New Public Policy Journal issue off the press

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From right: UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS) Director Edna Co presents a copy of the new issue of the Public Policy Journal to UP President Alfredo Pascual in the presence of CIDS Publications Officer Jeff Asuncion and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion.

The Public Policy Journal (PPJ), an academic journal published by the University of the Philippines through the UP System’s Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS), has a new issue out, after eight years.

The 2007-2013 issue of the journal features papers by: Gerardo Sicat on reform of Philippine labor policies; National Scientist Raul Fabella on the role of the state and collective action in investments; Ramon Pedro Paterno on financing universal health care; and, Michael Tan on changing identities among ethnic Chinese in the Philippines. Edna Co, CIDS executive director, does a book review of The Rise of Sharing: Fourth-Stage Consumer Society in Japan.

At the launch, President Alfredo Pascual expressed his administration’s aim to regularize publication of journals and to assure support for PPJ. He hoped the journal can be the higher education journal of the country.

He encouraged more collaborative research work for the journal. “[These] policy papers will help our policy-makers make evidence-based, well-thought out decisions,” Pascual said.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion sees PPJ as a means for UP research to reach political leaders and society in general, and as a means for leaders in various disciplines to integrate research for policy papers. Concepcion suggested tackling such public concerns as overseas work, business process outsourcing, energy, and government procurement. She added that UP was thinking of establishing more multidisciplinary courses to generate more articles for the journal.

Concepcion also recognized the efforts of former CIDS director Malou Nicolas in charting future directions for CIDS.

Co thanked the UP System Administration for reviving PPJ. She said  this was a celebration of the University’s mandate to move society to action through the flow of ideas. She hoped the dissemination of ideas from UP’s public intellectuals, such as through PPJ, would have a multiplier effect in society.

The PPJ will now be published twice a year. It was launched in 1997 by then UP President Emil Javier with the objective of providing a forum for the examination of key contemporary public policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Pascual, Concepcion, Co, and CIDS Publications Officer Jeff Asuncion launched the new issue on December 10 at the Executive House in UP Diliman in simple ceremonies attended by contributors Fabella, Tan, and Paterno.

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