Friday, January 22, 2010

Beyond 2010: A UP Academic Congress to Challenge our Next Leaders

This academic congress intends to identify the current issues, map the various approaches that have been tried in the past, provide some assessment of their gains and failures and draw out possible actions that must be done by the next administration. It is intended to empower the general public by making these issues transparent.  It is not solely addressed to the candidates for the 2010 elections. At the end of the forum, the public should be able to draw their own measurable objectives and milestones that can be achieved within the next six years hence allowing them to craft questions which they can ask from their candidates and make wise choices. The forum should draw responses from the political candidates that will go beyond mere generalities or rhetoric.


DAY 1 - February 1, 2010, Monday (Click here for abstracts of Day 1 sessions)

8:30–9:00  AM          Start of Registration Proper

9:00–9:30  AM          Opening Ceremonies

9:30 – 9:45 AM         Opening Remarks by Dean Marvic M.V.F. Leonen

9:45 – 10:00 AM       “The Imperatives for Philippine Society within the Next Generation" by UP President Emerlinda R. Roman

10:00–- 10:45 AM     “What Truly Matters to Filipinos?” by Prof. Randolf S. David

10:45 – 12:00 APM    Open Forum

12:00 – 1:30 PM         Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:30 PM           Session 1: Jobs and the Cost of Doing Business in the Philippines

3:45 – 5:45 PM           Session 2: Debt and Deficits

DAY 2 - February 2, 2010, Tuesday (Click here for abstracts of Day 2 sessions)
8:30–9:00 AM           Registration Proper
9:00–11:00 AM         Session 3: Backrooms, Battlefields, and Backhoes: The Mindanao Conundrum
11:00–1:00 PM         Lunch Break
1:00–3:00 PM           Session 4: Building Blocks to the Universal Enjoyment of the Right to

3:00–5:00 PM           Session 5: Secularisms and Fundamentalisms

DAY 3 - February 3, 2010, Wednesday (Click here for abstracts of Day 3 sessions)

8:00–8:30 AM           Registration Proper
8:30–10:30 AM         Session 6: The Diaspora of Filipinos: Strategic Issues, Concerns, and Alternatives
10:30–12:30 PM       Session 7: Property Reform and Related Issues
12:30–1:30 PM          Lunch Break
1:30–3:30 PM            Session 8: Rethinking Urban Policy: Spatial, Economic, and Institutional Aspects
3:45–5:45 PM            Session 9: Science and Technology

DAY 4 - February 4, 2010, Thursday (Click here for abstracts of Day 4 sessions)

8:00–8:30 AM            Registration Proper
8:30–10:30 AM          Session 10: Confronting Trade, Markets, and Regulation
10:30–12:30 PM        Session 11: Philippine Foreign Relations
12:30–2:00 PM          Lunch Break
2:00–4:00 PM            Session 12: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: Trends,

Challenges, Lessons, and Response Options 

DAY 5 - February 5, 2010, Friday (Click here for abstracts of Day 5 sessions)

8:00–8:30 AM            Registration Proper
8:30–10:30 AM          Session 13: Addressing Impunity
10:30–12:30 PM        Session 14: Elections and How to Choose Leaders
12:30–1:30 PM          Lunch Break
1:30–3:30 PM            Session 15: Labor–Revisiting Constitutional Guarantees 
3:45–4:00 PM            Closing Remarks by UP Diliman Chancellor Sergio S. Cao

                                     Session 16: Energy Security (Third week of February)
                                     Synthesis by the Chief Rapporteurs

For the primer with panel abstracts, please click this link, for the speakers' abstracts including their brief bio, please click this link.For a matrix on the convenors and panelists, please click this link. For more details, please contact the UP College of Law Office of the Dean at 927-0518.

Media updates on the UP Acad Congress can also be found here.


  1. Anonymous10:35 AM

    We attended the lecture on Debt and Deficits yesterday and I asked from the organizers copies of the powerpoint presentations of Professor Diokno, Medalla and Briones. However we were told that the presentations will be posted on this website, but what is only uploaded are the videos of the lectures, which are very difficult to download and watch if the connection is slow. In addition, the details on the lecture is even more worth noting. We work on the executive side of government and their inputs are very important especially in planning and policy. I hope since this is an open lecture forum, you would also share these very important and eye-opening resources. THANK YOU.

  2. Your inquiry has been raised to the official organizer of the Acad Congress - UPD College of Law. Please email: for further concerns. Thank you.