"Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low." (Wallace Stanley Sayre)
The student population may have been experiencing an imbalance in the means and the representation to voice out their interests. Therefore, they choose either not to vote or to abstain. They are trapped into an either-or option, though in this diversified age, they should have multiple options. It is hoped that this short article may be of help for future research on student councils nationwide. Also, since they say that the university is the microcosm of Philippine society, and the leaders of tomorrow are the youth of today, it is expected that it may also be of help to the nation in general.
Most analysts view voter turnout as an important factor that needs utmost attention in the current democratic system. To this day, it is recognized as the foremost legitimizing factor of any democracy of its type. While automated elections managed to keep turnout at certain levels, which are definitely higher than it was during the 1990s (when apathy became the paramount issue), why is turnout in such a high-level election fluctuating? Whatever happened to the leaders of tomorrow?
The Duterte administration aims to fully automate all government procedures and processes by the end of its term in line with one of the targets under the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan (PDP), economic planning officials said on Monday.
“The President [Rodrigo Duterte] doesn’t want people queuing [for government procedures], and how will you achieve that? Then you have to go for automation of many of these procedures,” Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.
Online registration is open for the 2017 EROPA Conference, which shall be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 11-15 September 2017.
The Organizing Committee will provide free airport transportation for conference delegates. For delegates who need the service please indicate your accurate flight numbers when registering. Participants who need to apply for a visa before they enter the Republic of Korea can make a visa application to the Korean embassy or consulate in charge. The organizers will provide assistance to participants for visa application if necessary.
High-quality lunch boxes and/or buffet meals will be served for the participants during the meeting. For participants who have dietary restrictions, please indicate your needs when registering. The Organizing Committee will organize sightseeing programs on 15 September. Please indicate your willingness to join the program when registering.
Paper presenters must note the paper submission guidelines as posted in the Call for Papers section of the conference site, and submit their respective abstracts, papers, and powerpoint presentations via e-mail (email@example.com). For more inquiries, feel free to contact us.
Terrorism continues to be a key area of cooperation between the two countries, despite lingering complications.
The visit of Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman to Malaysia this week was notable for many reasons. But it was clear from the discussions that took place between the two sides that terrorism was at the forefront. Indeed, the joint statement itself quite bluntly stated that terrorism “was the most important issue that was discussed.”
Politically, Myanmar is experiencing a new phase under its new government. Undoubtedly, the approach toward national reconciliation in Myanmar has changed after the installation of National League for Democracy (NLD) in 2016. The 21st Century Panglong Conference, which is going to be held this year in March, is part of the NLD’s new way of pursuing peace. However, the persistent armed conflict simmering between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups poses a big challenge to the government’s credibility.
Therefore, it is pertinent to critically evaluate whether armed conflict in Myanmar has stabilized after the institutionalization of a new government. I argue that the ongoing conflict remains the same and obfuscates the process of national reconciliation.
The 2017 EROPA Conference Organizing Committee invites professionals, scholars and practitioners, graduate students and researchers in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, to present academic papers and share their insights and experiences on PA and governance and its contribution to sustainable development.
The Organizing Committee is also inviting government officials, as well as representatives of local stakeholder groups to share their views and insights on decentralization and democratization and how local governance can help pursue broader societal goals.
Abstracts, papers and Powerpoint presentations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
A 10-year development plan introduced in the restive northwest, including a merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Pakistan's cabinet approved on Thursday a plan to introduce reforms in the lawless tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan - an area that has provided sanctuary to armed groups for years.
Authorities began the reform process in the northwestern region after fighters with al-Qaeda and the Taliban established sanctuaries there. The army regained control of the last of the territories in an offensive launched in mid-2014 that lasted until the end of 2016.
State-run National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) said on Thursday the government is considering the option of building the Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection project, instead of letting the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) carry it out, a government official said.
The project is part of the concession agreement of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), the nationwide grid operator, but Transco remains the owner of the transmission assets.
“It is good that they [NGCP] are adjusting the target to 2020 [to finish the interconnection], but I want to look for a way that the cost of the connection should not be passed on to consumers,” Melvin A. Matibag, TransCo president and chief executive officer, said in an interview.
There is a need for tax policy reforms to address the collection gap from high-income earners and shift the tax burden from low- and middle-income households to the affluent sector, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).
Citing raw data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the DoF said in a statement Monday that 27.9 percent of taxes high-income earners should pay are uncollected as a result of a flawed system.
Thus, even if the BIR and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were to improve collection efficiency to 100 percent, tax revenues to fund public investment program would not be enough given the inherent systemic flaws of the current tax system, which the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) aims to correct, the department said.
The Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) website was given a major overhaul last January 23. It has been one month ever since, and most of the pages have been updated for you to check out.
In the past month alone, average weekly views increased by 55 percent from January 2017 and an overwhelming 128 percent from December 2016. As if this is not adequate, it is estimated that within the year, up to 25,000 views would be recorded by this site from January 2017. Within the same time period, people from at least 95 nations around the world accessed the site (up from the last count of 60). Seven of the ten largest audience sources were Asia-Pacific nations.
Social media is also being utilized by EROPA to complement the renovation of the main website. Monthly social media reach in February represented a 127 percent increase from January 2017, and an astronomical 1,365 percent increase from December 2016. It is projected that for this year, up to 75,000 people will be reached by EROPA's social media outlets. You can follow our Facebook and Twitter profiles, as well as subscribe to our Youtube channel, which are easily accessible in this site.
When this project was began, these numbers are inconceivable, yet all prior estimates were exceeded. Nevertheless, it is with you that we have achieved this success. It is fervently hoped that all of you would remain working with us in the weeks and months leading to the annual conference. Let us keep the pace together.
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