DLSU-CBRD conducts consumer protection workshop for ASEAN government officials

The first batch of participants of the “Validation Workshop for Developing Teaching Tools in Six Consumer Protection Priority Sectors” pose with the DLSU-CBRD team led by Dr. Divina Edralin (seated, 6th from left). Also in the photo are representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat Ms. Sarah Firdaus (seated, 7th from left) and Ms. Clarissa Permata Abiwijaya (seated leftmost).

The second batch of participants of the “Validation Workshop for Developing Teaching Tools in Six Consumer Protection Priority Sectors” pose with the DLSU-CBRD team led by Dr. Divina Edralin (seated, 6th from left). Also in the photo are representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat Ms. Sarah Firdaus (seated, 7th from left) and Ms. Clarissa Permata Abiwijaya (seated leftmost).

As producers are expected to make their products and services safe for consumers, government must ensure that regulatory mechanisms on consumer protection are not only enforced but also properly communicated to the general public. This is the gist of the five-day consumer protection workshop conducted by a team of consultants formed by the De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development (DLSU CBRD).

The workshop, which was funded by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP), was held on September 3 to 7 at Pan Pacific Manila. It focused on consumer protection in six priority sectors: (1) consumer credit and banking, (2) product safety and labeling, (3) environment, (4) phones, internet services, and e-commerce, (5) healthcare services, and (6) professional services. Government officials and employees from the different ASEAN member states attended the workshop as part of their training in consumer protection.

Titled “Validation Workshop for Developing Teaching Tools in Six Consumer Protection Priority Sectors” or simply “Training of Trainers” (TOT), the workshop utilized training manuals and other materials developed by the DLSU-CBRD team based on Technical Manuals provided by the ASEAN Secretariat. The DLSU-CBRD team is composed mostly of DLSU faculty members, namely Dr. Divina Edralin (team leader), Dr. Jaime Cempron, Dr. Emiliano Hudtohan, Dr. Ronald Pastrana, Dr. Ana Lisa Asis-Castro, and Ms. Jennelyn Gannaban. Providing technical expertise are other DLSU faculty members, namely Dr. Anthony S.F. Chiu, Dr. Nelson Celis, and Mr. Benel Lagua.

The main goal of the TOT was to assess whether the training manuals and the proposed training methods will be useful to the different ASEAN government officials and employees, who are expected to echo the training they received so as to expand the pool of consumer protection advocates in their respective countries. The TOT covered a variety of topics on consumer protection such as substantive consumer protection issues, pre-market interventions, post-market interventions, and redress mechanisms. More importantly, the workshop participants were exposed to a variety of training methods such as interactive lectures, group discussions, case analysis, role plays, and structured learning activities. The feedback given by the participants will be used to improve the design of the training manuals before these are made available to concerned government agencies ASEAN-wide.

CBRD director delivers professorial chair lecture on PRESENT Bill

DLSU Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD) Director Dr. Raymund Habaradas delivered his professorial chair lecture titled “What is absent in the PRESENT Bill? Why cash is not necessarily the answer to scaling social enterprises in the Philippines” on August 24, 2018 at the DLSU Faculty Center. Habaradas is the holder of the Doña Engracia Reyes Chair in Service Oriented Entrepreneurship.

During his lecture, Habaradas talked about the factors that contribute to the scaling of social enterprises in the Philippines, which he derived from several case studies he and his co-researchers have conducted under CBRD’s Social Enterprise Research Network (CBRD-SERN). According to him, organizational factors that contribute to successful scaling include business acumen, collaborative network, innovative product / service, and innovative business model; while the environmental factors are ecology of support, and competitive / market pressures.

Drawing insights from the experiences of local social enterprises, Habaradas identified possible improvements on Senate Bill No. 176, also known as the Poverty Reduction through Social Entrepreneurship (PRESENT) Act, which aims to support the growth of social enterprises in the Philippines. Sponsored by Senator Bam Aquino, the bill is being supported by the PRESENT Coalition, an alliance of various social entrepreneurs and advocates, which include academia and civil society. Mr. Gomer Padong, Development Cooperation and Advocacy Director of the Philippine Social Enterprise Network (PHILSEN), served as reactor.

The PRESENT Bill

While the PRESENT Bill addresses some important points such as the need to get social enterprises integrated in the value chain, there are some provisions (or the absence of relevant ones) that betray a lack of understanding of the mechanisms that result in the successful scaling of social enterprises or in the scaling of innovative solutions to social problems. Habaradas mentioned that the proposed law provides for the establishment of a social enterprise development fund, and also provides for special credit windows. He wonders, though, what makes these different from the credit facilities already made available by government financial institutions to micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and which are not fully availed of anyway.

He also questioned the enforceability of certain provisions, such as the encouragement of local government units to collaborate with social enterprises, and the call for DepEd, TESDA, and CHED to “cause the integration of SE content and inclusion of SE courses in the curricula at all levels, especially at the secondary and tertiary levels.” He said that a more concrete mechanism must be in place to enforce these provisions.

To improve the PRESENT Bill, Habaradas recommended the following: (1) including provisions that will build cultural and social capital, rather than focusing on economic capital; (2) providing support to organizations that provide the platform for social enterprise development; (3) establishing mechanisms for effective cross-sector partnerships, (4) involving local government units in identifying problem areas with ‘neglected positive externalities’, and (5) removing certain provisions of the bill that are not enforceable.

Padong’s reaction

Padong said that the PRESENT Bill is continuously evolving, and that revisions are still welcome at this point. Since the initial draft of the bill was formulated in 2012 by 47 social entrepreneurship practitioners, it underwent eight changes mainly due to transitions from one leader to another. Padong cites that the PRESENT Bill is different compared to legislation introduced in other countries in the sense that social entrepreneurship in the Philippines mostly focus on poverty reduction. This distinction, he adds, is what makes social enterprises in the Philippines unique. “We have a different framing of social enterprises here in the Philippines because a big portion of our population is poor,” he said.

One of the ways by which the PRESENT Bill can undergo further improvements is through a more thorough collaboration with the academe. Due to its dynamic nature, the social enterprise sector entails a more dynamic collaboration among the different sectors involved in the legislation process.

Habaradas’ lecture was organized by CBRD-SERN in collaboration with the Management and Organization Department.

IHMA, Fordham University, De La Salle University launch Humanistic Management Book Award

The International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA), in collaboration with Fordham University and De La Salle University’s Center for Business Research and Development – Business for Human Development Network, opens nominations for the Humanistic Management Book Award for scholarly contributions in the field of humanistic management.

In order to qualify, the award must “advance thinking on better humanistic management” with regard to the following:

• The protection of dignity (human and all life), i.e. The role of intrinsic value in the organizing process, the role of human dignity within the managerial context, the role of dignity of life in general and its relevance for better organizing practices
• The promotion of well-being (common good), i.e. the role of life-conducive managerial processes to organizational success, the measurement of quality of life outcomes with regard to organizational management, the shifts in mindset/practices/institutions required to achieve flourishing.

The IHMA awards honor contributions that are conceptually rigorous, novel, and / or empirically strong. For the scholarly award, the IHMA values novel conceptual contributions that help build organizing and management theory. The award recognizes impactful writings that can influence organizations and management practice.

For the policy award, the IHMA recognizes work that builds on the foundational ideas of dignity protection and well-being promotion. It also brings forth propositions for policy and eco-system design. The IHMA’s PhD-related awards and recognition classify as scholarly contributions.

Process: Nominations including self-nominations can be submitted  by May 31, 2018.

To nominate and for more info: https://tinyurl.com/ybks6sbr

CBRD director invited to De La Salle Lipa research workshop

  

De La Salle Lipa organized a research capability workshop for its Academic Service Personnel (ASP) on February 15, 2018 at DLSL’s CBEAM Function Hall. Invited as resource persons are two research administrators of De La Salle University (DLSU). Dr. Feorillo Demeterio III, Director of the University Research Coordination Office (URCO), gave an overview of the seminar and discussed Research Tools for Decision Making. Dr. Raymund Habaradas, Director of the Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD) tackled the following topics: Research for Managerial Decision Making – A Rational Approach, and Research for Managerial Decision Making – A Creative Approach.

Among the organizers of the event are Dr. Sheila Maloles, DLSL’s Director for Research and Publications; Dr. Jennifer Casabuena, Publications Officer; Ms. Analiza Resurreccion, Training and Events Officer; Dr. Ivee Guce, Chair of the Department of Mathematics; and Ms. Geness Aclan, ASP Coordinator.

CBRD-SERN draws research interest from scholars abroad

For the past two weeks since February 6, the De La Salle University Center for Business Research and Development – Social Enterprise Research Network (CBRD-SERN) was visited by scholars from universities abroad. The SERN core team, composed of CBRD Director Dr. Raymund Habaradas, Management faculty member Mr. Patrick Aure, Ph.D in Business student Ringgold Atienza, and Management student Ian Benedict Mia, held talks with Ms. Anne Sophie Roux, a Comparative Politics Masters student from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and with Dr. Joseph Sy-Changco, Assistant Professor in Marketing from the University of Macau.

The said guests were interested in the social entrepreneurship research being conducted by CBRD-SERN. Ms. Roux intends to study the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm (GKEF) as a case study to “analyze the resurgence of the bayanihan spirit.” Her main source of information about GKEF is CBRD-SERN’s work on social enterprise challenges and strategies, as well as social business incubation in GKEF.

Dr. Sy-Changco, on the other hand, was interested in having research collaborations focusing on the development and evolution of the social entrepreneurial initiatives of Gawad Kalinga. His other research interests include export marketing, organizational learning, and consumer behavior in the Asia-Pacific region.

CBRD-SERN aims to undertake research on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise management. Since 2013, faculty and students affiliated with SERN’s founders have been contributing to a social enterprise case study database focusing on topics such as challenges and strategies, incubation, and financing. Recently, the leadership of CBRD-SERN has been assigned to Mr. Patrick Aure of the Management and Organization Department.

CBRD-SERN is looking forward to drawing more research interest from various universities as social entrepreneurship continues to emerge in the local and international landscape.

Five RVRCOB faculty members present papers in Okinawa conference

 

Five faculty members of the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (RVRCOB) of De La Salle University (DLSU) presented their research papers in the 2018 Asia Pacific Business and Economics Research Society (APBERS) Conference held on January 19 and 20 at the Hyatt Regency, Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The theme of the conference was “Multi-stakeholder approach in advancing research on sustainability”.

One of the keynote speakers was CBRD Director Dr. Raymund B. Habaradas, who presented his paper “Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm: Illustrating a multilever ecosystem approach to social business incubation”.

Other presenters from DLSU were Atty. Antonio Ligon of the Commercial Law Department who presented “The South China Sea conundrum: Effects and remedies of the environment crimes committed in the South China Sea”; Dr. Florenz Tugas of the Accountancy Department, who presented his paper “Does age matter” A closer look at the technology readiness of CPAs in public accounting practice in the Philippines; Dr. Cynthia Cudia and Mr. Aeson Luiz dela Cruz, also of the Accountancy Department, who presented their paper titled “Earnings management choice and effect of firm characteristics and corporate governance practices: Evidence from publicly listed property sector firms in the Philippines”.

The conference attracted scholars from various universities from Guam, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. Conference co-chairs are Dr. Michael Angelo A. Cortez of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan; and Dr. John Paolo Rivera of the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.

DLSU partners with CBSUA for 5th National Business and Management Conference

   

De La Salle University (DLSU) and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), in collaboration with the Philippine Academy of Management (PAoM), successfully held the 5th National Business and Management Conference (NBMC 2017) on November 17-18, 2017 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur. The theme of this year’s conference is: “Grassroots: Towards responsible management and sustainable business practices”.

Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, President of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) and President of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), was the conference’s keynote speaker. In his presentation titled “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”: the Role of Philippine Business and Academia”, Luistro talked about the PBSP’s long-term program that utilizes a multifaceted approach aimed at moving the poorest Filipino families from survival to subsistence to self-sufficiency. The goal is to eradicate extreme poverty in 2030.

The conference’s other plenary speaker was Dr. Feorillo Petronilo A. Demeterio III, Director of the DLSU University Research Coordination Office (URCO), who talked about “Building a Research Culture in Philippine HEIs: Opportunities and challenges”. He presented several models that Philippine universities can use as a model for promoting research in their respective institutions.

Spearheaded by the DLSU Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD), the conference attracted business and management faculty members and graduate students from colleges and universities all over the Philippines. CBRD worked closely with the following CBSUA administrators: CBSUA President Dr. Georgina J. Bordado, Vice President for Research and Development Dr. Josephine F. Cruz, and College of Economics and Management Dean Ms. Cresilda Caning.

 

DLSU, ASEAN universities discuss potential academic partnerships through research workshop

The original news article first appeared at The Lasallian: 

http://thelasallian.com/2017/06/24/dlsu-asean-universities-discuss-potential-academic-partnerships-through-research-workshop/

Last June 23, the DLSU Center for Business Research and Development conducted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Academic Partnerships for Small Business and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Knowledge Transfer at the 20th floor multipurpose hall of the Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall together with practitioners and academicians from DLSU, Mahidol University, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Victoria University, and Australia-ASEAN Council.

During the opening remarks, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely stated, “I’d like to congratulate the organizing team for putting together this event today and promoting the concept of academic partnerships for ICT knowledge transfer. Through initiatives like these, we will be able to improve the efficiency of business and knowledge transfer in the ASEAN region. This will also help improve small businesses and economic development in the region.”

The event highlighted several research papers about the ASEAN small and medium enterprise (SME) sector and sought to establish potential collaborative research projects among the practitioners and academicians present in the event. Among some of these researches include the challenges and opportunities of SMEs and ICT, and the SME Development Plan. Undergraduate students also presented their papers on Facebook content creation and user engagement of social enterprises, and online crowdfunding as a source of startup capital.

Fifty years since the establishment of the ASEAN, member nations are now moving towards sustainable development and inclusive growth following the significant improvement of the standards of living in ASEAN countries. As the central theme of the research workshop, the ASEAN countries are called to “strive to sustain scientific, socio-cultural, technological, economic, and political growth driven by innovation, efficiency, peace, security, stability, prosperity, and social progress.” One important aspect of this growth is the SME sector.

According to 2015 data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are over 900, 914 establishments in the country, 99.5 percent of which are micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) and the remaining 0.5 percent of which are large enterprises. Moreover, of this number, 896, 839 MSMEs are in wholesale and retail trade.

ASEAN academics attend first day of Melbourne workshop on SME / ICT

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Two De La Salle University (DLSU) faculty members joined academics from Australia and several ASEAN countries in a workshop on the use of ICT to assist small businesses. Dr. Raymund Habaradas and Ms. Paz Esperanza Poblador of the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (RVRCOB) represented DLSU in the five-day workshop in Victoria University, which also included the following participants: Dr. Stephen Burgess, Dr. Rafael Paguio, and Dr. Carmine Sellitto of Victoria University; Dr. Noor Fadhina Mokhtar and Dr. Kalsitnoor Set of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu; Dr. Chanchai Phontanukitithaworn and Dr. Yingyot Chiaravutthi of Mahidol University International College.

Highlights of the first day (March 13, 2017) included presentations by Sellitto, Burgess, and Dr. Scott Bingley of Victoria University, Selvi Kannan of Seasons Farming, Rachel Bernardo of Western Gems Tours.

DLSU faculty members to take part in ICT workshops funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council

 

Dr. Raymund Habaradas
of the Management and Organization Department (MOD)

Ms. Paz Esperanza Poblador
of the Marketing and Advertising Department (MAD)

Two faculty members from the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (RVRCOB) will take part in a series of workshops meant to improve the capacity of ASEAN academics to conduct research on the enabling role of information and communication technology (ICT) in bolstering small business, and to eventually deliver ICT courses for small businesses in their respective countries. This project, dubbed “ASEAN academic partnerships for small business and ICT knowledge transfer”, is a multi-country collaboration between Victoria University (Australia), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia), De La Salle University (Philippines), and Mahidol University International College (Thailand). Representing DLSU are Dr. Raymund Habaradas of the Management and Organization Department (MOD) and Ms. Paz Esperanza Poblador of the Marketing and Advertising Department (MAD).

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