Thursday, January 31, 2008

DSS Week 2008

Department of Social Science Week 2008
February 4-9 (Monday-Saturday)
Theme: Agham Panlipunan para sa Bayan
____________________________
ACLEs
exhibits
booths
symposia
lecture series
film viewings
cosplay
etc.
_____________________
please proceed to the dss office for the complete line-up of activities.
inaasahan po ang inyong pakikibahagi.

Kung Tuyo na Ang Luha Mo, Aking Bayan

Kung Tuyo Na Ang Luha Mo, Aking Bayan
ni Amado V. Hernandez

Lumuha ka , Aking Bayan; buong lungkot mong iluha
ang kawawang kapalaran ng lupain mong kawawa;
ang bandilang sagisag mo’y lukob ng dayong bandila,
pati wikang minana mo’y busabos ng ibang wika;
ganito ring araw noon nang agawan ka ng laya,
labintatlo ng Agosto nang saklutin ang Maynila.

Lumuha ka, habang sila ay palalong nagdiriwang,
sa libingan ng maliit, ang malaki’y may libangan;
katulad mo ay si Huli, naaliping bayad –utang,
katulad mo ay si Sisa, binaliw ng kahirapan;
walang lakas na magtanggol, walang tapang na lumaban,
tumataghoy, kung paslangin; tumatangis, kung nakawan!

Iluha mo ang sambuntong kasawiang nagtalakop
na sa iyo’y pampahirap , sa banyaga’y pampalusog;
ang lahat mong kayamana’y kamal-kamal na naubos,
ang lahat mong kalayaa’y sabay-sabay na natapos;
masdan mo ang iyong lupa, dayong hukbo’y nakatanod,
masdan mo ang iyong dagat, dayong bapor, nasa laot!

Lumuha ka kung sa puso ay nagmaliw na ang layon,
kung araw sa langit mo ay lagi nang dapithapon,
kung ang alon sa dagat mo ay ayaw nang magdaluyong,
kung ang bulkan sa dibdib mo ay hindi man umuungol,
kung wala nang maglalamay sa gabi ng pagbabangon,
lumuha ka nang lumuha’t ang laya mo’y nakaburol.

May araw ding and luha mo’y masasaid, matutuyo,
may araw ding di na luha sa mata mong namumugto
ang dadaloy, kundi apoy, at apoy na kulay dugo,
samantalang ang dugo mo ay aserong kumukulo;
sisigaw kang buong giting sa liyab ng libong sulo
at ang lumang tanikala’y lalagutin mo ng punglo!

UP (University of Press-release?)

  • academic excellence (?)
  • social relevance (?)

Saklap

Bago tumuntong sa pamantasan ng bayan,
walang naiambag (sa anumang paraan) sa
pakikibaka ng masa laban sa pagmamalabis
ng umiiral na sistema at ng mga nasa likod nito.


Noong nasa pamantasan, wala pa rin sa kabila ng lahat.

Noong nakapagtapos sa kolehiyo sa tulong ng
buwis mula sa sambayanan, wala man lang naibalik.

Kung magkagayon, isa kang tuod.







Paradigm Shift

neocolonial, commercial and decadent culture
mass-based, scientific and nationalist culture

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Aklas-Sining (February 5, Tuesday)

Line-up of acitivities for the ACLE on Aklas-Sining
(organized by the DevStud sophomores)
  • listening session & content analysis
    of selected protest songs
  • sabayang pagbigkas
  • short lectures
  • song numbers
  • poetry reading
  • mini-exhibit
  • audio-visual presentation
  • survey
  • freedom wall
  • political jokes
  • distribution of bookmarks with quotes
    culled from selected protest songs
  • call to action

Inaanyayahan ang mga interesado na dumalo.

Aklas-Sining*

What: ACLE on Aklas-Sining (protest art)
When: February 5 (Tuesday)
Where: CAS Little Theater

_________
*organized by DevStud sophomores

Narcoterrorism

Narcoterrorism is generally defined as an act of terrorism
perpetrated by the illegal drug syndicates which aims to neutralize
or assassinate law enforcers, witnesses and judges handling
drug-related cases in order to free them from any criminal liability.

Buhay at Bukid (Buklod)

Ang Buhay niya ay bukid,
kaulayaw bawat saglit
Munti niyang panagarap,
dito na lang nalibing.
Kailan pa ba makikita ang lupang minana
Ay maari na ring tawaging kanya
Bawat butil na pinagyaman ay pait ng kawalan
Sa gitna ng kahirapan may uring nakinabang.
Kailan pa ba makikita ang lupang minana
Ay maari na ring tawaging kanya
Lalaya rin ang lupa at mga magsasaka
Tutulungan sila ng mga manggagawa
Babawiin ang lupang ninakaw ng iilan
At ang bunga ng lupa'y bayan ang aani.

Social relations of production

The social relations of production answers the following questions:
  • Who are the actual creators of wealth?
  • Who gets and enjoys the surplus value?
  • Who assumes the dominant/subordinate role?

Monday, January 28, 2008

DS 112 Article Review* (submission: Feb. 6)

  • Spate of Attacks Alarms Local Indian Community by Avigail M. Olarte
  • Arroyo's Legacy May Include More Mothers Put at Risk by Jaileen F. Jimeno
  • Too Many Buses, Too Many Agencies Clog Edsa by Margaret Jao-Grey
  • Price-Control-Board Debate May Delay Cheap Drugs Law by Alecks P. Pabico
  • A 'Feel-Good' Only Economy? by Cielito Habito
  • Toxins 'R' Us by Kenneth Hartigan-Go
  • Women of The House by Lala Ordenes-Cascolan
  • A Nation of Nonreaders by Juan Miguel Luz

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  • 4-5 members per group
  • post your choice here to secure your group a topic
    (first-come, first served basis)
  • 1 page article review (font size: 10, TNR, single-spacing)

Partial list of articles I authored published by Kabayan

http://www.mainlib.upd.edu.ph/ipn/search.php?f=author&auth=27861

Prof. Mangubat's Centennial Boat Project

DS 126 Show and Tell (Feb. 1, Friday)

  • Bring any item directly related to politics.
    No duplication. Please bring another item as back-up.
    (e.g. Mao's little red book, Magdalo badge, effigy, Bob Marley CD, etc.)*
  • Discuss** the item in class (maximum of 2 minutes)
    and submit a 1-page report about it (sentence outline).
    Use 3-4 references.
  • This activity is equivalent to a long exam.
  • Grading criteria***: uniqueness, logical flow, value-added, Q&A****

__________
*examples only
**highlights only
***of equal weight
****to cross-check your familiarity with the item

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Mga mulat na alagad ng sining

Minsan ay may nagsabing ang mga mulat na alagad ng sining
ang unang nakadarama ng mga hinaing ng mamamayan.

Mas nauunawaan nila ang tibok ng puso at kalam ng sikmura ng masa.

Kung minsan ay kabilang mismo sila sa hanay ng mga
itinuturing na masa o mga mamamayang pinagsasamantalahan.

Sensitibo sila sa mga problemang panlipunan kaya madali
nila itong naisasatitik, nalalapatan ng himig, naipipinta,
naiguguhit, naisasayaw, naiaarte at naipaglalaban.

Isang pagkilala sa lahat ng mga mulat na agad ng sining.

www.senate.gov.ph

I strongly recommend my students to read the news reports
posted at the Senate's official website (http://www.senate.gov.ph/).
First, it provides the readers with updates about the government's
priority legislations, including policy issues and debates.
Second, it provides a counterpoint to the administration's propaganda
since the Senate is an opposition-dominated chamber (check & balance).
Third, it provides the readers with a general (but not thorough)
perspective about the national situationer.

Public Opinion

SWS
http://www.sws.org.ph/

Pulse Asia
pulseasia.newsmaker.ph

Ibon Survey
http://info.ibon.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=7&Itemid=29

Quote

"A war is also adjudged by the compassion
it extends to those who have nothing to do with it."
-Sen. Chiz Escudero

Mentoring

Professors of academic subjects should not only
teach students about purely academic matters.
Part of their responsibility is
to teach them practical skills*.
Sometimes practical skills are more useful in the outside world
and are more appreciated by students.

________
*may be related or not to the subject matter

Counter-insurgency

Esperon pointed out that the military establishment
will be using a two-pronged approach to counter-insurgency,
i. e. combat (military) and civilian (humanitarian*) operations.

__________
* in order to win the hearts and minds of the community

Dialectics

Ang armadong pakikibaka sa kanayunan ay sintomas
lamang ng laganap na problemang panlipunan sa bansa.
Hangga't hindi ito natutugunan, patuloy na
magluluwal ang lipunan ng mga armadong kilusan.

AOM*

  • Arouse (Pukawin)
  • Organize (Organisahin)
  • Mobilize (Pakilusin)
______
*input by Mr. Florendo based on his interview with the YS

Utak-pulbura

Ang pagkakahirang ni Arroyo bilang pangulo,
bagama't siya ay isang babae, ay hindi maituturing
na tagumpay ng kilusan ng kababaihang masa.
Una, patriyarkal pa rin ang kanyang panuntunan sa pamumuno.
Ikalawa, interes pa rin ng naghaharing-uri ang kanyang isinusulong.

Dualism

The Nature's Spring advertisement showing Cesar Montano
almost bathing himself with mineral water is an insult to the
marginalized people who do not have access to safe drinking water.

Incongruous

Last year, I had the chance of interviewing Justice Melo.
He headed the Commission formed by Arroyo to investigate
the killing sprees that victimize political activists.

According to him, it is absurd on the part of the military
to claim that the political killings are committed by the
New People's Army (armed wing of the CPP) against
the members of its supposed front organizations
(progressive people's organizations and party-lists)
while also arguing that the armed group and
its legal front organizations are one and the same.

Conditions conducive to crime

  • poverty or material greed (economic)
  • dysfunctional personal attitude (psycho-emotional)
  • OPPORTUNITY to commit crime (social)
  • inefficient criminal justice system (legal)

Gary Granada

  • Gary Granada's music: pop form + social content
  • His preferred weapon is humor.
  • According to him, protest music has a unifying character.
  • He hailed from Davao del Norte.
  • He was enrolled in metallurgical engineering in UP
    but wasn't able to finish the degree.
  • His music is a music of substance.

"Ang habol ko lang naman sana ay para sa ating
mga kompositor na magtiyagang mag-research,
maging sociologist, economist, theologian
,
philosopher, poet, critic."-Gary Granada


(Source: Punk, Poets, Poseurs by Eric Caruncho)

Greenwash

A transnational corporation (TNC) that resorts
to "green" corporate social responsibility (CSR)
to sugarcoat its ecological plunder.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

SPLIT-LEVEL ACTIVISM?

  • One who is an environmental activist but practices
    double standard in his dealings with women.
  • One who joins street protests against
    corporate-led globalization but patronizes
    products and services of transnational corporations.

Quotes from protest songs

"When you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information
Oh, they can bend it all they want."
-Waiting on the world to change, John Mayer


"Pelikula't politika tila iisa
Matira ang matibay
Karnabal na sistema
Lahat gusto bumida
Magpaikot ng istorya
Sa aming paningin lahat ay kontrabida"
-K.K.K., Kamikazee


"Courage to the last breath
makes the martyr live beyond death."
-In praise of martyrs, Jose Maria Sison

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Note to my DS 112 class

  • Isagani A. Cruz (PDI columnist "Separate Opinion",
    former Associate Justice of the SC)

  • Isagani R. Cruz (Philippine Star columnist "Mini Critique",
    literary expert)

Guerrilla News Network (The other side of the story)

www.guerrillanews.com

Kabalintunaan

"Ang hirap ng marami ay sagana ng iilan
Ang nagpapakain, walang laman ang tiyan
Ang nagpapanday ng gusali at lansangan
Maputik ang daan tungo sa dampang tahanan."
-
Magkabilaan, Joey Ayala

Taas-kamao

  • Taas-kamao para kay Karina Constantino-David* dahil
    sa kanyang pagtuligsa sa maanumalyang sistema ng
    pagtatalaga (appointment) ni Gloria sa gobyerno.

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* Si Karina ng Civil Service Commission ay asawa
ni Prof. Randy David at anak ni Prof. Renato Constantino

Sa ngalan ng nasyunalismo

Parents:
Rodolfo and Virginia Cuevas

Children:
-Agham Cuevas
-Sining Cuevas
-Likha Cuevas
-Kalikasan Cuevas

COSPLAY

0.25 grade incentive for my students who will
join the cosplay in the upcoming DSS Week '08.
(Little Theater, February 8, late afternoon)

The State of the State U

State U
by Yano

Parami na nang parami
De kotseng estudyante
Sa state university (4x)

Walang efficiency
Mga government employee
Sa state university (4x)

Antique na laboratory
Bulok na facility
Sa state university (4x)

Administration policy
Itaas ang tuition fee
Pati na rin ang dorm fee
Bakit? Walang nagra-rally

Kahit may demolition
Private corporation
Barat na allocation
Sa education

Commercialization
Colonialization
Privatitation
Kawawang oblation

State university (8x)

State U! Hate you!
State U! Hate you!

State university (8x)

TOFI: SALOT!

PAANYAYA

Lahat ng klase ko ngayong semestre (DS 126, DS 112,
NSTP at DS 128) ay inaasahang dumalo sa ACLE
na may temang AKLAS-SINING sa ika-5 ng Pebrero (Martes)
sa CAS Little Theater (2:30-5:30 n.h.).
Ito ay pangungunahan ng aking DS 100 class (sophomores).

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Protest Songs 101

  • A protest song rebels against a specific form or
    various forms of injustice.
  • Protest artists are non-conformists.
  • Bob Marley is a popular icon of protest artists.
  • According to www.spinner.com*, protest songs rebel against:
    -authority figures
    -heterosexism
    -blood diamonds (child slave labor)
    -blind patriotism
    -racial profiling
    -militarism
    -fascist capitalism


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*http://www.spinner.com/2007/07/13/20-protest-songs-that-mattered-no-20/

PRAXIS

"Mas matalas ang dila kung mayroong galaw ng bisig.
Paliparin ang malayang isip."
-halaw mula sa Ang Ating Araw, DICTA LICENSE

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pagkilala

Taas-kamao para sa makatotohanang paglalahad ng
pangkat nina Lara*, Advani, Tibon, Baquiran at Yasay ukol
sa kalunos-lunos na kalagayan ng mga kababaihang manggagawa
sa mga assembly line sa pamamagitan ng radio skit.

Well-researched.
Well-written.
Well-executed.

(0.25 merit incentive for the final grade)

_____
*scriptwriter

DS 112 (Poetry reading, Jan. 30)

Almarines (fourth world countries)
Bacon (political economy of Olympic games)
Balanag (baby trafficking)
Catsao (Malaria in the Americas)
Deligente (AIDS pandemic)
Erive (landlocked countries)
Fajardo (Espedeject ideology)
Faustino (Bono-isation of protest)
Freyra (vagina monologue)
Frias (writ of amparo)
Gagarin(balance of power)
Go (ping-pong diplomacy)
Hizon (Political economy of Yao Ming)
Laforteza (medicalization of hunger)
Lepatan (Schizophrenia cases in China)
Lim (plight of cultural workers in the Philippines)
Lu (The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein)
Morano (glurbanization)
Navarro (drug security)
Perez (culture of violence)
Reburiano (food blockade)
Rigodon (campesino)
Rodriguez (No Logo by Naomi Klein)
Rosario (slow city movement)
Salas (human suffering index)
Sanicas (broken windows theory)
Solano (Grameen bank)
Tejada (Axel Pinpin)
Teves (online addicts in China)
Torres (astropolitics)
Tria (Blaxploitation)

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  • 4-5 stanzas only
  • 4 lines per stanza
  • English or Tagalog
  • RESEARCH (4-5 references)
  • provide 2 copies
  • in lieu of your prelim exam
  • opening remarks: Lu
  • closing remarks: Faustino

Profit maximization of BPOs

Based on her preliminary research, Lucille dela Cruz* pointed out
that business process outsourcing companies are capitalizing
on their medical transcription services (non-voice) to compensate
for the relatively low productivity of their
call center services (voice) during day shifts.

Considering the time zone difference between
the Global North and the Global South**,
most in-bound and out-bound calls
take place during night shifts.


_______
*a graduating Development Studies major
whose thesis is on the subject matter
**service-providers in the global division of labor

Ideological State Apparatuses

  • family
  • media and cultural organizations
  • religious organizations
  • educational system

Revolutionary Songs

Revolutionary songs posted at:
http://www.philippinerevolution.net/kul/awitindex.shtml

Protest Songs

By and large, protest songs are indignations to:
  • Black slavery
  • wage slavery
  • poverty, social exclusion
  • corporate/capitalist greed
  • corporate-led globalization, anti-imperialism
  • patriarchy, sexism
  • white supremacy
  • war of aggression, militarism
  • human rights violations
  • government neglect
  • ecological plunder
  • ethnocide
  • consumerism
  • blind religious fanaticism
  • decadence

Inputs (DSS Week ACLE on Aklas-Sining, February 5)

  • Aklas-sining (translation: protest art)
  • Protest song is one of the many ways to show one's
    indignation to social injustices/social problems.
    These social injustices include sexism, elitism, racism, etc.
  • Naomi Klein, a staunch anti-globalization activist, attacked the
    "Bono-isation" of protest against poverty and underdevelopment.
    She argued that the involvement of celebrities such as Bono
    reduced activism to a much safer terrain.
    Bono of U2 is an advocate of development in the African continent.
    "It was the stadium rock model of protest," she said as
    she considered it less dangerous (to the power wielders)
    and less powerful than mass-based street protests.
  • Some examples of protest songs include:
    -Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind
    -Gary Granada's Dam, Address and Bahay
    -Joey Ayala's Wala nang Tao sa Sta. Filomena
    -Bob Marley's Redemption Song
    -Dicta License's Ang Ating Araw
    -Morrissey's America is not the world


Monday, January 21, 2008

NSTP Advisory (RE: Interview Project)

Please do not venture into any interview without
doing preliminary research about your subject matter.

Mag-ingat sa inyong paglalakbay.

Iwasang maging masyadong magastos ang bawat larga.

Magtulungan. Tumulong kahit sa mga hindi ka-grupo.

Peke

Magiging mapait ang hatol ng kasaysayan sa rehimeng Arroyo
at sa mga bayarang himod-tumbong.

Pekeng pangulo.
Pekeng boto.
Pekeng Kristiyano
Pekeng demokrasya.

Past DSS Week participation

Participation of my students in the past DSS Weeks

  • 2005: exhibit (Iba't ibang Mukha ng Kilos Protesta)
    organized by the DS classes of Mariel Langkay,Terry Ridon
    and Jerome Cruz
  • 2006: exhibit (Pakikibaka ng Pambasang Minorya)
    organized by the DS classes of Jeremy de Jesus and Zoe Reburiano
  • 2007: poetry reading (Boses ng Kabataan) participated
    by selected DSS students namely Rodriguez, Rosales, Ridon,
    Abrigo, Macapagal, Maderazo, Valero, Tesa, etc.
  • 2008: listening session and content analysis (Protest Songs)
    organized by my DS 100 students

DS 100 Advisory

Our DS 100 class has been tasked by the Department
to hold an ACLE on February 5 (Tues., 2:30-5:30 pm)
as part of the DSS Week's line-up of activities.

It will be attended by the classes of other DSS professors.

Our ACLE will be a listening session and a content analysis of
progressive/protest/revolutionary/socially-relevant songs.

Note:

  • any English or Filipino song by foreign or local artist
  • 3-4 members per group
  • provide the audio CD and a copy of the lyrics

Submit the lyrics and CD of your group's chosen piece on
Jan. 25 (Fri.) for purposes of preliminary screening.

I will draft the program as soon as every group
has submitted their pieces already.

I will also form committees to ensure the success of the program.


  • Audio-Visual committee (technical aspect, reservation)
  • Stage design committee (stage, seating arrangement, malong)
  • Book mark committee (quotes from the line-up of songs)
  • Propa committee (RTR, posters)
  • Program committee (invitation, emcee)
  • Food committee (nilagang saba ng saging, atbp.)
  • Registration committee (attendance sheet, marshall)

I am assigning Onanad and Fernandez as my deputies.

This ACLE will be in lieu of your mid-term exam.


Inaasahan po ang kooperasyon ng bawat isa.

Suggested readings about people's struggle

http://www.philippinerevolution.net/

Q&A with a recruitment coordinator of a major BPO

John: Kamusta ang mga applicants n'yo?

Cielo: Maraming very willing but not qualified
at very qualified but not willing.
Marami ring umaalis agad.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Talaga lang ha?

Philippine National Police
Tagline: We serve and protect the community.
Values: service, honor and justice
www.pnp.gov.ph


Armed Forces of the Philippines
Tagline: Freedom. Your Right. Our Responsibility.
Values: patriotism, democracy and peace
http://www.afp.mil.ph/

Braindrain in the public sector

The public sector is losing its pool of competent
mining engineers & health workers due to resignations
in favor of private practice or out-migration.
Some of whom even earned their degrees
from state colleges and universities (SCUs).
Cases in point: PGH and Geology unit of DPSM

Halal

The halal* food industry in the Philippines
is yet to be optimized to its full potential.
The potential market of halal food includes
the Muslims nationwide (around 10 million)
and those in Southwest Asia (Middle east)
and in Indonesia (country with the largest
concentration of Muslims).



*permissible in Islam; its opposite is haram (forbidden)

5 enabling conditions for national development (Sen. Edgardo Angara)

  1. improve the country's science and math education
  2. invest in R&D
  3. promote industry-academe linkage
  4. transform ideas to high-value products
  5. create an enabling policy environment

Downgrade

The series of downgrade in the country's status in aviation safety
from category 1 to category 2 (US Federal Aviation Administration)
and level of freedom from free to partly free (Freedom House)
stand to further jeopardize the country's already
uncompetitive tourism program.

DS 126 reading (optional)

Cancer

"Cancer is a killer disease when not detected early and
poses burden on patient, families, communities, sectors
of the society and the national development of the country."

Source: Department of Heath (DOH)

For details, visit http://www.doh.gov.ph/programs/cancerconsciousness

Friday, January 18, 2008

Manners of personnel separation

  • lay-off
  • dismissal
  • resignation
  • retirement

@#^/ !!!

Dahil sa mas mataas na matrikula sa Pamantasan ng Pilipinas,
lalong walang dahilan na lumiban nang malimit sa klase ang mga propesor!

Onli in da Pilipins

"Where else do we find academic institutions competing
for advertising space with cemetery plots and deodorants?"

-Dr. Francisco "Dodong" Nemenzo, former UP President

Yes, only in the Philippines.
CEU in particular comes to mind.
With UP's commercialization in the offing,
will it suffer the same fate?

Acronyms

  • CCRE (colonial, commercial and repressive education)
  • MTPDP (medium term Philippine development plan)
  • MSY (maximum sustainable yield)
  • HYV (high yielding varieties)
  • IKS (indigenous knowledge systems)
  • KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
  • LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)
  • IRA (internal revenue allotment)
  • PHC (primary health care)
  • CSC (criticism and self-criticism)
  • PPS (pagpuna at pagpuna sa sarili)
  • LDC (less developed countries)
  • LLDC (least developed countries)
  • PAS (Philippine administrative system)

DS 128 (January 26)

  • Arceo and Yuzon (self-efficacy)
  • Bongolan and Tiamson (organizational socialization)
  • Cabatuando and Valencia (whistleblower)
  • Carlos and Santos (social audit)
  • Dato and Tanyag (Hawthorne effect)
  • Dimaano and Perez (distributive justice)
  • Estrella and Pablico (agreeableness)
  • Guevarra and Orbe (behavior management)
  • Lacambacal and Macaraeg (technostress)
  • Latawan and Llanes (boundaryless organization)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Forwarded text joke

I think drinking and smoking is bad for my health...

...that's why I quit thinking.

Ideas

  • ideology (earlier defined as science of ideas)
  • syncretism (fusion of two or more contending ideas)
  • university (battle ground and marketplace of ideas)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

DS 100 (PowerPoint Presentation, Jan. 22)

Elefan, Fernandez, Francisco (urban sprawl)
Gamao, Hechanova, Hondrade (urban decay)
Javier, Lara, Lopez (urban renewal)

Note: Please consult the previous reporters regarding the instructions.

Wage slavery (Kapit sa patalim)

A tyrannical employment system where
people are left with only two options:

Either they submit themselves to the
dehumanizing low wage, heavy workload regime
or they (and their family) starve to death.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

-pertains to countries in the Global South
which were reduced to commercial plantations
of cash crops (e.g. banana, pineapple, coffee)
by the Global North

-refers to countries in the Global South
which are under the economic and
political hegemony of the Global North
(threatens and jeopardizes the sovereignty of the former)

DS Practicum (Reading assignments)

  1. DS Paaralan ng Bayan by Prof. R. G. Simbulan
  2. Panimulang Kurso sa Gawaing Propaganda (Ibon)
  3. Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution

Partisan journalism

"Journalists' first job is to give voice to the voiceless."
-Greg Palast

The same idea guided the scholarship of
Prof. Renato R. Constantino (partisan scholarship).
He pointed out that scholars should side
with the oppressed and marginalized.

DS 112 (Third World Studies) Agenda (Jan. 23)

  1. reporting by pair (any article authored by the assigned
    columnist about Philippine contemporary politics)
    1st part: brief backgrounder about the columnist
    2nd part: highlights of the article
    3rd part: analysis and reaction
    Note: no hand-outs needed, provide visual aids (Manila paper)
    time limit: 4-5 minutes
  2. submission of the essay output (Good things about the Philippines)
    Note: 5-7 members per group
  3. submission of the book review (to be done by pair)
    Note: The pre-selected books for review are available
    in the reserved section of the CAS library.
  4. Read the article of Prof. Simbulan entitled DS Paaralan ng Bayan
  5. Optional: Film review of Sicko by Michael Moore
    (4-5 members per group)

The remaining ACLE presentations will be rescheduled on January 30.

Don't steal!

On my way to UPM last Tuesday, I chanced upon a
sticker in a private vehicle which bears this message:

DON'T STEAL! THE GOVERNMENT HATES COMPETITION.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Policy direction of US

  • unilateralism (foreign policy)
  • protectionism (trade policy)
  • imperialism (in all its dealings)

Negation of the negation

To illustrate the negation of the negation, Dr. Ed Villegas
provided the human-societal evolution of Marx as an example.

Feudalism was supplanted by capitalism (1st negation).
Then capitalism will then be overthrown by socialism (2nd negation).

Future

"The nothingness of future generations is a pregnant nothingness,
needing only time to come to birth."
-Daniel Callahan

3 elements of man's soul according to Aristotle

  • nutritive soul (shared by humans with vegetables)
  • sensitive soul (shared by humans with animals)
  • intellectual or rational soul (unique to humans)

Global North's toxic legacy to the Global South

Toxic colonialism
-toxic wastes (nuclear waste, e-waste)
are shipped off and dumped by the
Global North to the Global South

Monday, January 14, 2008

Quote

"People must individually reduce waste."
-Karen Davila

"Al Qaeda should not be accused of Islamic terrorism
for their crimes are profoundly un-Islamic."
-Madeleine K. Albright

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Plight of the majority of Filipino senior citizens

  • poor
  • sick
  • undernourished
  • undermedicated

Source: Nobody cares for the elederly anymore
by Rene Q. Bas (The Sunday Times, 1-13-08)

Optional Reading

Rules for the Next President
by Madeleine K. Albright, US secretary of state from '97 to '01
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/13/opinion/edalbright.php

Quotes

"Sustainable tourism and mining don't mix."
-DoT Sec. Ace Durano

"Wala nang barya sa umaga.
Kinurakot na lahat ni Gloria."
-Kabataan Kontra-Kartel

"Basta Driver, Protester!
(laban sa oil price hikes)"
-Kabataan Kontra Kartel

acronyms

KPO (knowledge process outsourcing)
RAD (rights-based approach to development)
IDP (internally displaced people)
FPIC (free and prior informed consent)
SHD (sustainable human developmentt)

HRD Reporting (2nd batch, Jan. 19)

Cabatuando (organizational politics)
Guevarra (social capital and political capital)
Lacambacal and Orbe (handling rejections-sales)
Llanes (industry life cycle)
Perez (scientific management)

  • Limit the report to 6-7 minutes.
  • Highlight the major points only.
  • Provide a hand-out for everyone (1/4 8x11 bond paper, front page only)
  • Follow this format: (1) title, (2) sentence outline, (3) sources
  • Grading criteria: 3 Ms (matter, mathod, manner)

Friday, January 11, 2008

DS 126 1st ACLE (1st batch)

General Instructions
  • Limit the poem to 4 stanzas (4 lines each).
    Original composition only.
  • Write the poem in Filipino or Tagalog.
  • Bring two copies of the poem.
  • Grading criteria: 3 Ms

ACLE Theme: Dialectics

Opening remarks: Wong
Closing remarks: Esquivel

Abrajano (Dialectics)
Addeb (Poverty of Philosophy)
Aman (Anarchism)
Arenillo (Post-Mao China)
Bautista (George Dubya Bush)
Beley (Medicalization of hunger)
Bocar (Cuban's social medicine)
Cabatuando (Zionism)
Camaclang (White House)
Corcuera (Wage slavery)
Dela Cruz (War Communism)
Dola (Nuclear Disarmament)
Esquivel (Wandering Jew)
Funk (Food as political tool)
Gaddi (Pacifism)
Gomez (Negation of the negative)
Guevara (Che Guevara)
Labayen (Guerrilla warfare)
Lanuzo (Irrationality of rationality)
Loyola P (Red scare)
Loyola S (Red baiting)
Lucas (Dictatorship of the proletariat)
Macababayao (Coca-colonization)
Maligalig (Geniocracy)
Manalo (Dehumanization)

Acronyms

  • EEO (equal employment opportunity )
  • EOI (export-oriented industrialization)
  • ISI (import substitution industrialization)
  • MFN treatment (most favored nation treatment)
  • MBN approach (minimum basic needs approach)
  • IPE (international political economy/institute of political economy)
  • PRC (People's Republic of China)
  • ROC (Republic of China)=Taiwan
  • HPAEs (high-performing Asian economies)
  • IFI (international financial institution)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Agency and Structure

"Agency" is defined as the capacity of people to act,
assert and make choices independently.

"Structure", on the other hand, pertains to the factors
(class, ethnicity, gender, faith, affiliation) that influence
the people's agency.

  • There are three theoretical positions:
    -structure over agency (structure determines the agency)
    -agency over structure (agency can define & redefine structure)
    -synthesis
  • The challenge now is how to enhance the
    "agency" of the marginalized sectors of the society.

Countryside

  • In peasant studies, special consideration
    should be accorded to peasant women
    since they experience "double discrimination."
  • Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) are alternative worldview
    that challenge the reductionist and elitist western paradigm.
  • Neoliberal economics threatens the food sovereignty of many
    countries in the Global South (food as a political weapon).
  • The praxis (theory + practice) of development
    should be rights-based.
  • Urban poverty is an off-shoot of rural poverty but through
    time the former assumes a character of its own.

Contending ideas of the people about Charter Change

  1. Cha-cha is the "mother of all reforms."
    It highlights four key changes, namely:
    -shift from presidential to parliamentary
    -shift from bicameral to unicameral legislature
    -shift from unitary to federal government
    -lifting of citizenship restriction in owning lands
    and businesss in the country (economic liberalization,
    from 40% to 100% share)
    It will lead to economic, political, bureaucratic and social reforms.
    Mode (?)
    -Con-Ass (revison)
    -Con-Con (revision)
    -People's Initiative (amendments only)
  2. Cha-cha is needed but after Gloria steps down from office.
    Gloria and her minions will only use
    it to extend their term in office.
  3. Cha-cha is not the answer to the
    myriad of problems in the country.
    Cha-cha does not guarantee any meaningful and substantive
    change considering the timing and motivation of the proposal,
    and the set of people behind it.

Commendations

  • Ms. Teves (DS 112) for her inputs about India's green (crop),
    white (dairy) and blue (aquaculture, mariculture, etc.) revolution
  • Ms. Dola (DS 126) for the biblical reference of Iglesia
    ni Cristo's (INC) practice of bloc voting
  • Mr. Fajardo (DS 112) for doing well during graded recitations

Babala

Babala para sa mga mag-aaral (at guro) na malimit lumiban sa klase!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Quote

"Teachers should simplify complex ideas, not mystify them even more.
Otherwise, he/she should consider career change."
-Poldo Pasangkrus

Credit Card

Due to the the prevalent ultra-consumerist culture
in the society and the people's vulnerability
to overspend, credit card is not a rational choice.

Many credit card holders fail to overcome the urge to spend
beyond their means due to their personal weaknesses
and the strong hypnotic power of advertisements.

Ayun, baon sa utang!
Sweldo'y pambayad utang!
Kulturang middle-class!

Community Development (CD)

  • Community organizing (CO) is a form of social technology
    which aims to empower community and its people.
  • Interdisciplinary approach (IDA) is essential in ensuring
    the success of community development.
  • Cultural understanding is the missing element
    in undertaking community development.
  • There are 2 types of community organizers
    in indigenous communities.
    Those who are seeking to raise the political
    consciousness of the people to empower them
    and those who are paid by the TNCs/government
    to plan for their eviction from their ancestral land.
  • In my opinion, participatory democracy, synergy (sanib-lakas)
    and political activism are key elements of CD.

UP Ang Galing Mo lyrics (reactions from people)

  • too self-absorbed (self-congratulatory)
  • devoid of socio-political underpinnings
    (which UP is known for)
  • hyperreality (illusory)
  • lacks creativity (very old school)

Violence

  • State-sponsored terrorism kills more people
    and destroys more properties than what are
    actually reported by the mainstream bourgeois media.
  • Cheap food imports and food aid from the Global North
    jeopardize the livelihood of countless local peasants in the
    Global South by depressing the prices of their products.
  • To meet the production target, over-time is forced upon
    workers by the management in many factories and offices.
  • Hunger is not a mere medical affliction.
    It is by and large a socio-economic problem.
    Attempts to medicalize hunger by reducing it to a mere case of
    malnutrition renders it as a mere personal problem,
    not a social one.
    (Nancy Scheper-Hughes)
  • Racism, ageism, sexism and elitism
    are examples of structural violence.
    The quality of life (QOL) of people is adversely affected if
    they are marginalized and oppressed by the social structures.

Desirable qualities of a civil servant

  • competent (mahusay)
  • honest (matapat)
  • accountable (may pananagutan)

"Opium" of the People

  • Religion
  • Consumerism
  • Pop Culture

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tanong ng isang library staff

Staff: Tayo lang ba dito sa UP ang naniningil
para sa ID card kahit empleyado?

John: Parang.

Staff: Grabe. Nasira ang ID ko kaya magpapagawa na naman ako. Grrr.

DS 112 (Jan. 16)

Suggested readings posted at:
http://www.unc.edu/~aescobar/index.htm
(website of Arturo Escobar, author of the chapter
Introduction: Development and the Anthropology of Modernity
from the book Encountering Development: The Unmaking
and Unmaking of the Third World (1995)

Development

  • Sustainable development (likas-kayang pag-unlad) is multifaceted.
    It has economic, political, social, cultural and ecological dimensions.
  • Most, if not all, countries use a combination of economic systems.
  • World hunger highlights the wide gap that sharply defines
    the over-fed and the destitute.
  • Spiritual poverty is the lack of a life giving force (Neumann).

Monday, January 07, 2008

WOW (WOE!) Philippines

  • Global Peace Index 2007
    The Philippines ranked # 100 out of 122 countries.
    Norway ranked first.
    Iraq is the tail-ender.
  • Global Competitiveness Index 2007-2008
    The Philippines ranked # 71 out of 131 countries
    The US ranked first.
    Chad is the tail-ender.
  • Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2007
    The Philippines ranked # 86 out of 124 countries
    Switzerland ranked first.
    Chad is the tail-ender.
  • Transparency International 2007
    The Philippines ranked # 131 out of 179 countries.
    Denmark ranked first.
    Somalia is the tail-ender.
  • Human Development Index 2007
    The Philippines ranked # 90 out of 177 countries.
    Iceland ranked first.
    Sierra Leone is the tail-ender.






Para sa lahat ng klase ko ngayong semestre

Maghanda mabuti para sa mga nakatakdang graded recitations.
Tandaan na 50% ito ng inyong magiging grado.

For Commuters

De-stress Your Commute (Reader's Digest)
http://www.rd.com/content/de-stress-your-commute/

Cultural Imperialism

  • Mcdonaldization of the society*
  • Coca-colonization of the society
  • Hollywoodization of the society
  • Disneyization of the society**

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Mcdonaldization of the Society by George Ritzer (1995)
Disneyization fo the Society Alan Bryman (2004)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

2006 Human Development Report

Quotes from Human Development Report 2006
Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis
  • "Not having access" to water and sanitation is a polite euphemism for a form of deprivation that threatens life, destroy opportunity and undermines human dignity.
  • Ensuring that every person has access to at least 20 liters of clean water each day is a minimum requirement for respecting the human right to water.
  • The scarcity at the heart of the global water crisis is rooted in power, poverty and inequality, not in physical availability.
  • Water and sanitation are among the most preventive medicines available to governments to reduce infectious disease.
  • Land and water are two key assets on which poor people depend for their livelihoods.
  • Across much of the developing world, unclean water is an immeasurably greater threat to human security than violent conflict.
  • While one part of the world sustains designer bottled-water market that generates no tangible health benefits, another part suffers acute public health risks because people have to drink water from drains or from lakes and rivers.
  • Unclean water and poor sanitation have claimed more lives over the past century than any other cause.
  • Poor people get less access to clean water and pay more for it.
    Water scarcity can be physical, economic or institutional, and-like water itself-it can fluctuate over time and space.
  • Water policy reform should be seen as an integral part of national poverty reduction strategies.

Project objectives should be SMART.

SMART Objectives
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

www.isixsigma.com

POSDCORB: 7 functions of manager (Gulick & Urwick)

Planning
Organizing
Staffing
Directing
COordinating
Reporting
Budgeting

DS 128 Reporting (Jan. 12, 1st batch)

Arceo & Bongolan: chronemics
Carlos and Dato: geniocracy
Dimaano & Estrella: soft skills training in the workplace
Latawan & Macaraeg: emotional intelligence
Orbe & Pablico: Peter Drucker
Santos: Harvard Business Review
Tanyag & Tiamson: Management by Objectives (MBO)
Valencia & Yuzon: 5 S

  • Limit the report to 6-7 minutes.
  • Highlight the major points only.
  • Provide a hand-out for everyone (1/4 8x11 bond paper, front page only)
  • Follow this format: (1) title, (2) sentence outline, (3) sources
  • Grading criteria: 3 Ms (matter, mathod, manner)


On health activism

According to Prof. Edelina dela Paz, MD, health activism should
have economic, socio-political and cultural dimensions.
Health should not be held in isolation (compartmentalization).
For instance, advocates of breastfeeding should relate their
struggle in the context of the people's development agenda
and not just for its own sake.

Plight of Filipino health workers in the country

  • overworked
  • emasculated
  • exploited
  • underpaid
  • unappreciated

On Anger: Q & A with Dr. Ed Villegas

Q (JNP):
Is anger essential in waging a revolution?

A (EMV):
No. What is important is proper strategy and
tactics to seize political power and an alternative program.
What is important is political will to change the system.
Anger may accompany this will but it is not essential.
What is essential is intelligence and
unselfish desire to serve the people.

Friday, January 04, 2008

UP

  • As real scholars, we should be be the ones
    dignifying UP, not the other way around.
  • We should welcome the UP centennial
    not just with revelries and spectacles.
    Superfluous celebrations only mask the pressing
    university issues and concerns (e.g. TOFI,
    declining quality of education, apathy, corruption, etc.)
    To reiterate, extravagant celebration
    is a sign of insecurity.

People's wrath

According to Freakonomics, emotion is the enemy of rational argument.
But anger is not necessarily bad nor irrational.
In fact, anger is an essential element in waging a revolution.
People's wrath against oppressive structures and leaders
can actually bring about and sustain socio-political change.

Management

  • HRD is the backbone of organizational development.
  • The physical arrangement of the office affects
    the over-all dynamics of the workforce.
  • Employees should be given trainings in personal financial management.
  • Identity politics is a part any organization.
  • Publish or perish is a common university policy
    to keep its competitive edge.
  • Direct supervision is a form of behavior control.
  • Attitude is defined as a collection of a person's feelings and beliefs.
  • Eavesdropping in the workplace is an ethical issue but some
    workers utilize it as an informal channel to get information.
  • Data is defined as raw, unsummarized, and unanalyzed set of facts.
  • Planning provides the organization a sense
    of order, direction and purpose.
  • Emotional element should be downplayed, if not removed
    totally when administering disciplinary actions (DA).
  • Negative rumors are informal-negative social control.
  • University education should develop the student's
    problem-solving skills.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Urban Studies

  • "voting with one's feet" (migration)
  • Metro Manila (National Capital Region)
  • Mega Manila (NCR + selected provinces in Regions III & IV)
  • primate city (political, economic and financial center in the country;
    characterized also with huge population)
  • Global City* (e.g. London, New York, Paris, Japan, etc.)
  • Nauru (smallest independent island republic)
  • urban studies (covers urban economics, urban politics,
    urban ecology, urban society, etc.)
  • rural-push migration (triggered by poverty, landlessness, militarization)
  • urban-pull migration (driven by the desire to achieve economic prosperity)

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* for its general characteristics, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_city

Portmanteau

  • spork (spoon + fork)
  • guesstimate (guess + estimate)
  • smog (smoke + fog)
  • brunch (breakfast + lunch)
  • diabesity (diabetes + obesity)
  • genome (gene + chromosome)
  • netizen (internet + citizen)
  • affluenza* (affluence + influenza)

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*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affluenza

3 Ms in Debating*

  • matter (substance)
  • method (structure)
  • manner (style)
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*which are also useful in delivering reports, writing papers, etc.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Her(story)

"Remembering was the best revenge."
-Maria Rosa Henson, a comfort woman survivor

Politically correct terms

  • persons living with HIV/AIDS instead of HIV/AIDS victims
  • person living with cancer instead of cancer patients
  • female/male sex workers (FSW/MSW) instead of prostitutes
  • differently-abled instead of disabled

random points

  • frankenfood (genetically modified food)
  • hermit kingdom (North Korea)
  • geniocracy (intelligence & problem-solving skills
    as criteria for governance/leadership)
  • dark tourism (travel to scary sites or places
    associated with death and suffering)
  • eugenics ("self-direction of human evolution")

Human Resource Management

  • Behavioral science (Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology)
    is essential in managing human resources.
  • Organizations have formal (correspondence)
    and informal channels (peers).
  • Cyberslacking (wasting time on the Internet) is rampant in the workplace.
  • In the age modernity, gender bias is still rampant in many organizations.
  • Outsourcing does not guarantee efficiency and productivity.
  • Mistrust in the workplace can be solved in both formal and informal ways.
  • Part of some company's corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    is to require or encourage its employees to participate/
    volunteer in community development endeavors.
  • Very few companies require their workforce
    to read the employee's handbook/manual.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Quotes

"The enemy of the poeple rots every passing year."
-Prof. Doroteo Abaya


"Emotion is the enemy of rational argument."
-Le Vitt and Dubner (Freakonomics)


"The government is the number one human rights violator."
-Dr. Edberto Villegas