On the Special Education Fund
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On the Special Education Fund

  I was browsing a major broadsheet today when I came across a whole-page advertisement of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF). The advertisement was about the Special Education Fund (SEF), and raised several issues, quite alarming in my opinion, on the state of local education financing in … Continue reading

Independence from Ignorance
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Independence from Ignorance

Commemorating our “independence” 116 years ago today, Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippine archipelago from the Spaniards. It ended oppressive Spanish colonial rule and started a new era in the country. However, the declaration wasn’t recognized by the international community. The subsequent Philippine-American War and the signing of the 1898 Treaty of Paris … Continue reading

Democratising Globalisation’s Demons (Part 2 of 2)
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Democratising Globalisation’s Demons (Part 2 of 2)

The following paper draws on a comparative analysis of two essays written by Joseph E. Stiglitz: The Future of Global Governance (written in 2004 for a conference in Spain; referred to as the “Barcelona” paper) and Democratizing the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank: Governance and Accountability. Last of two parts. The Limits of Critique Despite his trenchant … Continue reading

[Part 2] A not so deliberate agenda: How the 14th and 15th House of Representatives funded ARMM and Muslim Mindanao through a thematic analysis of Congressional Records
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[Part 2] A not so deliberate agenda: How the 14th and 15th House of Representatives funded ARMM and Muslim Mindanao through a thematic analysis of Congressional Records

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd part of a two part paper discussing the peculiarities and process of budget deliberations in the 14th and 15th Congress particularly in relation to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. To access the 1st part, please click this link:  http://wp.me/p3uni6-h9 Part 2: Themes in Congressional Records and Summary SEARCHING … Continue reading