UP calls on presidential candidates to invest in knowledge capital

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Higher level education is the key to inclusive growth," says UP President Pascual.

The country can produce the high-level human resource it needs to catch up with its neighbors if the next government adopts the right set of policies.

This was the gist of a "think paper" on "Knowledge-Based Development and Governance" presented by the University of the Philippines to all the presidential candidates for their consideration.

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UP Mindanao to hold elections forum on 15 March

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University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Mindanao) student councils, student organizations, and the administration gather to extend their invitation to all parties and candidates to visit the campus and discuss their political platforms with students and the community as part of "UP sa Halalan 2016".

The UP Mindanao community agreed to set election forums in March-April on Wednesdays and Fridays, 3-5PM, in the Administration Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City for any and all visiting political representatives. The group pledged to extend due respect and courtesy to all parties.

Upcoming election-related events on campus are the "2016 Election and Youth Forum" on 15 March, 1pm, at Lorenzo Hall, from the University Student Council.

A jingle-making competition and a photo-contest named, "Sa Mata sa Mindanawon" will be launched by Omega Alpha in the week.

Two mock-elections are being organized by the USC and the OA organizations, and a video-film will be premiered by UP Salida.

Duterte-Cayetano face the UP community in CNN's Town Hall

DSC 0911Candidate for president Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte answers a question from CNN Philippines journalist Pia Hontiveros (right) as his running mate and candidate for vice president Alan Peter Cayetano listens. Photo by KIM Quilinguing.

PDP-Laban’s presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his vice-presidential running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, fielded questions on important election issues such as federalism, peace and order, criminality and the justice system, Internet connectivity, traffic management, and energy, economics and development, and from a live audience consisting of faculty and students of the University of the Philippines Diliman, as well as an online and digital audience via social media sites, during the CNN Philippines’ Town Hall held last February 18 at the UP Film Center, UP Diliman. The Town Hall was held as part of the activities under the UP sa Halalan 2016 project of the UP System.

A panel of UP experts were present in the audience to ask the two candidates their plans and platforms on a variety of issues. In answer to a question from UP Political Science assistant professor Jean Encinas Franco regarding how he plans to translate Davao City’s effective gender development code and women empowerment programs on a nationwide scale, Duterte said that he simply “used the powers and resources of the city to promote gender development…and to take remedial measures” against gender issues such as maternal health care and reproductive health care, only this time the issue will be much larger and much broader.

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Senatorial Candidates Bare Stands on Social Issues in The Rundown

DSC 0764Former Energy Secretary now candidate for the Senate, Jericho Petilla (center, in white shirt), answers a question from host Karen Davila (center in black dress). Other candidates present were (from left): Rafael Alunan, Nariman "Ina" Ambolodto, Mark Lapid, Martin Romualdez, Sandra Cam (partially hidden behind Romualdez), and Dionisio Santiago. Photo by KIM Quilinguing.  

Divorce. Same-sex marriage. Government subsidy for state universities and colleges. The anti-dynasty bill. The Bangsamoro Basic Law.

These were the issues that a lively audience consisting of UP students and faculty challenged 14 senatorial candidates with during a student-created, youth-oriented senate elections forum dubbed The Rundown 2016. The senate elections forum was held January 29 at the UP Theater, with a live telecast via the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), who organized the event in cooperation with the UP Economics Society, and in partnership with eleven student organizations from UP as well as St. Scholastica, Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and other schools, universities and youth groups.

With the understanding that a well-informed electorate is a crucial ingredient in an effective democracy, The Rundown 2016 sought to reach out to the youth sector—citizens ages 18 to 35, many of whom are voting for the first time, who comprise a sizable 37% of the 54.6 million Filipinos registered for the 2016 national and local elections.

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UP to host CNN Philippines Town Hall on 18 February

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As part of the activities under the UP sa Halalan 2016 project, the University of the Philippines is hosting CNN Philippines’ Town Hall on 18 February 2016, Thursday, 2:00 p.m. at Cine Adarna, UP Film Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The Town Hall will feature Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his Vice Presidential running mate Alan Peter Cayetano. It will be moderated by veteran journalist Pia Hontiveros. The Town Hall will be streamed live online via facebook.com/CNNPhilippines. Initial airing of the program will be on 20 February 2016 on free TV channel 9.

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