receives Ford grant
Social Development Research Center (SDRC) received a new grant
from the Ford Foundation to undertake a project that will
document and assess the impact of training initiatives for
participatory local governance. The project seeks to evaluate
the contributions of the Barangay Training and Management
(BATMAN) Program, being implemented by a consortium of more
than 40 non-government organizations (NGOs), in fostering
local democracy and development.
The project proposal approved by the Ford Foundation was prepared
by Dr. Francisco Magno, SDRC director, with the assistance
of Antonio Pedro Jr., assistant professor of Political Science.
According to Magno, “the project is a good opportunity for
DLSU-Manila to further build its reputation in the field of
In conducting the study, local academics and researchers from
various parts of the country will be recruited as partners
in the project. Through this process, the establishment of
a strong network linking governance researchers with each
other would be spearheaded by the SDRC. This barangay governance
project, however, is more than an academic exercise. Magno
indicates that “the insights from this study could be utilized
in improving programs on barangay leadership training and
capacity building that respond to citizen demands for good
governance, community participation, and sustainable development.
La Salle Mexico forge academic exchange
a move to strengthen ties between De La Salle University-Manila
and Universidad La Salle Noroeste in Obregon, Mexico, the
two Lasallian institutions of higher education recently inked
an agreement on academic exchange. The signing was headed
by DLSU System President Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC and Universidad
La Salle Noroeste President Brother Gustavo Ramirez Barba,
FSC held at the Century Park Hotel on January 12.
two institutions agree to have exchange programs for students
and faculty. Each university may receive faculty members of
the other university to give lectures, to engage in joint
and individual research, or for the exchange of views to further
the case of students, a maximum of three students per term
from each institution will be selected by their home school
to study at the other institution at the host university.
The exchange students will be permitted to enroll in courses
or programs at the host institution, for which they are qualified.
Aside from this, both universities agree to have joint research
and exchange of scientific materials and information. These
activities will be carried out after consultation between
DLSU-Manila and Universidad La Salle Noroeste or the divisions
Universidad La Salle Noroeste is one of 11 Lasallian instutitions
in Mexico. The first La SalleUniversity in the former Spanish
country was founded in 1962 by Dr. Manuel de Jesus Alvarez
Campos and inspired by the teachings of St. John Baptist de
its university programs are: business administration, public
accounting, computer science, cybernetic engineering, chemical
engineering, civil engineering, electrical energy engineering,
industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, medicine,
achitecture, graphic design, education, law, philosophy, religious
sciences, food chemistry, and pharmo-chemical biology. The
University also offers a college preperatory school and graduate
diplomas in various fields.