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APECO’s Story: Two Visions of Development Contend in Land Grab Case

APECO’s Story: Two Visions of Development Contend in Land Grab Case

May 22, 2013

By Jerik Cruz Down at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, sheltered from the Pacific ocean by the San Idelfonso peninsula, the first infrastructures of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO) are slowly rising. Along the shore, where some fisherfolk used to live, now runs a 1.2-kilometer airstrip. Less than ten minutes away, on a road still strewn...

Rural Poverty and Agrarian Reform

Rural Poverty and Agrarian Reform

May 21, 2013

(Excerpts from the longer report/publication recently released by Focus, entitled The State of Agrarian Reform Under President Benigno Aquino III's Government) Download the report here Twenty-four years of implementation, still counting and with completion nowhere here near in sight. This amount of time that Philippine Government has taken to implement and...

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer

Feb 13, 2012

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer Task Force Anti-APECO— February 2012   APECO, or the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone, is the special economic zone that is now being built in the once-tranquil town of Casiguran. Shepherded by the powerful Angara dynasty, and pledged to bring economic progress to one of the 20 poorest provinces in...

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority

Feb 12, 2012

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority   Republic Act 10083 creates Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO). It amends RA 9490, which created the Aurora Special Economic Zone.  RA 9490 legislates the creation of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on 500 hectares of public...

Continuity and Change in Philippine Anti-Poverty Paradigms: 1986-2010

Continuity and Change in Philippine Anti-Poverty Paradigms: 1986-2010

Jan 25, 2012

Continuity and Change in Philippine Anti-Poverty Paradigms: 1986-2010 By Jerik Cruz (Note: This article is a longer version of a piece that will appear on Focus-Philippines' upcoming Poverty Policy Review) We know that from the time that humankind first invented the wheel, poverty and inequality have marked nearly all human societies and civilizations. But...

Reclaiming Revolution

Reclaiming Revolution

Jan 15, 2012

Reclaiming Revolution By Focus on the Global South*, 26 July 2005 As the clamor for another president's ouster grows, one wonders why the one place where Filipino protesters have removed two sitting presidents before, the corner along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), stands empty. The busy crossroads ushered in the ‘EDSA System’, a combination of formal...