Events Calendar Archived (December 2015)

Date: December 01, 2015
Time: 02:00 PM
Venue: 18/F, Three Cyberpod Centris – North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) is pleased to invite you to a Pulong Saliksikan on Potential Economic Benefits of the Philippines from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, to be held on December 1, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the 18th floor, Three Cyberpod Centris " North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

The presenter is Dr. Cesar Cororaton, a research consultant and former senior research fellow of PIDS. At present, he is a research fellow at Virginia Tech-National Capital Region, Arlington, Virgina, USA.

Dr. Cororaton will discuss how the reduction in trade barriers under the prospective ASEAN + 6 free trade agreement will benefit the region, particularly the Philippines. The entry of cheaper imported rice in the Philippines negatively affects domestic rice production, but benefits the lower income households as rice is a major item in their food basket. The inflow of cheaper textile imports leads to lower textile production, but benefits the wearing apparel sector. The construction sector benefits from higher inflows of foreign investments. Output of the transportation and machinery equipment sector improves along with the increase in the construction sector. There are notable positive output effects in the service sectors, particularly in the transportation sector that benefits from the improvement in agriculture and manufacturing. The returns to land and as well as wages improve while the returns to capital decline. These effects are progressive in the sense that they favor lower income household groups. The effects decrease the poverty incidence in 10 years from 24.9 percent at present to 23.3 percent 2023.

All PIDS events are open to the public and there is no fee, but due to limited seating, registration is required. For more information please contact PIDS at 372-1291 / 372-1292 or email naquino@mail.pids.gov.ph.

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Date: December 02, 2015
Time: 01:30 PM
Venue: House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Congressional Planning and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives will hold a forum on "A System-wide Study of the Logistics Industry in the Greater Capital Region" on December 2, 2015, at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

Dr. Epictetus Patalinghug, PIDS consultant, will present the key findings of his research team's study that investigated the causes behind the congestion in the Port of Manila and the underutilization of Batangas and Subic Ports. Using survey and focus group discussion, the study looked into the factors that affect the decision of shippers, freight forwarders, logistics services providers, and truckers on their choice of port and their satisfaction ratings of their chosen port. The study also provided some short-, medium-, and long-term measures to address the congestion and underutilization issues.

The heavy traffic congestion along the roads within the Port of Manila, the largest seaport in the Philippines, and in Metro Manila led the City of Manila to impose a truck ban in February 2014. With the reduced operating hours of container trucks plying the city streets, this resulted in delays in the delivery of goods, accumulation of containers at the port, slowdown in the logistics chain in and out of the port, empty containers returning to the port, and increased trucking and port costs, and shipping line charges.

All PIDS events are open to the public and there is no fee, but due to limited seating, registration is required. For more information please contact PIDS at 372-1291 / 372-1292 or email naquino@mail.pids.gov.ph.

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Date: December 09, 2015
Time: 01:30 PM
Venue: House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Congressional Planning and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives will hold a forum on "Toward an Effective Regulatory Management System for the Philippines" on December 9, 2015, at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

For the Philippines to take advantage of increased trade and investment under the ASEAN integration, there is a need to address the factors that continue to bring down its competitiveness and that undermine efforts to achieve greater social inclusiveness. Regulatory burdens are one of those factors. They restrain competition, productivity, and innovation.

PIDS President Dr. Gilberto Llanto will discuss the importance of regulatory coherence and quality in realizing rapid, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

All PIDS events are open to the public and there is no fee, but due to limited seating, registration is required. For more information please contact PIDS at 372-1291 / 372-1292 or email naquino@mail.pids.gov.ph.

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Date: December 16, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: Marco Polo Ortigas, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City

The National Economic and Development Authority and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies will hold a half-day Policy Forum on Impact Evaluation on December 16, 2015, at Marco Polo Ortigas, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The forum is sponsored by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE) and aims to highlight the importance of conducting impact evaluations of key government programs.

This event is by invitation only. For more information please contact PIDS at 372-1291 / 372-1292 or email naquino@mail.pids.gov.ph.


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