Since Duterte’s inauguration as President of the Philippines in 2016, the country has been bombarded by news about extrajudicial killings and human rights violations. Duterte himself, in a number of speeches, encouraged policemen and his allies to track and kill drug users and pushers. More recently, he has advocated lowering the age of criminal liability … Continue reading War on Drugs or War Against the Poor?
As we enter the New Year, we thank God for all His blessings this year of good health, of well-being, of close family and friends. And as we look at the uncertainties in our country in 2019, may we be likened to to biblical humble donkey that carries Hope, Peace and Love as we journey … Continue reading Welcome 2019!
POLICY EVALUATION Evidence is one factor that influence policy-making and this can be generated through research. Research is a scientific process designed to produce new knowledge to improve the understanding of the world or to explain a phenomenon. It has substantially contributed to this policy in many ways at various stages of the policy cycle. … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 4)
POLICY IMPLEMENTATION Principal-Agent Approach The policy uses the principal-agent approach of implementation where the government has mandated its various agencies to implement the law in various capacities. Other than the DOH, several government agencies are also given mandates for purposes of the implementation of this law. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is mandated to … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 3)
POLICY FORMULATION To analyze the process of policy formulation, the policy triangle framework of Walt and Gilson, which includes the policy context, content, process and actors, is applied. Policy Context The policy process of tobacco control in the Philippines was influenced by both international and local contextual factors. Contextual factors that shaped tobacco control policies … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 2)
INTRODUCTION Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats in the world and the largest single cause of preventable deaths. Globally, it kills more than seven million a year with more than six million of those deaths attributable to direct tobacco use. Around 80% of smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 1)
The end is the beginning and the beginning is the end. The past year was a series of anniversaries, endings, and new beginnings. In this blogpost, I present the highlights of my year - my own version of #2017bestnine. I'll do away with very long wordy blogpost which I did in the previous year. This year, … Continue reading Anniversarius: 2017 Year in Review