MANILA, Philippines – The administration of President Benigno Aquino III has initiated policies to make public finance more accountable and inclusive under the banner of reform.
Civil society has been involved in allocating public sector resources to address socio-economic concerns in the performance-informed and bottom-up budgeting, while public-private partnerships have paved the way for the private sector’s engagement in key infrastructure projects.
The Aquino administration has also widened the reach of government programs toward poverty alleviation and social protection and has pushed for key legislation that prioritizes health and education reform.
These initiatives have led to a period of economic growth – the strongest and best sustained post-EDSA. The incumbent has also seen various upgrades in credit ratings.
However, in the final year of the current administration, some analysts contend that the Philippines is still far from inclusive growth it aspires for.
The Building an Inclusive Democracy (BID) consortium of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM)’s Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness, Ateneo School of Government, De La Salle University, and the University of the Philippines’ College of Public Administration and Governance, together with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Management Association of the Philippines, and Rappler will hold a conference entitled “Aquino’s Last Mile: Ramping Up and Sustaining Daang Matuwid” to elevate the discussion on the issues concerning inclusive growth in the country.
The Building an Inclusive Democracy (BID) consortium is a partner of Rappler in #PHVote: The Leader I Want Forum Series. As part of this series, the conference also aims to assess the accomplishments of the incumbent administration, the remaining initiatives of the reform agenda for the last year of this presidency, and the issues that must be raised before the voters for 2016.
The conference was held on August 3, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the SGV Hall, 3/F AIM Conference Center, Makati City.
See the live blog from the event below:
The program is as follows: