Special Interest

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

DSWD-Region 12 blows a billion pesos
on food packs, various kits for Marawi

NEARLY EVERY month in the last half of 2017, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in Region XII (Central Mindanao) went on a shopping binge and ended up splurging over a billion pesos. It spent the sum — courtesy of taxpayers — on mongo beans, dried fish, canned fruits, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

Firms of clans among winners
of Marawi road, housing deals

CONTRACTORS tied to political clans have been awarded a combined total of P306 million in contracts to build transitional shelter units and roads for residents of Marawi City and nearby villages of Lanao del Sur, where homes and villages last year were destroyed in the five-month battle between soldiers and Islamic State-linked militants.Eight separate contracts, […]

Speak Truth to Power,
Keep Power in Check

RODRIGO R. Duterte’s presidency has altered and controlled the public discourse so radically in its favor in ways rude and bold. Its tragic result: it has restricted and narrowed the celebrated freedom of the Philippine press and the people’s cherished right to know.In his first 22 months in power, Mr. Duterte has earned the dubious […]

Mapping drug-war deaths, cases,
and helping those in need, online

FOR THOSE wanting to see an attempt to paint a nationwide picture of the drug war and all related efforts, this website may be up your alley.A platform mapping the location of death of those reportedly killed because of links to illegal drugs, as well as services, efforts, rehabs, and other information related and created […]

Stand by Rappler, stay tuned

HARSH and with horrifying implications on the full and untrammeled exercise of press freedom.That is the least that could be said of the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) en banc to revoke the certificate of incorporation of Rappler, a digital media company with a creditable record of independent reportage and social engagement […]

Open Contracting 'not a norm'

Big money for PH projects,
no access to all documents

THERE is no dearth of hard lessons in Philippine procurement. The PEA-Amari and Textbook Scams in the 1990s, the Fertilizer Fund Scam and the botched NBN-ZTE and North Rail deals in the 2000s, the Pork Barrel Scam in 2013, and the Dengvaxia controversy last year are just a few examples of why procurement, a major […]

Open Contracting Data Standard Mapping

How PH fares: Only two of five stars

THE OPEN CONTRACTING Data Standard (OCDS) is an open data standard created by the Open Contracting Partnership for the publication of structured information in all stages of the contracting process, from planning to implementation.OCDS was designed to support governments and organizations to increase contracting transparency and allow deeper analysis of contracting data by a wide […]

Open Contracting in PH: Key recommendations

(From Public Contracting in the Philippines: Breakthroughs and Barriers, a case study on the procurement of infrastructure projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways) PCIJ’s research findings indicate the need for the following:1. Upload basic contracting documents online – from planning to implementation. Agencies keep a wealth of documents internally, many of which […]

200 Pinoys, firms in 'Paradise Papers'

No PH law vs. offshore accounts,
issue splits finance execs, then, now

WHAT DO some bankers and fund managers, a few senior government officials, a dozen top taxpayers, and a handful of companies located in the country have in common? They are among some 200 Filipinos, Philippine residents, and corporations that own or are linked to offshore accounts in tax havens across the world, according to the […]

The media and the Duterte presidency

Impunity acute and benign,
fettered flow of information

THE PRESS in the Philippines has been described to be among the freest in Asia if not in the world, robust, almost rambunctious in its practice. But in the first 16 months of the Duterte administration, its status and practice have been diminished, shaken down by supporters and trolls of the President who would not […]

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