Thursday, April 21, 2016


FORUM 4 ng 2016 UP TWSC Public Forum Series,
"Anim na Tanong sa Anim na Taon: 
Ang mga Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya at ang 
Papalitang Rehimeng Aquino"
Ika-26 ng Abril 2016 (Martes), 1:00 - 4:00 ng hapon
Silid PH 400, Palma Hall, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, 
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman

Malugod na iniimbitahan ang publiko na dumalo sa ika-4 na forum ng 2016 UP TWSC Public Forum Series na pinamagatang, "Anim na Tanong sa Anim na Taon: Ang mga Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya at ang Papalitang Rehimeng Aquino."

Tampok sila Dr. Ferdinand Llanes ng Departamento ng Kasaysayan, Dr. Jondi Flavier ng Linangan ng Populasyon, at Dr. Kristian Saguin ng Departamento ng Heograpiya bilang mga tagapagsalita sa forum na ito. Si Dr. Llanes ay magbibigay ng kasaysayan ng mga inisyatiba para sa pagtataguyod ng iba't ibang porma ng social justice sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino sa kanyang, "Some Indicators of Social Justice under the Aquino Administration." Si Dr. Flavier naman ay maglalatag ng kasalukuyang estado ng implementasyon ng Reproductive Health Law sa kanyang, "Reproductive Health Law: Challenges of Implementation." Isyu naman ng polisiya sa land use ang tatalakayin ni Dr. Saguin sa kanyang, "Governing Land Use: New Directions or More of the Same?"

Gaganapin ang forum na ito sa ika-26 ng Abril 2016 (Martes), mula 1:00 hanggang 4:00 ng hapon, sa Silid PH 400, Palma Hall, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman.


Reproductive Health Law: Challenges of Implementation
Dr. Jonathan David Flavier, Senior Lecturer, Linangan ng Populasyon, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman

Sa pananaw ng nag-aaral ng bilang at pag-unlad ng mga Pilipino, parehong mayroong mga natugunan at napabayaan ang administrasyong PNoy sa mga usaping: (1) pangkalahatang kalusugan, (2) pangakong MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), at (3) pantay-pantay na kalusugan ng Pilipino. Ipapakita sa presentasyong ito ang mga figures ng mga kababaihang namamatay sa pagdadalangtao para maipaliwanag ang kahalagahan na mapunan ang pangangailangan nila ng edukasyon at gabay sa mga paraan sa pagpaplano ng pamilya. Layon din ng presentasyong ito na mailatag ang mga posibleng paliwanag sa likod ng kasalukuyang estado ng mga kababaihan at pamilyang Pilipino.

Governing Land Use: New Directions or More of the Same?
Dr. Kristian Saguin, Katuwang na Propesor, Departamento ng Heograpiya, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman

A focus on land use offers a way to discuss various pressing issues that range from indigenous peoples’ land rights and urban housing tenure to food security, sustainable resource management and disaster risk reduction. In this presentation, I will examine efforts during the Aquino administration to formulate comprehensive national policies and introduce new modes of governance on land use. I will situate the progress and prospects of these efforts within the changing, sometimes contradictory, priorities of the administration.

Ang 2016 UP TWSC Public Forum Series ay may suporta ng Opisina ng Bise Presidente para sa Gawaing Pangmadla ng UP, Opisina ng Tsanselor ng UP Diliman, at ng Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, UP Diliman.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Elinor May K. Cruz, 2016 Gawad Chanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC)  is extremely proud of one of its university research associates, Elinor May K. Cruz, for being a recipient of the 2016 Gawad Chanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff. In his nomination for May to the said award, TWSC Director, Dr. Ricardo T. Jose wrote:

Pioneering accurately describes much of May’s research work throughout her young academic career, tackling sensitive issues such as cybersex and toxic cosmetics regulation, marketing, and use without compromising standards of ethical scholarship. May can also be credited with spearheading efforts to ensure the continued viability of the Center’s in-house journal, Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, as an internationally respected publication, while at the same time providing a venue for early career researchers to publish their research outputs. Furthermore, May’s work in TWSC has helped keep the Center in touch with a global community of scholars. All this she accomplished with the diligence and dedication that, in our university community, one finds only in those whose career advancement can be attributed, by and large, to merit.

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May’s achievements go above and beyond what is expected of a university research associate in our university. The consistent “Outstanding” performance rating that she has received for every semester since 2013 does not capture in full her dedication and professionalism that elevated the quality of academic work here at the TWSC and, in turn, in the university. These she has achieved through untiring engagement with the ethical, theoretical, and methodological intricacies of the social sciences as she has also applied her keen mind to systematize executions of research programs and to heighten the effectiveness of our Center’s international network and training and advocacy activities.

When May started at the TWSC, research colleagues immediately noticed her knack for asking probing questions, always wanting to know how things are done in the Center, on how she can make it better, or to surface unexamined assumptions being made to inform research initiatives. This mix of curiosity and candor, diligence and dedication, and a firm grasp for the innovative give us all the reasons to proudly nominate Elinor May K. Cruz for the 2016 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging REPS.

May received her award last 20 May 2016 at the Institute of Biology Auditorium, College of Sciences, UP Diliman:


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A Public Lecture on Organized Labor in Indonesia by Dr. Max Lane

Indonesia Today: The Return Of Organized Labor In Contemporary Politics

The UP Asian Center will host a public lecture, “Indonesia Today: The Return of Organized Labor in Contemporary Politics" by Dr. Max Lane on Monday, 25 April 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The lecture is free and open to the public; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but participants are encouraged to sign up to expedite the registration process on the day of the forum. 

About the Lecture

The 1965 counter-revolution in Indonesia (against the unfinished national revolution) necessitated the establishment of an almost totalitarian authoritarianism under General Suharto. During the 33 years of near totalitarian rule, political agency was confined to factions and cliques within the Indonesian capitalist class and its institutions. Political agency from outside this class—from the working class and peasantry—was not simply either subordinated or co-opted, it was physically abolished. For 33 years, a de facto re-education programme was implemented, eliminating not only the previous ideologies of these classes—social democracy, radical popular nationalism and socialism—but also even the traditions associated with their history. Since the fall of Suharto in 1998, however, there has been a gradual re-entry of organised labor into the political terrain, accelerating after 2010, with large-scale national mobilisation for improvements in conditions taking place in 2011, 2012, and 2013. There is more open discussion of labor's direct participation in politics. As this continues, polarisation between the union bureaucracy elite and the more critical, militant and independent-minded union activists has begun. This new polarisation is of enormous importance as to what happens next in Indonesian national politics.

About the Speaker

Max Lane, Ph.D. is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore. The English translator of six of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s works, including the Arok of Java and This Earth of Mankind and the other novels of the “Buru Quartet.” He has published several books on Indonesia, including Openness, Political Discontent and Succession in Indonesia: Political Developments in Indonesia, 1989-90 (Griffith University 1991); Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto (Verso 2009); and Decentralization and Its Discontents: An Essay on Class, Political Agency and National Perspective in Indonesian Politics (ISEAS 2014). He is also author of The Urban Mass Movement in the Philippines, 1983-87 (Australian National University and ISEAS 1990). In 2016, he will publish his first book of poetry and prose. An activist, Max Lane also previously served as officer in the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

View his CV and list of other publications here.

The public lecture is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.