Events Calendar Archived (August 2016)

Date: August 08, 2016
Time: 02:00 PM
Venue: PIDS Conference Room, 18th Floor, Three Cyberpod Centris, North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will conduct a seminar on "How to increase heights in short populations such as the Philippines" on August 8, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the PIDS Conference Room, 18th Floor, Three Cyberpod Centris"North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

The presenter, Prof. Alok Bhargava of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, will report on the results of a study that analyzed the effects of dietary intakes in the Philippines on birth outcomes, heights, weights, and morbidity during ages 2-24 months; heights and weights during ages 8-19 years; and completed adult heights.

Using data on children from the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey, the study concluded that maternal anthropometric indicators, energy intakes, and sociodemographic variables were significantly associated with children's length and weight at birth. Dynamic models for children's heights and weights during ages 2-24 month showed significant effects of calcium and protein intakes; child morbidity levels were significantly associated with height and weight. Higher -carotene intakes were significantly associated with lower morbidity levels. Analyses of data on children during ages 8-19 years showed significant effects of protein and calcium intakes and of morbidity levels on heights and weights. Models for children's heights at age 22 years indicated significant effects of protein and calcium intakes during early childhood and in adolescence.

These results underscored the need for formulating long-term food and health policies for the Philippines that enhance children's physical development and ultimately their adult stature, which is important for physical work capacity and labor productivity.

Date: August 10, 2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: Social Hall, USeP, IƱigo St., Obrero, Davao City

State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) are collaborating in a policy forum on the theme "Harnessing the Capacity of SMEs as Engines of Growth" to be held on August 10 at the USeP campus in Davao City.

The forum will focus on the critical policies and programs that can assist MSMEs develop their capacity to become sustainable engines of growth and enhance their resilience to economic, sociopolitical, and environmental risks. Two major research studies will be presented by PIDS Senior Research Fellows Dr. Erlinda Medalla and Dr. Sonny Domingo.

In "Assessment of DTIs Shared Services Facilities", Medalla will speak about SME development in the Philippines and the shared services facilities (SSF) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The SSF is a package of assistance that includes quality and productivity-enhancing equipment providing technology, product development, and packaging. They are offered to MSMEs to help them overcome the disadvantages of firm size and enhance their competitiveness and that of the industry cluster they are a part of.

Domingo will present "Building Philippine SMEs' Resilience to Natural Disaster". Located along the Ring of Fire and a major typhoon corridor, the Philippines faces various environmental risks every year, including extreme weather events brought about by climate change. A timely topic, the talk of building resilience is not just for policymakers but for business owners as well. When hit by disasters and shocks, MSMEs often do not recover. Domingo's study explores the importance of incorporating disaster planning and resilience thinking in the business plans of MSMEs.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will lead the opening ceremonies alongside USeP President Dr. Lourdes Generalao and PIDS Director for Research Information Dr. Sheila Siar.


The presentations may be downloaded here in PDF format:

1. Shared Services Facilities by Dr. Erlinda Medalla

2. Building Business Continuity and Resilience by Dr. Sonny Domingo