Opinion Pieces

After EDSA: Historical Revisionism and Other Factors That Led to the Marcoses’ Return

Thirty-five years since the Filipino people gathered along EDSA to oust the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family, the Marcoses continue to make headlines, occupy positions of power, and have a strong presence in Philippine society. Their political clout is perhaps best exemplified by the results of the 2019 elections, which landed members of …

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Vaccines in the Philippines: A research agenda for the social sciences

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has entered a phase in which political and public attention has moved to vaccination: What are the available vaccines, how effective are they, which of them should the government procure, how soon can we get them, and will people actually be willing to get vaccinated. As in other aspects of COVID-19, …

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Social science professors cite stance on pending criminal justice bills at PSSC’s criminality conference

Two social science professors weighed in on recent legislative proposals to restore the death penalty and lower the age of minimum criminal liability at the conference “Beyond Politics and Spectacle: Studies on Crime and Punishment” organized by the Philippine Social Science Council and the Philippine Criminal Justice Researchers Society Inc. on 15-16 March 2017 at …

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Listening to the Poor to Alleviate Poverty and Create Lives of Quality and Dignity

Understanding poverty—its reduction and eventual elimination—calls for going beyond narrow income or consumption measures or strictly economic analyses, to incorporating the wealth of socio-cultural knowledge at hand. The rich sociological, anthropological, and psycho-social literature has for decades been filled with other data that shed light on poverty—its differential causes, expressions, and consequences in societies the world over. …

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WHAT TO MAP: Integrating Geographic Information into Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

Central to enhancing the adaptive capacities of local communities in relation to the occurrence of disasters is the promotion of awareness on the characteristics of hazards as well as their constitutive geographies and impacts. The collection of up-to-date and accurate spatial information and their availability in the different phases of a disaster should be integrated …

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Ang Paghahanap ng mga Katutubong Dalumat Pulitikal

Taong 1986 nang mapatalsik sa pamamagitan ng isang mapayapang pag-aklas ang diktadurang Marcos. Ang kaganapang ito, na tinagurian natin sa ating kasaysayan bilang “EDSA Revolution,” o “People Power Revolution” ay pinuri sa pagiging mapayapa, na kung saan halos walang dumanak na dugo (Thompson, 1995). Ang larawang lumitaw ay ang mga nakangiting mukha ng mga tao, …

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Background of Public Sector Reform

Policies on public sector reform are every administration’s standard initiative aimed to streamline the bureaucracy. The reform measures may vary depending on the priority of the current leadership, which maybe in the form of reengineering, reorganization, and rationalization anchored on the principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, transparency, social growth, innovation, and good governance. Public …

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Are We Losing Faith? An Invitation to the Sociology of Religion in the Philippines

Religion in the Philippines, many people say, is in trouble these days. Although the Philippines is still palpably religious on various fronts, it is not uncommon to hear of some people’s lamentations that young people, for example, are not attending church anymore (Cornelio, 2013). Or that people who profess to be religious do not really …

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