“Is There A Philippine Public Administration?”
A critique prepared by Ramil Depaz Acala
The authors merely presented an implicit answer to the title question “Is there a Philippine pubic administration?” They did not provide a clear-cut exposition of items that would help us come up with a distinct answer to the same conundrum- “Is there a Philippine public administration?” Let’s take a closer look at each item presented in paragraph three of this paper. First- There is a Philippine public administration as far as there is an American, French and Thai public administration. For me, the existence of the latter does not justify the emergence of the former. The latter may exist but the former may not and vice versa. Second- There is Philippine public administration as far as there are institutions of public administration addressing specific sectoral concerns. Therefore, the absence of these institutions is the absence of Philippine public administration. Third- There is a Philippine public administration as far as it being a field of study is concerned. Hence, the existence of colleges and universities that offers courses in public administration, fiscal administration, public personnel administration, local government administration, etc. as a quick response to the urgent need of training institutions that would help shape the intellectual inclination of future public managers who can better understand the nitty-gritty of governance. Fourth- There is a Philippine public administration considering the massive role of the bureaucracy in Philippine public administration. Without which, Philippine public administration is merely an illusion. Fifth- There is a Philippine public administration when we consider its major institutions in education, politics and government. Thus, disregarding the latter is the nonexistence of the former. Is there a Philippine public administration? Yes, there is as a discipline. There is no denying to that as obvious as it is. The...
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