On 19-24 October, the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) Asia-Pacific Region held its 2014 Conference with the Theme “Public Administration and Governance in the Context of Regional and Global Integration” at the National Convention Center in Hanoi Vietnam which was attended by the delegates from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand.
His Excellency Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Vietnam, graced the event as he presented the areas of discussion such as: Civil Service Reform, Policy Formulation and Strengthening of the Constitution, Administrative Procedures and Finance Reform. In his message, he believed that EROPA will carry out learning from the success stories and challenges in line with the public administration and governance of other countries among the delegates specifically to the public administration practitioners in Vietnam.
Minister Nguyen Thai Bihn of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Vietnam highlighted the objectives of the of the EROPA such as promotion of Public Administration, Best Practices, Awareness-raising on the importance and value of effective administration, conducting researches in the field, and building the capacity of government personnel in the region.
Dr. Tran Anh Tuan, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Leader in-charge of National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) OF Vietnam and at the same time the Head of the 2014 Conference expressed that Vietnam had always been active in the EROPA, he expects more learning and sharing of new ideas among the delegates.
Dr. Orlando S. Mercado, Secretary-General of EROPA in his speech pointed out the need for reform initiatives to balance economic growth with the needs of the marginalized sectors, human security and environmental sustainability. Further, he challenged the public administration scholars specifically the younger generations to be more innovative in policy making and administrative reforms.
During the Simultaneous Workshop Session 1 on the Disciplinary Issues and Challenges for Public Administration in the Context of Regional and Global Integration on 21 October, Dr. Malu C. Barcillano, Program Director of the Graduate School Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration Program presented the Local Governance Assessment of the Identified Local Government Units (LGUs) of the Province of Camarines Sur, Region V, Philippines. She discussed the evaluation conducted in the five (5) Local Government Units (LGU) in Camarines Sur, particularly LGU-Calabanga, LGU-Bula, LGU-Minalabac, LGU Canaman, 1st to 4th Class Municipalities, respectively and LGU Naga City. The LGUs were purposively identified on the criteria on proximity and willingness of the LGU to undergo governance assessment relative to (1) Transparency; (2) Participation; (3) Accountability; (4) Leadership; (5) Rule of Law; (6) Continuity, Predictability and Sustainability of Programs; (7) Preference for the Poor; and (8) Effective, Responsive, Provision of Basic Services.
In the afternoon, Dr. Barcillano was the moderator on the Simultaneous Workshop Session 4 with the presentations on Whistleblowing Behavior: Ethical Challenge in Public Sector Organizations in Indonesia by Ilham Nurhidayat, student of Doctoral Program MAP Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; and Local Governance-New Approach to Government Building by Prof. Nguyen Huu Hai, Ph.D. and Ma. Dao ThiThanhThuy of the National Academy of Public Administration, Vietnam, along with Prof. Nguyen Thi Hong Hai, Ph.D., Associate Professor/ Dean of the Hoang Vinh Giang, M.A. and Lecturer/ Faculty Organization and Personnel Management, National Academy for Public Administration, Vietnam.
The six-day conference was packed with of activities such as: 60th EROPA Executive Council Meeting, Dinner for Executive Council Members, Conference Plenary, Opening Ceremony, Asian Leadership Forum, Simultaneous Workshop Sessions and Post-Conference Excursion.
– Benita Michele C. Verdadero
(c) Romeo D. Alberto; Atty. Elenita P. Ugay; Prejean A. Prieto