It’s the Governance, Stupid!

Time and again, it is often asserted that the policies for social and
economic development espoused in our Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) are generally sound – but it is in implementation where we fall apart. A key function of governance is the effective translation of policies and strategies embodied in the nation’s development plan into tangible actions by the various players in society, both in and out of the government. But alas, governance is precisely where the previous administration went wrong.

Do Filipinos Eat ‘Too Much’ Rice?

An anecdote often related as gospel truth about the dietary preferences of Filipinos – especially of the so-called “masses” – is that a common Filipino meal consists of a “mountain” of rice, flavored by a bit of soup or viand. This observation then leads to a conclusion that “Filipinos eat too much rice.” A further conclusion is then hazarded – that: “If only Filipinos ate less rice, then we won’t have to worry about imports!”

Sustainability of the Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Program in Mindanao

This paper presents an evaluation of the sustainability of the CIDSS in Mindanao and recommendations for its continued implementation in the island region. The paper briefly discusses the armed conflict situation and the related issue of cultural disparities, although it does not elaborate on the causes of the conflict and its impact on the situation […]

Integration of the Madrasah System of Education Into the Philippine Educational System

The paper aims to present the state of the madrasah system of education in Mindanao, the problems in mainstreaming the system and recommendations for its recognition. It strongly recommended the integration of the madrasah system into the Philippine educational system. It called for the accreditation of existing madaris; the development of a reconciliatory curriculum; adequate […]

Addressing Rural Poverty in Cabuling: The Agrarian Reform Community Development Program

The paper presents a case study of an agrarian reform community (Cabuling, Tantangan) in the province of South Cotabato. It examines the results of the land distribution and subsequent programs implemented in the community focusing on the situation of the beneficiaries. The study inquired into the history of the program, the general situation in the […]

Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization: Remaining a Pipe Dream

The AFMA provides a workable framework for agriculture modernization in the Philippines. However, if government does not act to address problems in the its implementation, agricultural modernization and poverty alleviation in the countryside will remain a pipe dream. This paper looks into the status of implementation of the AFMA, identifies existing implementation problems, and proposes […]