IAG gears up for study empowering madaris in BARMM against violent extremism

May 17, 2023

The significance of this study cannot be overstated, as it aims to address the critical need to empower the madrasah system in light of the prevailing security challenges posed by violent extremism, both locally and globally. The research seeks to uncover the vulnerabilities and resilience of the madrasah system, shed light on the contextual factors influencing it in the Philippines...


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IAG extends support to validation of Mënubú Dulangan Indigenous Political Structure

May 16, 2023

The objective of the validation process was to present the documented political structure of the Mënubú Dulangan to the community members, elders, and tribal leaders for acceptance and approval. The IPS, also known as the Mënubú Dulangan Muno Kewit Katab, is founded upon the traditional governance systems, customs, and practices that have been passed down through generations. It encompasses various...


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Bangsamoro Women Leaders Come Together for Writeshop on Peace, Human Rights, and Governance

May 12, 2023

45 Bangsamoro women leaders from across the BARMM came together last May 5-6, 2023, in Opol, Misamis Oriental for a two-day writeshop on "Making HerStories Count: Bangsamoro Women on Peace, Human Rights, and Governance." The event was held in partnership with the Philippine Muslim Women Council and was made possible through the support of the Australian Embassy.


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10 Political Parties Complete IAG Training Series in Bangsamoro

Mar 21, 2023

IAG looks forward to seeing the positive impact these political parties will make in shaping the political landscape of the Bangsamoro region.


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IAG's NAP P/CVE research kicks off in full swing

Mar 19, 2023

IAG's research on the local implementation of the National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (NAP P/CVE) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has entered its fieldwork stage.


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Cordillera IP Champions hold talks with regional agencies to gain support for their advocacy plans

Mar 10, 2023

Twelve Indigenous Peoples (IP) Champions, who underwent training and mentorship under the "Advancing Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Philippines" project by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), recently converged in Baguio City to seek government support for their advocacy plans and proposed initiatives.


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IAG’s Benedicto Bacani is new president of Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Philippines

Mar 01, 2023

Lawyer Benedicto Bacani, founding and current executive director of Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), is the new president of Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Philippines. He will serve from 1 March 2023 until 28 February 2025.


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Lawmaker gives update on Cordillera autonomy bill

Feb 09, 2023

Baguio City Representative Mark Go expressed confidence that House Bill (HB) 3267 or An Act Establishing the Cordillera Autonomous Region will be approved in the Congress before their scheduled recess.


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Towards Regional Autonomy: Lessons and Recommendations for the Establishment of the Cordillera Autonomous Region

IAG Philippines I Mar 04, 2023

This roundtable discussion is part of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and IAG's efforts to promote regional autonomy and good governance in the Philippines. It brought together key stakeholders to exchange ideas and highlights the need for collaborative efforts towards the future Cordillera Autonomous Region. Read more


Position Paper on Bill No. 29 or the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code

IAG Philippines I Jan 18, 2023

This position paper was submitted by the Independent Panel of Experts from the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), the Mindanao State University System (MSUS) and the Local Government Development Institute (LGDI) to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority for consideration. Read more


#KusogMindanaw2022: The state of civil society organizations

IAG Philippines I Nov 11, 2022

We just have to continue pursuing not just our mission but also our advocacy for a better state of CSOs especially in Mindanao. We must continually remind ourselves about respect for local initiatives and local knowledge. As local CSOs we must also insist on building partnerships among equals. We must not allow ourselves to be treated as second class development... Read more


Political Party Building in the Bangsamoro: Challenges and Prospects

IAG Philippines I Aug 24, 2022

This paper hopes to contribute to the on-going policy conversations, particularly institution building in the BARMM by tackling the challenges and opportunities pertaining to the building and developing of political parties in the Bangsamoro region. Read more


SPECIAL REPORT: Examining Human Rights and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 in the Bangsamoro Region

IAG Philippines I Jun 24, 2022

This report looks at the unique position of the BARMM in the country’s anti-terrorism drive and explores opportunities for safeguarding its constituents from potential abuses given its human rights mandate. Read more


Special Publications

IAG Philippines I Apr 06, 2022

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The Role of the Opposition in the Bangsamoro Parliament

Michael Henry Yusingco I Jan 10, 2022

For the Bangsamoro Parliament to work effectively and efficiently, the interaction between the majority and the minority must be founded on mutual respect.  Read more


Mindanao and the Future of Federalism in 2022 Onwards

IAG Philippines I Nov 22, 2021

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III delivered these remarks during the first day of Kusog Mindanaw Virtual Conference on October 18, 2021, on the topic ““Federalism and Equitable Share of Mindanao in the National Wealth and Policies That Affect Them”. This copy has been edited for brevity. Read more


The First Year of the Anti-Terrorism Act: An Assessment

IAG Philippines I Aug 02, 2021

Published to coincide with the first year of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), this special report outlines the key provisions of the ATA and describes public and stakeholder reaction to the ATA, and ways in which the law has been used by the government since enactment.  Read more


Policy Brief: Mindanao Women Leaders’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

IAG Philippines I Sep 21, 2020

This brief recognizes the various measures that local government units in Mindanao have taken to address the immediate needs of their constituents, the experiences of women who served in the frontline in our fight against the dreaded virus, and involvement of civil society women leaders in the community they serve. Read more




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