People’s lives are becoming increasingly digital as information and communication technologies become increasingly pervasive in all aspects of human existence. How will advances in areas such as AI, Robotics, Big Data, Cloud Computing impact public governance, healthcare, urban living, manufacturing, finance, retail, etc? What does the digital future hold for the Philippines?
The Carlos P Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development, in collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Stratbase-ADR Institute, invites US-Philippines Society Board members and country representatives to a two-day conference on challenges to peace, security and stability in ASEAN amid changes in the strategic landscape. The conference will provide an opportunity to advance policy recommendations aimed at strengthening integration and promoting global engagement over the next fifty years, as well as previewing the August 8 ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Clark, Pampanga.
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) defines resilience as, “The ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate, adapt to, transform and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions through risk management.” (UNISDR, 2017)
According to the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute (PHIVOLCS), some 90 destructive earthquakes have occurred in the Philippines over the past 400 years. Historical records show that Metro Manila's West Valley Fault is due for a major tremor – a worst-case scenario of 7.2 magnitude earthquake that would devastate the metropolis, leave 31,000 dead and over 126,000 seriously injured, and cause 2.23 trillion pesos in economic damage. An additional 18,000 people may die from 500 fires triggered by the earthquake. Forty per cent of buildings and residential homes in Metro Manila may be destroyed or damaged and over 3 million people may need to be evacuated. Of particular concern are the 4-6 million informal settlers in the metropolitan area that are most at risk in the event of a major earthquake.
Natural hazards – storms, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, drought and landslides – occur regularly in the Philippines but disasters have increased in frequency and magnitude in recent years. The latest was Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013.
Brunei, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan claim all or part of the South China Sea. Recent incidents in the area have escalated tensions between claimants. Some 25% of the world’s shipping pass through the waters of the South China Sea; thus, non-littoral states also have a strong stake in preserving the freedom of navigation and use of these waters.
Where in the World is the Philippines? (Debating Its National Territory) is a book by Rodolfo C. Severino. A joint project of the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, the book explores issues relating to national territory.
The Philippines was once again in the global spotlight, but sadly not in the way we would wish. The gruesome massacre in Maguindanao has raised questions about civil order in our country and cast a pall on the 2010 elections. The series of typhoons that devastated entire regions, including the National Capital Region, are estimated by the World Bank to have set back national GDP by some three percentage points. And these are in addition to the fact that we are facing a world economy in recession, the specter of terrorism in the world, and a rapidly changing global order.
Guro: Stories of Hope, Dedication and Courage was created by the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development in cooperation with The Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED) in commemoration of Carlos P. Romulo’s service to the nation as Secretary of Education from (1965–1967).