The Political Science Department, in collaboration with the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA), hosted a seminar- forum entitled “Rethinking Liberal Democracy through Localized Initiatives: Mindanao in Context” on March 29, 2019, at Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall of General Santos City. The seminar-forum encouraged the participants to contemplate and rethink the fate of the formerly dominant liberal order and help them to implicate on the democratization of the Philippines especially in the context of Mindanao.

For the first session, Dr. Adrian M. Tamayo, Division Chief for Public Relations of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) served as one of the resource speakers and discussed about federalism. Jovanie C. Espesor, who studied Doctor of Political Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, also talked about “Liberal democracy and Liberal Peacebuilding Operations in Mindanao.”

In the second session, Prof. Joy C. Calva and Prof. Richard R. Pernia of the Department of Political Science, MSU-GSC presented their research entitled “Child Care in the Selected Indigenous People’s Communities in Sarangani Province.” Prof. Gerry J. Villano, of the Sociology Department of MSU-GSC, also discussed his research entitled “Reasons of Becoming a Member, Reasons of Remaining in the Group and Aspirations of Street Gang Members: The Case of General Santos City.” Finally, the program ended with comments from the discussant, Prof. Neil Ryan P. Pancho, Director of the Center for Politics and International Affairs (ADDU-CPIA). The seminar-forum is an initiative of PPSA to conduct local conferences on the necessity of rethinking the tenets of liberal democracy, despite the notion that it is currently in decline or propose alternatives to it.

Dr. Anderson V. Villa, Professor at the Political Science Department and the PPSA Mindanao Representative, in coordination with Political Science Student’s Organization (PSSO) and College of Social Sciences and Humanities Students’ Organization (CSSHSO) spearheaded the event attended by students and faculty of Political Science of MSU-GSC and different schools such as the Holy Trinity College of General Santos City and the Ateneo de Davao University. Dr. Peelbar F. Salarda, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, together with Maulawi I. Calimba, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities graced the event and has constructively gave their speeches in consonance with the objectives of the seminar.