Statement on the Protest of NutriAsia workers and the illegal arrest of 19 workers and supporters


ASCENT vehemently condemns this illegal practice of many companies. Article 8 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESC) states “the right of everyone to form trade unions and join the trade union of his choice, subject only to the rules of the organization concerned, for the promotion and protection of his economic and social interests.”

Stop the Attacks on Lumad! Let Genuine Development Reign in their Land


About 1,607 individuals from 15 communities of Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur and 3 communities from Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town left their residences on July 16, 2018 due to more than a month of encampment of the 75th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) elements in their areas. Most of them belong to the … Continue reading Stop the Attacks on Lumad! Let Genuine Development Reign in their Land

ASCENT Calls for a Stop to the Harassment of Disaster Response Center (DIRECT) Staff Member


The harassment, threat, and intimidation of development workers never stop in the time of Duterte. On July 18, April Rose Avila, administrative staff of the Disaster Response Center (DIRECT), a non-government organization (NGO) for community-based disaster management (CBDM) that operates in SOCCKSARGEN, was accosted by a man named Jerson Gallego, who introduced himself as part … Continue reading ASCENT Calls for a Stop to the Harassment of Disaster Response Center (DIRECT) Staff Member

Harassment of development workers intensified under Duterte regime


Media Release July 16, 2018 In a public forum organized by the Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) on July 16, 2018, various Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) shared the numerous harassment and threats that they experienced since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed his office two years ago. “In 2016, the humanitarian and development workers were very hopeful that … Continue reading Harassment of development workers intensified under Duterte regime

ASCENT Condemns the Illegal Arrest and Detention of 13 Development Workers in Gen San


The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) strongly condemns the illegal arrest and detention of 13 church and development workers last July 4 at the Mother Francisca Spirituality Center in General Santos City, South Cotabato. Elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the military barged into the room … Continue reading ASCENT Condemns the Illegal Arrest and Detention of 13 Development Workers in Gen San