Democratic Governance

  • Being LGBT in Asia: The Philippine Country ReportMay 1, 2014Being LGBT in Asia: The Philippine Country ReportBeing LGBT in Asia: the Philippines Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in the Philippines including the effects of laws, policies, culture and social attitudes, and religion, based on research, consultation and the National LGBT Community Dialogue.

  • Fast Facts: Indigenous Peoples in the PhilippinesJul 24, 2013Fast Facts: Indigenous Peoples in the PhilippinesThe Philippines is a culturally diverse country with an estimated 14- 17 million Indigenous Peoples (IPs) belonging to 110 ethno-linguistic groups. They are mainly concentrated in Northern Luzon (Cordillera Administrative Region, 33%) and Mindanao (61%), with some groups in the Visayas area. The Philippine Constitution, in recognition of this diversity and under the framework of national unity and development, mandates state recognition, protection, promotion, and fulfillment of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Further, Republic Act 8371, also known as the “Indigenous Peoples Rights Act” (1997, IPRA), recognized the right of IPs to manage their ancestral domains; it has become the cornerstone of current national policy on IPs.

  • Towards an Informed Citizens’ Participation in Local Governance: Sourcebook on Local Public FinanceAug 29, 2011Towards an Informed Citizens’ Participation in Local Governance: Sourcebook on Local Public FinanceThis 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.

  • Chasing the Wind: Assessing Philippine DemocracyAug 29, 2011Chasing the Wind: Assessing Philippine DemocracyThis book assesses democracy in the Philippines for the past 25 years, mapping the deficits and gains since 1986 within the framework of basic human rights and equitable development. It provides a critical, yet fair evaluation of Philippine democracy today and suggestions for strengthening it.

  • Human Rights Based Approach to Development Planning ToolkitAug 29, 2011Human Rights Based Approach to Development Planning ToolkitThe toolkit is a step-by-step guide for development planners and practitioners that strengthens the capacities of the many actors at both national and local levels of government to apply a rights-based approach to development planning and programming.


UNDP assists Philippine government to nurture a culture of human rights by fulfilling commitments to international treaties; mainstreaming rights-based approach into local, gender-sensitive plans; and building the capacity of government, including the security forces, to protect and promote human rights.

Contact UNDP in the Philippines
Emmanuel Buendia

Team Leader
Democratic Governance
Phone number: (632) 9010225
Fax Numbers: (632) 9010200, (632) 8897177