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CPAf delegates received awards at the 4th Asia Future Conference in South Korea

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by Karen S. Janiya

Dr. Merlyne M. Paunlagui, director of the Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies of the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), won the best paper award in the 4th Asia Future Conference held in K-Hotel, Seoul, South Korea last August 24-28, 2018. Dr. Merlyne M. Paunlagui was one of the 20 best paper awardees. Her paper was on the effect of Philippine cash transfer program to the local economy. Meanwhile, Ms. Karen Janiya was one of the best paper presenters. She presented her paper entitled “Understanding the Reason Behind the Leaky Pipeline in STEM,” co-authored with Dr. Paunlagui.

 The theme for this year’s conference was “Peace, Prosperity and Dynamic Future.” Two keynote speakers were invited for the conference. The first keynote speaker was Professor Jeong Ji Hoon of Kyunghee Cyber University, who discussed “Artificial Intelligence (AI) of the Present, and Future.” The second keynote speaker was Professor Kim Ki Hyun of Seoul National University, who talked about  “AI and the Human Soul.” The speakers highlighted the opportunities and challenges to be brought about by the development of AI. 

Dr. Paunlagui and Ms. Janiya were two of the 379 registered participants representing 21 countries. Other delegates from CPAf were Dr. Rowena dT. Baconguis, Dr. Ferdinand C. Maquito, Dr. Eileen Lorena M. Mamino, and Dean Rolando T. Belo, who headed the delegation. CPAf delegates were also involved as chairpersons in the general sessions and a member of the Secretariat. This is in preparation for the 5th Asia Future Conference in January 2020 where UPLB, through CPAf and the Graduate School, will partner with Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA). 

Meanwhile, the other Filipino participants came from the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources other UP constituents, such as UP Diliman and UP Mindanao; other higher learning institutions including Laguna State Polytechnic University, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, and University of the Asia and the Pacific; Department of Agrarian Reform; and the local government units of Kapangan, La Trinidad, and Tubay in the province of Benguet.

SGRA organized the 4th Asia Future Conference. SGRA began operating in Tokyo in July 2000 as a division of the Atsumi International Foundation, which is a charitable organization based in Japan. SGRA has been CPAf’s partner in the conduct of seminars since 2017.

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