As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase with no foreseeable end in sight, Southeast Asian states have been struggling to stem the spread of the virus among their population, with mixed results. As countries that were initially successful in containing the outbreak now face a second wave of infections, the international community now realizes that cooperation and support are necessary to successfully combat COVID-19 and minimize its toll on people and the global economy.

It is with deepest sadness that we share the news that Dr. Aileen S.P. Baviera, Founding President of Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress, passed away on March 21, 2020, 3:55 in the morning at San Lazaro Hospital from pneumonia related to COVID-19.

Visit by  Mr. Yoshihide Matsuura (middle)and Mr.Hiroto Sawada (2nd from the left).  

On 17 February 2020, researchers from the National Institute of Defense Studies (Japan) and Pathways to Progress exchanged views regarding the direction and broader regional implications of the current course of Philippine foreign and security policy. The guests from NIDS were Mr. Yoshihide Matsuura, Head of the Asia and Africa Division under the Regional Studies Department, and Mr. Hiroto Sawada, Research Fellow of the Security Studies Department. Also present were Dr. Aileen Baviera and research fellows Dr. Jed Rabena and Dr. Jay Batongbacal.

Last January 28, 2019, Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. hosted a roundtable discussion on the Philippines' bilateral and multilateral sources of Official Development Assistance (ODA) at the Institute for Small-Scale Industries, UP Diliman. The roundtable aimed to discuss issues surrounding ODA financing in the Philippines, including transparency, fiscal sustainability, and aid conditionalities, and how these affect the Duterte administration's Build, Build, Build infrastructure development program. 

The two speakers for the roundtable were Director Neil Cabiles from the Department of Finance and Dr. Alvin Ang from Ateneo de Manila University, with the discussions and open forum moderated by Dr. Aaron Jed Rabena, Convenor of APPFI's Regional Integration and Connectivity Program.