Professor Ofreneo discusses South Korean industrialization question from UP CIDS roundtable

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Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR), writes a follow-up opinion piece in his column on South Korea’s industrialization Laborem Exercens on major newspaper Business Mirror which was published on 28 March 2019.

Dr. Ofreneo mentioned that “[i]n the recent multi-sectoral RTD on Hanjin sponsored by the UP Center for Integrative [and] Development Studies and the Freedom from Debt Coalition, the question arose: why was the Philippines left behind by South Korea in terms of industrial development? This question was raised because of the divergent industrialization routes taken by the two countries in the last four decades.”

The roundtable discussion, “Saving Hanjin?: Implications for Labor and Industrial Policy” was held at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) last 14 March 2019. The event was organized by the UP CIDS Political Economy Program (PEP) together with the UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN), the Industrial Policy Team of the Action for Economic Reforms (AER), and the Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Hanjin Shipyard.

Read Dr. Ofreneo’s opinion piece here.