Due to recent efforts in reaching out and serving to more audience, the EROPA website (eropa.org.ph) has ranked in the world's top 0.4% in terms of popularity, jumping up 4 million notches in the rankings. This is a marked increase combined with a boost in major linking sites (up to 33 from 22). In addition, it has ranked nationally in the Philippines, and for the first time, in the Netherlands. Using the ranking websites Alexa Internet (which ranks only the top 30 million or top 25% websites) and SimilarWeb, and comparing it with Internet Live Stats (which has the total number of live websites), the EROPA website's popularity has been monitored as EROPA's service range is being improved regularly. As of writing, people from more than 150 nations have visited this website.
This recent improvement may not seem too much for many of us, but it is evidently a testament to the improvements done and additional features included in the new website. It also shows how effective the energetic social media revitalization has become to promote public administration ideas, trends, and practices. However, the work is not done. This good pace we are currently taking will be continued. You can answer our user experience survey in the main page to provide feedback.
Reaching further! Moving faster! We are EROPA, the premier organization working towards effective and efficient public service and governance.
A celebrated playwright and coincidentally one of the founders of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), George Bernard Shaw once famously quipped “If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.”
Speaking of disagreements, one concept that has been a frequent subject of passionate debate among economists is the implications of current account (CA) imbalances. This is a very timely issue for the Philippines as the country’s CA balance reversed to a deficit, after 13 years of consecutive surpluses.
Naturally, this triggered concerns among policymakers and economists alike. But what does this really mean and should we really be worried?
The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents.
Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not). It's not hard to picture, because most of that already happens, thanks to all those data-collecting behemoths like Google, Facebook and Instagram or health-tracking apps such as Fitbit. But now imagine a system where all these behaviors are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number, according to rules set by the government. That would create your Citizen Score and it would tell everyone whether or not you were trustworthy. Plus, your rating would be publicly ranked against that of the entire population and used to determine your eligibility for a mortgage or a job, where your children can go to school - or even just your chances of getting a date.
The latest wave of Taliban attacks calls into question both US strategy and the Afghan government's capabilities.
It's two months since US President Donald Trump unveiled a new American strategy in Afghanistan. His announced intention was to give military commanders more flexibility, while increasing troop numbers and leaving the US presence open-ended.
Republic Act 10952, which Duterte signed on Monday, October 2, reset the village polls to the second Monday of May next year from October 23, 2017, with the terms of office of the winners beginning on June 30.
“Subsequent synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections shall be held on the second Monday of May 2020 and every three years thereafter,” the law states. Incumbent village and youth council officials stay in office until a new set of officers is elected.
Ahead of China’s annual National Cyber Security Publicity (Propaganda) Week, the Cyberspace Administration of China’s Theoretical Studies Center Group published an article in Qiushi, the leading Chinese Communist Party (CCP) journal on theory, highlighting Xi Jinping’s strategic thinking on building China into a “powerful cyber nation” (or ‘cyber superpower,’ 网络强国).
Their commentary highlights core elements of China’s evolving national cyber strategy, which includes a focus on enhancing the country’s overall level of cyber security, particularly the protection of critical information infrastructure, and advancing indigenous innovation. In particular, this article clearly articulates the CCP’s perception of power and control in cyberspace as an imperative with existential stakes.
The 2017 EROPA Conference and General Assembly was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 11 to 15 September 2017. Featured in multiple news agencies such as Yonhap, Munhwa, and 24KZ, social media is also part of the annual event's promotion.
In the past week (10-17 September 2017), up to 100,000 impressions were counted for the conference. This is greater than the 15,000 being reached by EROPA's social media outlets per month (recorded from January to August 2017). The conference in itself is one of the largest in recent years with around 600 registered participants from within Korea and overseas.
As this year's conference closes, we look forward to seeing you in the 2018 EROPA Conference in the Republic of Indonesia. Stay with us for more updates!
The peso fell to P51 versus the dollar on Monday — a near 11-year low — and the currency is expected to remain the region’s worst-performing given growing economic imbalances.
Monday’s result coincided with the release of ANZ Research’s “Philippine Insights” report, which declared that an “intensifying build-up of imbalances” arising from strong economic growth was weighing down the peso.
Already the region’s worst-performing currency, the peso is “likely to remain so in the remainder of the year,” it said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the bill granting tuition-free education in all state universities and colleges (SUCs).
The bill, passed by Congress in May, will have automatically become a law on August 5 if the President did not act on it.
As the call for papers closed last May, and the review process done a month later, the 2017 EROPA Conference is expected to host up to 84 papers to be presented. Hosted by the Republic of Korea (South Korea), this year's conference will be the largest in terms of the number of presentations in recent years. From 2000 to 2016, paper presentations in the EROPA Conference averaged at 42.
To participate or observe in the 2017 Conference, one can still register online until 31 July. If some details are still unavailable by the deadline (e.g. accommodation, flight, etc.), kindly note in your registration form that these details shall follow. You can send them later in the official conference e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Secretariat e-mail (email@example.com).
After the online registration closes, one can register in the venue from 11 to 12 September. Payment of registration fees is also to be made on site (cash only). Check the conference subsite from time to time for more updates.
The largest conference in terms of the number of presentations in EROPA's recent history prior to this year was in 1999. The said conference was held in Manila, Philippines. It hosted around 90 presentations.
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