Left to right: Mr. Benedikt Seeman (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), Dr. Edilberto de Jesus (Asian Institute of Management), Mr. Calixto Chikiamco (Foundation for Economic Freedom), Dr. Francisco Magno (DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute for Governance), Dr. Fernando Aldaba (Ateneo School of Social Sciences), Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza (AIM RSN Policy Center for Competitiveness)
On August 3, 2015, the Building an Inclusive Democracy (BID) consortium of the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness, Ateneo School of Government, De La Salle University, and UP National College of Public Administration and Governance, in cooperation with Konrad–Adenauer–Stiftung (KAS), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and Rappler hosted “Aquino’s Last Mile: Ramping up and Sustaining Daang Matuwid
” at the SGV Hall of the AIM Conference Center, Makati City.
Professor Juan Miguel Luz of the AIM Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management commenced the event. His welcome remarks opened the floor for the first session which focused on the rigorous analysis of Aquino’s presidency in terms of promoting inclusive growth. By reviewing Aquino’s social contract and how they were met, Dean Fernando Aldaba of Ateneo De Manila University’s School of Social Sciences provided a brief evaluation of the administration. On the other hand, Dr. Francisco Magno of the DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance highlighted Bottom–Up Budgeting, KALAHI–CIDDS and Seal of Local Governance as best efforts of the administration in achieving all-encompassing growth. The last speaker, President Calixto Chikiamco of the Foundation of Economic Freedom discussed a more critical evaluation of the administration and suggested his own plan of action. The session was moderated by Dr. Edilberto de Jesus, Professor Emeritus of AIM, and was concluded with an open forum.
The second session delved into an assessment of the administration’s Daang Matuwid and Aquinomics. Mr. Guillermo Luz of the National Competitiveness Council talked about the country’s improving ranks in different governance and competitiveness measures yet emphasized the need to sustain the nation’s performance. On the other hand, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad featured how Aquino’s good governance has translated into efficient public spending and government projects. Distinguished journalist Ms. Cheche Lazaro presided the open forum at the end of the session.
Centered on game-changing reforms in paving the path for Daang Matuwid, the last session more particularly tackled the legislative bills on Anti-Dynasty, the Freedom of Information and Political Party Reforms. Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta stressed the need to understand the different facets of Philippine politics in order to address such issues. Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan of the Right to Know Right Now! Coalition comprehensively discussed the FOI Bill and the challenges hindering its passage. Ms. Joy Aceron of the Political Democracy and Reforms/Government Watch Program emphasized that for the Daang Matuwid to be sustained, expanded, and deepened, good governance must be the norm. The last speaker of the session was Rep. Edgar Erice who discussed the Anti-Dynasty Bill. The event capped off with an open forum led by Mr. Leon Flores III.
The spirited exchange of questions during the open forum came from students and participants working in the academe, the government and the private sector.
*This event is part of the #PHVote: the Leader I Want Forum Series.