The Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines (ASPAP) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) on December 7 in Zamboanga City, to seal a partnership for improved knowledge and information accessibility through the utilization of state of the art information communication technology (ICT).
ASPAP is a non-stock, non-profit, non-partisan and Securities and Exchange Commission registered national organization of schools and universities involved in the professional education, instruction, research/training of public administration, management, governance and/or its equivalent fields/areas of study and research in the Philippines.
Signing the agreement for WMSU was Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, president while ASPAP was represented, also by its president, Dr. Grace Gorospe-Jamon. It was witnessed by Dr. Frede G. Moreno, ASPAP ExCHANGES Region IX Project Coordinator for Zamboanga Peninsula and other ASPAP officials.
Through the WMSU College of Public Administration and Development Studies (WMSU-CPADS) headed by Dean Dr. Ofelio R. Mendoza, together with a designated Project Management Team, WMSU, under the MOA, becomes ASPAP’s partner in the region in the implementation of the latter’s Exchanges Project, with Dr. Frede G. Moreno, as WMSU’s official representative to the ASPAP and the incumbent ASPAP Vice President for Mindanao.
The agreement states that, WMSU-CPADS commits to enjoin the active involvement and participation from all other ASPAP member institutions in the Western Mindanao/ZamPen Region, x x x including government and non-government organizations, citizens’ groups, and other governance stakeholders in the implementation of Electronic Connection to Access and Network iNformation and kNowledge for Governance Effectiveness and Sustainability (ExCHANGES) activities.
ExCHANGES aims to provide alternative voice channels and make information and knowledge accessible to citizens particularly the poor, the marginalized and women.
In choosing WMSU-CPADS as one of the ICT hubs in the nationwide ASPAP Network, ASPAP relies on its ICT capability as well as its track record in previous collaborative projects of ASPAP. WMSU-CPADS, which is an active member of ASPAP, has been previously engaged in collaborative projects of ASPAP, the latest of which was the UNDP-ASPAP-WMSU National Multi-Point Web Conference on Engaging the Filipino iCTzens in the 2010 Automated Elections which was held on November 26 at the CPADS Library, WMSU main campus, attended mostly by political science students of WMSU, graduate students of WMSU-CPADS, some faculty and staff, and representatives from Pilar College, Universidad de Zamboanga, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology and the non-government organization ACCORD.
Through this partnership, ASPAP will continually coordinate with WMSU-CPADS to initiate, execute and/or participate in national-level multi-level events generated by either the latter, other partners in the region or by the ASPAP, Inc.
The region will definitely benefit from this partnership in terms of immediate and interactive access to knowledge and information, particularly on the burning issues of the day, through state-of-the-art information communication technology. (Evelyn C. Luceno, PAO-WMSU)