3308. The two bills will be consolidated by a bicameral conference committee that will likely meet in Janury 2010.

Copies of the bills can be downloaded by clicking the links below. We also have a matrix comparing the provisions of the two bills.

House Bill 3732 (in pdf, 131 kb).

Senate Bill 3308 (in pdf, 62kb).

Matrix: Comparing SB 3308 and HB 3732 (in pdf, 139 kb)