As a prelude to the 19th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration this coming September, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will hold a virtual forum on September 2, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, via CISCO Webex. Led by PIDS, the DPRM is held every September to promote awareness and appreciation of the importance of policy research in the formulation of evidence-based policies, programs, and projects. Each year, a theme is chosen, and activities are held to encourage informed dialogue and discussion of key issues related to the theme.

This year’s DPRM theme is “Reset and Rebuild for a Better Philippines in the Post-Pandemic World”, or in Filipino, “Muling Magsimula at Magtayo Tungo sa Mas Matatag na Pilipinas Pagkatapos ng Pandemya”. Through this theme, we would like to emphasize that to be able to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and create a better Philippines, we need to reset our paradigms and practices by balancing the interests of people, profit, and planet or by placing equal importance on economic, social, and environmental well-being and sustainability. To this end, the government, business sector, academe, civil society, and the general public should work together in pursuing a shared vision of an equitable, sustainable, and resilient post-pandemic Philippines.

The webinar will be streamed live on the PIDS Facebook page (

Details of the DPRM and this year’s theme and activities may be accessed from the DPRM website at

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Reset and Rebuild for a Better Philippines in the Post-Pandemic World presented by Dr. Adoracion M. Navarro, Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Ethical Business: Stakeholder Capitalism presented by Atty. Rachel Esther J. Gumtang-Remalante, Director for Corporate Governance and Finance Department, Securities and Exchange Commission

Green and Inclusive Recovery presented by Dr. Rosa T. Perez, Senior Research Fellow, Manila Observatory and Member – Technical Working Group (Science and Technology), National Resilience Council

Sustaining a Healthy and Robust Workforce presented by Assistant Secretary Dominique R. Tutay, Bureau of Local Employment - Department of Labor and Employment

How a Jolly, Robust, and Healthy Workforce Drives Jollibee Group’s Success in the New Normal presented by Mr. Arsenio M. Sabado, Chief Human Resources Officer, Jollibee Foods Corporation

The recording of this webinar may be viewed at

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