3-5 NOVEMBER 2016
De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, Taft Avenue, Manila





The Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA) in cooperation with its partner institutions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the School of Diplomacy and Governance, De La Salle –  College of St. Benilde, the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), the Center for local and Regional Governance of NCPAG, and other partner academic, government and civil society institutions will hold the International Conference on the theme, “Deepening The Discourse on Development, Democratization, and Decentralization: Towards a Responsive Politico-Administrative Sytems and Institutions”from November 3-5, 2016 (Thurs-Sat.) at the Augusto Rosario Theatre, De La SalleCollege of St. Benilde, Taft Avenue, Metro Manila.

This Conference follows thru previous fora and continues to focus continuing discourses on studies and experiences on best practices in governance, public sector reform and citizen engagement, among others with specific reference to the ideals and aspirations of engendering decentralization and democracy to bring about development, especially on habitually neglected communities. This event once again brings together insights and perspectives from the academe, government practitioners, civil society organizations and the private sector as the country observes the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Local Government Code.

The Conference reinforces the joint initiative of the PSPA, the UNDP, the Commission on Human Rights and other partner institutions such as the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management of the Republic of the Philippines on what is now labelled as the 3-D Project which stands for decentralization, democracy for development. Thus, as in past Conferences, this Conference is conceived as a Policy Forum that seeks, among others, to undertake an assessment of the state of decentralization and democracy in the Philippines and in other countries and how these have supported or are supporting the ends of development. It also seeks to identify and expound on experiences on public sector reform, the challenges to good governance and complex aspects of the governance equation that needs to be addressed.

Likewise, the Conference aspire to build a document of particulars and policy recommendations that will serve as a multi-sectoral recommendation to the promulgation of an updated and new Philippine Medium Term Development plan as the Philippines receives a new administration in 2016.

The Conference is also intended to assess poverty incidence and inequalities in the different regions of the country, especially as to how decentralization and democratization policies have facilitated or inhibited opportunities of marginalized communities.

The Conference also seeks to identify potential academic institutions to serve as   governance hubs to promote the means and ends of decentralization and democracy at the regional levels through continuing research, monitoring and evaluation, and consolidation and integration of initiatives towards strengthening decentralization and democracy in their respective regions and communities.

As part of these exchanges, international experts and speakers will also again  be invited to share their respective experiences in decentralization and democratic governance in pursuit of development goals. In particular, emphasis and focus shall be provided on decentralization and its impact on local autonomy, local governance and delivery of social services; democratization as it empowers people and communities, especially substantive citizens’ participations in policy-making and management of community affairs; and development in relation to the global sustainable development goals and the promotion of inclusive growth. Along these lines, the Conference seeks to review exiting decentralization and democratization policies towards improving service delivery and strengthening citizens’ rights and participation.

In this regard, faculty members, researchers and students of academic institutions, officials and staff of national agencies and local government units, civil society organizations, international organizations and representatives from the private sectors are invited to share their insights and perspectives on the state of decentralization, democratic governance and development in their communities.

As such, a host of pertinent sub-themes are generated along these broad areas of concern, namely:


  1. Impact and state of devolution policies in agriculture, environment, social services and health under the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160), with particular reference to issues and challenges;
  2. Financial revenue generation issues in local autonomy;
  3. The state of decentralization in the devolved areas and their impact on communities;
  4. Best practices and exemplars, as well as public sector reform in decentralization, democratic governance and combatting poverty and corruption in local government units;
  5. The state of poverty and inequality in the different regions of the country;
  6. Decentralization issues in managing climate change and disaster reduction, especially in high poverty incidence and conflict ridden communities;
  7. Inter-local relations and how they promote decentralization and democratic governance as well as citizen participation and empowerment;
  8. National-local relations and decentralization and democratic governance issues as they affect development goals;
  9. Academe/Community/industry/LGU partnership; HEIs as Governance Hubs
  10. Gender mainstreaming, women empowerment and children protection; and,
  11. Federalism: Challenges and Prospects


As such the PSPA issues this call for submission of paper to its Organizing Committee at Abstracts shall be received by the Organizing Committee from August 15 to September 15, 2016.




Notification of approved abstracts shall be released by September 30, 2016. The deadline for submission of full papers and powerpoint presentations of accepted abstracts shall be on October 15, 2016.

Registration rates shall be: Php 4,000.00 and Php 3,500 for PSPA members with authorized IDs.

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements as to board and lodging and transportation to and from their origins. List of possible accommodations/board and lodging at cost will be announced later.Participants are also advised that parking spaces will be limited at the site.


For your inquiries, you may email:, or any of the following:

Dr. Danilo DLR Reyes
National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines

Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina
National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines

Prof. Gary Ador Dionisio
De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, Taft Avenue, Manila
Co-Secretaries General

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