Public Administration News
||Philippines: Engaging the Youth in Good Governance
||Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Public Institutions, Citizen Engagement
||Nov 11, 2010
The First National Summit on Public Administration and Youth for Good
Governance held on October 8 to 10 at the Philippine Social Science
Center in Diliman, Quezon City.
The event’s theme was, ‘Engaging
the Youth in Grounded Public Administration and Governance’. It was
conducted in connection with the 19th anniversary celebration of the
Local Government Code of 1991 and the 100th day of the President of the
Republic of the Philippines.
Summit organizers included the
Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA) and the Association
of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippine (ASPAP), in
cooperation with the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC).
were students of public administration and young leaders from all over
the country, who, according to the organizers, need to be mobilized
towards decentralization, democratization, and development.
focus was to engage them in the promotion of good governance that
requires accountability, transparency and participation especially at
the level of local government. Mr. Hariade Dammang and Ms, Madelyn
Shinn, graduate students of public administration were WMSU’s
representatives to the summit.
Mr. Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga
gave the keynote address on the first day of the event, while Mr.
Reynaud Meyer, UNDP Philippines Director keynoted the second day.
Ederlinda Fernandez, Dean of the WMSU College of Public Administration
and Development Studies spoke on the status and challenges of public
administration in Western Mindanao. Dr. Ferdinand Lamarca, Professor,
University of the Northern Philippines, and Dr. Danilo Reyes of the UP
National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG), on
the other hand, dealt with the discipline’s status and challenges in
other parts of the country.
Dr. Fernandez, in benchmarking public
administration, underscored the nagging question on why the sorry state
of governance in our country in spite of decades of capacity building
through public administration schools scattered nationwide. She also
highlighted the challenge on public administration education to help
government come up with better policy and administrative capacity of
government officials, as well as increased participation of other
To address this challenge, Dr. Fernandez proposed
the following: critical review of course offerings in PA schools;
integration of ethics/values in PA courses; utilization of information
technology; accreditation of PA schools to set standards and monitor the
quality of PA education; technical panel in PA at the Commission on
Higher Education to serve as advisory and consultative body to the
commission; and increase the participation of PA schools in the Network
of Asia and Pacific Schools and Institutes in Public Administration and
Governance (NAPSIPAG) for improved PA teaching.
made a pledge titled ‘Panata’, to help strengthen the foundations in
order to build a better nation. It was responded to by Commissioner May
Fernandez-Mendoza of the Civil Service Commission.
included the following: a road map for youth engagement in governance;
strategies and plans for the PSPA-ASPAP to strengthen public
administration and youth engagement; memorandum of understanding between
PSPA, ASPAP and the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) – Legislative
Academy (LA). (Evelyn C. Luceño, PAO-WMSU)