Research plays a major role in the crafting and implementation of government`s poverty reduction programs. Especially since the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is fast approaching, there is a need to assess the Philippine government`s progress in achieving the goal of poverty reduction based on careful study and active interaction and collaboration among different sectors of society.

This is the reason behind the choice of the theme, `Pananaliksik at Talakayan tungo sa Pag-ahon mula sa Kahirapan` for this year`s celebration of the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM). The DPRM, with its broad-based and nationwide outlets for discussion, hopes to present the opportunity to discuss the important issues relating to poverty reduction. The various studies and activities to be presented and organized during the month-long celebration of the DPRM will hopefully provide the appropriate base and support in crafting a roadmap for economic development and poverty reduction for the new administration.

Under the MDGs, the Philippines is targeting to reduce the 1991 poverty incidence of 45.3 percent by half by 2015. According to the National Statistical Coordination Board, poverty incidence or the proportion of people whose income is less than the poverty line was 32.9 percent in 2006.

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