By Michael Aaron Gomez


Professor at and returning chair of the Ateneo de Davao University Department of Psychology Dr. Gail Ilagan was among this year’s Invited Distinguished Speakers at the “Philippines Update 2018: Contesting the Philippines” conference held on 25-26 May 2018 in Canberra, Australia. At the conference, she spoke about the current social issues affecting persons displaced by the war in Mindanao. Her presence at the event owed much to her extensive experience working for mental health and psychosocial support in times of emergencies and disasters.


The 2018 Update aimed to chart some of the national, regional, and international policy challenges confronting the Philippines; as well as the possible forms its constitutional, legal, business and security pathways are likely to assume in the coming years.


The Philippines Update is a biennial conference that seeks to provide or perform in-depth assessments of the recent economic and sociopolitical situations in the Philippines, thematically focusing on the timely issues besetting the country. The conference is hosted by the Australian National University (ANU).


In addition to the Philippines Update conference, Dr. Ilagan has also recently qualified for the prestigious Philippines Project collaborative research grant awarded by the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance. Currently, she is collaborating with co-researchers Dr. Rosalie Arcala-Hall of the Department of Political Science at the UP Visayas, and Dr. Imelda Deinla of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the ANU, on their paper “Complex Emergency: Engagements between Civil Society Groups and the Philippine Military during the 2017 Marawi Crisis.”



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