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.”

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

ASCENT in Alternative “Flores de Mayo”


ASCENT participated in the “Protesta de Mayo Laban sa Tiraniya” held on May 26, 2018 at the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman. Sponsored by Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), featuring a different kind of Flores de Mayo, the traditional festivity held every end of May in most Philippine parishes. ASCENT … Continue reading ASCENT in Alternative “Flores de Mayo”

Ben and Rita: When development workers are illegally arrested and detained


(This article was originally published in Bulatlat.com http://bulatlat.com/main/2018/05/15/ben-rita-development-workers-illegally-arrested-detained/) Both Ben and Rita started out in the student movement against the then Marcos dictatorship and never wavered in their commitment to work for the rural poor. By BRENDA GONZALEZ* Bulatlat.com MANILA — On October 19, 2017, two workers of Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network (ASCENT) were forcibly … Continue reading Ben and Rita: When development workers are illegally arrested and detained

Duterte’s TRAIN violates people’s economic and social rights


(This article was also published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 23, 2018 http://opinion.inquirer.net/110472/train-violates-peoples-economic-social-rights) The Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network slams the Duterte administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act which has already taken effect at the start of 2018. President Duterte’s goal of building massive infrastructure projects under its “Build, build, build” … Continue reading Duterte’s TRAIN violates people’s economic and social rights