Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Forum on Improved Investment Climate: Beyond the 2010 Elections

Asian Institute of Management (AIM) - Global Distance Learning Center (GDLC) hosted a videoconference entitled Forum on Improvement Investment Climate: Beyond the 2010 Elections last February 8, 2010. The members of the panel, Bert Hofman, WB Country Director; Eriwn Tiongson, AIM faculty; Jesse Ang, Resident Representative, International Finance Corporation (IFC); Ulrich Lachler, Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management in East Asia and the Pacific; and Kim Jacinto Henares, Private Sector Development Specialist were based at AIM-GDLC connected to St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP), Tuguegarao City and University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao. The DevBuzz was moderated by Mike Luz, Associate Dean - AIM Center for Development. Meanwhile, Mr. Ronaldo Sumait, SPUP-KDC Knowledge Facilitator and Mark Ventura, SPUP-Public Administration and Legal Management Faculty served as local organizer and local moderator respectively.
Participants from Department of Interior and Local Government Region 02, National Economic and Development Region 02, Department of Trade and Industry Region 02 and Provincial Office, Department of Agriculture Region 02, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 02, Provincial Tourism Office, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Cagayan Chapter, BBY, CWWD, and the City Mayor of Tuguegarao attended the videoconference. 
The forum focused on improved investment climate, which is one of the topics for the "Discussion Notes (2010)". The Philippines country team prepared a set of Discussion Notes on various topics aligned with the strategic objectives of the World Bank country assistance strategy. These Discussion Notes were intended to serve as vehicles for informing policy discussions, and could be considered by the government as it engages with development partners, including the World Bank Group, in the formulation of the next Medium-Term Philippines Development Plan.

The Mobile KDC

The Mobile KDC in partnership with the SPUP Community Extension Services has conducted storytelling sessions in Inga, Enrile, Cagayan and Larion Alto, Tuguegarao City on January 16 and January 30, 2010 respectively.

The Knowledge and Information Resource Network librarians headed by the Knowledge for Development Center Information Staff, Mr. Ronaldo Sumait together with the 3rd and 4th year Bachelor in Library and Information Science students steered the said activity .

SPUP-KDC visited and updated the resources of KDC Nooks

The SPUP-KDC Information Staff, Mr. Ronaldo Sumait, Ms. Corazon Tumbali, SPUP Librarian, and Mr. Benjie Cabrera, BLIS Student visited and updated the resources of the KDC Nooks of Cagayan National High School, Tuguegarao City, Department of Interior and Local Government Unit Regional Office 02, and Tagga Barangay Hall, Tagga, Tuguegarao City.

DILG Region 02 KDC Nook

Cagayan National High School KDC Nook

Tagga KDC Nook

Courtesy of the World Bank-KDC, information materials such as books, periodicals, CDs and posters were distributed to enrich the collection of the nooks. The visit aimed at monitoring the utilization, promotion and organization of the collection.