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Downloadable Files of Judy Taguiwalo

In Issues| Isyu on November 8, 2008 at 5:00 am

You may also download &/or read the PDF version of the following documents of Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo:

FLYER – Judy for FR

VISION PAPER & BIO DATA – Judy Taguiwalo

LETTER OF THANKS TO FACULTY who nominated Judy Taguiwalo


Judy Taguiwalo, PhD for 2009-2010 UP Faculty Regent

In Issues| Isyu on November 8, 2008 at 4:35 am



My views on the role of the 2009-2010 UP Faculty Regent


My views on the role of the 2009-2010 UP Faculty Regent (FR) position stem from my almost two decades of active involvement in teaching, research, extension and administrative work in the University of the Philippines, a university committed to excellence and service.

My record of service to the university and to the faculty speaks for itself. I have been an active and leading member of the University Council Committee on National Programs and Policies (2000-2002), the University Council Committee on University Governance (2008-2010), and the University Council Committee on Faculty Development, Conduct and Welfare (2004-present), among others.

I come from the College of Social Work and Community
Development (CSWCD) which espouses democratic governance whose bases are spelled out in the 2008 UP Charter: “collegiality, representation, accountability, transparency and active
participation of its constituents.” I will ensure that the Office of the Faculty Regent is accountable to its constituency through regular consultations with the faculty as well as feedback to them the issues, concerns and decisions taken up in the BOR.

The FR is selected by the direct voting of all UP Faculty, the only system-wide-faculty position filled up in this manner. The selection of the FR, therefore, represents a great opportunity for the faculty, regardless of tenure, to choose a
representative accountable to them. The FR’s accountability to the faculty is particularly important because the Board of Regents (BOR), aside from being the highest policy-making body in the University, is also the “court of last appeal”, within the university for the faculty, regarding decisions on personnel matters made at the constituent and system levels. The FR’s primary accountability to the faculty enables her/him to independently examine faculty appeals on decisions made by the UP Administration and brought to the BOR for final resolution.

While I am aware of my main mandate to represent the
rights and welfare of our faculty, I am also aware that to serve as a member of the BOR demands the broadest possible vision of UP as a national and public university in the service of our people. The welfare of our faculty is of course integral to this broader vision. I believe this goal can best be achieved by working in a democratic and collegial manner to uphold our traditions of excellence and service to the nation. Indeed, my particular academic and advocacy focus on women’s rights and the rights of workers speaks of my commitment to nondiscrimination and equity as basic principles.

In particular, I hope to accomplish the following:

1. To contribute to ongoing efforts at assessing and revising current university policies and practices on recruitment, renewal, tenure and promotion of faculty so as to ensure that the scholarly requirements are balanced with enabling conditions for faculty development and that provisions for transparency in the processes involved are in place.

2. To initiate the review of existing rules on the process
of FR selection based on past experiences and to make proposals to the university councils for the necessary amendments.

3. To continue to advocate for the democratization in
the governance of the university by working for the setting up of a mechanism to operationalize Section 3, (h) of the UP Charter: “…promote the holding of fora for students, faculty, research, extension and professional staff (REPS), staff and alumni to discuss non-academic issues affecting the University.”

4. To support policy proposals and initiatives that will enhance the promotion of women and gender studies and the adoption of more-gender responsive policies in the university.

5. To work closely with university organizations advocating for the payment of back Cola of qualified UP personnel.

6. To work closely with the Staff Regent to advocate
for higher compensation and additional benefits of faculty, REPS and non-academic personnel and to promote the democratic participation of UP personnel in the formulation of policies that concern our terms and conditions of work and in the governance of the university.

7. To advocate for a University that is more responsive to national issues, supports science and technology for national industrialization and development ; and that advances Filipino cultural identity especially under conditions of domestic and global crises.


Associate Professor
Department of Women and Development Studies,
College of Social Work and Community Development, UP Diliman

No. of years in service as faculty in UP: 17 years (including three years as lecturer)

Ph.D. Philippine Studies, CSSP, UP Diliman
M.A. in Public Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
B.S. in Social Work (cum laude) UP Diliman



Chair, UP Diliman University Council Committee on Faculty Development, Conduct and Welfare (January 2004 to present)
• The committee successfully worked for amending the BOR- approved policy for UP Diliman on up or out for Instructors and in or out for temporary Assistant and Associate Professors which removed the original lifetime ban on rehiring of those who were not able to complete the requirements for promotion to Assistant Professor (for Instructors) or for tenure (for Assistant
Professors and Associate Professors).

• The committee is at present undertaking the compilation of specific guidelines for tenure of the various units to look into the criterion of collegiality. It is also studying the options for additional health insurance for faculty.

Member, UP Diliman University Council Committee on University Governance (January 2008 to January 2010)
• Helped formulate initial proposals on clarification of the relations between the University Council and the Board of Regents contained in the committee report to the UC last July 2008.

Member, UC Committee on National Programs and Policies (January 2001 to January 2004)


Coordinator, Women and Development Program (1999-2000)

Chair, Department of Women and Development Studies (2000-2002)
• Helped brought to a successful conclusion our six -year efforts to transform the program into a department.

Director, Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO) (June 2004-May 2006)
• Transformed the CSWCD Development Journal into a refereed one.

Founding National President and Current National Vice President for Faculty, All UP Academic Employees Union
• The union of the rank-and-file faculty and REPS of UP has actively worked for the welfare of the academic staff. Among the gains were the P20,000 centennial bonus, the release of the much-delayed 10% salary increase for UP employees and the grant of the P1,500 rice subsidy; among others.

Chair, Negotiating Panel, All-UP Academic Employees Union
• Heads the ongoing negotiations with the UP Administration for a collective negotiation agreement for rank-and-file faculty and REPS.

Convenor, UP-Wide Democratization Movement 2 (UP Widem 2)
• Actively lobbied Congress and the Senate for the democratization of UP governance and for safeguards against commercialization and corporatization of UP.

Convenor, Tigil-Paslang-UP (July 2006 to present)
• The response of concerned constituents of UP to the spate of killings, abductions, torture, illegal arests under Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya.

Chair, Women’s Committee of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers and as such sits in the South-east Asian Women’s Committee of Education International, Asia-Pacific

Member, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), a regional women’s NGO with consultative status with the UN ECOSOC

Member, International Association for Community Development

Member, Women’s Studies Association in the Philippines

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Ibon Foundation

Former Executive Director, Center for Women’s Resources (CWR)

Former Chair, Board of Directors, Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER)

Member, First Quarter Storm Movement

Member, Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Amnestiya (SELDA) – an organization of political prisoners during the martial law period

“Ang Kababaihang Maykaya, Ang Pakikibaka para sa Karapatang Bumoto at Ang Pagtaguyod sa Kababaihang Manggagawa” in UP-CSWCD Development Journal. 2007.

“Globalization and Women: A Discussion Guide for Trainors,” a publication of the Task Force Rural and Indigenous Women of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) for use of its member organizations in the region. 2006

Co-writer, “Women and Food Sovereignty Kit,” a publication of the Task Force Women and Environment of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) for use of its member organizations in the region. 2006.

Editor, Intensifying Working Women’s Burdens: The Impact of Globalization on Women Labor in Asia, Asia Pacific Research Network, December 2005.

Book Review “Turning Failures into Successes”, A Review of Eve Weinbaum’s To Move a Mountain: Fighting the Global Economy in Appalachia. “Radical Teacher,” 2005.

“Rural Community and Women” in 2005 Gwang-Ju Asian Women’s Conference for Peace, October 25-27, 2005, Gwang-Ju Korea, Sponsored by Gwang-ju Council of Women, Gwang-Ju Women;s Associations United, Korea Foundation for Women Gwang-Ju Network, Gwang-Ju YWCA, Institute for Gender Studies, Chonnan National University.

“Markado at Militante: Ang Papel ng Kababaihang Anak-Pawis sa Dalawang Pakikibaka sa Panahon ng mga Amerikano”, CSWCD Development Journal, 2004.

“Understanding Globalisation and its Impact on Indigenous Women,” in Proceedings of the Workshop on Indigenous Women, Chiangrai, Thailand, October 25, 2002 published in Proceedings of the Workshop, February 2004.

“Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances” for the Philippine Encyclopedia of Social Work, 2000, Megabooks Co. and National Association of Social Work Education, p. 323- 335.

“Ang Hanggahan at Pagkakahon sa Mahihirap na Kababaihan ng Primaryang Edukasyon sa Panahon ng Kolonyal ng Paghahari ng U.S. sa Pilipinas. Philippine Social Science Review, Special Issue, 1999.

“Militant and Nationalist Organizers: The Women in the 1906 Issues of Muling Pagsilang” in Review of Women’s Studies (Women Take Back History), Volume 8, No. 2., July-December 1998. U.P. Center for Women’s Studies.

“Women and the Economy or the Limits of Gender Mainstreaming or Gender Sensitization” in the Proceedings of the U.P. Faculty Conference, May 25, 1998.

“Filipino Women and Globalization: Three Responses” ,UP CSWCD Journal, October-December 1998 issue.

“Dalawang Mukha ng Pakikibaka ng Kababaihang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Kolonyal na Paghahari ng Amerikano,” Diliman Review, Vol. 45, Nos. 2-3, 1997.


Keynote Speaker: “Women in Southeast Asia: Status, Gains and Challenges.”

Keynote Presentation to the Asian Women’s Conference entitled “Womanhood: Needs, Rights, Development and Cultural Diversity in Asia,” Ateneo de Davao University-Conference Room and Grand Menseng Hotel, Jacinto St., Davao City, Phillippines, March 28-30, 2008.

Plenary Speaker: Community Development in the Philippines: Diversity and Challenges,” International Association of Community Development (IACD) Conference, City University of Hongkong, June 25-27, 2007.

Plenary Speaker: “The Women of the First Quarter Storm of 1970: Women Fully Engaged in the Making of History”. Paper Presented to the International Conference for Filipino Youth, Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the First Quarter Storm, Vancouver, Canada, November
25-27, 2005.

Plenary Speaker: “Women’s Liberation and Militarism”. Paper Presented to the Rural Women’s Liberation Workshop sponsored by the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific, Penang, Malaysia October 13-15, 2005.

CSWCD Sertipiko ng Pagkilala Bilang Natatanging Guro na Nagkamit ng Pinakamataas na Antas sa Student Evaluation for Teachers (SET) sa Departamento ng Aralin sa Kababaihan at Kaunlaran mula unang semester, 2004-2005 hanggang ikalawang semester, 2006-2007. February 2008

CSWCD Sertipiko ng Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Gawaing Ekstensyon, February 2008.

Forced Migration and the Logic of Global Capital

In Opinion | Opinyon on November 5, 2008 at 3:20 am

According to the official website of the Global Forum on Migration and
Development (GFMD), demographics suggest that “migration of low-skilled workers is the most likely to reduce poverty” in underdeveloped and/or less-developed countries. The GFMD website further pontificates that the said migration “can also have beneficial social and economic effects” in host countries where these wage-seekers will be employed. This statement by GFMD, one of the biggest conglomeration of labor-accepting capitalist countries and labor-sending neocolonies, is a classic economic “false truism” — one which has been going on for years now since the ascension of imperialist plunderers. This is the ill logic of global capital.

The fact is millions of cheap and docile labor are exported yearly from poor
countries. In the Philippines alone, according to http://www.census.gov.ph, there were
around two million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in 2007. However, according to Migrante International, there are around 10 million OFWs, documented and undocumented by the government. These un-, low- and semi-skilled workers contribute “directly in the production, manufacturing, and services industries” of big capitalist countries. As if to further denigrate migrant workers, the GFMD proponents pride themselves by saying that “low-skilled migrant workers take on the dirty, dangerous, and difficult jobs that nationals of the host country would normally shy away from, thus allowing the latter to take on more skilled and higher-paying jobs.” This shameless erudition of economic and racial hostility is cloaked by labor-sending
neo-colonies such as the Philippines by hailing OFWs as the country’s modern-day heroes (“mga bagong bayani”).

Indeed, OFWs are the “government’s modern-day heroes.” The Arroyo
government harnesses around 62 million pesos monthly from the dollar remittances of OFWs, while monopolistic financial institutions such as large-scale banks pocket as much as one billion dollars. This year, economists and labor groups forecast that the OFWs’ dollar remittances will reach around 17 billion dollars. As of mid 2008, dollar remittance has already reached 9.6 billion dollars. Even Director Iluminada Sicat of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ Department of Economic Statistics said that this figure is equivalent to ten percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is four times as much as foreign direct investments. It is therefore not surprising why the Arroyo government, as well as other labor-exporting countries, promote a
culture of forced migration.

This large-scale forced migration is a product of a long and winding stretch of
oppression by monopoly capitalism and its local reactionary states. According to the GFMD, the “positive impact” of migration for migrants and their families are “economic and social empowerment through greater purchasing power.” It raises the “positive impact” to the national level by saying that “migration can bring much needed foreign exchange reserves and improve the country’s income through direct consumption and investment spending.” Literally, the GFMD posits the perverse universality of neo-liberal globalization – the act of consumption/purchasing is the logic of global capital. The GFMD is nothing but a permutation of the drive for imperialist profit masked as familial and government end.

However, the real conditions of neo-liberal globalization are experienced
everyday by migrant workers and their families. Filipinos are forced to leave this
country and their loved ones because of unemployment and poverty. Filipinos are driven away from their natural habitat by foreign corporations and local feudal lords and bourgeois compradors.

If, at all, this forced migration has a “positive impact,” it would be the
exposition of greed for global profit by monopoly capitalists the world over. And consequently, the alignment of forces and the strengthening of the masses of diasporics, here and abroad, against imperialism and its cohorts.