Events Calendar Archived (September 2015)

Date: September 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Hall, Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City

To further increase its reach at the local level and draw awareness in the provinces on the importance of policy research and the DPRM theme, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in organizing Kapihan Press Conferences in different provinces. One of these regional press conferences is slated in Cebu City on Sept. 30, from 10am to 12pm. PIDS Senior Research Fellow Danilo C. Israel will serve as the resource person. Also invited as panelists for this press conference are local government executives and regulators in Region 7. This event is co-organized with the regional office of PIA in Region 7.

Date: September 22, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Ave. corner ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Quezon City



The year 2015 is a monumental time for the Philippines with its hosting of APEC 2015. The much-anticipated ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is also expected to come into fruition. These two events are taking place at a time when the country is also striving to sustain its rapid economic growth in the long term. For decades, a boom-bust cycle has hounded the Philippine economy, but in the last five years, the country has performed considerably well even amid global uncertainties. Many analysts attribute this to the administrative and structural reforms started in the past and followed through by the present administration that combine good governance and good economics. Yet with the imminent change of leadership in 2016, uncertainties are mounting as to whether the seeds of reform that have been planted will continue to grow and propagate or not. Much depends on the kind of institutions that will emerge in 2016.

From a critical juncture in 1986 (EDSA Revolution), the country was able to emerge from an extractive economic and political institution under the Martial Law. Thereafter, there were efforts to make institutions more inclusive, but these have met a huge challenge, considering the culture of corruption that is heavily entrenched in Philippine politics, and a political system that is not insulated from interest-seeking groups. Thus, while there was an increasing paradigm shift in economic policies starting in the 1980s toward market-oriented reforms that espouse efficiency, productivity, and more competition, these policies struggled to make a headway. Monopolies prevailed in some sectors. Protection from foreign competition persists, fortified by limitations imposed by the present Constitution.

Investing in human capital is a key factor that can sustain the high growth rate the Philippines has been experiencing in the past years. Education and health are crucial in achieving labor effectiveness and productivity. The poor, however, are confronted by high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and low incomes. Large inequities prevail in accessibility, availability, and affordability of health services across the country. Recent economic gains have not translated into better and equitable social outcomes, particularly for health status. The increasing economic and social inequalities between regions reflect the need for stronger local governance institutions. Meanwhile, interventions such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) appear to be promising. Initial evaluation of the 4Ps shows that it improves the school participation of children. Its recent program enhancement to cover children beneficiaries from 15 to 18 years old so that they can finish up to high school is a step in the right direction, but better outcomes can be achieved if leakages and other administrative issues will be addressed.

All of these point to the interconnectedness of the right set of institutions and policies, and human capital to achieve sustained, inclusive growth. Human capital not only refers to the citizens but also to the countrys leaders, policymakers, program implementers, and the civil servants at large. A competent political leadership that respects the rule of law, upholds transparency and good governance, and espouses evidence-based policymaking"backed by high-performing and credible civil servants"is essential, as seen in the experience of the East Asian tigers.

These views will be teased out during this inaugural conference through presentations and discussions by experts in the fields of economics, political science, public administration, and sociology. This conference is also intended to flag to policymakers critical issues that must be addressed in the immediate term. It is envisioned to serve as a platform to inform the future leadership of critical policies to improve our institutions and human capital toward the achievement of a truly inclusive and sustainable economy.

Speakers and Panelists

Sec. Arsenio Balisacan / Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro / Dr. Dante Canlas / Dr. Noel de Dios / Dr. Raul Fabella / Dr. Michael Alba / Dr. Fermin Adriano / Dr. Cynthia Bautista / Dr. Alex Brillantes / Dr. Alejandro Herrin / Dr. Elizabeth King / Dr. Gilberto Llanto / Dr. Francisco Magno / Dr. Mary Racelis / Dr. Chito Salazar

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SESSION I: HUMAN CAPITAL

SESSION II: INSTITUTIONS

Date: September 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

To further increase its reach at the local level and draw awareness in the provinces on the importance of policy research and the DPRM theme, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in organizing Kapihan Press Conferences in different provinces. One of these regional press conferences is slated in Laoag City on Sept. 16, from 11am to 1pm. Dr. Sheila Siar, director for research information at PIDS, will serve as the resource person. Also invited as panelists for this press conference are local government executives and regulators in Region 1. This event is co-organized with the regional office of PIA in Region 1.

Date: September 15, 2015
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Venue: PIA Region 2 Office, Tuguegarao City

To further increase its reach at the local level and draw awareness in the provinces on the importance of policy research and the DPRM theme, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in organizing Kapihan Press Conferences in different provinces. One of these regional press conferences is slated in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province on Sept. 16, from 11am to 1pm. Dr. Marife Balleteros, senior research fellow at PIDS, will serve as the resource person. Also invited as panelists for this press conference are local government executives and regulators in Region 2. This event is co-organized with the regional office of PIA in Region 2.

Date: September 09, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: PIA Region 10 Office, Cagayan De Oro City

To further increase its reach at the local level and draw awareness in the provinces on the importance of policy research and the DPRM theme, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in organizing Kapihan Press Conferences in different provinces. One of these regional press conferences is slated in Cagayan De Oro City on Sept. 9, from 11am to 1pm which is organized in cooperation with the regional office of PIA in Region X. Dr. Danilo Israel, senior research fellow at PIDS will serve as the resource person. Also invited as panelists for this press conference are local government executives and regulators in Region X.

Date: September 04, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Venue: Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City

Part of the 1st Mindanao Policy Research Forum was a press conference on the 13th Development Policy Research Month. The panelists were Usec Janet Lopoz of MinDA, Dr. Gilberto Llanto of PIDS, Engr. Wendel Diangcalan of the Bangsamoro Development Authority, Mr. Vicente Lao of the Mindanao Business Council, and Atty. Anwar Malang of the DILG-ARMM. The discussion with the members of the press focused mainly on the need to develop more effective policies and regulations to support MIndanao's development, particularly in the areas of tourism, power generation, and agribusiness development.

Date: September 04, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City

In celebration of the 13th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) will hold a policy forum on September 4, 2015 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City.

Papers to be presented at the forum includes a paper by PIDS Consultant Oscar Picazo titled "Green and Gold: Promoting Eco-Adventure and Cultural Tourism for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and MinDA's study on Developing Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Mechanism with River Basin Organization (RBOs) in Mindanao.

The policy forum aims to bring the highlights of these studies to the attention of stakeholders in Mindanao where there is a significant number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local policy- and decisionmakers.

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Date: September 01, 2015
Time: 10:10 AM
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., 106 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village Makati City

To formally launch the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will hold a Press Conference on September 1, 2015, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Spearheaded by the PIDS, the DPRM is an annual nationwide celebration held every September to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of policy research in the formulation of development policies, programs, and projects.

The DPRM theme this year is Tamang Regulasyon para sa Patungo na Pag-ahon (Effective Regulation for Sustainable Growth) to highlight regulatory issues in the different sectors of the economy. There is an urgent need for the country to build a strong regulatory management system that uses research evidence in the systematic assessment of policies and regulations, from the proposal to the implementation and to the necessary reform stages.

The press conference panel will include Dr. Gilberto Llanto, who will present his paper Reduce regulatory burden, Improve regulatory quality in support of this years theme. Joining Dr. Llanto to discuss issues within their respective sectors are Atty. Winston Ginez, Chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board; Atty. Nicasio Conti, Deputy Administrator for Planning of the Maritime Industry Authority; and Mr. Gamaliel Cordoba, Administrator of the National Telecommunications Commission.

Through the month-long celebration of the DPRM, we hope to influence our policymakers to take action in adopting explicit standards to ensure regulatory integrity and quality, reduce regulatory burdens, and develop an environment conducive to inclusive economic growth. We look forward to your presence in this event. For confirmation and inquiries, you may reach us through the following contact persons: Ms. Gizelle Manuel Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) Public Affairs Unit, Research Information Staff Email: gmanuel@mail.pids.gov.ph Tel. No: (632) 892-4059 Fax Nos: (632) 893-9589 Ms. Misha Borbon Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) Public Affairs Unit, Research Information Staff Email: mborbon@mail.pids.gov.ph Tel. No: (632) 892-4059


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Reduce Regulatory Burden, Improve Regulatory Quality (TamangRegulasyonPara saPatuloynaPag-Ahon) by PIDS President Gilberto Llanto
Regulatory Issues in the Maritime Industry by Marina Deputy Administrator Atty. Nicasio Conti
Regulatory Issues in the Transport Sector by LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Mary Ann Salada


Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Amorsolo Street, Makati City

This event is intended to unpack the DPRM theme which was chosen to emphasize the critical need to build a formal regulatory management system that is backed by research evidence and systematic assessment of proposed policies and regulations before they are implemented. The policy dialogue will convene various regulatory bodies and stakeholders to discuss issues in particular economic sectors and how it may be possible to reduce regulatory burdens and improve the quality of the regulatory environment.

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This conference will also be available via live streaming on the PIDS website (www.pids.gov.ph).


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