Noise aside, the Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte’s independent foreign policy, has not only succeeded in defusing tensions and managing disputes in the South China Sea-West Philippine Sea, but, more importantly, has expanded cooperation with China to the benefit of Filipinos. At the same time, the government presided over the biggest infusion in Philippine military capability buildup since the passage of the 1995 AFP modernization law. The Duterte administration’s investment in defense and diplomacy bolstered the country’s position in the flashpoint without needlessly estranging ties with other claimants, including China.

Noise aside, the Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte’s independent foreign policy, has not only succeeded in defusing tensions and managing disputes in the South China Sea-West Philippine Sea, but, more importantly, has expanded cooperation with China to the benefit of Filipinos. At the same time, the government presided over the biggest infusion in Philippine military capability buildup since the passage of the 1995 AFP modernization law. The Duterte administration’s investment in defense and diplomacy bolstered the country’s position in the flashpoint without needlessly estranging ties with other claimants, including China.

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"Yung mga kritiko ay tumitingin lang sa isang parte, [...] nalilimutan nilang maraming-marami nagawa si President Duterte na hindi nagawa ng iba," said IDSI Director George Sy in discussing the Duterte Administration's achievements in the last 5 years.

"Yung mga kritiko ay tumitingin lang sa isang parte, [...] nalilimutan nilang maraming-marami nagawa si President Duterte na hindi nagawa ng iba," said IDSI Director George Sy in discussing the Duterte Administration's achievements in the last 5 years.

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Higher fisheries yield in and lower poverty incidence among frontline provinces facing the West Philippine Sea (WPS) or the South China Sea (SCS) defy the portrayal of state abandonment of the Filipino fisherfolk. New opportunities in aquaculture and marine ecotourism also hold promise. Growth in other sectors, such as manufacturing and services are also providing high-paying alternatives from this humble livelihood. All these suggest that the lot of common fisherfolk in the country's western seaboard is improving, although much remains to be done.

Higher fisheries yield in and lower poverty incidence among frontline provinces facing the West Philippine Sea (WPS) or the South China Sea (SCS) defy the portrayal of state abandonment of the Filipino fisherfolk. New opportunities in aquaculture and marine ecotourism also hold promise. Growth in other sectors, such as manufacturing and services are also providing high-paying alternatives from this humble livelihood. All these suggest that the lot of common fisherfolk in the country's western seaboard is improving, although much remains to be done.

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Director George of Integrated Development Studies Institute, Dr. Rommel Banlaoi of Department of International Studies, Miriam College, and Prof. Anna Malindog of Phil-BRICS, all nodded in favor of the Duterte Administration's Independent Foreign Policy for the country.

Director George of Integrated Development Studies Institute, Dr. Rommel Banlaoi of Department of International Studies, Miriam College, and Prof. Anna Malindog of Phil-BRICS, all nodded in favor of the Duterte Administration's Independent Foreign Policy for the country.

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DHL study shows that 88% of youth surveyed believed that they have the requisite skills needed to enter the working world but more than 90% of them are "anxious" about their ability to secure a job upon completing their education. Read the full release here:

DHL study shows that 88% of youth surveyed believed that they have the requisite skills needed to enter the working world but more than 90% of them are "anxious" about their ability to secure a job upon completing their education.  Read the full release here:

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