Events Calendar Archived (November 2015)

Date: November 25, 2015
Time: 01:30 PM

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 "Rapid Appraisal of the Post-harvest Facilities Projects in the Philippines" on November 25, 2015, at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

PIDS Consultant Dr. Nerlita Manalili will present the key findings of an evaluation of postharvest facilities (PHFs) in the Philippines. The study looked into the effectiveness of PHFs to generate the needed evidence if these are worthy of further investments and to have a basis in upgrading value chains and improving the economic outcomes for small farmers. Overall, the PHFs assessed were found to have a positive impact in addressing postharvest losses and improving the marketing system for rice and high-value crops. They helped increase farmers` income through the production of good-quality milled rice and the reduction of postharvest losses. However, more benefits can be realized if capital for paddy procurement can be increased and if issues related to the PHFs` management, operation, viability, and sustainability can be addressed.

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


Date: November 05, 2015
Time: 09:30 AM
Venue: Senator Padilla Room, Senate of the Philippines Pasay City

Dr. Rosario G. Manasan, senior research fellow at state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), presented the results of an assessment done by PIDS of the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) process, at the opening of the Senate Centennial Lecture Series on November 5, 2015.

Started in March 2012, the BUB aims to promote the participation of grassroots organizations in the planning and budgeting processes and to enhance the identification of poverty reduction projects. The assessment done by PIDS focused mainly on the BUB process such as how the key steps in the planning and prioritization of projects under the BUB for the FY 2016 and previous cycles were implemented on the ground. Specifically, it looks at the extent of civil society organizations (CSO) participation in the BUB, the quality of their participation, and the engagement between local government units and CSOs. The PIDS report identified several bottlenecks affecting the participation of CSOs in the BUB, such as lack of inclusiveness in issuing invitations, overrepresentation of some CSOs, political interference of the local chief executive in the prioritization of projects, and lack of social preparation of the CSOs.

The Senate Centennial Lecture Series is part of the observance of the "Centennial Year of the Philippine Senate", which is running from October 2015 to October 2016.

The PIDS and SEPO are long-time partners in the dissemination of policy research information among officials and technical staff of Senate. They have been conducting the Senate Economic Forum Series since 2001.



Date: November 10, 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 resume its Legislators Forum Series with a paper presentation on the Assessment of the Bottom-up Budgeting Process for FY 2015 on November 10, 2015, at the House of Representatives. Dr. Rosario G. Manasan, PIDS Senior Research Fellow, will present the findings of the assessment done by PIDS on the conduct of the FY 2015 round of the BUB in 12 municipalities in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental, and Quezon.



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