CMC Research Brownbag Series: Mr. Edgie Uyanguren and Ms. Glennis Uyanguren | 14 April 2015 3:30pm CMC A101


The Office of Research and Publication, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman will host a lecture, "Weak or Strong State: The Implications of Self-organization in a Disaster-Prone Community in the Philippines," on April 14, 2015, 3:30 - 5:00 pm at CMC A101. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. But the organizers would appreciate an email to expressing intent to come.

Below are details of the lecture.

This paper is an offshoot of an earlier study on the manifestations of self-organization in the community of Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines in their response to Tropical Storm Ketsana.  Identified in the said study were the following characteristics of self-organization in the community: (1) depends on boundaries, (2) demonstrates sharing and reciprocity, (3) promotes diversity, individuality and shared learning, (4) geared towards sustainability, and (5) an expression of spirituality.

This study will examine the implications of self-organization as contextualized in the above community, vis-a-vis the state’s capacity for governance and social services. It will look into the dynamism of state and non-state actors in the efforts for rescue, relief and rebuilding in the community.

The previous study had shown a strong sense of organization in the community of Banaba, especially in their response to disaster. Was the State a facilitating or hindering factor for self-organization? Is a strong state needed for self-organization, such that the community is provided with support from the government and given respect of their rights? Or is a weak state pushing for a resilient citizenry that organizes themselves for sustainability?

About the presenters
Edgie Francis B. Uyanguren is a Master of Industrial Relations student at the School of Labor and Industrial Relations in the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is working as a University Researcher at the College of Mass Communication. He is also a broadcast journalist and he produces and hosts DZUP's daily news analysis program and co-produces programs with the College of Music and Institute of Islamic Studies. Apart from radio, he also does volunteer work as Editor-in-Chief for an alternative multi-media organization Kilab in Southern Mindanao region. As an artist, he also produces original songs for various radio programs and peoples’ organizations. He is a member of the Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND) UP Diliman.

His fields of interest include Workers' Education in Media, Labor, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples’ Studies, Community Development, Music production and Theater Arts.

Glennis S. Uyanguren is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (Philippine Studies) at the Tri-College in the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her degree in Master of Community Development from the UP College of Social Work and Community Development. Currently, she works as a University Extension Specialist at the UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries, where she manages training programs for micro, small and medium enterprises.

Her fields of interest include Community Development, Community-Based Disaster Risk Management, Society and Culture, Social Movements and Indigenization Studies.