Events Calendar Archived (March 2016)

Date: March 02, 2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Venue: PIDS Conference Room, 18th Floor, Three Cyberpod Centris - North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

Consumer Unity and Trust (CUTS) International, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), and Action for Economic Reforms (AER) have collaborated to initiate a project called CREW or Competition Reforms in Key Markets for Enhancing Social and Economic Welfare in Developing Countries, that promotes healthy competition in the staple food and transport sectors.

A Workshop on Competition and Competition Reforms in Key Sectors in the Philippines will be held on March 2, 2016. The said event merges the 2nd National Orientation Workshop and the 6th NRG Meeting, which belong to the final leg of events of the CREW Project. Highlights of the event include the presentation of non-project sectors (banking/finance, retail trade, air transport) specifically on the nature of the market, the competition issues related to it, the reform possibilities, and how the CREW Methodology could be replicated. For the project sectors, which are the bus transport and rice sector, policy recommendations will be discussed.

Date: March 30, 2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: RET Amphitheater, Central Luzon State University, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the primary socioeconomic research arm of the Philippine government, and Central Luzon State University (CLSU), will hold a Policy Research Forum on the Impact Evaluation of Irrigation and Postharvest Facilities on March 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the RET Amphitheater, CLSU Campus, Science City of Muoz, Nueva Ecija.

This policy research forum aims to disseminate the completed studies conducted by PIDS evaluating the effectiveness and impacts of key government programs and projects. Spearheaded by the NEDA and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), these impact evaluation (IE) studies were conducted to promote greater transparency and accountability in government. IE is a special type of research that allows policymakers and program implementers to ascertain whether a particular program is achieving its objectives and whether the results are attributable to the intervention.

Two of these IE projects are the Evaluation of Irrigation Facilities and the Evaluation of Postharvest Facilities. The former presents findings and some preliminary recommendations related to the technical/physical and institutional aspects of irrigation management and development for national and communal irrigation systems. Meanwhile, the second paper discusses the effectiveness of the governments programs to address the problem of postharvest losses. These programs cover various stages of the food supply chain such as on-farm postharvest activities, processing, logistics, marketing, and trading. Among these programs are the rice processing centers in the provinces of Pangasinan, Davao del Sur, Bohol, and Iloilo.