Conference Organization: Innovations in Public Administration Reforms

I had the privilege to act as the Conference Deputy Secretary General for the 2017 Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA) International Conference entitled “Innovations in Public Administration Reforms in ASEAN and in Asian Communities: Forging Knowledge Co-Creation, Linking Societies and the Foundations for Democracy, Peace and Sustainable Development” held at the BSA Twin Towers, Ortigas on 16-18 November 2017. I  was part of the core team that supervised the overall flow of the actual conference, planned the general theme and sub-themes of the conference, speakers, topics of the speakers, plenary session themes, and managed the flow of the entire program, venue, sponsorship, meals, kit, logistics, among others. I also acted as the Rapporteur for the second plenary session.

About the 2017 PSPA International Conference

The 2017 International Conference joins the celebration of the ASEAN year on its 50th Anniversary Foundation. The Conference also gives attention to the continuing and strong solidarity of the Philippines and ASEAN with Asian Societies and the World Community.

As in our past Conference, the Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA) will hold these for a and discourses in cooperation with our partner institutions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the City of Mandaluyong, the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG),  and other partner academic, government and civil society institutions. As such the PSPA deems it fitting to adopt the theme, Innovations in Public Administration Reforms in ASEAN and in Asian Communities: Forging Knowledge Co-Creation, Linking Societies and the Foundations for Democracy, Peace and Sustainable Development held from November 16-18, 2017 (Thursday-Saturday) at the BSA Twin Towers Hotel, Mandaluyong City.

This Conference follows thru previous fora and continues to focus continuing discussions and sharing of studies and experiences on best practices in governance, public sector reform, inclusive democracy and sustainable development, as well as such imperatives as citizen engagement, climate change, the peace process and other compelling issues and challenges confronting the public administration community and the larger society. The Conference pays also specific reference to the ideals and aspirations of engendering decentralization and democracy to bring about development, especially on habitually neglected communities. It also gives attention to growing propositions towards federalization of unitary systems such as the Philippines. In this sense, it highlights the agenda of knowledge co-creation, sharing and diffusion so as to establish patterns of best practices that can be replicated across different cultures.

This event once again brings together insights and perspectives from the academe, government practitioners, civil society organizations and the private sector as the country observes the ASEAN’s 50th year and follows at the heels of the ASEAN Summit hosted and held in the Philippines last April 26-29, 2017.

The Conference reinforces the joint initiative of the PSPA, the UNDP, the Commission on Human Rights and other partner institutions such as the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of the Republic of the Philippines, among others on the need to provide a forum that will provide the opportunity for the exchange of views, insighs and experiences in the Philippines and other countries on the dynamics of good governance, public sector reforms, knowledge co-creation. As such, this Conference is conceived as a Policy Forum that seeks, among others, to continue and press discourse on good governance and reforms in the Philippines and in other countries and how these have supported or are supporting the ends of development.

Likewise, the Conference aspires to build a document of particulars and policy recommendations that will serve as a multi-sectoral recommendation to the promulgation of policy issues.

The Conference is also intended to assess poverty incidence and inequalities in the different regions of the country, especially as to how decentralization and democratization policies have facilitated or inhibited opportunities of marginalized communities.

The Conference also seeks to identify potential academic institutions to serve as   governance hubs to promote the means and ends of decentralization and democracy at the regional levels through continuing research, monitoring and evaluation, and consolidation and integration of initiatives towards strengthening decentralization and democracy in their respective regions and communities.

As such, a host of pertinent sub-themes are generated along these broad areas of concern, namely:

  1. ASEAN styles and modes of Good Governance and public sector reforms in ASEAN and Asian Societies as well as the international community of nations:
  2. Experiences in Knowledge co-creation and diffusion;
  3. Impact and state of devolution policies in agriculture, environment, social services and health under the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160), with particular reference to issues and challenges;
  4. Financial revenue generation issues in local autonomy;
  5. The state of decentralization in the devolved areas and their impact on communities;
  6. Best practices and exemplars, as well as public sector reform in decentralization, democratic governance and combatting poverty and corruption in local government units;
  7. The state of poverty and inequality in the different regions of the country;
  8. Decentralization issues in managing climate change and disaster reduction, especially in high poverty incidence and conflict ridden communities;
  9. Inter-local relations and how they promote decentralization and democratic governance as well as citizen participation and empowerment;
  10. National-local relations and decentralization and democratic governance issues as they affect development goals;
  11. Academe and LGU cooperation;
  12. Gender mainstreaming, women empowerment and children protection; and,
  13. Issues on Federalism

Being the Conference Deputy Secretary General, I handled and coordinated all the correspondences with our international partner institutions and universities, namely the following:

International partner institutions and universities

  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Japan)
  • Asian Association for Public Administration (Korea)
  • Taiwan Education Center (Taiwan)
  • Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (Taiwan)
  • Edu-Connect Southeast Asia Association, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
  • Creative Learning (USA)

Local partner institutions and universities

  • Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO)
  • University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG)
  • Local government units: a) San Juan, b) Makati, c) Mandaluyong
  • Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC)
  • Galing Pook Foundation

International speakers

1) Dr. Evan Berman (Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

2) Dr. Kim Pan-Suk (Minister of Personnel Management of the Republic of Korea; President, Asian Association for Public Administration)

3) Dr. Prijono Tjiptoherijanto (Commissioner, Indonesian Civil Service Commission; Professor, University of Indonesia)

4) Dr. Woothisarn Tanchai (Associate Professor, Thammasat University; Secretary General, King Prajadhipok’s Institute)

5) Prof. Katsuhiro Umemoto (Professor Emeritus, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

6) Prof. Kiyotaka Yokomichi (Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

7) Dr. Tahir Shad (Associate Professor, Washington College, USA)

8) Dr. Muqtedar Khan (Professor, University of Delaware, USA)

9) Dr. Tim Eing-Ming Wu (Chair Professor, Shu-Te University, Taiwan)

10) Dr. Chih-Wen Kuo (Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University)

11) Dr. Agus Pramusinto (Professor and Chairman, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; President, Indonesian Association for Public Administration)

12) Dr. Heungsuk Choi (Professor, Korea University Center for Governance; President, Korean Association for Public Administration)

13) Dr. Hong-Cheng Antony Liu (Associate Professor and Department Chair, I-Shou University, Taiwan; President, Taiwan Association for Schools of Public Administration and Affairs)

14) Dr. Pang Li Li (Lecturer, Universiti Brunei Darussalam)

15) Dr. José Chiu C. Chen (Associate Professor and Chair, Tunghai Univeristy, Taiwan)

16) Dr. Michael Lin (President, Taiwan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines)

17) Ms. Vanessa Ying Lin (Executive Director, Edu-Connect Southeast Asia Association Kaohsiung)

18) Fr. Rolyn Francisco (Christ the King Parish, USA)

19) Dr. Anwar Sanusi (Secretary General, Ministry of Village, Indonesia)

20) Dr. Mahummad Taufiq (Deputy Chairman of Policy Research, National Institute of Public Administration, Indonesia)

Local speakers

1) Senator JV Ejercito (Republic of the Philippines)

2) Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (Former Senate President, Republic of the Philippines)

3) Sec. Adelino Sitoy (Head, Presidential Legislative Liaison Office of the Office of the President of the Philippines)

4) Atty. Benjamin Abalos, Sr. (Former Mayor, Mandaluyong City; former COMELEC Chairman)

5) Mayor Guia Gomez (San Juan City)

6) Mayor Abigail Binay (Makati City)

7) Governor Nestor Espenilla (Central Bank of the Philippines)

8) USec. Ryan Estevez (Presidential Legislative Liaison Office)

9) Atty. Antonette Allones (Executive Director, Career Executive Service Board)

10) Dr. Danilo R. Reyes (Professorial Lecturer at the University of the Philippines)

11) Dr. Macapado Muslim (Professor, Mindanao State University)

12) Dr. Arnulfo Mascarinas (President, Bicol State University)

13) Dr. Nestor de Vera (President, Southern Luzon State University)

14) Dr. Edgardo Tulin (President, Visayas State University)

15) Dr. Dexter Buted (President, Pangasinan State University)

16) Dr. Tirso Ronquillo (President, Batangas State University)

17) Dr. Ric Rotoras (President, Philippine Association of State Universities and College),

18) Dr. Maria Oliva Domingo (President, Kalayaan College)

19) Dr. Maria Fe Mendoza (Dean, University of the Philippines NCPAG)

20) Dr. Alex Brillantes (Professor and Former Dean, University of the Philippines NCPAG)

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