The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and De La Salle University - Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) in Cavite officially launched the eighth PIDS corners around the country.

The program opened with the ceremonial ribbon cutting led by Dr. Josef Yap, PIDS president, and Dr. Veronidia L. De Leon, DLSU-D's vice chancellor for academics and research. Other attendees were Dr. Emmanuel Franco Calairo, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Jan Philip Mallari, faculty from the Social Sciences Department, Mr. Mario C. Feranil, OIC-vice president of PIDS, and Ms. Jennifer Liguton, director of the research information department of PIDS. Faculty staff of DLSU-D, students, and other invited guests also graced the event.

In her welcome remarks, Dr. de Leon expressed her appreciation to the Institute and stated that the launching of the PIDS Corner will help strengthen their vision for a more productive research and extension services.

Dr. Josef T. Yap, for his part, reiterated the need for closer integration among regions in the country alongside the economic integration of the ASEAN region. In this regard, the PIDS Corner can serve as a venue to learn of the varied research geared for better local and regional development planning. The program was capped by the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the two parties.
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