The House of Representatives and the Department of the Interior and Local Government are keen on beginning charter change discussions while the country is mitigating the effects of COVID-19. But what changes does the 1987 Constitution actually need? And how has the pandemic exacerbated key constitutional issues?

The UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies‘ Program on Social and Political Change and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance present a new discussion paper titled “Constitutional Performance Assessment in the Time of a Pandemic: The 1987 Constitution and the Philippines’ COVID-19 Response.”

The UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) is hosting the second installment of the Mindanao: Fractured Promises, Continuing Challenges forum series on March 13, 2020 (Friday), 1:00–5:00 PM, at the UP CIDS Conference Hall, Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

The Program on Social and Political Change (PSPC) of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS), together with the UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development (AltDev), invites everyone to Empowering Local Governance in the Philippines: Policy Studies for the National Capital Region, a public forum happening on 8 November 2019 (Friday), 9:00 AM–3:00 PM, at the UP CIDS Conference Hall, Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

The Strategic Studies Program (SSP) of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) invites everyone to the 4th Katipunan Conference happening on 15 and 16 August 2019, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, at the National Institute of Physics Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

“Rethinking Rizal for the 21st Century: Unexplored Themes and New Interpretations”, a forum hosted by the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) last June 19, aimed to uncover “hidden treasures”, open new venues for researches, and promote discussions on the country’s national hero.

The UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies through the UP CIDS Program on Social and Political Change, and the UP Department of Political Science invite everyone to Mga Pahayag at Sabi-Sabi sa SONA 2019, a UP roundtable discussion happening on 17 July 2019, 1:00–5:00 PM, at the UP CIDS Conference Hall, Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

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The UP Department of Political Science, UP sa Halalan, and the UP CIDS Program on Social and Political Change (PSPC) invite you to “Strong Patronage, Weak Parties: The Case for Electoral System Redesign in the Philippines,” a public lecture by Dr. Paul Hutchcroft (Australian National University), on 8 February 2019 (Friday), 9:30 AM to 12:00 NN at Palma Hall 400, UP Diliman.

The Program on Social and Political Change and the Strategic Studies Program, together with the UP Department of Political Science, are co-organizing a public forum “Why We need Nuclear Energy” by Michael Shellenberger, President, Environmental Progress on Friday, 25 January 2019 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Institute of Biology Auditorium.