Events Calendar Archived (July 2013)

Date: July 31, 2013
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Venue: Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) conducted a Seminar-Forum on the extension of the governments conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. Titled After Five Years of Pantawid, What Next?, it was held on 31 July 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall, Ground Floor of the NEDA sa Makati Bldg., 106 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

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At the beginning of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Government publicly promised to limit to five years the Pantawid beneficiaries enjoyment of their education and health grants. For Set 1 beneficiaries, the five years are almost over. The Forum is intended to answer key questions such as: (1) Would it be wise to keep the promise or would an extension (continuation of the program as designed or inclusion of a new grant for high school education covering eligible 12-18 year olds of the current Pantawid households) be better?; (2) What should the Government do with the Pantawid program in Set 1 and in the other sets after their beneficiaries reached their limit of five years; (3) Would it be desirable to extend the CCT health and education grants beyond five years and align Pantawid with the international practice of the CCT pioneers (Mexico, Brazil and Colombia)? The paper presentation specifically answered these questions and looked into the desirability of providing conditional cash transfers (CCT) for high school (HS) education to 12-18 year old Pantawid children. Various experts from government, civil society, and academia/research who attended the seminar shared their insights and recommendations on this topic.

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Date: July 29, 2013
Time: 9:00
Venue: Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

Co-Sponsors: CUTS International, Action for Economic Reforms

This forum was aimed to provide a venue to discuss the challenges that the Philippines faces in crafting competition law and implementing competition reforms. Currently, the Philippines is one of the few remaining countries in Southeast Asia without a comprehensive competition law. Since the early 1980s, the Philippine legislature has attempted to pass this law but without much success.

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On June 9, 2011, Malacanang issued Executive Order 45 designating the Department of Justice as our Competition Office mandated to investigate all cases violating competition law and prosecute violators; enforce competition policy and competition law; and supervise competition, among others. All these tasks represent enormous challenges to a very young Competition Office.

In setting the ways forward, the Forum aimed to address the following: Given our existing economic framework and legal and regulatory systems for enforcing competition, what are the competition measures that we need to prioritize in order to effectively protect the Filipino consumers and the overall competition process? How do we build our competition office in the light of constraints such as lack of competition culture, weak consumer groups, inadequacies of the courts in resolving business disputes particularly competition cases (delays in processing cases, corruption) as well as political/sectoral opposition to economic reforms? Given that the institutional ingredients necessary to make ambitious competition systems feasible in developed countries hardly exist in a developing country setting like ours and will take time to build, what should be our implementation strategy?

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Date: July 24, 2013
Time: 1:30
Venue: Rms. 1 & 2, RVM Bldg., House of Representatives, Quezon City

This seminar aimed to deepen understanding of ZBB approach of program evaluation for national budget decisionmaking. The purpose of the discussion was to look into the impact of different expenditure items on agriculture on rural incomes and productivity. As such, it provided general guidance for responsible budget allocation that will help hurdle the constraints to agricultutral development. Dr. Roehlano M. Briones, who is a Senior Research Fellow of PIDS, was the resource speaker in the said event.

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Date: July 17, 2013
Time: 1:30
Venue: Rms. 1 & 2, RVM Bldg., House of Representatives, Quezon City

The second of the series of ZBB seminars sponsored by PIDS and the Congressional Planning and Budget Research Department of the House of Representatives tackled resettlement, the main program of the National Housing and Authority from 2003-2011. The main presentation was given by Dr. Marife M. Ballesteros, Senior Research Fellow at PIDS.

BACKGROUND: In terms of resettlement expenditure share in the period 2007-2011, the Greater Manila Area (GMA) cornered the biggest chunk at 93.51 percent. This was divided between the National Capital Region which got 16.23 percent, and the rest of GMA which got 77.29 percent. Majority of finished projects were categorized as completed housing and located in-city. Welfare issues in off-city resettlement programs included lack of employment programs, higher transport costs, and lack of facilities. Households had no choice but to reduce expenses on food, water, and electricity because of a significant reduction in household income. The study recommended a focus on in-city resettlement.

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Date: July 09, 2013
Time: 1:30
Venue: Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City

The Knowledge-Sharing forum on "The Urgent Need to Increase Baseload Generating Capacity in Mindanao was held on July 9 at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City.

Dr. Adoracion Navarro, PIDS Senior Research Fellow, was the resource speaker in the program. She presented her research study about the insufficient baseload generating capacity in Mindanao that actually caused the comeback of the energy crisis in the region last summer. Dr. Navarro`s evidenced-based study about the possible comeback of the 2012 Mindanao Power Crisis did happen this year because of no additions to the baseload capacity in the region. The incessant power outages in Mindanao last May, which in fact seen may lead to poll failures, could have been actually prevented if Dr. Navarro's policy recommendations in her study were recognized by national policymakers and other local decisionmakers.

The study recommends possible short-term to medium- and long-term actions. Two of her most compelling recommendations are the rehabilitation of Agus and Pulangui hydropower plants, and also more investments for baseload generating capacity in the region. It is also underscored in the study that the region heavily depends on hydropower plants, which actually represent 51 percent of generated power in Mindanao, and provides limited baseload capacity when long drought occurs.

The event was co-organized by state think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies, Western Mindanao State University and NEDA Region 9. Participants in the forum were DOE officials, policymakers, media, researchers, and key representatives from various civil society groups in and around the Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Peninsula area.

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Date: July 09, 2013
Time: 10:00
Venue: Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) inaugurated its 22nd PIDS Corner at the main library of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in Zamboanga City on July 9, 2013.

The PIDS Corner is the Institute's knowledge dissemination strategy aimed at making its research outputs more visible and accessible in the provinces. The PIDS Corner has shelves containing various studies and publications produced by PIDS throughout the years. These are made available for free as sources of information for researchers, students, faculty, and local decisionmakers. The Institute started this project in 2006. Since then, there are now 22 PIDS Corners in different parts of the Philippines, the Corner at WMSU being the latest.



In his remarks of bequest, PIDS President Gilberto Llanto encouraged students and faculty members to read PIDS studies as they are excellent resources on various socioeconomic topics encompassing trade, infrastructure, taxation, health, education, poverty analysis, and climate change, to name a few.

Meanwhile, Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, President of WMSU, expressed her appreciation to Dr. Llanto for choosing the university to host the PIDS Corner. "It is a very timely resource for the university as we are preparing a development roadmap for our future," she said.

Also present during the inauguration were PIDS Research Information Director Sheila V. Siar who presented the SocioEcononomic Research Portal for the Philippines or SERP-P, an online knowledge resource being maintained by PIDS; PIDS Senior Research Fellow Adoracion Navarro; Division Chief for Public Affairs Romero Lopez; and Information Officer Phidel Marion Vineles.


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Date: July 03, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm
Venue: Conference Rooms 1 & 2, RVM Building, House of Representatives

This seminar, sponsored by PIDS and the Congressional Planning and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives, aims to deepen understanding of zero-based budgeting (ZBB) approach of program evaluation for national budget decisionmaking. The first seminar in this series held on July 3, 2013 at the House of Representatives focused on determining whether the reforestation program of the DENR has been successful in attaining its stated objectives and in mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change on forest resources and the natural environment. Dr. Danilo C. Israel, Senior Research Fellow of PIDS, was the resource speaker in this seminar.

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Date: July 08, 2013
Time: 9:00
Venue: Carlos P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., 106 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City

The National Consultation on Strengthening Social Protection in the Philippines was co-organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and PIDS. The main objective was to bring together key stakeholders from the Government, academia and civil society to review and provide feedback on the preliminary research findings of the national study conducted in Philippines under an inter-regional project on strengthening social protection.

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The ESCAP project aims to compile and analyze the experience of selected developing countries in the Asian and Pacific region in strengthening social protection and moving toward universal coverage. The good practices and lessons learned can then help inform decisions and policies in other countries in the region. An integral part of the project is a national study being conducted in six countries in the region, including Philippines.

The research results will be integrated into a practical, policy-oriented inter-regional on-line toolbox that will provide support to national level initiatives, promote the exchange of experiences, formulate capacity-building activities and document innovative schemes with the objective of achieving universal social protection.

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