The PSSC @40

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The PSSC @40


AT its ruby anniversary, past and present chairs and presidents of the Governing Council and Executive Board of the Philippine Social Science Council reminisced as they offered a toast to this great institution which current Chair Allan Bernardo describes as "a good exemplar of a successful person in midlife. It had a bright and hopeful start in its early years, followed by periods of rapid growth and expanding experiences," he noted. Many of the reflections published in the special issue on Social Science Information focused on the social and political upheavals - Martial Law with its repressive environment but which motivated student activism, the transition from authoritarianism to democracy, and the international and regional backdrop - war in Vietnam, civil rights movement, the Cold War, and recently, the emerging challenges of globalization and technological revolution. These "turbulent years" as Lindy Aquino, director of the Honolulu-based Philippine Studies Center coincided with the "creation of PSSC which, she noted, provided a model by which the new forces of social change could be examined more critically by the country's social scientists." Those who shared in the reflections were past chairs and leaders of the social science community - Mercedes Concepcion (1968-1973), Loretta M. Sicat (1976), Wilfrido Villacorta (1980), Sylvia H. Guerrero (1984), Patricia Licuanan (1987), Cynthia B. Bautista (1988); this writer (1988-1989), Allen Tan (1989-90), Virginia Miralao (1995-1996), Jose Endriga (1996-1997), Felipe Miranda (1997-1998), Nestor Pilar (1998-1999), Alex Brillantes (2001-2002), Emma Porio (2004-2006), Filomeno Aguilar (2006-2008), and Bernardo (2008-2009).

Concepcion, shared the story of its birth - with founders Estefania Aldaba-Lim, at that time chair of the Unesco National Commission's Social and Human Sciences who catalyzed the working group that drafted the constitution - Eufronio Alip, Armand Fabella, Fr. Frank Lynch, S.J., and later, Alfredo Lagmay and Loretta Makasiar Sicat, the first Executive Director. In "The First 25 Years" by Bonifacio Salamanca, he narrated how the institution had evolved - events, decisions and developments, role of past chairs - those earlier mentioned and the others - Cristina Parel, Gabriel Iglesias, Andrew B. Gonzalez, Bonifacio Sibayan, Leslie Bauzon, Cesar P. Macuja, Carolina G. Hernandez, Domingo Salita, Socorro Reyes, Amaryllis Torres, Carmencita Aguilar, Concepcion Alfiler, Ronald Holmes, and past officers - Ruben Trinidad, Executive Director, Carlo Magno Blanco, Executive Secretary, Pilar Ramos Jimenez, Research Network Coordinator, Lorna Makil, head of Technical Services as well as contributions from other Council members - Gelia Castillo, Pons Bennagen, Mahar Mangahas, Bernardita Churchill, Rodolfo Bulatao, the support by UP presidents O. …

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