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UPD, UP Cebu to hold forum on Philippine Constitution

The Department of Political Science, UP Diliman, and the Political Science Program, College of Social Sciences, UP Cebu, in cooperation with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) are co-hosting a public forum entitled “PH Constitution @30: Institutional Choices in a Time of Change” on 10 May 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Union Bldg. Hall, UP Cebu.
Speakers during the forum include University of Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus of Law Cheryl Saunders, and Australian National University Professor of Political Science Paul Hutchcroft, Professor of Political Science, Australian National University, and currently seconded to the Australian …

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UP: Education is indispensable for economic development

Education is indispensable for economic development. While this is widely acknowledged, studies have also shown the importance of research and development (R&D) in achieving growth in this age of globalization driven by scientific and technological advancement. Hence, the country’s human or knowledge capital can now be considered as the key for technological innovation to achieve and sustain inclusive growth that reduces inequality and poverty.
Specifically, higher level education and training enable people to create new knowledge, innovate products and processes, and improve productivity. Science and technology innovation supports the manufacturing sector which generates jobs and helps people adjust to new market …

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Research group compares local governance in Phl and neighbor countries

Philippine Public Administration expert Alex Brillantes Jr. (far right) suggests a less dichotomous view of Philippine leaders to researchers on Philippine local governance, (second, third, and fourth from left) Prof. Kenichi Nishimura, Prof. Masao Kikuchi, and Prof. Jun Kobayashi, as NCPAG Dean Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza (far left), the moderator of the discussion, listens.
Having decentralized governance in the last decade of the last century, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand can compare notes on how successfully or unsuccessfully they have devolved even as they continue to strengthen their systems. For the first time, a comparative study of decentralization in the three countries …

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THE TRUTH SHALL SET US FREE: Joint Statement of ADMU, DLSU, Miriam College and UP System on Continued Vigilance on the Pork Barrel Issue

The truth, it is oft retold, will set us free – including those who thrive on falsehood and those who should therefore be held accountable and punished for crimes committed against the Filipino people.
We, Presidents of various Philippine Universities and Colleges, restate our collective condemnation of the misuse of public funds by unscrupulous government officials and their conniving associates. We join the sustained clamor of the people to end the deeply-entrenched culture of graft, corruption and patronage in our political system.
We have in the past called on the faculty, students, staff, and alumni of our respective academic institutions, as well …

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UP-NCPAG to host good governance summit

The Student Government of the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines will be hosting a summit to discuss and harness the potential of young people in contributing to national development through good governance.
The Philippine Good Governance Summit, which will be held on January 31 to February 3, 2014, will convene around 250 students from various universities and colleges throughout the country.
The summit will feature plenary sessions about the Philippine good governance situation, the role of youth in nation-building, techniques in program and project development and management, and best practices of the youth sector, …

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Evolution of the Pork Barrel System in the Philippines

Since the pork barrel controversy erupted in July of this year the phrase “pork barrel” has been interchangeably used with PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund). What is the pork barrel or PDAF? How did it come to be a sensational issue in Philippine public governance? Under the pork barrel system, each branch of government (legislative, executive and judiciary) has its own pork barrel allocation. The latest controversy, however, has centered more on the legislators’ pork barrel.
PDAF Watch defined pork barrel as those funds “allocated to politicians such as congressmen and senators, to be used, based on their decision, to fund …

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Philippine Feudal Society: The Pork in the Machine

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On July 12, 2013, an expose by the Philippine Daily Inquirer set off a wave of explosions in the public sphere. As the mass and social media unraveled the knotty story of scandal, corruption, fraud and theft in the highest places involving amounts that beggar the phrase “mind-boggling,” Filipinos came together, united by a sense of anger and betrayal at this latest, egregious breach of public trust.
This mass outrage found expression in the Million People March on August 26. Thousands gathered in peaceful indignation rallies at the Luneta Park in Manila, and at other public venues in cities …

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Searching for the elusive presidential pork

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) during the Joint Session of the 16th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday (July 22, 2013). The SONA delivered by the President is a yearly tradition wherein the Chief Executive reports on the status of the country, unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year, and may also propose to Congress certain legislative measures. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacanang Photo Bureau).
Since the misuse of some P10B in Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) was exposed, the pork barrel issue has gained wide …

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The UP Forum Roundtable Discussion: Pork Barrel and the Use (or Misuse) of Other Discretionary Funds

Q. Is there hope for the abolition of all pork?
If this is not an option, what measures are necessary to ensure that public funds go to target beneficiaries and are used judiciously and effectively?
Neri J. Colmenares, LL.B
Party-List Representative, Bayan Muna
House of Representatives
Republic of the Philippines
The rising outrage of the Filipino people over the pork barrel scam provided the impetus for the widespread call for the abolition of the pork barrel system. Thus, with the sustained and heightened peoples’ participation and pressure on government officials, there is hope for the abolition of the pork barrel system.
We, in Bayan …

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UP, DOT to hold 1st National Conference on Tourism Governance on Nov 25

In line with its mandate as the country’s national university and being at the forefront of tourism education in the region, the University of the Philippines (UP) through the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT), together with the Tourism Foundation, Inc. (TFI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) is holding the 1st National Conference on Tourism Governance, with the theme Sustainability and Inclusivity in the Governance of Tourism Destinations on November 25-26, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City.
As the tourism industry continues to emerge as a potent force of national development, providing investment and …

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