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 (email@example.com) or the Secretariat e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Professor Pan-suk Kim was inaugurated as the Minister of Personnel Management by appointment of Korean President Moon Jae-in on 12 July 2017. He is the third to hold the said position since the ministry was established in 2014. The ministry was formerly known as the Ministry of Security and Public Administration (2013), and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security (2008).
As for Professor Kim, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA) since 2009. The ARPA is EROPA's biannual journal. He was also the President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) from 2010 to 2013, the first Asian to hold the position, and has been serving as the President of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) since 2010.
Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro of Alliance of Concerned Teachers said Joint Circular 1 issued by the Civil Service Commission allows government agencies to hire personnel on Contracts of Service (COS) and Job Orders (JO) or contractual basis.
Since the CSC, Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) have no guidelines governing contracts of service and job orders, as of July 2016, there were 595,162 contractual workers in government, Tinio said.
“The government is already the biggest user of contractual workers, and the CSC circular further allows government agencies to hire personnel on COSs and JOs until end of 2018,” the lawmaker added.
India’s biggest tax reform since independence was launched Saturday to a mixture of protests and confusion among businesses and consumers. Yet despite the initial implementation dramas, analysts have pointed to potential longer-term gains for Asia’s third largest economy.
Formally enacted in a late-night session of parliament Friday, the new goods and services tax (GST) has unified 29 states and 1.28 billion people into a single market for the first time. The move is expected to strengthen government finances, reducing complexity and boosting foreign investment, among other economic benefits.
The prices we consumers have to deal with is a by product of government policy on the oil industry. However, prices for all petroleum products rose by 535% since 1996.
Thus, it has been proven that oil companies change their prices along with the changes of the world market, even if the government deregulated the market. Given the unpredictable behavior of the world market, would oil prices in the Philippines ever be stabilized and reasonable?
The market is likely to keep an eye on the Monetary Board policy meeting this week to look for clues on when the Philippine central bank will raise interest rates.
The policy meeting on June 22, Thursday, will be the final meeting chaired by Amando Tetangco Jr., who retires on July 2 after serving two consecutive six-year terms as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor.
On October 23, 1417, the "king of the eastern country," Paduka Batara was buried in Dezhou, Shandong Province, China. Paduka Batara, along with two other kings, Maharajah Kolamating of the "west country" and Paduka Prabhu, the "Cave King", registered in Ming China as a tribute mission from Sulu in 1417.
This year (2017) will be the 600th year since the mission of Paduka Batara to China. To commemorate, three balangay boats were built and launched from Sulu to go to China, tracing the same route once taken by Paduka Batara. While it can be seen as friendly reminder of Filipino-Chinese relations, one may wonder why a Philippine "king" like him would bother going to a tribute mission to China? It is known that the Chinese tributary system involved China being the "Middle Kingdom" or the center of the world, with the rest of the states as subordinates. While the Chinese did not regard them as colonies, and did not administer them directly, they have become planets which gravitated and began revolving around the Chinese sun. In a way, however, is it perhaps symbolic of the Filipino kowtow (bowing down) to Chinese supremacy?
The Philippines should make its cities more competitive, inclusive and better governed to support the rapid increase in the number of Filipinos living in urban areas today, a joint study by the government and the World Bank said.
Released on Monday, the “Philippines Urbanization Review: Fostering Competitive, Sustainable and Inclusive Cities” report said the Philippines is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in East Asia but it is at a critical juncture.
About 45 percent of Filipinos live in urban areas today, the report added.
The ASEAN meeting in Vientiane focuses on fighting transnational crime with international partners.
ASEAN member states and dialogue partners have committed to enhance their cooperation efforts in combating transnational crimes in a bid to maintain the security at and across borders in the ASEAN region.
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