Philippines: Philippines Election Reform Project
This final report concludes the implementation of IFES’ activities carried out under the program “Philippines Election Reform Project” (PERP) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program was implemented from 1 October 2007 through 31 December 2009.
IFES is an international NGO that supports development of democracy around the world. Since 1987, IFES has been engaged in a broad range of democracy and governance programming, including elections assistance, in more than 100 countries. IFES is widely known for the nonpartisan role it maintains in elections and for the consistent quality of the technical electoral assistance services it provides. IFES’ initial involvement in the Philippines began in 1998 with technical assistance to the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in areas such as voter education, training and media outreach. In March 2004, IFES consultants assessed the political situation and proposed recommendations for supporting a modernized electoral reform process in many areas, including voter education, legal framework and institutional change within the election administration itself. The PERP program continued to address their recommendations while building from the success of IFES’ previous Philippines programs including: Advancing Reforms in Philippine Election Administration and Management, Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (2004 – 2005) and Advancing Reforms in Philippine Election Administration program (2005 – 2008).
The PERP Program successfully addressed the goal of supporting a modernized electoral reform process through the following objectives:
- Assist the Commission on the Elections (COMELEC) to become more transparent, professional, and credible;
- Increase civil society’s capacity to advocate for electoral reform;
- Increase civil society’s involvement in the electoral process through election monitoring and collaboration with COMELEC; and
- Improve the efficacy of election adjudication through training and reform. IFES would like to express its appreciation to USAID Philippines for its on-going support of democratic elections in the Philippines, to COMELEC for the access and cooperation