Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Readings

Econ 101 (Macroeconomic Theories, Policies and Issues)
  • Editorial: Implement the attrition law (MlaTimes, June 27, p.4)
  • Imports decline as electronics sales slow (MT, June 27, p. B1)
  • Who wants to be an entrepreneur? by Wootton (MT, June 27, p.B1)
  • Editorial: Intolerant (MlaStandardTodat, June 23, p.5)
  • Exodus of doctors has limited effect on poor nations-OECD (BusinessWorld, June 26, p10)

DS 127 (Physical and Natural Resources and Development

  • Mining expert: Reinvesting in communities a must (MlaTimes, June 27, pp.1-2)
  • End 'hypocrisy' on environment, Malaysian tells WEF forum (MT, June 27, p.5)
  • Editorial cartoon on illegal logging (MT, June 27, p.4)
  • Intolerant (MlaStandard Today, June 23, p5)
  • Public-private national committee on large dams revived (BusinessWorld, June 26, p.10)

DS 126 (Politico-administrative Insitutions and Behavior)

  • Business Curcuit by A.P. Macasaet (Malaya, June 27, p.B11)
  • Manila's 'Dirty Harry' set to clean up city (MlaStandardToday, June 2, pA12)
  • Intolerant (MlaStandard Today, June 23, p5)

Monday, June 25, 2007

SocSci 120 Face-Off (July 3)

Escanillas (+) Public Ad's Identity Crisis (-) Barrera

De Jesus (merits) Post-modernist philosophy (demerits) Pantig

Buenaventura (+) Philosophy is a dead discipline. (-) Arreza

Abrigo (+) Are the Social Sciences really inferior? (-) Buenafe

Lindo (merits) RGEP (demerits) MK

Desales (+) Geography mainly determines the people's character & history (-) Madriaga

  • 6 minute time limit, winner takes all (1.0-5.0), may use guide during the speech, jurors will be invited, wear semi-formal attire, medium of communication: English or Filipino, research well

emcee: Macapagal, opening remarks: Cruz, closing remarks: Udaundo, time keeper: Emakris

DS 126 (for purposes of discussion/recitation only)

Define and illustrate the following terms:
  • Politic science
  • Public administration
  • Political dynamics
  • Polity
  • Political capital
  • Political independence
  • Political rights
  • Political cleavage
  • Political law
  • Political freedom
  • Political decentralization
  • Political culture
  • Political psychology
  • Political sociology
  • Political econony
  • Astropolitics
  • Political officer
  • Political animal
  • Politics of gender
  • Politics of media
  • Politics of religion
  • Political art
  • Political novel
  • Political anthropology

Sunday, June 24, 2007

random thoughts

  • Para sa akin, dapat manatiling may nakalaang tambayan ang mga University-based organizations sa CAS. Katuwang ng maraming mga propesor ang mga orgs na ito sa pagpapataas ng kamulatan ng kapwa nila mag-aaral. Sa kasaysayan, ang mga orgs na ito ang humubog sa maraming mga mag-aaral na maging responsableng iskolar ng bayan at mamamayan. Naging aktibo rin sila sa paglulunsad ng mga makabuluhan proyekto sa loob at labas ng UP. CAS ang kinikilala nilang "tahanan" sa pamantasan dahil sa progresibo at mapagpalayang tradisyon nito. Bahagi ng kaluluwa ng CAS ang mga mag-aaral (organisado man o hindi). Kawalan sa bahagi ng CAS kung ililipat sa ibang lugar ang maraming U-based org. Mababawasan ang sigla ng CAS kapag nagkataon.
  • Sa kabilang banda, dapat namang tiyakin ng mga orgs na malinis ang kanilang tambayan (para hindi ito maging kapuna-puna sa mga administrador, guro at kapwa mag-aaral).
  • Pagbati kay Atty. Karol Sarah Baguilat sa kanyang pagsisimula sa Public Attorney's Office (PAO). Nakaatas sa kanya ang pagtulong sa mga pamilya at biktima ng extra-judicial killings. Samantala, may klase naman siya sa UPM tuwing Sabado. Taas-kamao para sa people's lawyer!

Economics by Dr. Gregory Mankiw

"Whereas politics seemed vague, rambling and subjective, science was analytic, systematic and objective. Economics therefore combines the virtues of politics and science."
"Labor market, like all markets, is subject to the forces of supply and demand."
"An economy's income is the economy's output."
"Can good news for farming be bad news for farmers?"
"Workers unemployed for many months are most likely to suffer economic and psychological hardship."
"The principle of comparative advantage shows that trade can make everyone better off."
"Suppose that the world's fastest typist happens to be trained in brain surgery. Should he do his own typing or hire a secretary?"
"Determinants of productivity: physical capital, human capital, natural resources, and technological knowledge."

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

'07 Practicum Conference

  • Taas kamao para sa matagumpay na pagtatanghal ng Devstud Conference '07 noong Hunyo 15.
  • Pasasalamat sa mga 4th year DS majors na bumuo ng programa. Marami kaming natutunan sa inyong karanasan.
  • Pagpupugay sa mga POs na nakadalo sa kabila ng mahabang biyahe at pagiging abala sa CO.
  • Pasasalamat sa mga 3rd year DS majors na nagtanghal ng pangkulturang bilang.
  • Pagbati sa NNARA para sa mahusay at maagap na koordinasyon at paggigiya sa mga nakaraang practicum.
  • Pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga dumalo mula sa ibang kurso.
  • Taas kamao para sa lahat ng mga komunidad na tumanggap sa aming mga mag-aaral sa loob ng halos 1 buwan.

"Ang lipunan ang tunay na pamantasan ng karunungan at karanasan."

Announcements

  • Dr. Ed Villegas (Devstud Program's academic coordinator & Ibon Foundation president) will deliver a lecture to DSS faculty about the political economy of culture on June 22. All Devstud majors should procure a copy of his paper. Ms. Ang (1st yr), Ms. Concepcion (2nd yr), Ms. Teves (3rd yr) and Ms. de la Paz (4th yr), please take charge.
  • Student organizations sponsoring any issue-based symposium/forum may invite my NSTP CWTS students to attend (as delegate) and/or participate (as reactor). Please inform me about the topic, program, date and venue ahead of time for purposes of documentation. May I underscore that the my approval largely depends on their availability and relevance of the subject matter. Just this semester, I instituted a system to account/document the co-curricular activities of my NSTP students. They are required to attend at least 10 socially relevant symposia/fora per semester. A representative of the sponsoring organization is requested to countersign the tracking form of my students for purposes of validation/checking.

social cost

Quoted from a photo caption by Reuters
"Call center workers gather in a bar after an overnight shift in Makati.
Booming outsourcing industry is generating thousands of jobs
and billions of dollars in revenues but many of its young employees are
turning to caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol to deal with unsociable hours
and demanding, and sometimes abusive callers."

Major concerns for doing business in the Philippines

Major concerns for doing business in the Philippines*
(in descending order)
  1. Corruption
  2. Policy inconsistency
  3. Political instability
  4. Bureaucratic red tape
  5. Lack of political will to change
  6. Labor problems
  7. Economic instability
  8. Lack of judicial effectiveness
  9. Poor infrastructure
  10. Security issues
  11. Low market growth (local)
  12. Tax transparency

*Based on the 2006 Corporate performance survey

SocSci 120 Reporting (June 26)

SocSci 120 Reporting (off-shoot of the freakonomics readings)
  1. Political economy of baby-naming industry (Bangit, et. al.)
  2. Isang pagsusuri sa pagpapangalan sa mga anak ng mga aktibista (de Jesus, et.al)
  3. Sociology of anonymity (Arreza, et.al.)
  4. Black psychology (Corpuz, et. al.)
  5. Black feminism (Esteban, et.al.)

Report within the prescribed time limit. Follow the do's and don'ts of PPT presentation. Provide value-added to the report. Check the compatibility of each equipment/gadget to avoid any technical aberration. Cite the references. Ensure that the font is large enough to be seen by everyone. Prepare an opening and a closing statement. On the day of the reporting, the professor shall assign 1 student per group to serve as the presentor of the their output.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

DS 123 Readings

DS 123 (Filipino Identity & Culture) Readings
  1. Cultural ecology by Michael Tan (PDI, June 8)
  2. Struggles of students abroad by Ambeth Ocampo (PDI, June 13)
  3. Filipino delivers Harvard Law graduation speech by Volt Contreras (PDI, June 8)
  4. Ang alamat ni Ka Satur by Rolando Tolentino (rolandotolentino.blogspot.com)

Be ready to input and discuss related insights to add more substance to our discussion on June 20 (W).

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Least Trusted Government Officials

Public Distrust (Pulse Asia, April '07)
  1. Oreta (-43%)
  2. GMA, FVR, Esperon (-41%)
  3. Abalos (-40%)

7 Ms in Dynasty Building (Coronel, 2007)

7 Ms in Dynasty Building (Coronel, 2007)
  1. Money
  2. Machine
  3. Media/Movies
  4. Marriage
  5. Murder & Mayhem
  6. Myths
  7. Mergers