Events Calendar Archived (June 2013)

Date: June 28, 2013
Time: 09:00
Venue: Little Theater, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City

The Philippine APEC Study Center Network held its 17th General Assembly and Annual Symposium on June 28 at the Little Theatre, Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City.

The symposium, which has the theme `Resiliency of Local Economies to Natural Disasters`, was organized by Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in partnership with PASCN and and held from 8:00 am to 12 noon. It was intended to highlight the capacities and initiatives of local governments and the economic sector in reducing the risks associated with natural disasters and in improving their adaptation and recovery. The passage of Republic Act 9729, also known as the Climate Change Act of 2009, established the legal and institutional framework for climate change governance and mainstreaming climate resilience into government mandates across sectors.


In a broader regional perspective, emergency preparedness is one of the key elements of the human security agenda of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). In 2009, APEC Leaders reaffirmed the importance of enhancing human security and reducing the threat of disruptions to business and trade in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC`s Emergency Preparedness Working Group was formed to address this issue and to play a constructive role in enabling the region to better prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Climate change and disaster risk management is also one of five proposed areas of priority for the Philippines for the 2015 APEC Summit.

The PASCN was established in 1996 through an administrative order as the Philippines` response to the APEC Leaders Education Initiative which aims to develop regional cooperation in higher education and research. It is composed of 10 member institutions, namely, the Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo De Manila University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mindanao State University, Silliman University, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines, Xavier University, Department of Foreign Affairs-Foreign Service Institute, and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, which serves as PASCN`s lead agency and secretariat.



Date: June 19, 2013
Venue: Asian Development Bank Headquarters, Manila, the Philippines

The Global Development Network held its 14th Annual Global Development Conference on `Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth` in Manila on 19-21 June 2013. About 400 participants attended the conference from all over the world including the East Asia region and the Philippines.

This conference was organized by Global Development Network in partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB), East Asian Development Network (EADN), and Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, there is now a growing consciousness of the benefits of social protection in fighting poverty and inequality, and empowering people to adjust and seize opportunities to deal with unemployment and increase productivity. The main focus of the conference is thus to promote the importance of social policies and social protection systems that address and reduce inequality and social exclusion for long-term sustainable and inclusive growth.

Among the topics to covered at the conference were:
Global perspectives on inequality
Gender, inequality and social protection
Regional perspectives on inequality and inclusive growth
Mechanisms to promote social protection for inclusive growth
Key challenges for social protection policies
Inequality, social protection and inclusive growth in the context of the post-2015 development agenda

To know more about this event, visit the GDN website:

Date: June 17, 2013
Venue: Crowne Plaza Manila Hotel Galleria Quezon City, Philippines

The East Asian Development Network (EADN) held its 2012-2013 forum on June 17-18, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City, Philippines. Forty-two participants from member-institutions, research grantees and their mentors, and representatives from the Global Development Network (GDN) attended this annual event. The grantees presented the progress of their respective studies where discussions in an open forum provided valuable comments to improve the ongoing research projects. Updates on GDN and EADN were also discussed.

On the first day of the event, Dr. George Mavrotas, Chief Economist of GDN, presented his paper entitled Rethinking Development Aid: Issues, Challenges, and the Need for an Innovative Agenda. Datuk Dr. Mohamed Ariff, EADN representative to the GDN Board, also reported important updates on the changes that GDN has undergone since it was established as an international organization.