The Philippines Competition Act seeks to level the playing field for all businesses, with the hope that this will lead to more inclusive, sustainable growth and development for the Philippines economy. For micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs), a level playing field should provide opportunities as markets open and become more competitive. An effectively enforced competition law should also give MSMEs the ability to complain about the anti-competitive behaviours of their competitors, customers or suppliers. For these reasons, the law should be viewed as a positive development for small business in the Philippines.
Recent years have seen a surge in political campaigns, government actions and international initiatives directly targeting fossil fuels (rather than greenhouse gases per se). Drawing on a suite of recent publications, Fergus Green will explain how the new politics of fossil fuels mobilises grassroots supporters, challenges the legitimacy of the fossil fuel industry, builds global moral norms against fossil fuels, and facilitates international cooperation.
Mindanao is found in the southern most part of the Philippines. It has the largest concentration of ethnic minorities in the country. They include the Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Ilanun, and Sangil; all are Muslim groups sometimes collectively called the Moro. Groups usually found in the uplands include the T’boli, Subanon, Bukidnon, Bagobo, Mandaya, and Manobo. Another important group is the Tiruray, whose religion is a mixture of Christian, Muslim, and local beliefs. Because of its large expanses of undeveloped fertile land, Mindanao has been considered the country’s “pioneer frontier” or to many the “land of promise”.
Transparency does not necessarily yield accountability, nor trigger internal behavioural changes in business. What conditions might determine whether mandatory reporting regimes deliver these objectives? This seminar explores what theoretical basis there might be for the new wave of legislative schemes that seek to compel businesses to report on human rights risks, but which do not prescribe any penalty for non-reporting.
Inspired by John Braithwaite’s Cascade of Violence framework, this panel traces the cascade of disruptions on the trade, political, environmental, social and security landscapes in Asia Pacific. In a similar way that Steven Pincus has studied the British empire as a whole rather than individual colonized states, we present Asia Pacific as a highly disruptive and disrupted region in this post-colonial era.