With the decentralization efforts and 10-point, and then eight, economic agenda laid out by President Rodrigo Duterte, the School of Business and Economics, with the initiative of the Carolinian Economics Society, held their first ever Regional Economic Conference on Aug. 26, 2016 in the Gansewinkel Hall.

An idea that was visualized as a contribution to uphold a knowledge-based economy, the Economic Conference catered to both students and other department representatives. Ellizer Cabahug, Intellectual Committee Head and one of the main organizers of the event, mentioned that the goal of the forum was to provide holistic learning for all its attendees.

The key speaker of the event was the Deputy Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Mr. Diwa Guinigundo. On his talk regarding The Philippine Economy: Anchoring Confidence to Secure Growths, he emphasized on the consequences of lacking confidence in implementing economic policies.

In order to attain CarES’ goal of tackling as many economic agenda as possible, a panel of speakers were presented during the forum. The array of speakers included representatives from various government agencies involved in Duterte’s 10-point agenda.

The panel was composed of Mr. Tomas Pastor, Regional Senior High School Coordinator of DepEd, Mr. Fernando Fajardo and Mr. Francisco Largo, USC professors, Atty. Raian Joy Manlapaz from BIR, Ms. Emma Melana, DENR Regional Director, Ms. Marina Hermoso, DA Regional Technical Director, and Ms. Ma. Teresa Alambra, NEDA Officer-in-Charge for Policy Formulation and Planning Division.

Duterte’s 10-point agenda was expounded by the assemblage of experts. Alongside these propositions, the forum involved the implementation of former macroeconomic policies, local and regional priority development, environmental and social protection, agrarian and progressive tax reforms, production of human capital through basic education and infrastructure development.

In line with their aim to achieve a knowledge-based economy, the Carolinian Economics Society expressed their plans on having another economic forum and hosting a Policy Making Contest by the Junior Philippine Economics Society.

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