by Patricia Nicole M. Balgoa*, OVCPD-OME

A paper written by Dr. Hazel Jovita of the Department of Political Science of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, with fellow authors Dyah Mutiarin, Achmad Nurmandi, Mukti Fajar (all from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta in Indonesia), and Yao-Nan Lien (Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan), was awarded as one of the Highly Commended Papers in the 2020 Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence.

Published in the 21st volume of the Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance Journal of Emerald Publishing, Dr. Jovita’s co-authored paper was one of the three Highly Commended Papers for 2020 by Emerald Publishing out of several hundred others.

Emerald Publishing Limited is one of the world’s leading digital-first publishers of academic journals and books in the fields of management, business, health care, library studies, and engineering and was founded in the United Kingdom in 1967.

The award, known for being one of the largest independent award schemes led by a publisher, is established to celebrate and recognize the outstanding contributions made by Emerald’s scholarly community and to strengthen the impact of winning researchers by giving them the international salute that they deserve.

Their paper entitled “How do government regulations and policies respond to the growing online-enabled transportation service (OETS) in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan?” is a result of research collaborations among MSU-IIT, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta of Indonesia, and Asia University in Taiwan.

It aimed to explore the dynamic context of the sharing economy in the transportation sector and looked into the development of government regulations on the growing business of transportation network companies in Indonesia, the Philippines (represented as middle-income countries), and Taiwan (high-income country). It is a comparative study on the regulations and policies imposed by the different governments of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Taiwan as a response to the growing online-enabled transportation service (OETS), with focus on the differing income levels of these three countries.

Using the qualitative-comparative research methodology, the research found that the responses of the governments of Indonesia, Philippines, and Taiwan to the sharing economy sector are incremental and are trial-error based policies.

*Patricia Nicole Balgoa is one of the newest administrative personnel of the Office of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development. She holds an AB English degree from MSU-IIT and recently graduated from Ateneo de Davao University, College of Law.