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Safeguarding the Charter
Tuesday, 03 Mar 2009

Episode #036
(24:48 min 45.1MB)
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Liberal Party Director General Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon questions the motives behind the administration’s push for constitutional change. As a 1987 constitutional commissioner, he agrees that perhaps it is time to revisit it as it is the longest serving charter without any amendments. However, he cautions that now is not an appropriate time as present initiatives look to be designed chiefly to benefit those currently in power.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Competitiveness: Lessons from Germany
Friday, 19 Dec 2008

Episode #035
(26:42 min 24.4MB)
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Siegfried Herzog analyzes Germany’s ingredients for competitiveness as well as its disadvantages. He weighs the benefits of its dual system of education, the relationship between its trade unions and employers, its financing system and its efficient bureaucracy against the weaknesses of its high labor costs and greatly regulated labor market.

He then draws from these lessons for the Philippines. He points out that though there are no quick fixes, the key is to get the basics right: improvement of education, capitalization on local traditions and skills, clear definition and protection of property rights and development of infrastructures.

Please view the corresponding PowerPoint presentation here.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann and Leroy Anderson.

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Measuring Economic Freedom
Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008

Episode #034
(8:18 min 12.7MB)
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Excerpts from the speech of Senator Manuel “MAR” Roxas II, Liberal Party president, at the September launch of the Philippine edition of the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW): 2008 Report. He explains that economic freedom is based on property rights. When these are protected by law, Filipinos are free to produce and trade goods. Unfortunately, the country’s ungainly laws and inefficient judicial system restrain it from moving forward.

The EFW report is a valuable tool in measuring the impact of economic freedom on the lives of Filipinos. It presents solid data linking it and growth, prosperity and social development. However, the report cannot resolve our challenges for us. It can merely inform and warn us that the need for better governance exists.

For more information on the Philippine edition of the EFW 2008 report, please click here.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Liberal Example of Leadership: Grace Padaca
2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service

Thursday, 30 Oct 2008

Episode #033
(13:55 min 12.7MB)
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Isabela Governor Grace Padaca talks about how her Ramon Magsaysay Award reaffirms her efforts to empower people to use their democratic right to elect leaders of their own choosing. Four years after bringing down the “Dy-nasty” in Isabela, she believes that this recognition symbolizes that change is possible. Gov. Padaca discuses her continued work for change through the Kaya Natin movement. They make the rounds of schools and meet with different polling groups and civil society organizations. Kaya Natin encourages people to make the necessary preparations for better elections now instead of waiting for the last minute.

Harvey Keh, director for youth leadership and social entrepreneurship of the Ateneo School of Government, introduces Gov. Padaca. He speaks of her courage and her passion to serve. He calls her a bastion of hope. She is an icon of leadership that proves that one need not compromise one’s values in order to serve effectively in government.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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