Reformism in the Philippines: Can Recent Gains be Sustained?


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When: Dec 3 2014 - 2:30pm until Dec 3 2014 - 3:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036

Reformism in the Philippines: Can Recent Gains be Sustained?

An Asia Pacific Governance Seminar featuring:

Mr. David Timberman
Technical Director, Governance and Conflict Practice Areas,
Management Systems International

Mr. David Timberman outlined the successes and failures of the current Aquino administration in the Philippines.

Over the last 30 years the prospects for political, social and economic reforms in the Philippines have ebbed and flowed. Since 2010, under the government of President Benigno Aquino III, there has been renewed momentum for reform. The Aquino government’s reforms have contributed to higher GNP growth rates, fiscal stability and a variety of other improvements. However, a closer look at the Aquino government’s reform priorities raises questions about both the scope and impact of those reforms. And given that the president is limited to a single six-year term, the sustainability of reforms is also in question.

Drawing on research recently conducted in Manila, David Timberman  assessed the strengths and shortcomings of current reform initiatives and will identify factors that will determine the sustainability of reforms post 2016. He determined that while the Aquino administration had main gains in economic growth and combating social ills like corruption, underemployment, as well as the seeming lack of a comprehensive grand strategy, remained key issues that the Aquino administration had yet to address. Looking foward to the upcoming presidential election in 2016, Mr. Timbeman emphasized that the legitimacy of the election outcome would be a determining factor in how resceptive the Filipino public would be to continuing reforms, particularly those surrounding the constitution and campaign finance. 

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David Timberman is a Technical Director for Governance and Conflict Practice Areas at Management Systems International. He has been an observer of Philippine politics since 1986, when he first lived in Manila. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on the Philippines. He recently spent six weeks in the Philippines conducting research for a new study on the Philippines’ contemporary political economy.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Batiuk
Phone: 202-327-9755