Millions of people in ASEAN countries rely on affordable generic medicines to treat all kinds of diseases including HIV/AIDS, heart disease and cancer. However the future supply of these life-saving medicines is under threat from aggressive trade policies being imposed on developing countries in particular by the European Union and United States of America.

Results of an Investigation by Rep. Walden Bello, Chair of the Committee on Overseas Workers’ Affairs (COWA), House of Representatives, PhilippinesMay 25, 2011After the referral to the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs (COWA) of a speech by Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada on the plight of 11 OFWs in Los Angeles, California, USA, the Chair of the Committee conducted an investigation of the case while in the United States during the congressional break.

transitionsFocus-Philippines launches its newest publication Transitions/Yearbook 2011 through a forum, One Year after P-Noy’s Election: Where/What are we Transitioning to? Invited speakers: Prof. Roland Simbulan; Dean Rene Ofreneo; Sec. Dinky Soliman (tbc); Ka Bobby Tañada (tbc); peasant leader Corazon Peña; labor leaders Wilson Fortaleza/Yuen Abana


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