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PHILIPPINE CHAPTERS PRESENT AT THE SCIENCE COUNCIL OF ASIA CONFERENCE

The Symposium entitled Today's Realities Through the Lens of Social Science was the Social Science contribution to the Science Council of Asia Conference - a conference dominated by the physical, biological and medical sciences. The conference was held at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila from June 13 to 16, 2010. The Pi Gamma Mu symposium took place on June 15 in the afternoon.

The social science symposium included three papers, the abstracts of which are presented as an attachment to this report. All of the three Pi Gamma Mu chapters in the Philippines participated. Specifically, the moderator of the session was Dr. Margaret Udarbe, president of the Pi Gamma Mu chapter of Silliman University and the paper presenters were Dr. Elena Pernia and Darlene Gutierrez, both from the University of the Philippines Alpha chapter and Dr. Exaltacion Lamberte, president of the de La Salle University Beta chapter.  The social scientists who attended included representatives from South Korea, Australia and India aside from Filipinos representing various social science institutions. The discussion was lively and focused on all three papers.  There was enthusiastic response to Dr. Occena's paper on the indigenous knowledge and methods used in forecasting tropical cyclones and coping with their effects.

The paper of Prof. Elena Pernia on the Imperatives for ICT literacy analyzed ICT usage in the Asia Pacific region. Her situation analysis revealed that South Korea ranked highest in ICT literacy education among the countries included in her study. The second part of her paper defined "the goals, objectives and approaches, as well as discusses conceptual and operational measures for promoting ICT literacy development throughout the Asia-Pacific region."

Social Science and Poverty Reduction Agenda by Dr, Exaltacion Lamberte delved into poverty related themes and issues emerging from research evidence. In particular, empirical research on poverty in Philippine cities was the source of themes and issues on poverty. She further discussed agency, social relations, institutions and social exclusion as important points to consider in addressing the poverty reduction agenda. The development of a policy framework which emphasizes mobilization of human, social, cultural and family social capital was proposed. The discussion which followed Dr. Lamberte’s paper was intense on population and gender issues.

Elizabeth Ventura
President, Philippine Alpha Chapter

University of the Philippines

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