Daghang Salamat, GenSan!

March 15, 2010

It was a successful week-long exhibition in the warm city of General Santos. The exhibition, “For Freedom and Social Justice” was held in the Science and Technology Training Center at the Mindanao State University, from 8-12 March 2010, and was attended by students and professors of MSU, as well as members of mass movements and other sectoral organizations.

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“For Freedom and Social Justice” was held at the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University from 25-29 January 2010, starting the year’s exhibit tour. The event was organized by FES Manila in partnership with the Department of Political Science.

The opening ceremonies were held with a forum entitled, “For Free and Just Societies: Social Democratic
Lessons and Challenges for Germany and the Philippines,” with the German Ambassador to the Philippines, Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch; Mirko Herberg, Resident Representative of FES in the Philippines; and, Benjamin Tolosa of the Ateneo Political Science Department. A workshop on the social democratic values was attended by students of political science.  The Ateneo School of Government co-sponsored a Partisan Civil Society Dialogue, entitled, “How Much Reforms Are There in the 2010 Campaigns” with talks given by Joel Rocamora of the Institute of Popular Democracy and Ramon Casiple of Institute of Political and Electoral Reforms. A dinner-qua-round-table-discussion was attended by Filipino social democratic activists, former PDSP members, and non-aligned activists, who reflected on the past, present, and future of social democracy in the Philippines.

As usual, guided tours were given to students, professors, as well as walk in viewers of the exhibit. The whole week was closed by a forum entitled, “Elections Make Parties–German and Philippine Realities,” attended by students who listened to talks by Mirko Herberg and Atty. Ibarra Guttierrez of the UP Institute of Human Rights.

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a German political foundation, has brought the exhibit entitled “For Freedom and Social Justice” to General Santos City. The exhibit will be housed at the Mindanao State University (MSU) from 8 to 12 March 2010. 

“For Freedom and Social Justice” is a means to showcase the long struggle of the oldest political party in Germany, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The history of the party is chronicled, from its origins in the nineteenth century to its transformation from a workers’ party to a “people’s party.” Also portrayed is the party’s continuing struggle to adapt and actualize social democratic values and ideas such as freedom, social justice and solidarity.

The “For Freedom and Social Justice” GENSAN experience would offer guided walkthroughs to MSU classes, members of various organizations, as well as walk-in exhibit viewers. Forums would tackle on topics such as the relationship between labor unions and political parties both in Germany and the Philippines, and the effects of neo-liberalism on the labor sector. Another forum would provide a venue for people to know more about political parties active in the SOCSARGEN region. Finally, a major side event is a debate entitled “Atbanganay 2010,” which would gather candidates for local political positions. Atbanganay 2010 is to be held in partnership with ABS-CBN Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo.

DATE/TIME ACTIVITY/ VENUE Involved Orgs/groups/person
March 8, 2010

Monday

12:00-1:00PM Press Conference

Venue: MSU

 
1:00-1:30PM Arrival/Registration

Venue: MSU

FTV, SOCKSARGEN SK, Gensan Student Councils, Gensan LGU, YouthVotePhil,

Media

1:30-3:00PM Invocation

Venue: MSU

National Anthem

Cultural Presentation 

Opening Remarks

University President 
 

Keynote Addresses: 

Mr. Mirko Herberg

FES Resident Representative 
 

MSU-kabpapagariya

Sarimanok Arts

FES

3:00-3:30PM Ribbon Cutting  
3:30-4:00PM Exhibit walkthrough 

Venue: MSU

Sarangani, GenSan and South Cot. SK and Student Councils, Gensan and South Cotabato local media
4:00-4:30PM Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

IPs, Elderly and Women sector
March 9, 2010

Tuesday

9:00-10:00AM Labor-Party members exhibit walkthrough MSU  
10:00-12:30AM Labor Union-Political Party Relations: Dynamics and Lessons Derived from Germany and the Philippines

CIU-APL-Akbayan Leaders Forum 

Mr. Mirko Herberg

Mr. Tom Villarin

Ms. Mafe Abad, ANGAT VP for Mindanao

  
 

Venue: MSU

 
2:30-3:30 PM Exhibit walkthrough NDDU class
3:30-4:30 PM Exhibit walkthrough Fraternities (APO, Tau Gamma Phi, Tau Alpha Omega, Anchorians, Kapatirang Pleabians)
March 10, 2010

Wednesday

8:00-9:30am Exhibit Walkthrough Venue: MSU Holy Trinity College student leaders, Faculty and Admin
10:00-11:00am Exhibit Walkthrough Venue: MSU Students Gensan Foundation College Inc.
1:00pm-4:00pm “Atbanganay 2010”

The GenSan Local Politicians Debate 

Venue: Family Hotel Convention Center

Media Partner: ABS-CBN Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo

FTV, POLSCIE SOC MSU and NDDU

FTV, SK GenSan, SSC Gensan, Local Media

March 11, 2010

Thursday

8:30-9:30am Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

MSU-SSC, PSEAS- (Public Sector Employees Association) of Socsargen
9:30-12:00am Effects of Neoliberalism on  Labor Issues

Prof.  Mario Aguja

MSU-GenSant

Venue: MSU

PSEAS
1:00-2:00pm Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

MSU ministries, Muslim Student Association
2:00-3:00pm Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

LGBT (empress MSU)

MSU PolScie Society

3:30-4:30pm Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

Notre Dame of Marbel University Students
     
March 12, 2010

Friday

9:00 –  10:00 AM Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

NDDU class
11:00 –  12:00 PM Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

Akbayan Youth
1:30-4:00 PM Closing Ceremonies

Venue: MSU

 

Get to know your Party: Partylist Organizations and Mainstream Political Parties in the 2010 Elections

 

Invite PL orgs / mainstream political  active at the local level

 

(i.e., Akbayan, TUCP, People’s Champ Movement)

 

For Freedom and Social Justice

An Exhibit of Social Democracy in Germany

Opening Ceremonies
Old Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University
January 25, 2009, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Welcome Remarks
Dr. Alma Salvador
Chair, Department of Political Science
Ateneo de Manila University

Opening Message
His Excellency Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch
German Ambassador to the Philippines

Exhibit Viewing

Keynote Speeches

“For Free and Just Societies: Social Democratic
Lessons and Challenges for Germany and the Philippines”
Mr. Mirko Herberg
Resident Representative, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Dr. Benjamin Tolosa Jr.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science,
Ateneo de Manila University
Senior Fellow, Ateneo School of Government

New! Speech available in PDF! To download click on the link below:

Social Democratic Lessons and Challenges for the Philippines

Cocktails

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Philippine Office and Ateneo de Manila University

in partnership with

Ateneo de Manila University Department of Political Science

“For Freedom and Social Justice”
An Exhibition on Social Democracy in Germany

25-29 January 2010, Old Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Road, Quezon City, Metro Manila

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Day 1, 25th January, Monday
Opening Ceremonies
“For Free and Just Societies: Social Democratic
Lessons and Challenges for Germany and the Philippines”
Old Rizal Library, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Day 2, 26th January, Tuesday
Social Democratic Values Workshop
Social Science Conference Room 1&2, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Day 3, 27th January, Wednesday
Partisan Civil Society Dialogue“How Much Reforms Are There in the 2010 Campaigns”
4:00 – 8:00 PM

Day 4, 28th January, Thursday
Social Democracy Round Table Discussion
Engaged and Critical: Reflections of Philippine Social Democracy Then and Now
Old Rizal Library, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Day 5, 29th January, Friday
Closing Ceremonies
“Elections Make Parties – German and Philippine Realities”
Old Rizal Library, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

The Exhibition goes South!

November 27, 2009

“For Freedom and Social Justice”

An Exhibition on Social Democracy in Germany

November 30 – December 4, 2009, Cagayan de Oro City

Padayon ta sa Cagayan De Oro!

November 26, 2009

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Philippine Office

in partnership with the following organizations in Cagayan De Oro City,

Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Amnesty International – Cagayan de Oro, BALAOD-Mindanaw (Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw, Inc.), KAISAHAN (tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan/Solidarity towards Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, The Political Science Society of Liceo de Cagayan University, Supreme Student Council of Mindanao University of Science and Technology, The Central Student Government of Xavier University and the Kristohanong Katilingban Sa Pagpakabana-Xavier University (KKP-XU)

present

“For Freedom and Social Justice”

An Exhibition on Social Democracy in Germany

November 30 – December 4, 2009, Cagayan de Oro City

The exhibit “For Freedom and Social Justice” is a means to showcase the long struggle of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). It traces its origins from the 19th century, describes its political and philosophical milieus, and chronicles the transformations it has experienced for over a century of existence, as well as its continuing adaptation and actualization of ideas of social democracy.

The exhibit provides a narrative of the development of SPD’s platform, from its founding as a movement of the German working class in late 1800s, up until the formulation of its most recent platform as described in the Hamburg Program of 2007.

Consistent with its commitment to promote political education, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung has been visiting major cities and universities across the country beginning in June 2009 to showcase the history of the oldest political party in Germany, the Social Democratic Party of Germany: its aspirations, experiences and struggles. From 30 November to 4 December 2009, the FES will launch its Social Democracy Week in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) to raise public awareness on the values of social democracy in the field of politics, business, and society and linking Germany’s experience to political systems and issues in the Philippines.

The week-long celebration includes exhibits, fora, and other activities.  Please see matrix of activities taking place in CDO.

Schedule of Activities:

DATE / TIME / VENUE ACTIVITY
Day 1, 30 November
Opening Ceremony / Forum on Social DemocracyVenue: Student Training Center (STC) Lobby, Xavier University
100-130PM Arrival and Registration of participants
131-145PM Program Preliminaries** Opening Prayer** National Anthem** Welcome Remarks Father Jose Ramon Villarin President, Xavier University
146-215PM Reflections on Program-based and membership based Political Parties in Germany and the Philippines Dr. Wolf Preuss and Mr. Percival Cendana
246-300PM Exhibit Presentation / Preparation for the Press Conference
Press ConferenceVenue: Xavier University
301-400PM Press Conference
Mobilization on Freedom and Social Justice (in line with Bonifacio Day)Venue: Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City
401-600PM MobilizationAlliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Exhibit, Walkthrough
PM Students from Xavier University
Day 2, 1 December 2009
Progressive ForumForum on Basic Sectors’ Participation in Political PartiesVenue: Nursing Amphi Theater, CIT Building, Xavier University
830-900AM Registration and Arrival of Participants
901-915AM Program Preliminaries** Prayer** National Anthem** Opening/Welcome RemarksAtty. Nonette Royo Vice President, Social Involvement-XU
916-1045AM People’s Participation in Political Parties in Germany and Philippines:Dr. Wolf Preuss Atty. Arlene J. Bag-ao,  Executive Trustee, BALAOD Mindanaw Interviewed by: Machris Cabreros
1046-1115AM Panel of Reactors fromYouth, Women, Farmer and Labor groups
1116-1130AM Open ForumFacilitator: Cheryl Polutan Program Officer, KAISAHAN
1131-1145AM Prospects and Challenges on the 2010 ElectionFather Nathan Director, AGGAP
1146AM-1200NN Closing RemarksAtty. Normita V. Batula Managing Director, BALAOD Mindanaw
Exhibit Walkthrough
PM Students from Xavier University
Day 3, 2 December 2009
Forum on Guapo or Trapo: Choosing Leaders on 2010Venue: Liceo de Cagayan University
100-130PM Forum Preliminaries** Prayer** National Anthem** Opening/Welcome RemarksHon. Adrian E. Barba City Councilor, Cagayan de Oro City Dean, Liceo College of Law
131-300PM Forum ProperMr. Tom Villarin, Akbayan Atty. Antonio Soriano, Former CDO Vice Mayor
301-330PM Open ForumFacilitator: Sergio Dacup, Jr. Paralegal Officer, BALAOD Mindanaw
331-345PM Closing Remarks Dean, Liceo College of Arts and Sciences
346-400PM Preparation and Travel time to Xavier University for Exhibit Walkthrough
Exhibit Walkthrough
AM Students from Lourdes College
PM Students from Golden Heritage Polytechnic CollegeStudents from Liceo de Cagayan University
Day 4, 3 December 2009
Exhibit Walkthrough
AM Students from Capitol University
PM Students from Mindanao University of Science and TechnologyStudents from Cagayan de Oro City National High School
Day 5, 4 December 2009
Forum on Youth Participation in 2010 ElectionVenue: Xavier University Covered Court
100-115PM Arrival and Registration of Participants
116-130PM Program Preliminaries** Prayer** National Anthem** Opening/Welcome RemarksMr. Nestor Banuag, Jr. Asst. Director, KKP-SIO
131-215PM Forum ProperFather Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ President, Xavier University Ms. Bianca Lapuz First Time Voters Network
216-315PM Panel of Reactors:

 

  1. Jestoni Dacot, President, Political Science Society, Liceo de Cagayan2
  2. Neil Vincent Bacal, President, Central Student Government, Xavier University
  3. Efren Julius Aguilar, President, Supreme Student Government, MUST
316-345PM Open ForumFacilitator: Ritz Lee Santos III Policy Advocacy Officer, BALAOD Mindanaw
346-400PM Closing RemarksMr. Gus Cerdena Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Dios Mabalos, Naga!

September 11, 2009

As part of its Luzon university tour, “For Freedom and Social Justice” just had its Ateneo de Naga University leg on August 26 until September 2. Guest speakers were Dr. Wolf Preuss, SPD member and formerly from Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, and Jesse Robredo, Mayor of Naga City, who talked about electoral politics in Germany and the Philippines. A Bicol Progressive Forum was also held, with the theme “Reflections on Realities and Potentials for Membership and Program-based Political Parties.” As part of their dialogue series, the First Time Voters Network sponsored a forum on youth participation in political parties, tied up with the Supreme Student Government of Ateneo de Naga, and the Ateneo Debate Team. The said forum was attended by youth representatives from political parties such as Akbayan and Liberal Party. The closing ceremonies was held with a forum on the Philippine partylist system, organized by the Ateneo de Naga Institute of Politics. The guest speaker, Hon. Risa Hontiveros, gave her thoughts on the partylist system, its potentials and recent disappointments.

FES Manila extends its warmest “Dios Mabalos” to the people of Naga!

Thank you, San Beda!

September 10, 2009

“For Freedom and Social Justice” was held in San Beda College, Manila from August 18-22. The event was organized by FES Manila, in partnership with the The Office of the Prefect of Student Affairs, Social Science Department and the Student Council, and in cooperation with the Bedan Advocacy and Consciousness Enhancement Society (BACES), Junior Bedan Law Circle, San Beda Debate Society, San Beda Economic Society, and Social Science Students Association.

Students, as well as members of the San Beda Community, were able to experience the exhibit depicting the rich history of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. They were also able to listen to various talks: Dr. Axel Weber, SPD member and Social Protection Specialist (ret.) in the Asian Development Bank, gave a forum on “The Role of Political Parties in Germany – Providing a Link between Citizens and the State;” Mr. Francis Isaac of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement who talked about the importance of social democratic policies on the advancement of social justice; Hon. Risa Hontiveros, who gave her thoughts on program-based politics and its importance on the 2010 elections; Bianca Lapuz, of the First Time Voters Network, who talked on the importance of youth participation in politics; and Benjamin Tolosa, Ph.D. of Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila, who gave a talk on “Social Democratic Challenges and Perspectives for Philippine Citizens.” Side events were also held such as the photo extemporaneous speech contest organized by the Junior Bedan Law Circle, and a debate exhibition was organized by the San Beda College Debate Society.

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung expresses its utmost gratitude to the whole San Beda Community for making the event, For Freedom and Social Justice, a big success.

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Philippine Office and Ateneo de Naga University

In partnership with

Ateneo de Naga Institute of Politics

present

“For Freedom and Social Justice”

An Exhibition on Social Democracy in Germany

August 26- Sept. 2, 2009, O’Brien Library, Ateneo de Naga University

Schedule of Guided Tours

Aug. 27, Thursday

1:30 – 3:00 PM,  3:00 – 4:30 PM

Aug. 28, Friday

9:00 – 10:30 AM,  10:30 – 12:00 PM,  1:30 – 3:00 PM

Aug. 29, Saturday

9:00 – 10:30 PM,  10:30 – 12:00 PM

Sept. 1, Tuesday

9:00 – 10:30 AM,  10:30 – 12:00 PM,  1:30 – 3:00 PM, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Events

Aug. 26

Opening Ceremonies

“Reflections on Realities and Potentials

for Membership and Program-based Political Parties”

w/ Dr. Wolf Preuss, Councilor John Bongat, and Mayor Jesse Robredo

4:00-7:00 PM@ Arrupe Convention Center and O’Brien Library

Organizers: ADNU Institute of Politics

Aug. 27

Bicol Progressive Forum:  “Reflections on Realities and Potentials

for Membership and Program-based Political Parties”

9:30 – 12:00 AM @ Nursing Ampitheater, Santos Hall and O’Brien Library

Organizer: Institute of Politics and Naga People’s Council

Aug. 28

First Time Voters Dialogue:

“Youth Participation in Political Parties”

w/ youth arms of political parties

4:00 – 6:00 PM @ IMC

Organizers: Supreme Student Gov’t, Ateneo Debate Team and FTV Network

Sept. 1

Forum: “Exploring Bicol Politics – Issues and Trends”

4:00 – 6:00 PM @ IMC

Organizer: ADNU Institute of Politics

Sept. 2

Closing Ceremonies

“Philippine Party List System”

10:00 – 12:00 PM @ Arrupe Convention Center

Organizers: ADNU Institute of Politics