Philippine civil society is considered one of the most vibrant in the world. In the 2019 Civil Society Sustainability Index, it was ranked first among countries in Asia. However, recent developments evince an increasing tendency of the state to encroach on civic space.
This report analyzes policy shifts as well as primary data from select communities to determine the state of civic space in the Philippines, and in particular the situation of civil society organizations (CSOs) active in natural resources governance and Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) issues.
A Threshold Crossed: Philippines NRG Civic Space Report 2021