APS features UNIID-SEA Research on its Lecture Forum on Ensuring Growth that Matters
The fast-approaching milestone date of 2015 to realize the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has raised many questions with no clear-cut answers. On one end of the spectrum are questions that relate to the Philippines’ preparedness to compete with ASEAN neighbors in supplying goods and services to a burgeoning single market of around 600 million people. On the other end are questions more profound and compelling: how can ASEAN economic integration benefit the poor? Can the AEC’s promise of economic growth also bring about inclusive growth, which is the centerpiece of our development agenda?
This year, the Ateneo de Manila University’s Professional Schools (APS): Graduate School of Business, School of Law, School of Government, and School of Medicine and Public Health, celebrates its 40th anniversary. As part of its yearlong anniversary celebration, the APS organized a Lecture Forum Ensuring Growth that Matters: ASEAN Integration and Inclusive Growth.
The Lecture Forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges presented by the 2015 ASEAN economic integration, with a special emphasis on measures we need to take to ensure that the anticipated economic growth will benefit the least privileged among us. Apart from providing a general overview of ASEAN integration, the programme will feature special sessions on regional production networks, human capital development, and social development policies
and programs in Southeast Asia.
Parallel Sessions were organized in the afternoon. To deepen the discussion on ASEAN integration and inclusive growth, dialogues on were held on the following topics:
• The Philippine Manufacturing Sector and Regional Production Networks
• Education and Human Capital Development in the Philippines: Bridging the Developmental Divide
• Social Development Policies and Programs in Southeast Asia: Towards a Truly Participative and Inclusive Development in ASEAN
Social Development Policies and Programs in Southeast Asia
The parallel session on Social Development Policies and Programs in Southeast Asia:
Towards a Truly Participative and Inclusive Development in ASEAN is organized by the Ateneo School of Government through the Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA) Project, in partnership with the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, Inc. (ASPAP, Inc.).
Inclusive development is inherent to the ASEAN Integration Agenda, which is targeting to close the development gap among the ASEAN countries and its peoples. Public administration and governance, with public policy at the core, becomes critical in shaping, directing, and accelerating state action and mobilization of resources for key development initiatives in each country. The rate of success in achieving significant positive social impacts, however, is not just dependent on sound policymaking and program implementation but also on the level of engagement of rightful stakeholders, including the target beneficiaries, in the process.
This panel aims to present and discuss game-changing inclusive development policies and programs that have been instituted or adopted in five ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The discussion will be anchored on the results of the 5-country policy mapping that was conducted by ASPAP as commissioned by UNIID-SEA, a regional initiative currently led by the Ateneo School of Government and the National Research Council of the Philippines and supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC-CRDI).
Highlighted in the study are the following social policies and programs:
• National Program for Society Empowerment (Program National Pember Masyarakat or PNPM) in Indonesia
• The Private Higher Educational Institutions Act of 1996 in Malaysia
• Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program in the Philippines
• One District, One Scholarship (ODOS) Program in Thailand
• National Program 135 for the socioeconomic development of most vulnerable communities in ethnic minority and mountainous areas in Vietnam.
The panel was moderated by Dr. Antonio La Vina, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government. It featured the presentations of Prof. Eleazar E. Ricote, President of the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines (ASPAP), Dr. Bala Raju Nikku, Lecturer of the School of Social Sciences Universiti Sains Malaysia, Dr. Purwo Santoso, Director of the Department of Politics and Government Gadjah Maha University, Indonesia, Dr. Nipawan Thirawat, Lecturer of the Master of Business Administration Division in Mahidol University International College, Thailand, and Dr. Dao Thanh Truong, Head of the Science and Technology Management Policy Science Department, University of Social Sciences and Humanities Vietnam National University.
Links to the presentations:
IID Policy Environment in the Philippines by Prof. Eleazar Ricote
IID Policy Environment in Indonesia by Dr. Purwo Santoso
IID Policy Environment in Malaysia by Dr. Bala Raju Nikku
IID Policy Environment in Thailand Dr. Nipawan Thirawat
IID Policy Environment in Vietnam by Dr. Dao Thanh Truong
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