In the face of global challenges brought about by the New Globalization, Filipinos must learn how to navigate it through local actions.

This is the overarching message of this year’s Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) led by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 247 signed in September 2002, the DPRM is celebrated every September to promote nationwide awareness of the importance of policy research in crafting evidence-based policies, plans, and programs.

The theme of the 19th DPRM is “Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges” or in Filipino, “Paglalayag sa Bagong Globalisasyon: Lokal na Pagkilos sa mga Pandaigdigang Hamon”.

To kick off the celebration of the DPRM, a press conference will be held on September 4 at the Novotel Hotel in Quezon City. Panelists include PIDS President Celia Reyes, PIDS Senior Research Fellow Roehlano Briones, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Marivel Sacendoncillo, National Immunization Program Manager Dr. Maria Wilda Silva, Department of Trade and Industry-Multilateral Relations Division Chief Marie Sherylyn Aquia.

“Through this theme, we hope to promote awareness of the changing face of globalization. We intend to enlighten our stakeholders on the various challenges that come along with this new globalization, notably the issues of rising protectionism, worsening inequality trends, worldwide economic restructuring, widening polarization, and proliferation of disinformation,” PIDS President Celia Reyes said.

“We hope to encourage everyone to be proactive both in dealing with these challenges and in harnessing the opportunities of the new globalization through local actions that are guided by a shared vision of prosperity and inclusivity, unity, wider and deeper participation of all sectors of society, and adaptive, evidence-based policymaking,” she added.

A series of activities are also slated for September to promote the DPRM, including the Mindanao Policy Research Forum and a press conference on September 10 in General Santos City in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority and Mindanao State University, and the Fifth  Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) on September 19 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, which is the culminating activity of the DPRM.

This year’s DPRM celebration, spearheaded by PIDS, is supported by the Civil Service Commission, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Information Agency, Presidential Management Staff, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry–BITR, Asian Development Bank, Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Philippine Competition Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Budget and Management, Climate Change Commission, Senate Economic and Planning Office, and House of Representatives - Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department. ###

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