Events Calendar Archived (September 2013)

Date: September 19, 2013
Time: 9:30
Venue: Tanada Hall, Senate of the Philippines, Pasay City

In observance of the 11th Development Policy Research Month, the PIDS and the Senate Economic Planning Office sponsored a seminar-forum on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: Why deepening matters in achieving its human capital objectives on September 19 at the Senate of the Philippines.

Poverty specialist and PIDS senior research fellow Celia Reyes will discussed why the 4Ps should be expanded and what modifications are needed to make the program more effective and efficient.

This forum was intended to apprise Senate technical staff of the major findings of PIDS initial evaluation of the CCT program to assist them in providing effective technical support to legislators. The forum was part of the Senate-PIDS Economic Forum Series.

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Date: September 17, 2013
Time: 9 am- 4 pm
Venue: Rigodon 1 Ballroom, The peninsula Manila, Makati City

The PIDS and the Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies conducted a seminar-forum on "Sustainable and Inclusive Health Market Innovations: Challenges and Opportunities for the Philippines" on September 17, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Peninsula Manila, Makati City.



Various health market innovations in the Philippines and India and their potential benefits in making health more inclusive were presented and discussed at the seminar-forum. The panel discussions shed light on the constraints to adoption as well as the measures to speed up diffusion of these successful models.

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Date: September 13, 2013
Time: 8:00-12nn
Venue: Luzvimin Room, World Bank Office Manila Penthouse, One Global Place, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

The Philippines has long struggled to accelerate inclusive growth"the type that creates more and better jobs and reduces poverty. The Aquino Administration, which came into power in July 2010, has set achieving inclusive growth as its main goal. This goal is articulated in the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

In support of the governments inclusive growth agenda, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) research agenda puts strong emphasis on policy research related to job creation. In particular, it is currently supporting the Department of Trade and Industrys efforts to coordinate the preparation by the private sector of a comprehensive roadmap for manufacturing that will open the way for sustained growth and employment in the near future.

For its part, the World Bank Philippine Office prepared a report entitled Philippine Development Report (PDR): Creating More and Better Jobs. The report provides an in-depth discussion of the countrys jobs challenge and the likely reasons for it, and highlights the unique window of opportunity which the country can seize to begin addressing the jobs challenge. To put the country on the irreversible path of inclusive growth, the PDR argues the need for a broad reform coalition where government, business, labor, and civil society engage in deeper social dialogue and partnership, and agree on an agenda on job creation.

As a first step in moving the jobs agenda forward, the World Bank and the PIDS held a dialogue titled Creating More and Better Jobs. It was intended to provide a venue for in-depth dialogue on strategies to address the challenges of creating more and better jobs and the need for different stakeholders to work together to support the jobs agenda.

This dialogue was held on September 13, 2013, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, at the Luzvimin Conference Room of the new World Bank Office at the Penthouse of One Global Place 5th Ave., cor. 25th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines.


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Date: September 12, 2013
Time: 8:30 -2:00
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

The Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and support from the Capacity Development Technical Assistance (CDTA) of ADB sponsored a seminar-workshop entitled AEC 2015: Development Challenges for the Philippines on 12 September 2013 at the Romulo Hall of the NEDA Makati Building. The main objective of the workshop was to accelerate awareness and capacity building in addressing major issues and challenges as the Philippines moves its national agenda and strategy towards the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.

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The workshop provided an opportunity for NEDA and selected government officials to interact with PIDS researchers and discuss how the challenges could be addressed and explore measures to move forward. It focused on the following relevant topics: trade liberalization and facilitation; investment promotion and facilitation; and infrastructure and logistics.

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Date: September 10, 2013
Time: 2:00-4:00
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

Impact evaluation is critical to determine what strategies and interventions work and what needs to be changed or fined-tuned and how. There is strong debate over the relative merits of development programs and policy but little hard evidence of what works, which works best and why, and how we can scale up programs that work. Evaluation is needed to achieve this. Program evaluation creates accountability by providing a clear measure of the effect on recipients` lives. Lessons learned from evaluations help us design better programs` and do more to alleviate poverty.

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Given the important role of impact evaluation in development planning and policymaking, PIDS and the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Philippines conducted a seminar entitled `Impact Evaluation: Why It Matters`. This event was held on 10 September 2013, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Romulo Hall of the NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City.

IPA is a global nonprofit organization that specializes in designing and evaluating development programs in different parts of the world. It was founded in 2002 by Yale economist Dean Karlan. IPA partners with leading researchers at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, London School of Economics, and other top universities to design and evaluate research programs using randomized evaluations. This method provides the highest quality and most reliable answers to questions of what works and why.

The presentation focused on IPA`s experience in evaluating programs to improve children`s basic skills in reading and math in Ghana and India, increase agricultural productivity in Kenya, or determine what financial products benefit poor clients in the Philippines. The resource speaker was Ms. Jessica Kiessel, Director of Country Programs for IPA. She is responsible for overseeing the fulfilment of IPA`s Strategic Plan and provides management oversight to all of IPA`s Country Programs in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She is also one of the lead researchers of the Teacher`s Community Assistants Initiative (TCAI) Evaluation, an impact evaluation of a government-run remedial education project in Ghana that seeks to improve basic skills in reading and math for children in underserved communities.

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Date: September 04, 2013
Time: 10:30
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

To launch the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), a press conference was held on September 4, 2013, from 10:30AM to 1:00PM at the Romulo Hall of the NEDA sa Makati Building, Makati City. Officials from the Department of Health and PIDS were among the panelists who answered questions from the media.

Since 2002, September of every year is observed as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) per Presidential Proclamation No. 247 dated September 02, 2002. The DPRM aims to promote and draw nationwide awareness on the importance of policy research in national development planning and policymaking. Under the proclamation, PIDS is designated as the lead government agency in the observance of the DPRM.

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