Philippine Journal of Public Administration, Vol 49, No 3-4 (2005)

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Indigenization as “Refounding” in Philippine Public Administration and Governance

Eleazar E. Ricote

Abstract


Public Administration (PA) in the Philippines is eclectic and multidisciplinary in nature. It is being shaped by three major institutions: education, politics and government. The call for its indigenization grew out of inability of Public Administration as a discipline to describe and explain challenges in public service delivery. Its thrust is the proper contextualization of democracy, the same element of the Refounding movement—directed towards the legitimization of the roles of public administration. It entails modification and/ or deconstruction of the bureaucracy superseded by accountability and citizenship. Indigenization of Philippine Public Administration could be achieved through harnessing and operationalizing Filipino values in the practice of Public Administration and by discarding western influences.