The main event of the Development Policy Research month (DPRM) is the Annual Public Policy Conference. This year’s conference, which has the theme "Critical Perspectives on Federalism for Regional Development", will be held on September 19, 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

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.

For more information about this event, download a copy of the conference program.

This conference will also be available via live streaming at or at PIDS Facebook page at

This event is free and open to the public. However, due to limited seating, registration is required. For inquiries, you may reach us through telephone number 877-4032 (c/o Necy Aquino) and 877-4019 (c/o Gwen de la Cruz), fax number 877-4099 or e-mail address and 


Some Thoughts about Fiscal Federalism: Fiscal, Taxation and Equalization Arrangements in Federal Systems by Herwig Mayer, Chief Adviser, COSERAM

Federalism in Context: Laying the Foundations for a Problem-Driven Process of Political Reform by Paul D. Hutchcroft, Professor of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University

Federalism and the Challenge of Politics and Administration in the Philippines by Prof. Edmund Tayao, Executive Director, Local Government Development Foundation, and Assistant Professor, University of Santo Tomas

Fiscal Design and Subnational Governance: Autonomy and Equity Considerations by Rosario G. Mansan, Senior Research Fellow, PIDS

Regional Development and the Delineation of Philippine Federal States by Dr. Arturo Corpuz, Urban-Regional Planner

Political Economy of Federalism Reform by Dr. Ronald Mendoza, Dean, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University

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