• Towards an Informed Citizens’ Participation in Local Governance: Sourcebook on Local Public Finance
    Aug 29, 2011

    This handbook highlights the steps, good practices, and critical entry-points for the average Filipino citizen to participate in budget and public finance processes at the local level in support of a more participatory public finance system resistant to corruption.

  • Fast Facts: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the Philippines
    Sep 30, 2010

    Gender equality is well advanced in the Philippines. The country scores well on international gender equality measures and indices, but more is needed to sustain the achievements and to overcome remaining challenges. Despite a favorable policy environment – the Philippines is signatory to international human rights instruments and has successfully enacted policies and laws for the protection and promotion of women’s rights - the implementation of policies appears uneven and slow.

  • Bridging Interests of Service Provider and Customers for Sustainable Water Supply Services
    Dec 1, 2011

    The mutual understanding and recognition of the rights and obligations of water service providers and their customers has the potential of contributing to the sustainability of the delivery of water services in small water supply systems.

  • Human Rights-Based Approach to Local Planning of Water Services
    Dec 1, 2011

    The realization of the right to potable water reinforces and paves the way for the realization of other human rights including among others, the right to continuous improvements of living conditions, the right to work and just and favorable conditions of work, the rights to privacy and family life, the right to education and to access to information, the freedom from discrimination (gender, age and ethnicity), and the freedoms of religion, opinion, speech and expression.

  • Indigenous Voices in the Philippines: Communication for Empowerment (C4E) Assessment Report
    May 1, 2011

    As in any undertaking born in haste but tempered by passion, the rapid assessment of Communication for Empowerment (C4E) in the Philippines had initially been fraught with challenges given the complex tapestry of indigenous peoples that was the study‘s focus. Many of these challenges were easily overcome with the support of the Democratic Governance Team of UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok which provided a clear framework and sets of well-thought-of questions to aid the assessment consultants.