Events Calendar Archived (September 2016)

Date: September 01, 2016
Time: 08:30 AM
Venue: Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Butuan City

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), in cooperation with Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) will hold the Second Mindanao Policy Research Forum on September 1 in Butuan City. This forum with the theme, "Nurturing Resilient Communities in Mindanao Toward Sustainable Development," will feature presentations on impact evaluation studies conducted by PIDS on the government's Crop Insurance Program and the National Greening Program. In Addition, there will be presentations on FSUU's disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) initiatives and Caraga State University's (CSU) Comprehensive Land Administration and Information Management System (CLAIMS).

For more information about this event, please contact MinDA at tel. no.: (082) 221-1345.

Date: September 05, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Venue: PIA Auditorium, 3/F Media Center Building, Visayas Ave., Quezon City

To formally launch the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), will hold a Press Conference on September 5, 2015, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the PIA Auditorium, Media Center Building, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. 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.

This years theme, "Angkop na Kahandaan: Matatag na Ekonomiya at Lipunan (Investing in Risk Reduction for a Resilient Philippines), highlights the need for in-depth reflections and analyses of resilience building, risk reduction, and structural transformation, and the role of appropriate policy interventions in building the country's resilience to various economic, environmental, political, and social risks and stresses.

The press conference panel will include Dr. Gilberto Llanto, who will present the PIDS study on "Risk, Shocks, Building Resilience: Philippines" in support of this year's theme. Joining Dr. Llanto to discuss issues within their respective sectors are Ms. Romina Marasigan of the Office of Civil Defense, Sec. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial of the Department of Health, Dr. Mahar Lagmay of Project NOAH, and Mr. Johnny Noe Ravalo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

For inquiries, you may reach us through the following contact persons:
Ms. Gizelle Manuel
Tel. No: 877-4016

Ms. Misha Borbon
Tel. No: 877-4019

Date: September 01, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Venue: Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Butuan City

The PIDS and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will hold a press conference to launch the celebration of the 14th Development Policy Research Month, which has a theme on Investing in Risk Reduction for a Resilient Philippines (Angkop na Kahandaan: Matatag na Ekonomiya at Lipunan) and the 2nd Mindanao Policy Research Forums theme on Nurturing Resilient Communities in Mindanao towards Sustainable Development. The press conference will be held as part of the Second Mindanao Policy Forum on September 1 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) in Butuan City.

For more information about this event, please contact MinDA at (082) 877-4016; (082) 221-1345 local 140, look for Sheila May Almasa .

Date: September 08, 2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: World Bank Philippines, Taguig City

The Philippines micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) play an important role in the economy. MSMEs represent 99 percent of enterprises in the country, almost two-thirds of the total jobs in the economy and slightly above one-third of the total value added. However, the growth potential of MSMEs is not fully leveraged. This is reflected in the (i) low rate of business entry (the Philippines is among the bottom 15 percent of countries with the lowest rate of newly registered firms), (ii) low productivity (labor productivity of MSMEs is about only one-third of that in Malaysia and one-twentieth of the MSME sector in high-income countries), and (iii) failure of most MSMEs to grow (the 2009 World Bank Enterprise Survey showed that after three years, only one percent of micro firms moved to the medium-size category). Most of the SMEs operate in low-productivity services, predominantly in the wholesale and retail sector. There also seems to be few high-growth SMEs, which in other countries are responsible for an important part of growth in value added and employment. Finally, most MSMEs jobs are informal and vulnerable to poverty.

The Philippine government is aware of these challenges and is convinced that the performance of the MSME sector is critical to continued fast GDP growth, job creation, and reduction in poverty.

In parallel, increased regional economic integration and globalization prompted the development of global value chains (GVCs) that relies on production flexibility, cost competitiveness, and lower business risk. Despite their capacity constraints, SMEs have proved to be important contributor to economic growth and employment. For SMEs to persist and grow in an increasingly challenging regional and global business environment, they need to adopt a new business model, one that focuses on skills and technology upgrading, innovation, and increased linkages with multinational enterprises (MNEs). Within the spectrum of SME definition, this would be more relevant for those that are in the category of higher SMEs.

Given the above backdrop, the workshop will focus on the what, how and who to increase Philippine SMEs participation in the GVCs by addressing the five key constraints to SME competitiveness: business environment, innovation and skills, access to finance, access to markets, and development of ICT/digital entrepreneurship,

The objective of the practitioners workshop is to help inform the governments new MSME Development Strategy 2016-2020 by (i) diagnosing the key constraints to SME development, (ii) offering solutions based on good international practice, and (iii) recommending optimal modalities of policy implementation.

The workshop will be a one-day seminar with panels of expert speakers and take place under the aegis of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the World Bank Group. Invitees will include representatives of the Philippine government, foreign delegates, private sector, social partners, and academia.

For more information, please contact : (02) 877-4033, look for Sheila Siar or email

Date: September 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: Capampangan Island, San Fernando City, Pampanga

Date: September 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Conference Hall, Cebu City

Date: September 29, 2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus, Cebu City

Date: September 22, 2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Venue: Ballrooms A&B, 7/F, Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The main event of the DPRM is the Annual Public Policy Conference. This years conference, which PIDS is organizing with support from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, will be held on September 22, 2016, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. Your presence in this conference will be highly appreciated.

The keynote speaker will be Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Dr. Ernesto Pernia while former president of the National Academy of Science and Technology and PIDS board member, Dr. William Padolina, will give the closing remarks. The conference consists of parallel sessions on agricultural resilience, health resilience, macroeconomic/financial resilience, and urban environment resilience. Established and emerging scholars from the Philippines and overseas will present their studies on these topics while a multidisciplinary group of public policy experts and practitioners will share their commentaries and perspectives. Attached is a copy of the tentative program for your reference.

The Annual Public Policy Conference, which started in 2015, aims to convene experts and researchers in the social sciences to flag to policymakers critical issues that must be addressed in the immediate term. It is envisioned to serve as a platform to further bridge research and policymaking and enhance evidence-informed planning and policy formulation in the country.

Click here for the CONFERENCE PROGRAM

This conference will also be available via live streaming at

For inquiries, you may reach us through telephone numbers 877-4032 (c/o Necy Aquino) and 877-4036 (c/o Jocelyn Almeda), fax number 877-4099 or e-mail address and