Monday, June 30, 2008

Lupang Sinira


Abhorrence to GMA

The people's strong rejection of GMA's extended tenure
beyond 2010 is definitely not born out of the fear of the unknown.
The people know very well what to expect.

To be victorious in 2010, the opposition only needs to do three things.
First is to consolidate their ranks.
Second is to present themselves as alternative to, if not the opposite of GMA.
Third is to be vigilant against any form of cheating from the administration.

Needless to say, she is the administration's greatest weakness.


Sunday, June 29, 2008


To all my classes this semester*:

Be ready for a graded recitation within the week about the practicum
presentation slated on July 1 at CAS Little Theater (9 am to 5 pm).

*DS 123, Econ 101 (TF), Econ 11, Econ 101 (W), NSTP, DS 127

DS 123 (individual)

  • List down 20 local commercial products and
    their corresponding tagline or catchphrase.
  • Be able to evaluate their effectiveness bearing
    in mind the idiosyncrasies of Filipino culture.
  • Be ready to discuss them in class.
  • Be able to incorporate concepts, strategies and principles
    in the field of marketing and advertising in your discussion.
  • Conduct tv, print, and radio
    monitoring to accomplish this task.
  • No output is required to be submitted.

Agenda (July 1 to July 5)

  • DS 123 (July 1) - Lalawigan (Practicum Conference)
  • Econ 101-TF (July 1) - Lalawigan (Practicum Conference)
  • Econ 11 (July 1) - Lalawigan (Practicum Conference)
  • Econ 101-W (July 2) - ACLE on Critical Political Economy
  • DS 123 (July 4) - discussion on taglines and catchphrase of local commercial ads
  • Econ 101-TF (July 4) - 2nd part of the ACLE (Economics of Politics, Politics of Economics)
  • Econ 11 (July 4) - ACLE on Economics of Demography
  • NSTP (July 5) - continuation of the reporting on poverty concepts
  • DS 127 (July 5) - long exam and recitation about the Lalawigan '08 Conference;
    submission of the compilation project

random points

  • Balai Kalinaw = House of Peace*
  • telcos = telecommunication companies
  • pundit = an expert or opinion-leader who analyzes
    events in an area of expertise in the popular media
  • punditocracy = a group of pundits who wield
    great political influence (
  • "tongpats" = bribe

*Thanks to Mr. Benraplh Yu of my NSTP class

Friday, June 27, 2008

Econ 11 (TF) Advisory RE: ACLE on Political Economy of Demography (July 4)

  • No manila paper/cartolina/OHP/PPT visual aids anymore.
  • Provide hand-outs instead (35 pieces).
  • Arial Narrow, 10 points, bullet format, single spacing
  • 1/2 sheet of 8 x 11 bond paper (lengthwise)
  • Front page only
  • Title, byline, content proper (facts and figures), list of references
  • No more photo insets.
  • 6-7 minutes to report
  • Minimum of 8 references
  • Submit the report outline on July 2 (before noon)
    thru for purposes of approval.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

When politics pollute civil service

Excuse Letter (print and have me sign it) = for groups and individuals

Department of Social Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
University of the Philippines Manila

June 27, 2008

Prof. ___________________
College of Arts and Sciences
UP Manila

Dear Sir/Madam:

Good day!

The Development Studies Program will be holding its annual practicum conference
entitled LALAWIGAN: Mula sa Masa, Tungo sa Masa on July 1 (Tuesday) from 9 AM to 5 PM
at the CAS Little Theater. It will feature the group reports of our senior students about the
social research they conducted among peasant, fisherfolk and indigenous people communities
in various
provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog during their summer practicum.

In view of this, may I request you to allow the following students to attend the activity
as it will be very helpful in familiarizing them in their other field-based activities.


May this request merit your approval.

Salamat po.

In solidarity with the marginalized,

Prof. John Ponsaran, MPM
Program Head, Development Studies

Excuse Letter (print and have me sign it) = for blocks

Department of Social Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
University of the Philippines Manila

June 27, 2008

Prof. ___________________
College of Arts and Sciences
UP Manila

Dear Sir/Madam:

Good day!

The Development Studies Program will be holding its annual practicum conference
entitled LALAWIGAN: Mula sa Masa, Tungo sa Masa on July 1 (Tuesday) from 9 AM to 5 PM
at the CAS Little Theater. It will feature the group reports of our senior students about the social research they conducted among peasant, fisherfolk and indigenous people communities in various provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog during their summer practicum.

In view of this, may I request you to allow block ___ to attend the activity as it will be very helpful in familiarizing them in their upcoming practicum and other field-based activities.

May this request merit your approval.

Salamat po ng marami.

In solidarity with the marginalized,

Prof. John Ponsaran, MPM
Program Head, Development Studies


LALAWIGAN: Mula sa Masa, Tungo sa Masa
Development Studies Practicum Conference 2008

July 1, 2008 (Tuesday)
9 AM to 5 PM
CAS Little Theater

DS 123, Econ 101 (TF), Econ 11, Econ 101 (W), DS 127, NSTP 1 are required to attend.

Econ 101 (W) ACLE

Critical Political Economy
RH 119, July 2 (8 AM to 12 PM)

  • Homo Oeconomicus
    (Moncada, Garino)
  • Political Economy of Hidden Unemployment
    (Azanza, Mabanglo, Camunay, Torrecampo, Cruz)
  • Political Economy of Software Piracy in Bangladesh
    (Farinas, Arawiran, Vicente)
  • Political Economy of Poverty Tourism
    (Baquiran, Javier, Gamao, Bauzon)
  • Critical Analysis of GMA's Recent Populist Posturing
    (Agumbay, Mabesa, Javillonar, Sanchez)
  • Critical Analysis of WB's Ease of Doing Business
    (Cortey, Crisostomo, Mabansag, Conferido)

The "power of the purse" rests with Congress

The President proposes the national budget.
The Congress authorizes.
The President and the Executive Department implement.

Source: Prof. Benjamin E. Diokno

random points

  • Japinoys = children of Japanese father and Filipina mother
  • part-time prostitution = now a growing business
    (Source: Mike Wooton)
  • firearm = last resort in hostage crisis management
  • Kusog Baga = healthy lungs
  • hilot = traditional bonesetter/masseur
  • erotologist =a specialist of pornography
    or a person interested in pornography (

random points

  • 88.57 M = 2007 population census
  • 81 = number of provinces in the Philippines
  • CAMANAVA = Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela
  • Erap = "magnet that holds the opposition together"
    (according to Mayor Lim)
  • Reasons why Japan is now less capable of
    disaster management and relief work:
    -It's aging population.
    -Few young people are willing to do volunteer work during disasters
    (Source: The Manila Times, July 25)
  • white paper = typically argues a specific position
    or solution to a problem (Stelzner Consulting);
    a report or guide that often addresses problems
    and how to solve them (wikipedia)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Ang mga maralita ang pinakabulnerableng populasyon tuwing may kalamidad.
Magbigay ng anumang donasyon sa mga biktima ng bagyong Frank.
Makipag-ugnayan kay MK de Guzman (0915-335-1947).

"Duct Tape" by Gabriela

"Disappearing Daughters"

Alma Ata Declaration


What: Exhibit about the Struggle of Indigenous People in the Philippines*
When: June 25 (Wednesday), opening ceremony at 9 AM
Where: CAS LT Walk

All my classes are invited to view the exhibit.
Notetaking is advised.
*0rganized by Katribu and DevSoc

Monday, June 23, 2008

random inputs

  • existence = actuality
  • laissez faire = state non-interference
  • parapsychology = field in psychology
    which deals with the study of ESP
  • philosophy = literally love and pursuit of wisdom
  • anthropomorphism = attribution of human
    characteristics to nonhuman entities

DevStud Block Coordinators

  • Deseree Mangulabnan (1st year)
  • Sara Grachelle Ang (2nd year)
  • Maricor Anne Cauton* (3rd year)
  • Ma. Josephine Therese Emily Teves** (4th year)

    *CAS Student Council 3rd Year Batch Representative
    **DevSoc Chair

Sunday, June 22, 2008

random points

  • GMA's US state visit (9th since 2001) =
    only favors US geopolitical and economic
    interests in the region as well as GMA’s
    desire of political survival (according to BAYAN)
  • bureaucratic capitalism = use of political power
    in order to pursue one's or group's economic interest
  • principle of subsidiarity = states that a task should only
    preoccupy the central or higher authority if and only if
    its local or lower counterpart cannot attend to it anymore
    due to financial, technical, administrative or other limitations
  • Political economy of dole-outs =


  • Econ 101 (June 25, W) - recitation on Balisacan material
    and jk22b blog uploads; tasking for the upcoming ACLE
  • DS 123 (June 27, F) - group presentation
    (content analysis of assigned local TV commercial advertisement
    using any of the three sociological theories in the Abad readings)
  • Econ 101 (June 27, F) - ACLE on Economics of Politics,
    Politics of Economics (Please observe the designated time limit.)
  • Econ 11 (June 27, F) - long exam on Mankiw material
  • NSTP (June 28, S) - individual reporting (poverty studies);
    submission of the compilation project; recitation on poverty readings
  • DS 127 (June 28, S) - recitation on eco-art, PW and IFF's Water Crisis;
    ACLE on E.F. Schumacher's "Small is Beautiful"


LALAWIGAN: Mula sa Masa, Tungo sa Masa
Development Studies Practicum Conference 2008

paglalahad ng karanasan sa pakikipamuhay
parangal sa mga bayani ng masang anakpawis
kulturang pagtatanghal

CAS Little Theater
July 1 (Tuesday), 9 AM to 5 PM

random points

random points

Friday, June 20, 2008

random points

  • loss of biodiversity = connected to food crisis
    (according to Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf of UN)
  • piling pangangahoy/pagtotroso = selective logging
  • 58 M = mobilephone users in the Philippines
  • Any anti-corruption crusade (politico-administrative)
    should not be isolated from actively pursuing socio-economic change.
  • Christianity and Islam are the two most influential
    and powerful political religions in the world today.
    (according to Atty. Emmanuel Fernando)
  • polyamory = the state or practice of having more than
    one open romantic relationship at a time (Merriam-Webster)

Panitikang Burgis vs. Panitikang Mapagpalaya

"Ang mga problema ng mga myembro ng burgesiya
pati na ng mga peti-burgis sa mga kapitalistang bansa
ay hindi problema ng bilyun-bilyung taong naghihirap
sa gutom at kawalan ng trabaho sa daigdig.

Ang hinaing ng kawalan ng kahulugan sa buhay
(angst ang tawag ng mga peti-burgis na intelektwal na Aleman,
absurde ang tawag ng mga Pranses na peti-burgis),
looking for one’s identity ng mga Kanong burgis at peti-burgis
at Freudian problems sa sex ng mga burgis at peti-burgis
na nagiging mga paboritong paksa sa maraming
manunulat sa Estados Unidos at Europa na
kumakalat na rin sa ilang manunulat sa ating bansa
ay 'di pangunahing problema ng bilyun-bilyong
mahihirap sa daigdig kasama na ang mga Pilipino.

Imbis na mga problema ng burgesiya ang atupagin natin,
isulat natin at ilarawan sa sining ang
matinding depresyon ng mga manggagawa,
magsasaka at iba pang dehadong sektor sa lipunan."

-Dr. Edberto Villegas
Academic Coordinator
Development Studies Program

Eleksyon sa bayan kong sawi

Ang eleksyon sa bayan kong sawi ay ang
itinakdang okasyon ng mga naghaharing uri
upang makapamili ang mga mamboboto
ng mga (dati o bagong hanay) ng mga
pulitikong magsasamantala sa kanila.

random points

  • Dinala pansamantala sa Cavite City ang Centennial
    Boat ni Prof. Mangubat upang doon tapusin.
    Ipinangalan ito kay G. Janvier Gabuna, isang
    Pahinungod volunteer, na nalunod noong 1996
    upang sagipin sana ang kapwa niya volunteer.
  • May mga kopya ng librong Corruptionary
    sa DSS. Magsadya rito kung gusto bumili (P250).

Parangal para sa mga inspirasyon namin

Sa sentenaryo ng UP, sana ay maparangalan din
ng pamantasan ang mga tunay na lingkod-bayan.
Hindi yaong mga pulitiko, sikat at dating administrador lamang.
Maraming mga karaniwang mag-aaral, propesor,
empleyado at nagtapos sa pamantasan pero aktibong
kalahok sa pagpapalakas ng hanay ng mga
pinagsasamantalahang sektor sa lipunan.
Sila sa tingin ko ang higit na mas
karapat-dapat kilalanin, pamarisan
at gawing inspirasyon ng UP para sa
susunod nitong sandaang taong pag-iral.
Kung hindi ay mawawalan ng katuturan
ang pagiging pamantasan ng bayan ng UP.

Pinoy Weekly

Ikinalulungkot kong malaman sa isa sa mga patnugot mismo
ng Pinoy Weekly na si G. Bonifacio Ilagan ang balitang hindi
na makakapaglabas ang Pinoy Weekly ng print out kundi
online version na lamang. Nakapanghihinayang lalo na dahil
ginagamit itong babasahin ng aking 6 na klase sa pamantasan.
Itinatampok sa Pinoy Weekly ang mga napapanahong isyung
panlipunan lalo na yaong mga kinakaharap ng mga batayang sektor
gamit ang makabayan, malalim at kritikal na pagsusuri.
Kaiba ito sa naglipanang mga "basurang babasahin" sa paligid.

Econ 101 (TF) ACLE

ECON 101 ACLE on
The Economics of Politics. The Politics of Economics.
GAB 103, June 27, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM

  • GMA's economic philosophy
    (Santos, del Carmen, Bolunia)
  • Bernardo Villegas vs. Edberto Villegas matrix
    on their economic philosophy and stand on
    various economic issues and concerns
    (Madarang, De Grano, Arguelles, Tolentino)
  • Critical Analysis of the 2008 National Budget
    (Orense, Almario, Gaddi, Geron)
  • Merits and Demerits of One Town One Product (OTOP) policy
    (Torres, Villaceran, Soliza)
  • Salient provisions of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB)
    (Comia, Delfin, Malabanan, Penetrante)
  • The Political Economy of Water Democracy
    (Murillo, Mendoza, Tayag)
  • The Political Economy of the Philippine Egg Industry
    (Abris, Burgos, Cortez, Cesar, Alfonso, Roa)
  • Key points of Dr. Arsenio Balisacan's centennial lecture
    on "Poverty Reduction: What We Know and Don't (Cruz)
  • Content Analysis of Gary Granada's Made for Japan
    (Ang, Jalina, Santuele)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Living Healthy

Made for Japan by Gary Granada

"At ang tangi kong sa inyo'y maibibida
Lahat ng bagay sa Japan pawang magaganda
Naroon ang ating magagandang sugpo
Naroon ang ating magagandang puno
Magagandang saging at magagandang pinya
Pati na ang ating magagandang Pilipina."

random points

  • PAGASA hotline = 433-ULAN (433-8526)
  • Egg prices soften on oversupply =
  • Problems of the Philippine egg industry
    -low per capita consumption
    -increasing volume of imported processed egg
    -low farm gate prices
    -high cost of production due to high cost of raw materials
    -high medication cost of poultry
    Source: Livestock Development Council, Dep't of Agriculture
  • Crisis Management, Arroyo Style:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Para kay Potenciano Busangol

self-righteous, bitter, insecure and vindictive = self-destruction

Kultura bilang isang konsiderasyon sa paggawa ng patalastas

Batid ng mga bumuo ng Bear Brand Choco* komersyal
na tampok si Eugene Domingo ang kinasanayang paraan
ng mga karaniwang Pilipino sa pagsukat ng inumin/likido.

Gumamit ang patalastas ng mga pamilyar na kagamitan
ng mga Pilipino tulad ng pitsel, baso, punchbowl at
galon ng samalamig upang isalarawan ang dami
ng matitimpla sa isang paketeng may 800 gramo.

*Inilabas ng Nestle ang produktong ito dahil diumano sa
malaganap na "milk taste fatigue" syndrome sa mga kabataan ngayon.

Born to Be Wild

Thesis Topics (to be updated)

  • Disaster Management in the Municipality of X
  • Political Efficacy of Senior Citizens in the Municipality of X
  • Social Medicine in the Philippines: Challenges and Prospects
  • Rice Self-Sufficiency vs. Rice Security: The Philippine Experience
  • Political Efficacy of the Catholic Church Against Irresponsible Mining
  • Teaching of Marxism in the University of the Philippines
  • Supreme Court-Media Relations
  • Political Psychology of Vice President Noli de Castro
  • Localizing Gross National Happiness in the Philippines
  • Pinoy Weekly as a Form of Counter-Hegemony
  • Political Economy of "Palengkenomics" of Manuel Roxas
  • The Phenomenon of Hidden Unemployment in the Philippines
  • Labor Penetration Rate of Women in the Municipality of X
  • E-waste Management in the Municipality of X
  • Ecofeminism in Environmental Governance
  • Political Economy of Ethical Recruitment Involving Health Professionals
  • Health Activism in UP Manila
  • Political Activism among UP Manila Faculty
  • Water Democracy in the Municipality of X

DSS (2008-2009)

Department Chair: Prof. Bernard Karganilla, MPA
Area Studies Program Head: Prof. Jerome Ong, MA
Development Studies Program Head: Prof. John Ponsaran, MPM
Political Science Program Head: Prof. Doroteo Abaya, MA

Academic Personnel Commitee (APC):
Prof. Celestina Boncan, Ph.D.
Prof. Jerome Ong, MA
Prof. Doroteo Abaya, MA
Prof. Chester Arcilla, MDE
Prof. Edberto Villegas, DPA
Prof. Bernard Karganilla, MPA

random points about UP

DS 127 1st Compilation Project

  • Form a group with 6-7 members.
  • Submit a compilation of 50 original editorial cartoons that depict
    contemporary Philippine environmental issues and concerns.
    You may seek the assistance of your artistic friends provided
    that they will be cited properly in the acknowledgement page.
    You may also draw some idea from the sample
    cartoons I provided the class last session.
  • Group and sequence the entries according to categories/themes.
  • Come up with a title for the compilation.
  • Write a preface and an acknowledgement.
  • Provide each entry with a title and a caption
    (2-3 sentences, Filipino or English).
    Encode the texts. Do not plagiarize.
  • Observe proper citation of sources.
  • Indicate the tasking of responsibilities.
  • Submit it on July 5 (S).
  • Grading system:
    Equal weight for originality, substance (editorial cartoon),
    and substance (title, caption)

random points

  • world's grain supply:
    -for human consumption
    -for animal consumption (feeds)
    -for biofuel production
  • critical analysis of global issues =
  • indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) = indigenous people (IP)
  • life insurance = a contract that keeps you poor all your
    life so that you can die rich (a forwarded text joke)
  • criminal = a person no different from the rest of us
    except he gets caught (a forwarded text joke)
  • "director's cut" = either no cuts or
    edited by the director the way he likes it
    (as explained to me by a Star Cinema employee)

random points

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

DS 123, Econ 101 (TF), Econ 11 (TF), Econ 101 (W), DS 127 (S)

What: Book Re-launching of CENPEG's Corruptionary*
When: June 20 (Friday), 2:30-5:00 PM
Where: CAS Little Theater


Econ 11 (Friday, June 20, 2:30-4 pm)

I am postponing the first long exam scheduled this Friday (June 20).
In lieu of this, attend the re-launching of CENPEG's publication
entitled 'Corruptionary' at the CAS Little Theater (Rizal Hall).
The activity will complement our discussions in Econ 11
about Philippine public finance few weeks from now.
Take down notes.
Attendance will be checked.
Kindly inform the rest.
*Center for People Empowerment in Governance
Please check:

Is this how we intend to celebrate UP Centennial?

at the expense of

praxis (theory + practice)

NSTP 1st Compilation Project (updated)

  • Form a group with 7-8 members.
  • Submit a compilation of 50 published editorial cartoons
    (photocopies only) that depict contemporary Philippine
    socio-politico-economic issues and concerns.
  • Group and sequence the entries according to
    categories i.e. social, political and economic.
  • Come up with an appropriate title for the entire compilation.
  • Write a preface and an acknowledgement.
  • Provide each entry with a title and a caption
    (2-3 sentences, Filipino or English).
    Encode the texts. Do not plagiarize.
  • Observe proper citation of sources.
  • Indicate the tasking of responsibilities.
  • Submit it on June 28 (S).
  • Grading system:
    substance and relevance: 70%
    presentation: 30%

Ponsaran's academic load (1st semester, 2008-2009)

  • DS 123 (Filipino Identity and Culture)
  • Econ 101 (Macroeconomic Theories, Policies and Issues)*
  • Econ 11 (Introductory Economics)
  • DS 127 (Political Economy of the Environment)
  • NSTP (Poverty Studies)
    *2 sections

random points

  • transparent = kitagos*
  • translucent = kitaninag*
  • test tube = subukang bubog*
  • semester = hatintaon
  • center = lunduyan
  • symposium = sampaksaan
  • existence = pag-iral

*shared to me by Prof. Mary Dorothy Jose

Monday, June 16, 2008

Selected online articles by Dr. Edberto Villegas

Sunday, June 15, 2008

random points

random points

  • wireless revolution = e-life
  • macro (global, national and sectoral)
    meso (community, local)
    micro (household)
  • 67 % of the poor Filipinos = belong to the agricultural sector
    (Source: Prof. Solita Monsod)
  • P728-M fertilizer fund = allegedly "fertilized" GMA's '04 presidential bid
  • Filipino family in transition in the era of overseas migration =

random points

  • firm = bahay-kalakal
  • presidential secrecy = legally known as executive privilege
    (Source: CJ Art Panganiban's With Due Respect)
  • Economics = study of how society manages
    its scarce resources (Gregory Mankiw)
  • pariah = outcast
  • Subjects in Public Administration
    -Administrative Thought
    -Public Policy
    -Fiscal Administration
    -Local Government Administration
    -Regional Administration
    -Rural Administration
    -Urban Administration
    -Metropolitan Governance
    -Human Resource Development
    -Development Administration
    -Philippine Administrative System
  • efficiency = mantra of capitalists
  • GMA's populist posturing = "deodorant"
  • Noli de Castro = derided by critics as a mere news reader


  • DS 123 (June 17) - recitation: Abad on Pop Culture, experience economy
  • Econ 101 (June 17) - long exam (blue book): Sicat on Phil. Macroeconomics, PW
  • Econ 11 (June 17) - recitation: Mankiw on the 1o Principles of Economics
  • Econ 101 (June 18) - recitation: Balisacan on Poverty, PW
  • NSTP (June 21) - recitation: Mangahas and Monsod on Poverty, PW ; reporting
  • DS 127 (June 21) - recitation: eco-art, PW and IFF's Water Crisis;
    ACLE on E.F. Schumacher's "Small is Beautiful"

    PW - Pinoy Weekly

Friday, June 13, 2008

random points

  • Tokyo = Asia's most expensive city for expats;
    globally it's 13th (ECA International Survey)
  • Pinoy Dole Out Culture =
  • vote padding and shaving = dagdag-bawas
  • lumad = Filipinos who were neither
    Islamized nor Christianized.
  • Mindanao's Tri-people = Muslim, Lumad & Christian
  • ABCs of tourism growth =


  • NSTP I is assigned to Rm 208 of Gusaling
    Andres Bonifacio (GAB) every Saturday (9-12 noon).
  • Pinoy Weekly is a required reading
    material in all my subjects this semester.
  • Kabataan para sa Tribung Pilipino (Katribu)
    and Development Studies Society (DevSoc)
    will jointly sponsor an exhibit about Philippine
    indigenous people on Friday next week.
  • My grading set-up:
    50% (outputs, exams)
    50% (recitation, ACLEs, attendance)
  • The Annual Practicum Conference of the Development
    Studies Program is scheduled on June 27 (9 am to 5 pm).
  • Ms. Jotabs Teves is the newly-elected
    DevSoc chair for SY 2008-2009.
  • Mass organizations are welcome to
    conduct ACLEs in my NSTP I class.
    Interested groups should coordinate with me.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

random points

  • mass culture = mass produced culture for mass consumption
  • anthropogenic = human-made, human induced
  • Republic Service: Tungo sa Ganap na Kalayaan at Kaunlaran =
    theme of the 110th year of Philippine Independence
  • Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) =
    euphemism for "pork barrel"
  • "Ramdam ang Kaunlaran" =

random points


  • Use 4-5 references (book and online materials).
  • Observe proper citation of references.
  • Use visual aids.
  • Present the report on June 21 (S)
  • Limit the presentation to 4-5 minutes only.
  • Q & A will follow each report.
  • Note: The next set of topics for other
    students will be assigned on June 14 (S).

    (1st batch of reporters)
  • Daradal (poverty)
  • Gregorio (relative poverty)
  • Bautista (absolute poverty)
  • del Rosario (social exclusion)
  • Fabros (poverty line)
  • Florendo (food poverty)
  • Arnanta (culture of poverty)
  • Mangulabnan (self-rated poverty)
  • Arquiza (diseases of poverty)
  • More (voluntary poverty)
  • Coronel (Make Poverty History)
  • Lapena (Global Call to Action Against Poverty)
  • Cruz (relative deprivation)
  • Fernandez-Cuervo (chronic poverty)
  • Paneda (income poverty)


  • DS 123 (TF) - Sociological Perspective in the Study
    of Philippine Popular Culture
    by Ricardo Abad
  • Econ 101 (TF) - Philippine Macroeconomic Issues
    and Challenges
    by Gerardo Sicat
  • Econ 11 (TF) - Chapter 1 (Ten Principles of Economics)
    of Principle of Macroeconomics by Gregory Mankiw
  • Econ 101 (W) - Why Does Poverty Persist in
    the Philippines?: Facts, Fancies, and Policies
    by Arsenio Balisacan
  • NSTP (S) - In Search of the Filipino, etc. by Renato Constantino
  • DS 127 (S) - Sustainable Development (FEER, May 2008)

    *prepare for a graded recitation

Friday, June 06, 2008

random points

  • party unity = main preoccupation of the US Democratic Party
  • regime survival and perpetuation =
    GMA's sole preoccupation hence
    her recent populist posturing
  • Medical tourism =
    first world healthcare at third world prices (Millican 2005)
  • Medical tourism =
    globalization of healthcare/diseases (a double-edged sword)
  • purchasing power of the Philippine peso =
    actual currency value in a particular period (May 2008)
    vis-a-vis the value of the peso during the base period (2000) = P 0.65
  • real value of P362 daily minimum wage in NCR
    considering the peso's purchasing power at present = P235.30
  • Inflation rate (May 2008) = 9.6%
  • 192 = UN member-states
  • 152 = WTO members and observers

Thursday, June 05, 2008

random points

Havaianas vs. Spartan

Modern-day slavery

What do you think is the most glaring
form of modern-day slavery in the Philippines?

  • wage slavery
    -Dr. Edberto Villegas
    Professor of Political Economy, UP Manila
  • child labor for debts
    -Mr. Mike Wooton
    Columnist, Manila Times
  • child labor and child trafficking
    -Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan
    Professor of Medicine, UP Manila
    former DOH Secretary
  • migration for employment
    -Prof. JPaul Manzanilla
    Professor of Humanities, UP Manila
  • all kinds of prostitution
    -Prof. Mariam Tuvera
    Professor of Economics, UP Manila
  • maids or domestic helpers
    -Prof. Roland Simbulan
    Professor of Development Studies and Managament, UP Manila
    Faculty Regent (2006)
  • Considering the emancipatory interest of humans, I
    see two glaring modern forms. In purely economic
    terms: unpaid child labor in farm, factory and related job sites.
    In terms of gender relations (with or without economic
    gain on the part of the "master"): sex slavery.
    However, the question should have covered the entire
    range of contemporary life. To me, the most glaring postmodern
    form of slavery is knowledge slavery that comes with and
    results from indoctrination in grand theories or narratives.
    -Prof. Leothiny Clavel
    Professor of Development Studies and Management, UP Manila
  • Contractual work because people just hop from one menial
    job to another without hope of financial emancipation
    -Dr. Lilet Galban
    Professor of Dentistry, UP Manila
  • materialism
    -Prof. Lumberto Mendoza
    Professor of Philosophy, UP Diliman and UP Manila
  • call centers
    -Prof. Fatima Alvarez-Castillo
    Professor in Political Science, UP Manila
  • uncontrollable increase in the price of commodities and services
    -Ms. Malou Cura
    Social Science Coordinator, St. Scholastica's HS Dep't
  • feeling inferior to other nations, being contented
    with being the world's supplier of domestic helpers
    -Ms. Ellen Tordesillas
    Columnist, Malaya
  • wage slavery
    -Prof. Bernard Karganilla
    Chair, Departmen of Social Sciences, UP Manila
  • child labor
    -Prof. Benjamin Mangubat
    Professor of History, UP Manila
  • underpayment of UP faculty
    -Dr. Lourdes Abadingo
    Secretary of the University and the Board of Regents
    Professor of Political Science, UP Manila
  • domestic helper
    -Mr. Emre Serbetci,
    DLSU-Manila masteral student
  • Our citizens are exploited, unable to use
    their potentials, serving others except
    their own
    , forced to leave their family
    behind; broken families and all the social
    costs that go with it. All these are forms
    of slavery that shackle the Filipinos.
    -Ms. Teresita Ang-See
    Anti-criminality crusader
  • call centers
    -Mr. Terry Ridon
    Student Regent (2007)
  • The exploitation of Filipino workers,
    when they can't even have a taste of the
    benefits provided by labor standard laws.
    -Atty. Karol Sarah Baguilat
    Public Attorney II, Public Attorney's Office
  • The fact that Filipinos continue to work
    and depend on foreign companies for jobs.
    -Prof. Glenn del Rosario
    Professor of Pharmacy, UP Manila
  • Contractualization: batas na sumisikil sa karapatan ng
    mga manggagawa sa security of tenure.
    Pagsasamantala ng mga manlolokong
    recruitment agency sa mga kapwa Filipino.
    Mga bogus na union leaders na hindi naman
    kapakanan ng manggagawa ang iniisip.
    -Prof. Carol Pulumbarit
    Professor of Communication, UP Manila
  • exploitation of women as sex objects
    -Atty. Ismael Khan
    retired Supreme Court spokesperson

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Highly recommended subjects

  • DS 125 (International Aspects of Philippine
    and Third World Development) to be taught
    by Prof. Roland Simbulan, MPA
  • AS 132 (Seminar on Philippine Urban Issues)
    to be taught by Prof. Bernard Karganilla, MPA
  • PS 153 (Philippine Judicial System) to be
    taught by Atty. Rowena Soriano

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

random points

DevStud Concerns

  • DevSoc: Please elect a new set of officers.
  • Zoe: Please finalize the new lay-out of the DevStud brochure.
  • MK/Kamil: Please coordinate with Pinoy Weekly our subscription request.
  • RC: Pls submit a status report of the upcoming DS Practicum Conference.


Read Article XIII (Social Justice and Human Rights)
of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
As you read, reflect on the country's contemporary
economic, political and social condition.
No written output required but this exercise
will prepare you for our first NSTP session
on June 14 (Sat), 9:00 am - 12:00 noon.

Monday, June 02, 2008


The faculty members of the Development Studies
Program went on a 2-day trip to the private resort of
Prof. Roland Simbulan in Masinloc, Zambales as part
of its regular educational discussion (ED) activities.
Dr. Edberto Villegas lectured and facilitated a discussion
on Philippine national situation while Prof. Lumberto
Mendoza of the Philosophy Committee discussed the highlights
of his paper about Christian Morality vs. Secular Morality with
specific reference to the use of artificial contraceptives in the Philippines.

Some Police (Editorial Cartoon)

water democracy

  • "water democracy" =
    democratized access to quality and sufficient water supply
  • dependence on commercial bottled water =
    once unusual, now commonplace
  • plastic bottles = major contributor to pollution
  • According to the 2006 Human Development Report,
    "Water and sanitation are among the most preventive
    available to governments to reduce infectious disease."
  • people's right to quality water = connected to their
    other legitimate rights such as education, health, etc.
  • powdered milk + low quality water = diarrhea (poverty-related disease)