As part of the Access to Sustainable Energy Programme-Clean Energy Living Laboratories (ASEP-CELLs) project, the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) through the Luzon CELL team and the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) jointly conducted a workshop on planned courses that will form a specialized track on energy policy for the School’s flagship Masters in Public Management program. Held last February 17 and 18 at the Amberley Room of the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City, the workshop was attended by representatives from the academe and the private sector. The two-day workshop was facilitated by Dr. Ariel Macaspac Hernandez, a Filipino political scientist based at the German Development Institute’s Environmental Governance program. The DIE is currently ranked as one of the world’s top international development think tanks by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania as a testament to the organization’s research, training, and policy engagements.

Dr. Ariel Macaspac Hernandez of the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) facilitates the two-day MPM Energy Transitions Track Design Workshop

The first day of the workshop had the objective of situating the specialized energy transitions track within the larger MPM program. The morning session covered an overview of the MPM program presented by ASoG Academic Head Ma. Cristina Morales-Alikpala which was then immediately followed by group discussions of an impact matrix which touched on the objectives, success indicators, and foreseen risks.

ASoG Academic Head Ms. Ma. Cristina Morales-Alikpala joined in a small group discussion by (L-R): Mr. Manolito Novales, Luzon CELL Senior Training Associate, Mr. Ping Mendoza, Clime Capital’s Country Manager, and Dr. Ariel Hernandez

The afternoon session, meanwhile, was dedicated to discussing various aspects of the track’s design, particularly on research excellence as a pillar of excellence, sustainable development and transformative change as an underpinning logic of the track, the group identity and networks of the MPM program, and good practices in didactics, learning platforms, and teaching methodologies.

Mr. Nex Bengson, ASoG Senior Academic Research Associate, with Mr. Ping Mendoza, in a discussion of an impact matrix for the Energy Transitions Track of the MPM

The second day of the workshop then proceeded into discussing the content of the initial proposed syllabi of the track. These activities are seen to improve the design and delivery of the specialized track to better align it with the global Sustainable Development Goals and to make it more responsive to the needs of the Philippine energy sector. The specialized track on energy, as a key deliverable under the ASEP-CELLs project, seeks to create and capacitate future champions who could facilitate systemic transitions within the Philippine energy sector.

Dr. Majah-Leah Ravago, who has specializations on energy, from the Department of Economics of Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Laarni C. Escresa, Luzon CELL Senior Researcher, and Dr. Josef Yap, ASEP CELLs Senior Technical Adviser, along with members of the Luzon CELL, while reviewing the courses lined up for the Energy transitions track

The ASEP-CELLs project is a project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Ateneo School of Government in partnership with Manila Observatory (MO), ICLEI-SEAS, Xavier University (XU) and University of San Carlos (USC). The project supports the Department of Energy and European Union in achieving 100% rural electrification through renewable energy, thus increasing the share of renewable energy in the Philippines’ energy mix, and promoting energy efficiency towards sustainable and inclusive growth. From 2019 to 2022, ASEP-CELLs will build knowledge management, invest in capacity-building and promote advocacy. Through its CELLs in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the project will produce research studies to enhance energy policy-making and program interventions, strengthen capacities to help institutions better respond to sustainable low-carbon renewable energy challenges; and increase public awareness and stakeholder engagement to sustain political support and commitment to low-carbon renewable energy pathway, energy efficiency, and energy access.

Day 1 participants of the workshop, clockwise: Members of the Luzon CELL team with Dr. Josef Yap, Dr. Ariel Hernandez, Dr. Lloyd Bautista, Mr. Ping Mendoza, Mr. Nex Bengson, Ms. Ma. Cristina Morales-Alikpala, and Ms. Mary Ann Joy Quirapas. 

Day 2 participants of the workshop, L-R: Members of the Luzon CELL team with Ms. Mary Ann Joy Quirapas, Dr. Majah-Leah Ravago, Mr. Manolito Novales, Dr. Laarni Escresa, Mr. Nex Bengson, Dr. Ariel Hernandez, Mr. Ping Mendoza, and Ms. Ma. Cristina Morales-Alikpala.

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