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03 February 2022, Singapore – The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, granted additional funds to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-Yusof Ishak Institute to continue to support and enhance ISEAS’ Philippine Studies Project conducted under its Regional Political and Studies Programme (RSPS). The signed Addendum to the Donation Agreement, dated 31 December 2021, provided for fund augmentation in the amount of Php 1 million which would be used on research, events, and grants to scholars from the Philippines. In turn, ISEAS agreed to extend the implementation period until 31 December 2023.

The Philippine Studies Project was originally a three-year initiative, from June 2019 to  June 2022.  Several successful activities had been held under this program since its launch in 2019, the latest of which was a webinar entitled, “Philippines and the Climate Crisis”, where Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, who was also the proponent of the Philippine Studies Program, discussed the growing imperative for global climate action. Articles and publications under the Philippine Studies Project may be accessed at:,ISEAS%20research%20on%20the%20Philippines.

ISEAS has announced that, from October 2021 to June 2022, the overall theme of the Philippine Studies Project is Electoral Politics and Foreign Policy in the Philippines.  As the end of the Duterte Administration draws near, the Project will review and assess the outgoing president’s performance and impact on domestic politics, economics, and external relations. The Project also aims to follow the national presidential elections closely and provide analyses on the outcome. Another area of focus will be possible trajectories of the Philippines’ foreign policy under the new administration, especially towards the United States, China, ASEAN and other powers in the region.  – END

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