The Philippines is an island nation located in Southeast Asia bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea, the China Sea on the north and west and the Celebes Sea on the south. The country is a cluster of 7,107 islands with a total land area of approximately 300,000 square kilometers.
ABA ROLI has been implementing a comprehensive Program in Support of Law Reform in the Philippines through funding from USAID since 2003. In implementing these programs, ABA ROLI works in close partnership with the Philippine Supreme Court, the Philippine Judicial Academy, the law faculties at the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA), some local NGOs, and the two leading bar associations in the country, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and Philippine Bar Association. (PBA). ABA ROLI implements the Philippines program through an American Attorney based in Manila, working in collaboration with two local attorneys. The programs are equally distributed among the three island groups, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.