To formally launch the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) conducted a Press Conference on September 1, 2015, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Spearheaded by the PIDS, the DPRM is an annual nationwide celebration held every September to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of policy research in the formulation of development policies, programs, and projects.

The DPRM theme for 2015 was Tamang Regulasyon para sa Patungo na Pag-ahon (Effective Regulation for Sustainable Growth) to highlight regulatory issues in the different sectors of the economy.

The press conference panel included Dr. Gilberto Llanto, who presented his paper "Reduce regulatory burden, improve regulatory quality" in support of this year`s theme. Joining Dr. Llanto to discuss issues within their respective sectors were Atty. Winston Ginez, Chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board; and Atty. Nicasio Conti, Deputy Administrator for Planning of the Maritime Industry Authority.

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