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Round Table Discussions on "Strengthening our Institutions of Policymaking”

The University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) held a series of round table discussions (RTD) on the topic “Strengthening our Institutions of Policymaking”.
The initiative of the UPCIDS is inspired by the current events and discourse on the dynamics between and amongst our branches of government. We wish to highlight in these round table discussions that in spite of the noise and challenges that hang over the heads of our institutions such as the Executive and the Legislative, the Executive and the Judiciary, the Judiciary and the Legislative, and so on, as Filipinos, we look forward to a discernment on  overcoming the relational challenges of the institutions and to strengthening the institutions of democracy as  institutions that work for ONE NATION rather than as competing branches of government.
As an academic institution, the University of the Philippines through the CIDS, wants to contribute to the discourse and hopefully, an enlightenment by experts  through the latter’s analysis, insights and recommendations that would strengthen our institutions such as the Legislature, the Executive, and the Judiciary in an environment of democracy and rule of law.
The Round Table Discussion will come in a series :
RTD 1 will focus on the topic from the perspectives of former justices, constitutionalists, and legislators.
The RTD 1 was held on 4 September 2014, Thursday, from 1:30-5:00 in the afternoon.
Invited Resource Persons:

  • Maria Lourdes C. Fernando
  • Atty. Christian S. Monsod
  • Atty. Rene Saguisag
  • Former Secretary Rafael Alunan
  • Former Deputy Speaker Jesus Crispin Remulla
  • Former Senator Francisco Tatad

RTD 2 will bring in the perspectives of academics and scholars, and;
The RTD 2 was held on 11 September 2014, Thursday, from 1:30-5:00 in the afternoon.
Invited Resource Persons:

  • House of Representatives Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap
  • Executive Director Ronald U. Mendoza – Asian Institute of Management
  • Prof. Pacifico A. Agabin – UP Diliman College of Law
  • Dante B. Gatmaytan – Associate Professor UP College of Law

RTD 3 will serve as a platform for business, media, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to share their views on how to strengthen institutions of policy making.
The RTD 3 was held on 18 September 2014, Thursday, from 1:30-5:00 in the afternoon.
Invited Resource Persons:

  • Nepomuceno A. Malaluan – Center for Media and Freedom Responsibility
  • Prof. Raul C. Pangalangan – UP Diliman College of Law
  • Atty. Simeon Marcelo – Former Ombudsman
  • Antonio Cruz – Social Media Strategist