Events Calendar Archived (February 2013)

Date: February 04, 2013
Time: 9:00
Venue: Eugenio Lopez Center, Antipolo City

The DOH-PIDS Technical Writing Workshop aims to train fellows and selected DOH staff on technical writing. Participants are expected to obtain and display the following:
1. Skills in conceptualizing, interviewing, and note-taking;
2. Skills in drafting basic documents such as outlines, short notes, and scopes of work and terms of references; and
3. Skills in writing, editing and finalizing technical reports.

The Statistics and STATA Training for HPR Fellows, on the other hand, aims to instill basic knowledge of statistics and quantitative methods, which are necessary for evidence-based policy decisionmaking. As one of the core skills that health policy and research fellows need to learn, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) developed a training course that will help them understand the rudimentary and pragmatic use of statistics. The program was also designed to familiarize them with STATA, the most popular statistical software in health economics and health policy research. At the end of the training course, the following goals should be achieved:
a. The participants should appreciate the use of statistics and quantitative methods and identify the potential application at their own workplace/field of interest.
b. The participants should understand the basic concept of descriptive and inferential statistics, research methods and sampling methods.
c. The participants should be familiar with the commonly used data and information in the Philippine health system. This includes what specific data can be estimated from the following data sets: Family Income Expenditure Surveys, DHS, APIS, Census, FPS and NNS.
d. The participants should be able to navigate and use the basic commands of STATA.
e. The participants should be able to explain with confidence the outputs generated from STATA.

Date: February 04, 2013
Time: 2:00
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

The research presentation was given by Dr. Dan Steinbock, an expert on international business and international relations among the leading advanced and large emerging economies. He cooperates with think tanks, and leading universities in the US, EU, China and India, ASEAN, the Gulf, Americas, and Africa. He now also monitors some 20 other potential emerging economies, including the Philippines. Recently, he has explored the US elections and fiscal crisis, the Eurozone debt divides, and the probable actions of the new Chinese leadership.

His presentation focused on the uncertainty of the global growth prospects. In Europe, despite some gains, the sovereign debt crisis continues to hover over the region. In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential elections, a comprehensive fiscal cliff deal has remained elusive, which translates to complicated negotiations over the new debt ceiling, medium-term debt adjustment, and the Bush-era tax cuts. Meanwhile, Japan is coping with its third lost decade. Despite their strong future potential, large emerging economies are not immune to the challenges in the West. While Chinas growth has been slowing down, recovery is in full swing. In India, growth has decelerated significantly and political uncertainty is growing, despite solid future potential. In Russia, growth prospects seem dimmer as long as global growth is lingering. While Brazil has coped with its challenges with relative success, it continues to struggle with inflation risk and higher interest rates.