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ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2004-2005
University hosts 1st Regional Conference on Political Science
The Ateneo de Naga University Department of Social Sciences, the Institute of Politics (IP), and the Liga ng mga Estudyante sa Agham Pampulitika (LEAP) jointly sponsored the first-ever Regional Conference on Political Science last Thursday, 9 September 2004.
Professionals and students from the following universities participated in the one-day conference: Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), Bicol University(BU), Partido State University (PSU), University of Nueva Cacers (UNC), University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP), and the University of Saint Anthony (USANT).
The conference was divided into three segments. The first part is the opening ceremonies wherein Dr. Lydia T. Goingo (Dean of the ADNU College of Arts and Sciences) provided the welcome remarks. Atty. John Bongat (Naga City topnotch councilor, ADMU Political Science graduate) delivered the keynote speech.
The second part is the paper presentations which featured four simultaneous lectures. Mr. Renne F. Gumba, IP Executive Director presented an analysis of the contemporary national and local situation in the university’s New Thesis Room. Mr. Danny Gerona, Executive Director of the Ateneo Institute of Bicol History and Culture (IBHC) delivered a lecture about historical perspective on Bikol politics in the Fernando Hall. Ms. Arrieth Miranda, the Chairperson of the Ateneo Department of Social Sciences discussed the trends and prospects for women in politics in the CLG Conference Room. Ms. Jubeth Santuyo of the Dela Salle University graduate school presented a paper on e-governance in the HSRC.
The third and final part of the conference is the sectoral workshops wherein the participants (students and professionals) discussed and clarified their understanding of Political Science, shared instruction techniques evolved in the locality, identified areas of collaboration in the regional level, and finalized plans and activities for the group. As an initial output, the group decided to encourage more interaction among the professionals on the regional level, actively engage with the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA), and implement collaborative student formation activities in the locality.
IP and the ADNU AVP office co-sponsors university lecture on charter change
Hon. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, a congresswoman representing the Akbayan Party List in the Republic of the Philippines’ House of Representatives, was featured as the lecturer on the “Issues and Prospects of Charter Change”. The said lecture, conducted last Friday, 13 Augsut 2004 is part of the University Lecture Series regularly organized by the Office of the Vice-President for Academics.
In her lecture, Rep. Hontiveros-Baraquel outlined the developments in Congress as far as the charter change issue is concerned. She also discussed the substantial issues related to the proposed changes in the Philippine Constitution.
IP attends Provincial Consultation on Participatory Local Governance
Upon invitation from the Camarines Sur Developpment NGO for Empowerment and Technical Services (CADENET), IP attended the one-day Provincial Consultation on PLG last Friday, August 6 2004 at the Regent Hotel, Naga City. In the said consultation, representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) presented the process for drafting the Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) which the local government units are supposed to churn out this year.
Later discussions in the said consultation pointed out the need for collaboration among civil society organizations to pursue a more effective and meaningful participation in local governance.
IP and College of Nursing co-sponsors DFA Symposium on Phil. Policy towards Migration and Inter-marriages
Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Commission on Filipinos Overseas conducted a Symposium on Philippine Policy Towards Migration and Inter-marriages 4:30 pm last Monday, 9 August 2004 at the Xavier Hall. Practical tips as well as resource materials were also provided to complement the lecture given. An open forum allowed the discussion of some concerns and issues raised by the students.
The participants included nursing students of the university, as well as those who are interested about going abroad or marrying a foreigner.
IP Executive Director provides briefing for Naga City ABC officials
Renne Gumba, the IP-ED, presented an Analysis of the National Situation and the Prospects of Charter Change 10:00 a.m. last Tuesday, 10 August 2004 at the Naga City Science Centrum. The said briefing was conducted during the regular meeting of the city’s Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) led by its President, City Councilor and Bgy. Captain Jose Mari Mercado of Pacol, Naga City.
In the said briefing, Mr. Gumba outlined the various issues confronting the country today. At the same time, contemporary developments on the charter change initiatives were also discussed. The subsequent open forum surfaced the concerns, apprehensions, and even personal positions on issues as articulated by the barangay leaders themselves.
IP sits in the Naga City Tourism Council
IP, thru its ED, sat in the regular meeting of the Naga City Tourism Council 2:00pm last Wednesday, 11 August 2004 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, Naga City.In the said meeting, various initiatives were explored particularly in boosting tourism in the city and in the province. Eventually, IP was tasked to draft several tourism-related ordinances and programs for eventual adaption and presentation to the council.
The said meeting was conducted jointly with the Sanggunian Panlungsod’s Committee on Tourism led by Councilor Cecile De Asis.
IP Executive Director provides briefing on 2004 elections to NCPC Board of Directors
Renne Gumba, the IP-ED, provided a brief presentation on the preliminary analysis of the 2004 national elections to the Naga City Peoples Council (NCPC) board of Directors meeting last Tuesday, 25 May 2004 in the CASAFI Complex, Liboton St., Naga City.
In the said briefing, Mr. Gumba outlined the various issues related to the conduct of the 2004 elections. At the same time, he also outlined the challenges confronting various stakeholders, particularly the civil society organizations, after the said elections. The briefing was followed by an open forum wherein reactions, clarifications, and questions were raised by the NCPC Board of Directors.
KATOTOHANAN consolidation efforts underway
In a visit by the Katotohanan National President Amb. Miguel Perez-Rubio last Wednesday, 22 July 2004, Katotohanan-Naga Cluster literally got a shot-in-the-arm for its consolidation work.
In the consultative meeting with key individuals and organizations held 5:00pm at the Molino Grill Restaurant in Naga City, the group resolved to undertake a series of planning sessions to consolidate and strengthen the group’s advocacy against drug abuse. Various ideas for capacity-building were also discussed.
Amb. Perez-Rubio was also the guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Naga East in their regular meeting 8:00pm of the same date.
IP continues to serve as the secretariat for the local cluster, with Naga City Councilor Atty. John Bongat as the convenor.
IP engages the ADNU College Faculty Club
In support of the College Faculty Club’s various initiatives, the Institute of Politics has taken on active role in at least two areas of club activities: constitutional reform and advocacy work.
IP serves as convenor of at least two (2) working committees of the CFC, specifically the Committee to Review the CFC Constitution and By-Laws and the Review Committee on the Proposed Shift to Gross Income Taxation. Both committees is expected to provide significant inputs for the undertakings of the CFC this SY 2004-2005.
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