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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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.
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.”
Economic Policy Reform and Advocacy (EPRA) and Action for Economic Reforms (AER) will be holding the fourth discussion of “Building up the Philippines: A Discussion Series on Philippine Infrastructure Development.” It will be on September 3, Monday, 12 noon at Room 404, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Center, Makati City. This time, we will take a look at tourism and infrastructure.
The Action for Economic Reforms website was recently hacked. For those who searched the AER website through Google, they found this disturbing note on the Google page: “This site may harm your computer.”