Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared the month of September of every year as Development Policy Research Month.

This is to recognize the importance of policy research in the policy formulation, planning and decisionmaking regarding socio-economic development activities.

In Proclamation 247, Pres. Arroyo stressed that the observance of Policy Research Month will provide the means for promoting, enhancing, instilling and drawing nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and necessity of policy research as a tool for national socio-economic development. This will also ensure the support of the public for all activities aimed at advancing the quality and standard of policy research in the country.

As the governments policy development think tank, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has been designated to oversee and coordinate all programmed activities lined up to mark and celebrate the Policy Research Month.

Likewise, she called on all departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the national government, local government units, government-owned or controlled corporations, the private sector and the public at large to support the activities and programs for Development Policy Research Month.

The Presidents proclamation coincides with the celebration of PIDS 25th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Institute has lined up a number of activities.

Starting August 15 until September 12, the PIDS has held the Perspective Paper Symposium Series. The topics of the perspective papers are on public finance, infrastructure and privatization, banking and finance, environment, agriculture and rural development, poverty alleviation, human resource development and labor markets, science and technology, competition policy, trade and regional integration and housing development. The papers are presented by PIDS research fellows, with eminent social scientists as discussants.

Likewise, the PIDS, in cooperation with the Philippine Economic Society (PES) conducted a lecture series on political reforms, exchange rate policy, and inflation and tuition fees in Philippine colleges and universities.

An international conference on trade and development in the Pacific on competition policy will be held on September 16-18,2002 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City. Fora on Sustainable Tourism and Philippine Agricultural System will also be conducted at the AIM Conference Center on September 19 and 20, respectively.

The activities will culminate with a free admission-research fair on September 18-20 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City where various PIDS and other research institutions studies are to be exhibited.

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