The United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) was launched in 1999 by the Division for Public Administration, which was under the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and became operational in 2001. The long-term objective of UNPAN is to build the capacity of regional and national institutions in order to access, process, and distribute relevant information for the promotion of better public administration and governance by means of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The EROPA has been designated as one of the Online Regional Centers (ORCs) of the UNPAN in the same year. Since then, the organization has been an active collaborator in the said network.
2017 has created a new landmark for the warm relations between the EROPA and the UNPAN as the former recorded more than 500 contributions for the said year. This is significantly larger than the average annual contribution of EROPA in recent years, which amounted to around 300 from 2012 to 2016. The most featured countries among EROPA's contributions are the following: Philippines (34.6%), the People's Republic of China (8.3%), Japan (7.9%), Indonesia (7.1%), and India (6.7%). Nevertheless, the organization continually makes efforts to diversify source nations as much as possible, considering the wide coverage of EROPA's networks and linkages.
Other countries featured among EROPA's contributions include Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Meanwhile, some contributions dealt with regional and international news and trends. More popular EROPA contributions in the UNPAN were featured in this website to operate similar to the styles of news aggregators or media aggregators. This helps direct more traffic to both the EROPA and the UNPAN.
EROPA also received excellent coverage from the UNPAN in 2017 as it was featured in all four editions of the UNPAN Newsletter for the entire year. The organization was only featured twice in the said publication in 2012, and once in 2013. With these encouraging developments, it is expected to continue throughout 2018. To provide the organization feedback on its online services, one can answer the survey embedded in the main page. As of 2017, EROPA's online services achieved 90% satisfaction rate.
The Philippines has retained the top spot in environmental sustainability in energy resources for the third straight year, the World Energy Council (WEC) said in a report.
“While not in the Top 10 overall,” the country “is leading the way on the environmental sustainability dimension,” WEC said in its World Energy Trilemma Index 2017, which covered 125 countries.
The index ranked these countries on their ability to provide sustainable energy through three dimensions: energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to return to the government’s war on illegal drugs but in a supporting role, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) keeping the lead overall in the campaign.
The drug enforcement agency took over the reins of the campaign in October amid growing public concern over drug-related killings during police operations.
The Philippine government is looking to establish a community-based economic zone in Marawi City to help the war-torn city bounce back in terms of economic growth and job opportunities for returning residents, the Finance department said.
In a statement, the department said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd briefly detailed the plan during a recent meeting with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC) officials led by group CEO and president, Takeshi Kunibe.
Due to recent efforts in reaching out and serving to more audience, the EROPA website (eropa.org.ph) has ranked in the world's top 0.4% in terms of popularity, jumping up 4 million notches in the rankings. This is a marked increase combined with a boost in major linking sites (up to 33 from 22). In addition, it has ranked nationally in the Philippines, and for the first time, in the Netherlands. Using the ranking websites Alexa Internet (which ranks only the top 30 million or top 25% websites) and SimilarWeb, and comparing it with Internet Live Stats (which has the total number of live websites), the EROPA website's popularity has been monitored as EROPA's service range is being improved regularly. As of writing, people from more than 150 nations have visited this website.
This recent improvement may not seem too much for many of us, but it is evidently a testament to the improvements done and additional features included in the new website. It also shows how effective the energetic social media revitalization has become to promote public administration ideas, trends, and practices. However, the work is not done. This good pace we are currently taking will be continued. You can answer our user experience survey in the main page to provide feedback.
Reaching further! Moving faster! We are EROPA, the premier organization working towards effective and efficient public service and governance.
A celebrated playwright and coincidentally one of the founders of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), George Bernard Shaw once famously quipped “If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.”
Speaking of disagreements, one concept that has been a frequent subject of passionate debate among economists is the implications of current account (CA) imbalances. This is a very timely issue for the Philippines as the country’s CA balance reversed to a deficit, after 13 years of consecutive surpluses.
Naturally, this triggered concerns among policymakers and economists alike. But what does this really mean and should we really be worried?
The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents.
Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not). It's not hard to picture, because most of that already happens, thanks to all those data-collecting behemoths like Google, Facebook and Instagram or health-tracking apps such as Fitbit. But now imagine a system where all these behaviors are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number, according to rules set by the government. That would create your Citizen Score and it would tell everyone whether or not you were trustworthy. Plus, your rating would be publicly ranked against that of the entire population and used to determine your eligibility for a mortgage or a job, where your children can go to school - or even just your chances of getting a date.
The latest wave of Taliban attacks calls into question both US strategy and the Afghan government's capabilities.
It's two months since US President Donald Trump unveiled a new American strategy in Afghanistan. His announced intention was to give military commanders more flexibility, while increasing troop numbers and leaving the US presence open-ended.
Republic Act 10952, which Duterte signed on Monday, October 2, reset the village polls to the second Monday of May next year from October 23, 2017, with the terms of office of the winners beginning on June 30.
“Subsequent synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections shall be held on the second Monday of May 2020 and every three years thereafter,” the law states. Incumbent village and youth council officials stay in office until a new set of officers is elected.
Ahead of China’s annual National Cyber Security Publicity (Propaganda) Week, the Cyberspace Administration of China’s Theoretical Studies Center Group published an article in Qiushi, the leading Chinese Communist Party (CCP) journal on theory, highlighting Xi Jinping’s strategic thinking on building China into a “powerful cyber nation” (or ‘cyber superpower,’ 网络强国).
Their commentary highlights core elements of China’s evolving national cyber strategy, which includes a focus on enhancing the country’s overall level of cyber security, particularly the protection of critical information infrastructure, and advancing indigenous innovation. In particular, this article clearly articulates the CCP’s perception of power and control in cyberspace as an imperative with existential stakes.
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