4th PIDS Corner in NEDA Region 10 Knowledge Center, Cagayan de Oro City
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has recently launched new corners in Region 10, one at the NEDA Region 10 office in Cagayan de Oro City.
The PIDS Corner at the NEDA-10 office is being housed in its Knowledge Center and was inaugurated on June 19, 2007. Through this Corner, the PIDS publications are now made available and more easily accessible to the public in the region.
Prior to the launch, a program was held wherein representatives from various regional offices of government agencies and research and academic institutions as well as from the media were invited. Director Casimira V. Balandra of NEDA-10 gave the welcome remarks and the rationale for the PIDS launches new PIDS Corners in Region 10 launching of the PIDS Corner. She said that in today’s knowledge age, stakeholders should more aggressively share knowledge with one another in order to sustain the economic gains that the region has achieved. The setting up and inauguration of the PIDS Corner, with its rich sources of knowledge and information through its various studies, is a step toward this direction.
PIDS president, Dr. Josef T. Yap, meanwhile, presented some statistics showing the closer economic integration among countries in the ASEAN region but sadly noted that there has to be greater efforts, on the other hand, to achieve an equally closer integration among regions within the country (Philippines). He stressed the need to be more responsive to the local needs of the regions and provinces and informed the audience that PIDS is currently developing an analytical framework or template on the use of research and data for better local development planning which it wants to share with local government units in their policymaking and decisionmaking processes.