OPINION: IN Southeast Asia in the meantime, the Thaksin universal health care initiative has also gained wider acceptance in some countries, in Indonesia and the Philippines in particular. Social protection has also become a major Asean theme since 2007, when the Asean Charter was adopted. Thus, there has been a proliferation of social protection programs being bandied around or being proposed, with the World Bank and ADB coming in now as the social protection champions.

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OPINION: On paper, the Philippines and other Member States of  the Association of  Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are all committed  to the protection of their citizens against social and  economic risks.  However, the adequacy of the social protection extended to the ordinary people is still limited, as  reflected in  the social spending made by Asean countries on social protection, roughly 4-6 percent of  the GDP versus the  20-24 percent in the developed  countries. 

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Strengthening capacity on risk informed and shock responsive social protection in ASEAN

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 21 March 2019. This learning session has provided an opportunity to discuss a complementarity of social protection and disaster risk management in ASEAN context. The webinar featured presentations by Rodolfo Beazley and Maham Farhat from OPM on “A Regional Review on Shock-responsive and Risk-informed Social Protection in ASEAN” and by Hang Thi Thanh Pham from FAO on “Towards Guidelines for Disaster-Responsive Social Protection towards Resilience in ASEAN”. 

 

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WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (hereinafter referred to as “ASEAN”), namely Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on the occasion of the 23rd ASEAN Summit in Brunei Darussalam;

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As part of the ASEAN–UN Joint Strategic Plan for Disaster Management 2016–2020, FAO, UNICEF, ILO, WFP and UNISDR implemented a joint project, funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), entitled 'Strengthening the capacity of AMS to develop risk-informed and shock-responsive social protection for resilience’.

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Regional framework and action plan to implement the Asean Declaration on Strangthening Social Protection. 

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Social protection is unequivocally a universal human right. Its schemes are key instruments for poverty eradication and equality advancement. At the aggregate level, social protection contributes to inclusive economic growth by raising labour productivity and enhancing socio-political stability. The crucial role of social protection was proven during the global financial and economic crises of 1997–98 and 2008–09 as it was utilized to mitigate the adverse social and economic impacts (ILO, 2011a).

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The study presents a summary of the six-country study on managing international labour migration in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The countries are grouped into sending (Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines) and receiving (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand). The objective was to share international migration management issues from the perspective of a sending or a receiving country.

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