Discussion Papers

UP CIDS DISCUSSION PAPER 2020-04

Deepening Solidarities Beyond Borders Among Southeast Asian Peoples: A Vision for a Peoples’ Alternative Regional Integration

Authors

Eduardo C. Tadem, Karl Arvin F. Hapal, Venarica B. Papa, Ananeza P. Aban, Nathaniel P. Candelaria, Honey B. Tabiola, Jose Monfred C. Sy, and Angeli Fleur G. Nuque

Program

Program on Alternative Development

Abstract

For fourteen years (2005–2019), civil society organizations (CSOs) in Southeast Asia, under the umbrella of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) have been engaging official ASEAN bodies and yearly summits. This is done via parallel gatherings in countries hosting the ASEAN meetings. Intense discussions among CSOs and peoples’ organizations across the region result in statements containing detailed recommendations for a more democratic, inclusive, participative, and ecologically sound ASEAN on behalf of the region’s marginalized and excluded populations. Unfortunately, ASEAN has ignored these proposals and has been largely dismissive of CSO engagements. This vision paper proposes a new strategy for Southeast Asian CSOs, social movements, and peoples’ organizations—one premised on moving away from engagement with ASEAN and establishing a new peoples’ regional integration based on the alternative practices on the ground—an integration from below that will be the direct opposite of the ASEAN model of integration.

Keywords

ASEAN, civil society, alternative practices, peoples’ regional integration, Southeast Asia

Recommended Citation

Tadem, Eduardo C., Karl Arvin F. Hapal, Venarica B. Papa, Ananeza P. Aban, Nathaniel P. Candelaria, Honey B. Tabiola, Jose Monfred C. Sy, and Angeli Fleur G. Nuque. 2020. “Deepening Solidarities Beyond Borders Among Southeast Asian Peoples: A Vision for a Peoples’ Alternative Regional Integration.” UP CIDS Discussion Paper 2020-04. Quezon City: UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies.

Tadem, E. C., Hapal, K. A. F., Papa, V. B., Aban, A. P., Candelaria, N. P., Tabiola, H. B., Sy, J. M. C., & Nuque, A. F. G. (2020). Deepening solidarities beyond borders among Southeast Asian peoples: A vision for a peoples’ alternative regional integration (UP CIDS Discussion Paper 2020-04). Retrieved from UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies website: https://cids.up.edu.ph/publications/discussion-papers/2020-series/2020-04/

Editor’s Note

The description of the Sining San Roque of the Save San Roque Alliance (Philippines) on pages 42–43 was updated on 22 May 2020. A revised PDF file of the discussion has been uploaded accordingly.