Events Calendar Archived (May 2015)

Date: May 12, 2015
Time: 9:00
Venue: Crown Regency Resort, Station 3, Boracay island, Aklan

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), lead convenor of the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN), is organizing the 2015 APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC) Conference which will be held on May 12-13, 2015 in Boracay Island, Philippines. The conference is part of the Second Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 2) and related activities.

The conference session will follow the priority areas of APEC 2015, namely: enhancing regional economic integration; fostering SMEs' participation in the regional and global economy; investing in human capital development; and building sustainable and resilient communities.

The annual ASCC Conference provides an excellent opportunity for academics and scholars to discuss and exchange ideas on the APEC themes and to identify areas for regional collaboration among other APEC Study Centers (ASCs). Outcomes of the conference may serve as inputs to the different APEC working group discussions and may be integrated in the Leader's statements.

The PASCN is one of the ASCs in APEC member-economies. ASCs undertake research, disseminate information, and facilitate discussion on APEC-related issues to support the attainment of APEC's vision and goals. The PASCN was established in 1996 through an administrative order as the Philippines' response to the APEC Leaders Education Initiative, which aims to develop regional cooperation in higher education and research. It is composed of the Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo De Manila University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mindanao State University, Silliman University, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines, Xavier University, Department of Foreign Affairs-Foreign Service Institute, and PIDS.

Check out the Call for Papers and other conference details in the ASCC 2015 and PASCN websites.


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Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City

The East Asian Development Network (EADN) will hold its 2014-2015 Annual Meeting on May 28-29 at the Makati Diamond Residences in Makati City, Philippines. Around 50 participants from member-institutions, research grantees and their mentors, and representatives from the Global Development Network (GDN) are expected to attend this annual event.

The annual forum will provide the new batch of EADN researcher grantees the opportunity to present the latest development in their research projects and discuss it with fellow researchers within the network. Updates about the EADN and its activities and the GDN will also be discussed.


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EADN is a consortium of research institutes, centers, and think tanks in the developing countries of East Asia that serves as a venue for research policy networking and capacity building. EADN is an active regional network partner of the Global Development Network (GDN) in generating and promoting high-quality and policy-relevant social science research, and sharing knowledge for development.

PIDS President Gilberto Llanto is the Regional Coordinator of EADN. PIDS hosts the EADN Secretariat.


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Date: May 26, 2015
Time: 02:00 AM
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Amorsolo Street, Makati City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and UNICEF will hold a seminar on Out-of-School Children (OOSC) in the Philippines on May 26, 2015, 2:00 pm at the C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Building, Makati City.



This event aims to present to key education stakeholders the findings and recommendations of the Philippine Country Study on OOSC that was conducted in line with the UNICEF/UNESCO Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children. The Philippine Report containing said findings and recommendations shall also be launched and distributed during said event. Updated with the most recent data available, the Report provides insights on who the OOSC are in the country, the barriers and bottlenecks to their schooling, a review of policies and strategies, and the ways forward to address the issue.

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Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 02:00 AM
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Amorsolo Street, Makati City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will hold a seminar-forum on The Philippine Business and Economic Outlook for 2015 and Beyond, which will be held on May 19, 2:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Building, 106 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.



A yearly tradition of PIDS as part of its service to the Filipino people, this event features the Institute`s analysis of the macroeconomic trends in 2014 and the economic outlook for 2015. The PIDS presentation will be given by Dr. Adora Navarro, OIC-Vice President and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute.

The other presentation will highlight the private sector`s analysis of the country`s economic prospects. The Institute deems it important to engage the private sector in this forum because it is the driver of economic growth and main engine of job creation. The presenter is Mr. Hans Sicat, President of the Philippine Stock Exchange and a non-executive Vice Chairman and Director of LegisPro Corporation (a knowledge process outsourcing firm). He also holds positions in various business entities.

An open forum will take place after the two presentations. Invited representatives from the business community, government, academe/research, and civil society are expected to engage in a lively discussion of key issues gleaned from the analyses and their recommendations of possible courses of action to take advantage of opportunities and minimize risks and uncertainties.

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