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The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and the Raul S. Manglapus Center for Freedom and Democracy, are launching a course entitled Public Governance: Integrating Christian Democratic Principles.

Course Description

The course provides participants with a thorough understanding of the principles of Christian Democracy, a concept that has been advanced by mature democratic countries deeply rooted in the social teachings of the Catholic Church. This course aims to help participants formulate a political framework to uplift the quality of governance through a political program that is based on human dignity.

Modern Christian Democracy is a political philosophy of governance and not a religious movement. Although initially inspired by the Catholic Church, it has widened its appeal among non-Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, and those from other faiths. In countries where ideological platforms compete for power, Christian Democracy is usually identified at the center of the political spectrum.

Course Schedule

The course will be conducted on November 27, December 4, 11, and 18, 2021

Who Should Attend?

This four-Saturday course caters to elected public officials working in local government units (LGUs), career and political appointees working in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, and legislators.

Course Content

Week 1: History of Christian Democracy

How the movement took shape and where it is now in the current political landscape

Week 2: Leadership: Applications of Christian Democracy and

The importance of having a political philosophy in the structure of government programs and how Germany has achieved political and economic stability since World War II

Week 3: Christian Democratic Models as Applied in Socio-Political

Leadership during a Crisis, in Business Enterprises, and in Socio-Political Environments

Week 4: Presentation of Capstone Projects

Learning Experts

Mel V. Velarde
Chairperson, Christian Social Democratic Union
Chairperson and CEO, Asian Institute of Journalism Communication, Inc.

Francis Xavier Manglapus
President, Christian Social Democratic Union

Klaus Preschle
Former Philippine Representative
Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Jovito Jose P. Katigbak
Foreign Affairs Research Specialist II
Foreign Service Institute
Department of Foreign Affairs

Learning Methodologies


  • Live discussions via video-conferencing
  • Two hours per week, 9:00 – 11:00am (Weeks 1 and 3); 1:00 – 3:00pm (Weeks 2 and 4)


  • Self-directed learning via reading materials and audio-video presentation
  • Weekly, individual assignments
  • Capstone project

Total hours for live sessions : 8
Total study hours : 10

Learning Setup

The course will be implemented via online video-conferencing facilities to be hosted by the AIJC. The link to the training session will be shared only with the Resource Persons and the training participants for uninterrupted learning.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • define what Christian Democracy is; and
  • craft an action plan for their respective communities, integrating the Christian Democratic principles.


  • Stable internet connection
  • Desktop personal computer or laptop
  • Clear video and audio facilities

Learning Investment

Course fee is PHP20,000.00 per participant, inclusive of VAT.

Class Size

Desired class size is at least 10 and a maximum of 20 participants.

About The Organizers

The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication is a 40-year-old higher education institution, which was founded on the philosophy that communication is a vital resource that should be used to advance the common good. It was established in the 1980s by icons in the communication and journalism industry. It offers Master in Communication and Master in Journalism programs, and continues to challenge the traditional concept of higher education through innovative courses, learning approaches and teaching methods. Over its 40-year history, the AIJC has been instrumental in producing research outputs that have significantly contributed to national development plans and programs.

The Raul S. Manglapus Center for Freedom and Democracy is engaged in dialogue, advocacy, and continuing education for the promotion of centrist beliefs and principles in pursuing freedom and democracy. It is also committed to common good values of solidarity, subsidiarity, and social justice. Its primary mandate is the formation of young idealistic leaders in government, business, industry, academe, and civil society. It is named after the late Statesman Raul S. Manglapus, a committed democrat, who is the acknowledged founder of the Christian Democratic Movement in the Philippines and the rest of Asia

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