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WMSU hosts economics teachers, studes joint national confab


The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) College of Social Sciences (CSS), Department of Economics hosted the joint national conference of the Council of Economics Educators (CECON) and the Philippine Council of Economics Students (PHILCES) on November 25 to 27 at the WMSU Law Auditorium, WMSU campus, this city.

The conference carried the theme, “Economics and Education Responding to the Challenges of Peace, Development and Environment in the 21st Century”.

In behalf of WMSU president Dr. Hja. Luningning M. Umar, CSS dean Dr. Rufina A. Cruz welcomed the economics teacher and student participants coming from various parts of the country.

Congresswoman Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar of the first district of Zamboanga City and an economics major, keynoted the conference. In her speech, she underscored the imperative to include a youth representative in the Climate Change Commission and to define the role of the youth in pursuing environmental concerns.

She also emphasized that one important criteria for peace endeavors to be successful is the translation of development into tangible income, food on the table, and other basic necessities. This is essential if only to provide a viable mechanism for sustainable peace, she added.

A child’s rights advocate, Salazar is also concerned about the welfare of child soldiers in conflict areas. Furthermore, she believes that we need to give our children heroes to emulate. He referred to heroes who are our own, like the congresswoman’s late uncle Cesar C. Climaco who is an epitome of honesty, integrity and dedication to public service; and who was unconditional in his love for both Muslims and Christians during his lifetime.

The national conference of economists was attended by at least 250 economics teachers and students coming from the following schools: WMSU, Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Universidad de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City; St. Louise University in Baguio City; University of Sto. Tomas, San Beda College and Pamantasan ng Maynila in Manila; De La Salle University, Ozamis City; St. Paul University in Quezon City; and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture in Camarines Sur.

Conference inputs and their corresponding resource persons during the first day of the conference were: “Relevant Issues, concerns and Advances in Peace: The Truth from Zamboanga City and Western Mindanao” by P/CSupt Elpidio Z. de Asis, Jr., Regional Director, Philippine National Police Regional Police Office 9, Zamboanga City; “Challenges, Niches and Future Direction of Economic Development: The Case of Zamboanga City” by Ms. Melinda S. Cabato, Coordinator, City Planning and Development Office, Zamboanga City; and “Critical Causes, Efforts and Policies for Environment: Successes and Environmental Sustainability of Zamboanga City and Western Mindanao” by Engr. Allan B. de Gala, Regional Director, Environment Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 9. A Fellowship and Cultural Night held at the WMSU social capped the activities of the first day of the conference.

Highlight of the second day of the conference was a tour of interesting spots in the city which included the Shrine of Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar, the National Museaum, Jardin Maria Clara and Butterfly Farm, Boy Scout Wigwam and Tree House, Canelar Shopping Mall, Yakan Village, Eco Zone, Paseo del Mar and Plaza del Pilar Shopping Mall. The last day of the conference was devoted to CECON and PHILCES officers’ separate business meetings.

The following officers of CECON made possible the conduct of the national conference: Dr. Ruben M. Nayve, Jr., Chairman Emeritus; Prof. Lorence M. Resurreccion, President; Dr. Marie France D. Nuñez, Vice-President, Internal; Prof. Alita Pangilinan, Vice-President, External; Prof. Carmelita Lao, Secretary; Dr. Carlos L Manapat, Treasurer; Prof. Jun Viray, PRO; Dr. Ben Marcelino, Auditor; together with the following Members of the Board: Dr. Gladys Rosales, Prof. Ronnie Asis, Prof. Ryan Claveria, Prof. Jose Mariano Palomiano, Dr. Silvestre Alforque, Prof. Ana Rubante and Prof. Ariel Geronimo.

By Ms. Evelyn C. Luceño

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