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Housing the Poor: The Challenge of Urbanization

INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS are a glaring manifestation of poverty and inequality amid the growth and prosperity brought by urbanization, the spatial concentration of diverse populations and economic activities. Meeting the housing need of informal settlers, who make up a significant proportion of the urban population, has been and remains a daunting…

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Certified As “Urgent”: Pass the NLUA Now

In his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 24 July 2017, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged the legislators to immediately pass the National Land Use Act (NLUA) to “ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land and our physical resources, given the competing needs of food security,…

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Is the death penalty the answer?

The restoration of the death penalty is one of the major legislative priorities of the Duterte administration. In this issue of Intersect Quick Facts, we present a timeline of the death penalty in the Philippines, interrogate myths about it, proffer alternative strategies, and cite organizations promoting restorative justice. Click the…

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Children and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR): Why the MACR Should Not Be Lowered

The Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) is the lowest age at which children in a given country can be prosecuted in court. In the Philippines, under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (JJWA) or Republic Act 9344 as amended by Republic Act 10630, the MACR is set…

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Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances

The Magna Carta of Women, Republic Act (RA) 9710, is a comprehensive law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting, fulfilling, and promoting their rights. Enacted in 2009, the law is a domestic translation of the Philippines’ commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against…

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Has the country’s reported economic growth been inclusive?

In his 2013 and 2014 State of the Nation Address, President Benigno S. Aquino III highlighted the principle of “inclusive growth” as that which “drives every initiative, every action, and every decision of your government.” To this end, he maintains that the government has invested in providing widespread opportunities to all sectors, especially to the poor and marginalized groups.…

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