ASOG Holds Roundtable Discussion on Philippine Politics and Governance
December 08, 2016
As part of the exchange program of the Philippine Council of Young Leaders (PCYL) and the Australian Political Exchange Council (APEC), the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) hosted a Roundtable Discussion on Philippine politics and governance on November 17, 2016 at Xavier Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.
Dean Ronald U. Mendoza of the ASOG opened the roundtable with a welcome speech. Part-time faculty members and former local executive officials Isaias Ubana and Victor Agbayani who both have firsthand and extensive experience on local governance were invited as discussants.
The discussion included an exchange of views on several issues such as political dynasties and political party system. The extensive experience of Isaias Ubana (a former Mayor) and Victor Agbayani (a former governor) provided a rich local context of these issues. Other reform issues discussed include the proposed Anti-Political Dynasty Law, the Political Party Reform Bill, and the Campaign Finance Reforms.
The roundtable served as an avenue for a brief yet fruitful discussion on the ongoing reform initiatives in the country. The discussion was attended by the eight-member Australian Delegation composed of high ranking political leaders in Australia and staff of Senator Bam Aquino, Philippine Council of Young Political Leaders, and Ateneo School of Government.