The Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center (CBBRC) is a non-stock, non-proft, non-government organization in the Philippines duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (CN200818137) established in September 2008 in honor of staunch patriot, widely-respected labor leader and honorable parliamentarian, Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran.
The CBBRC is an independent institution serving the needs of workers, their families and the urban poor, and the upholding of Ka Bel’s legacy as a parliamentarian of the people.
The CBBRC works with a vast network of organizations and advocates working for the labor, women, youth and urban poor sectors, and progressive parliamentarians and local government units, to bring to public consciousness the legacies of the late great Crispin “ Ka Bel” Beltran.
On the occasion of Ka Bel’s frst death anniversary on May 20, 2009, the CBBRC led the formal installation of a marker of the beloved patriot and labor leader at the historic Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila. The occasion, in coordination with the city of Manila, was also celebrated with a concert and a commemorative march-rally at the site, attended by the Mayor and other officials of the City of Manila.
In the same year, CBBRC, in partnership with the Workers’ Assistance Center (WAC) and the Ecumenical Institute for Labor and Research (EILER) with support from the Netherlands-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) carried out a research on the organizing eﬀorts and experiences of workers in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the Philippines. It is considered a signifcant eﬀort in renewing focus on the impact of SEZs on the national economy and in documenting the organizing eﬀorts of workers in SEZs from diﬀerent regions in the country.
The said research paved the way for the CBBRC to organize a National Consultation on Special Economic Zones in the Philippines which focused atention on the plight of displaced peasant and urban poor communities. The event was keynoted by the Chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Philippine government. The event likewise served to facilitate dialogues between regional participants and the CHR on issues concerning labor rights violations in economic zones.
In the same year, CBBRC also organized a roundtable discussion entitled “Freedom of Association in Special Economic Zones”. Invited to the activity were labor groups from various parts of the Philippines, and representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and the Philippine Ecozones Association (PHILEA).
In 2011, the CBBRC published its study entitled “Ripples and Rising Tides: Experiences in Organizing in Philippine Special Economic Zones”. The study is an overview of the current features of special economic zones in the Philippines, and the various changes in the concept and practice in the establishment of these zones as well as its impact on various aspects of the economy. One of the specifc aims of the study is to push legislative measures to improve the exercise of labor rights as well as to pinpoint revenue losses incurred by the government due to numerous and redundant tax privileges given to ecozone locators.
Today, the CBBRC continues the legacy of Crispin B. Beltran in advancing the rights and welfare of the marginalized and underprivileged through policy advocacy, timely research, and capacity building for various peoples organisations.