By Moy N. Edding
Zamboanga Star, Vol. 24, No. 122 (
The research work of Esnaen M. Catong, a WMSU faculty and a Junior Faculty Club (JFC) member, was chosen by the prestigious Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) last June 26, 2006 for presentation at the 2006 PPSA International Conference which focused on the theme “Alternatives.” He presented his study entitled Active ‘Three-O’ Diplomacy: An Indispensable Alternative for Philippine Survival at the said international conference held on
In the 58-page study, Prof. Catong contends that “it is in the best interests of the
Notable, in his powerpoint presentation using data from POEA, BSP, DOE, and some foreign institutions as primary and secondary sources, he argues that “the
Teng Catong, as his friends call him, teaches political science and history at the College of Liberal Arts of WMSU. His research interests include Philippine Foreign Relations, Diplomatic History (
Prof. Catong is one of the founding members of the JFC whose main goal is to protect and enhance the interest of its members usually with a rank of Assistant Professor down to Instructor in WMSU. He joined the political science department of WMSU as a visiting lecturer in 1996 and became a tenured faculty in 1999. Teng is among the principled and respected young leaders/educators in the region and has always been working as a partner of WMSU in development. He was overwhelmingly elected president of the University Student Council and the 1st Student Regent of WMSU pursuant to the CHED Modernization Act (R.A. 8292) in S.Y. 1997-1998. Indeed, he is one of the admired faculty members that WMSU has produced. He earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1995 and Bachelor of Laws in 1999 at WMSU. He graduated an M.A. in History, Cognate in Political Science at UP Diliman, where he is also finishing a Ph.D.
The Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) International conference is one of the most high profile academic events in the field of Political Science. PPSA is the Philippine Social Science Council’s (PSSC) leading Professional Association. This year’s gathering showcased scholars in the field of political science that include Prof. Felipe Miranda, Prof. Alexander Magno, Prof. Malaya Ronas, Dr. Olivia Caoili, Dr. Natalia Morales, Dr. Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Dr. Amado Mendoza, Dr. Maria Ela Atienza, Dr. George Tigno, Prof. Raymund Quilop, Prof. Aries Arugay, Prof. Perlita Frago, Prof. Rolando Fernando, and Prof. Lusterio Rico, all from UP Diliman; Dr. Ronald Holmes of DLSU; and Dr. Macapado Abaton Muslim of MSU. Dr. Antonio Ledesma, S.J. of Xavier University was the keynote speaker.
Faculty members and scholars from leading universities abroad like Dr. Reynaldo Ileto of National University of Singapore joined other academics and researchers from non-academic institutions in infusing discourses from various perspectives with other research presenters in the country from UP Diliman, UP Visayas, AdMU, DLSU, WMSU, UAP, MSU, USM, USC, XU, AFP, IPD, AER, and SWS.
Foreign universities with research presenters include
Former UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science Dr. Olivia Caoili, former Dean of UP Institute of Islamic Studies Dr. Carmen Abubakar, and UP
Meanwhile, Prof. Catong is “encouraging his colleagues at the premiere university in
The WMSU president upon the recommendation of CLA Dean Dr. Agnes Duque also sent political science Professors Patrocinio Enopia, Edgar Araojo, Jofre Rasul, Lilibeth Macario, and Criselda Chou as participants in the recently concluded international conference which was co-sponsored by the Asia Foundation, USAID, City of Zamboanga, ADZU, and PSSC.
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