College of Mass Communication

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Olaño, K. M. (2014). Examining e-Governance in the Philippines through the websites and social media sites of selected national government agencies. Unpublished undergraduate thesis. University of the Philippines Diliman College of Mass Communication.

e-Governance has been said to be one of the tools to achieve good governance. With the recent public clamor for greater transparency, accountability and participation, this study examines how e-Governance is manifested on the websites and social media sites of selected Philippine national government agencies. It seeks to determine whether these selected websites and social media sites have the potential for achieving good governance through e-Governance. The Systems theory, Backus’ e-Governance model and Sandoval-Almazan and Gil-Garcia’s Evolutionary Approach to e-Governance served as the theoretical foundations of this research.

A survey was conducted with 150 respondents from three randomly selected cities in Metro Manila and the websites and social media sites of the DFA, NSO and BIR were content analyzed. Results of both survey and content analysis showed that the current website and social media site features of the selected national government agencies do not promote public participation. Although e-Governance has not yet been well-actualized in the government websites and social media sites, it was found to have a potential for steering the country towards good governance.

Arguilla, S.Q., & Habitan, J. M., (2014). How Filipino adolescents communicate with their parents, and vice-versa, topics about sexual behavior and reproductive health, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication

This study examines how 15-19 year old Filipino adolescents belonging to socioeconomic class D communicate with their parents, and vice-versa, regarding topics about sexual behaviour and reproductive health. The study describes the role of parents, adolescents, and other people involved and looked into the topics of the parent-adolescent communication. The study also explored the factors that contribute to the difficulties parents and adolescents experience when dealing with the abovementioned topics, and how they resolve them.

The study employed two theories: Riley and Riley’s Model of Communication and Baxter and Montgomery’s Relational Dialectics. The theories provided the premise for the communication between parents and adolescents, including other relatives, peers, and other people as the social context of the communication and the premise for the difficulties parents and adolescents encounter in the communication.

Purposeful sampling was used to determine the informants of the study, which include Filipino adolescents (15-19 years old) and Filipino parents with adolescent offspring. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were employed by the study.

The study found that both parents and adolescents can initiate the communication, and the topics they discuss range from biological, to relational and family, to preventive and risk, to sexuality, and up to the societal aspect. It was also found that parents and adolescents encounter difficulties in communicating ranging from lack of knowledge to discomfort, which they resolve by spending more time with each other, and using humor
in conversations.