Chaired by Ms. Ambar Widaningrum, this session focused on public service delivery. The presenters for this session were Dr. Yumi Hinohara, Mr. Izzul Reza and Mr. Edmar Villar.
For the paper entitled Globalization of the Healthcare Services Sector: Employing Foreing Physicians in National Strategic Special Zones in Japan, Dr. Hinohara stated that her study aimed to examine the significance of the international movement of healthcare service workers and the challenges associated with it. She provided a policy context - citing articles of the Medical Practitioners’ Act, which restrict the practice of medicine only to those who have Japanese medical license. In several countries including United Kingdom and Singapore, the dynamics of cross-national adjustments in medical licenses facilitate an active international movement of physicians. She ended her presentation by concluding that the increase in foreign residents in Japan has given light to the need to restructure and diversify the conventional healthcare system in the country.
Meanwhile, Mr. Reza's presentation was on the Integrated Tourism as a Way to Gain More Tourists in Indonesia. His research presented that while Indonesia's tourism sector make up a big portion of contribution to the national economy, the tourism sector faces several challenges hindering its potential to benefit the country more. Hence the need to further improve on it. The results of the study indicate that integrated tourism would require the establishment of Destination Management Organization in every province in Indonesia, the provision of Tourism Information Centers, the creation of integrated modes of transportation, and the construction of a set of robust infrastructure.
Lasly, in the paper One Town One Product (OTOP) in the Ilocos Region: Partnering Development in the Countryside, Mr. Villar's study focused on the OTOP Program that was launced in the Philippines in 2004 - thereby fostering entrepreneurship and boosting employment. Dr. Villar stated that his study aimed to assess the contribution of the One Town One Product projects as partners in accelerating development among local government units (LGU) in Region I.