The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) welcomes Davao Oriental State University (DORSU) and the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPPC) as the newest members of its open-access initiative, the Socioeconomic Research Portal for the Philippines (SERP-P). This collaboration strengthens PIDS’ mission to bridge the gap between research and policymakers by adding valuable expertise and expanding the SERP-P repository.

As new members, PPPC and DORSU will contribute their knowledge materials to the SERP-P portal and participate in network activities like annual meetings and knowledge-sharing seminars.

Professor Edison Macusi, editor-in-chief of the Davao Research Journal at DORSU, sees it as a chance to amplify the reach of their research on environmental and social challenges faced by local farming and fishing communities. “With SERP-P’s established reputation, our research will be more accessible to the public, leading to increased utilization and citations for the journal,” Macusi said.

PPPC Director for Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Service Atty. Cyris Ann A. Ng-Santiago shares the same enthusiasm. She views this collaboration as a catalyst for open access within the SERP-P network. “The PPP Center envisions itself as a champion for transparency, inclusivity, and knowledge sharing. Through our knowledge products, we aim to democratize access to PPP-related information and resources”.

“We firmly believe in the power of open and accessible knowledge to drive positive change”, said PIDS President Dr. Aniceto Orbeta, Jr. He emphasized the exciting opportunities this new collaboration presents for all participating institutions.

SERP-P ( is an online knowledge resource which contains socioeconomic studies and materials produced by PIDS, government agencies, research and academic institutions, and international organizations in the Philippines. As of March 31, 2024, it has a total of 9,107 publications. The network itself has grown to over 60 members, with DORSU and PPPC being the latest additions. ###

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