First, I want to make this clear: I don’t know what I was doing there in the first place. Hahaha.
It started around 9 in the morning with Senator Edgardo Angara as the keynote speaker. He talked about the challeges and opportunites of growth and development in the country. It was a good news that the state is planning to increase the budget for science and technology from the current measely 0.11% to 1% of the national budget. But it was disturbing how he has not mentioned even one single thing about research and development. Hmmm. Interesting. Something to consider for the coming May 14 National Elections, don’t you think?
It was followed by a plenary session on multi-dimensional perspective of growth and development in the Philippines with Prof. Emmanuel de Dios of the UP School of Economics and Dean Jorge Sibal of the UP School for Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR). It was clear from their presentations that we need a culture change. How do we achieve that? It all boils down to education. But then, education is a product of the leading class and produces the leading class. The question and the challenge is, how do we break that cycle?
During the break, Sandra, a Public Administration major form the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG) and I went to ask this question to Prof. de Dios. He said that there are a several ways to do this. War, a good leader and several other things. But, one thing is for sure, its a long, hard road but not impossible. Presently, the nation is just an “abstract, imagined community”, how do we get from here to there?
When Prof. de Dios learned that I’m a Computer Science major, he asked me what I was doing there. I told him that I don’t know either and that I was still trying to figure that one out. 😀
In the afternoon, there were parallel sessions. I decided to attend the lectures on terrorism given by Professors Herman Kraft of the Department of Political Science and Sarah Raymundo of the Department of Sociology and on Sustainable Development given by Prof Clarinda Berja of the Department of Sociology.