Events Calendar Archived (January 2013)

Date: January 28, 2013
Time: 1:30
Venue: House of Representatives, Quezon City

Presenter: Dr. Roehlano M. Briones, Senior Research Fellow, PIDS

Co-Sponsor: Congressional Planning and Budget Research Department, House of Representatives

Date: January 16, 2013
Time: 9:00
Venue: Dusit Hotel Thani Manila, Makati City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) held a multi-sector round table discussion on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) last January 16, 2013 at Dusit Hotel Thani in Makati City. The objectives of the RTD are to (1) disseminate the current status of NCDs and (2) gather inputs on how to involve different sectors in the prevention and control programs of the Department of Health. As envisioned by the Department of Health, the RTD is one of the precursor activities prior to the development of multi-sector framework.
The 1-day round table discussion was attended by 50 participants/experts from the following agencies: Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS); World Health Organization; Department of Health; Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB); Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Philippine Cancer Society; Department of Finance (DOF); Food and Nutrition and Research Institute (FNRI); USAID Philippines; Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); Health Justice; National Nutrition Council; UNICEF; World Bank; Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity; UP Manila; Rural Health Ph NCD; Department of Education; Philippine Association of National Advertisers; Development Academy of the Philippines and Health Futures Foundation.


Date: January 08, 2013
Time: 8:30
Venue: G Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Manila

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies is implementing the project Health Systems Research Management in the DOH. It aims to improve the capacity of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC), to formulate, implement, and monitor health policies supportive of the current Administrations Aquino Health Agenda (AHA). One of the components of the DOH-PIDS project collaboration is to develop professionals that would operate the administrative components of the health sector through the Health Policy Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is intended primarily as a training program. Thus, the fellows are required to attend various trainings and workshops organized by the Institute and the Department of Health. The first of these trainings is the Policy, Planning, Research and Legislative Process Training to be held on January 8-11, 2013. The purpose of this short course is to provide an introduction on DOH Policy Planning and Development and on Research and Legislative Process (LGU Scorecard). At the end of this short-course, participants are expected to obtain a broad knowledge on the process of formulating policy and conducting research on health. The speakers for this training will come from the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau (HPDPB) of the Department of Health.

Date: January 09, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

The research presentation was given by Dr. Victor Pontines, a Research Fellow of the Asian Development Bank Institute. The main finding of the study, which used an estimated ACU Index and an ACU Deviation Indicator, is a formation of two contrasting groups of countries in the region--one of strong currencies and the other of weaker currencies. Other studies similar to Dr. Pontines` study suggest that what is needed for the region is a type of framework for exchange rate policy coordination that will promote interregional exchange rate stability. Dr. Pontines then suggests ways on how the region can capitalize on using the ACU Index in the immediate term for surveillance purposes, particularly for purposes of assessing `over and undervaluation` of individual currencies from the regional ACU average and for flagging emerging vulnerabilities in individual economies in the region.