Monday, November 2, 2015

Indonesian Consul for Immigration presents migration policy paper during the 5th SES Conference

Mr. Agus Majid, the consul for immigration of the Indonesian Consulate based in Davao City, presented a paper analyzing the impact of neo-liberalism on migration policy during the 5th Social Ethics Society Conference held at Pearl Farm Resort in Samal Island, Davao.

In his paper, he mentioned that "government intervention in regulating people movement is important" in today's age of the mass movement of peoples. This will require, according to him, understanding "new welfare and labor market systems." As such, he said that the challenge of governments these days is "to manage markets, not to strive vainly to shut it down," citing an article from The Economist.

When asked about the concerns of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS), Consul Majid said that "immigration policy should be multilateral rather than unilateral," and that governments must have a holistic framework, instead of having a "purely economic or rationalist approach" in terms of policy making, citing that migrant workers also have human rights.

The participation of Consul Majid and Mr. Wahyu Candra Irawan, also of the Indonesian Consulate, was made possible through Dr. Sherlito Sable, the dean of the College of Business and Governance at the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

5th SES Conference held at Pearl Farm Resort

The 5th Social Ethics Society Conference was successfully held at Pearl Farm Resort in Samal Island, Davao, last October 30-31, 2015.

Fr. Dexter Veloso, SES president, during his Inspirational Message, highlighted the important work of the organization and its role in developing philosophical reflection in the region. He encouraged all participants to sustain their crucial work in order to better serve Philippine society.

Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr., the dean of studies of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary, which hosted the annual event, opened the conference that was attended by philosophy teachers, researchers, and scholars from the Visayas and Mindanao, inviting those in attendance to reflect on the spectacle of the dehumanization of work. 

The plenary speakers for this year are Dr. Jeffry Ocay of Silliman University, Dr. Ryan Urbano and Dr. Ruby Suazo of the University of San Carlos. The first set of paper presentors included Dr. Sherlito Sable of the University of Southeastern Philippines, Mr. Agus Majid and Mr. Wahyu Irawan of the Indonesian Consulate, Mr. Frans Nolasco and A/Prof. Ryan Maboloc of the Ateneo de Davao University.

The second set of paper presentors was composed Mr. Joharel Escobia of Urios University, Mr. Ismael Magadan of USC, Mr. Ruben Balotol of the Visayas State University, Mr. Jonas Robert Miranda and Mr. Judel Paredes of the Surigao State College of Technology, Mr. Christopher Von Legaspi of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, and Mr. Francis Jeus Ibanez of the Bohol Island State University.

The topics tackled during the conference focused on the philosophy of work in the margins as a response to globalization, migrant issues and labor trafficking, transnational crimes and global justice, recognition and solidarity, reflections on the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur, Hannah Arendt, Amartya Sen, and Thomas Pogge.

The following composed the Organizing Committee: Fr. Dexter Veloso, Conference Chair; Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr., co-chair; Peter Paul Elicor, head, secretariat; Christopher Ryan Maboloc, head, scientific review committee; Maricar Juaneza and Joharel Escobia, registration and program.

Social Ethics Society Journal of Applied Philosophy launched

The Social Ethics Society Journal of Applied Philosophy was launched last October 30, 2015 at Pearl Farm Resort, Samal Island, Davao.

Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr., editor, mentioned the importance of the journal in giving philosophy researchers, graduate students, and scholars the opportunity to publish their work.

The maiden issue of the journal features four articles written by Dr. Jeffry Ocay (Silliman) on the philosophy of work, A/Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc (ADDU) on Iris Marion Young's 'politics of difference', Joharel Escobia (FSUU) on Giorgio Agamben and the state of exception, and Aldrin Quintero (St. Alexius) on Kant's On Perpetual Peace.

Peter Paul Elicor is the managing editor of the journal. A/Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc is associate editor. The peer reviewed journal's editorial consultants include Dr. Japhet Bakuwa of the University of Malawi, Dr. Jane Gallamaso of Xavier University, Dr. Godiva Eviota of the Mindanao State University, Dr. Ryan Urbano of the University of San Carlos, Dr. Jeffry Ocay of Silliman University, Prof. Raymundo Pavo of the University of the Philippines (Mindanao), Prof. Ian Clark Parcon of the Ateneo de Davao University, Dr. Ruby Suazo of the University of San Carlos, Dr. Christopher Agulanna of the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and Dr. Orlando Ali Mandane of the University of San Carlos.