There is an urgent need to improve the countrys educational system if the Philippines were to maintain its present lead in service exports.
According to researchers from the government think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the quality of human resources, which is determined by the kind of training that the educational system provides, is important since services sector is very labor-intensive.
The studies commissioned by PIDS, which focus on information and communication technologies (ICT), business process outsourcing (BPO), medical services, audio-visual services and educational services, aim to elicit a deeper understanding of this fast-growing part of the economy. In addition, the findings of these studies would be helpful in the formulation of policies to promote and enhance this sector.
The services sector, which has been the main growth driver of the economy during the past few years and now its biggest employer, outpacing agriculture and manufacturing industry, is also the highlight of this years celebration of the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM). Among the activities lined up for the DPRM celebration is seminar on September 27 and 28 to be held at the Dusit Hotel Nikko in Makati City in collaboration with the German Technical Cooperation office to discuss the findings of the studies on services.
The celebration of the DPRM every September is based on Proclamation 247 issued by Pres. Gloria Arroyo in 2002 which is geared toward promoting the importance of policy research in policy formulation, planning and decisionmaking process in the country.
Queries concerning the Development Policy Research Month and the seminar on services may be addressed to the PIDS Public Affairs Division at tel. nos. 8924059/ 8935705, fax number 8939589 or email address

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