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Rodel Cahiyang

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Rodel is a frustrated basketball player who, after finally accepting that he will never reach the desired height, decided to take an alternative route— one that is not prone to injuries but turned out as a self-indictment for mental torture. A wise decision after all. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines Manila, with the degree BA Political Science. He was a student leader having chaired the UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences Student Council and served as the National Deputy Secretary-General for Education and Research of the Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP (KSUP) in the same academic year. He led the student body in the resistance against the imposition of budget cuts, commercialization of the services of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and such other policies that are repressive to student rights. He is also a member of Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity and either founded or chaired a number of student organizations during his undergraduate. In recognition of his service to the university, he was awarded the 2015 UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences Most Outstanding Student and Most Outstanding Student Award.

A certified job hopper at his very young age, he already has a substantial glimpse, not grasp, of how the public and private sector operate. He worked as a policy researcher for the state-owned firm Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), focusing on its non-power assets. While still an undergraduate, he already worked as a research assistant for Professor Pablo Querubin of the New York University- Institute of Political Science and Economics; the research project was a comprehensive database of the biographic information of Filipino politicians from the American era to the present that will be used for the analysis of power-building and its impact on community empowerment and governance as well as gender emancipation. Indeed, his true passion is on research and academe. He is an idealist, seeing the possibility of change in the present order. He glorifies flexibility and boldness and rejects conservatism and hierarchy. He is an avid hater of those who commit intellectual masturbation- the habit of using highly academic terms for the purpose of eliciting acclaim intentionally.

As a researcher, his interests are urban poor studies, right to the city, political economy of climate change adaptation, political dynamics of power-building and electoral politics.

And the most important of all his binding social, political and economic principles– he believes in endless love. Yes, he does.

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