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YCEA hosts IT for Good Governance Workshop

The Yuchengco Center for East Asia, the Asia Foundation and IBM Philippines will mount a workshop titled “Information Technology for Good Governance” on November 20 (today) at the Peninsula Manila.

The workshop aims to identify key issues and policy concerns regarding the relationship between access to IT and good governance, and to determine the barriers to the adoption of advanced information technology to promote transparency and accountability in governance and policy-making.

The workshop also seeks to propose pilot projects for improving the utilization of IT towards transparency and accountability, and to establish a network of institutional leaders actively committed to e-Governance and are ready for concrete involvement in pilot projects maximizing the use of IT in government operations, at local and national levels.

Invited were policy-makers in government, business (especially the IT industry), academe, media, and NGOs. Dr. Francisco Magno, Social Development Research Center Director, and Dr. Ramonette Serafica, Associate Professor of Economics, will present the framework paper. Stephen Braim of IBM Australia will present a case study on “The Australian Experience in E-Governance.”

Other resource speakers are Rep. Leandro Verceles, Jr., Chairman, Sub-committee on Information Technology, House of Representatives; Undersecretary Ike Señeres, Director General, National Computer Center; Gerardo Bulatao, Senior Consultant, Institute of Politics and Governance; Assistant Trade Secretary Toby Monsod; Dr. Segundo Romero, Senior Consultant, Development Academy of the Philippines; Dr. Reynaldo Vea, President, Mapua Institute of Technology; and Augusto Lagman, President, Philippine Computer Society.

Lasallians observe Jubilee Christ Week

Celebrated a week before the Feast of Christ the King every November, this year’s Christ Week Celebration is extra special because it will be celebrated within the Jubilee Year.

With the theme “Ikaw, Ako, Tayo…Ipagdiwang ang Pag-ibig ni Kristo!”, the weeklong observance hopes to deliver the message of unity in celebrating Christ’s love for the people through meaningful activities and programs.

The Lasallian Pastoral Office (LSPO), as head organizer, prepared various activities to highlight the event, such as daily thematic masses, bazaars, and concerts (see This Week for schedules).

One of the important highlights of the annual celebration is the Sacrament of Confirmation on November 22 to be held at the Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Bishop Rolando Tirona, D.D., OCD, of the Diocese of Malolos will officiate the mass.

Christmas cards now available

Christmas cardsThe De La Salle Univeristy-Manila institutional cards are now available at the DLSU bookstores and the Marketing Communication Office (L-163). The cards are reasonably priced at P10 and P12.

Members of the Lasallian community are encouraged to buy the cards ahead of the Christmas rush.

MCO offers one free card for every dozen purchase of the P12 card (left).

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