IN FOCUS: Assessment of the DSWD SEA-K Strategy

This study assesses the effectiveness of the strategy and the complementary interventions of the Department of Social Welfare and Developmentā€™s Sustainable Livelihood Program's Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SLP SEA-K). The SLP SEA-K uses a microcredit strategy to provide credit access to the poor, improve the ability of the group to borrow, and enable it to engage in income-generating activities. Microcredit services are generally believed to have a positive socioeconomic impact; however, the success of projects may depend largely on the management of the program. The authors found out that the government lacks the capacity to handle microcredit programs. Additionally, they see the one-size-fits-all strategy of the program as a problem because of the diverse range of beneficiary profiles.

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Highlights

PIDS named one of the world`s best think tanks anew

For the fourth consecutive year, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has been recognized as among the world`s top think tanks.

In the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Report and Policy Advice of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, PIDS was included in the list of best think tanks in seven categories. More than 6,600 think tanks from 198 countries were assessed in this round.

PIDS remained the top social policy think tank in Southeast Asia and was ranked 37th among the top 100 in the world. Other think tanks from Southeast Asia that made it to this category (social policy) were Singapore`s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (41st) and Institute for Policy Studies (53rd) and Malaysia`s Center for Public Policy Studies (66th). In 2014, PIDS also ranked 37th among 50 nominated think tanks in this category.

PIDS also maintained its rankings as among the top international development think tanks (70th out of 128) and among the top education policy think tanks (33rd out of 65).

Moreover, the Institute has been included in four new categories: best think tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, best government-affiliated think tanks, and think tanks with the best external relations/public engagement program. The East Asian Development Network (EADN) Secretariat, which PIDS has been running since 2010, also made it to the list of best think tank networks. The EADN is a network of institutes and centers in developing countries of East Asia. It sponsors research and capacity-building activities for early career researchers.

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Featured Publications

NONGOVERNMENT REFORESTATION IN THE PHILIPPINES: WAYS FORWARD

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Nongovernment reforestation is defined as reforestation done through the tenure instruments, citizenry, and private lands. This Policy Note aims to identify contemporary issues and problems related to nongovernment reforestation and recommends specific actions that can be undertaken to address them. Private reforestation is found to perform the best among the different types of nongovernment reforestation, and may be the preferred approach to nongovernment reforestation in the future. This type of reforestation, however, has problems and issues that may prevent it from reaching its full potential. One of these issues is ... || Read more >>


GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

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Global value chains (GVCs) play an important role in creating a more inclusive global economy. The interconnected networks of production and services are enabling paths for small and medium enterprises to expand and grow. In a world where the costs of communication and transportation have been significantly reduced by advances in technologies, policymakers must understand how they can help local firms and industries capture and benefit from increased GVC participation. GVC success stories in various Philippine industries--tobacco, services, and electronics, among others--have evidently contributed to the country's recent positive growth ... || Read more >>


BRIDGING THE KNOWLEDGE GAP THROUGH OPEN ACCESS

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Due to the advancements in publishing-related technologies and the thriving culture among researchers to make their works freely available online, the demand for open access rapidly grows. A publication is open access if it is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most reuse restrictions. While it benefits a number of stakeholders from the academe, government agencies, and research institutions, the acceptability of open access as a means to share knowledge in a freer environment is still generally a long shot. Changing the mindset of these key stakeholders toward ... || Read more >>


HOW IS PHILHEALTH FARING AS A PURCHASER OF HEALTH SERVICES?

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This Policy Note analyzes the role of PhilHealth as a purchaser of health services on behalf of its members. It investigates this role in terms of three relationships: between PhilHealth and members, between PhilHealth and service providers, and between PhilHealth and the government. It measures purchasing performance using a set of standards formulated by health systems analysts from Asian and African countries. To improve its relationship with the three groups of stakeholders, some recommendations are given. For example, PhilHealth should establish effective mechanisms to listen to complaints, views, and reflections ... || Read more >>


PHILHEALTH COVERAGE IN THE INFORMAL SECTOR: IDENTIFYING DETERMINANTS OF ENROLLMENT

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One of the schemes of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is the Individually Paying Program (IPP), the voluntary component of the country's social health insurance. Those enrolled in the IPP scheme are individuals who opt to pay for their own membership. They generally include the self-employed, self-earning, and those in occupations without a formal employer-employee relationship, such as the informal sector. This Policy Note aims to identify the determinants of enrollment into the IPP. Identifying predisposing factors will allow for better and more efficient targeting of the sectors of ... || Read more >>


PHILHEALTH'S EMPLOYED PROGRAM: STRENGTHENING A MANDATORY SCHEME

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The Employed Program is a component of the National Health Insurance Program that caters to the formal sector. It covers people in the government and private sectors who are under a formal employer-employee relationship. It is compulsory to all workers in the formal sector. Despite its mandatory nature, full coverage has yet to be achieved in this sector. This Policy Note discusses the reasons and provides some recommendations on how to improve the coverage level. || Read more >>


PIDS, NEDA, 3IE BOLSTER CAMPAIGN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF EVALUATION

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As the year 2015 ends, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) looks back on one of its most challenging projects to date--impact evaluation. The Institute considers its involvement in impact evaluation work as a way to bring policy research in the Philippines one step higher. This issue of the Development Research News, thus, highlights the Policy Forum on Impact Evaluation that brought together senior government officials to promote a culture of evaluation among policymakers--a cause that PIDS believes in. Moreover, this issue also digs deep in exposing core irrigation problems ... || Read more >>


ENHANCING AND MAXIMIZING PARTICIPATION OF PRIVATE HEALTH FACILITIES IN TB CONTROL

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Although free services and drugs are available in various Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) units, many tuberculosis (TB) patients still prefer to go to private health facilities due to proximity and better quality of service. This Policy Note discusses the strategies recommended for a more active and sustainable involvement and engagement of the private sector as an important partner in controlling TB. In particular, strong and dedicated support of the government to the private sector is crucial for the partnership to continue. It is also important to develop and ... || Read more >>


IMPROVING THE READINESS OF A&F INDUSTRIES TO THE ASEAN INTEGRATION

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This Policy Note presents the results of interviews with private stakeholders in the agriculture and fisheries sector to get their perception of the sector's readiness to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Their overriding message is for the government to provide stronger and more effective support to local producers to better prepare them for the AEC. High degree of preparedness of agro-based value chains is necessary to translate market opportunities into new sources of incomes for the country's agricultural and fisheries producers. One of the recommendations is to establish industry road ... || Read more >>


ASSESSMENT OF THE DSWD SEA-K STRATEGY

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This study assesses the effectiveness of the strategy and the complementary interventions of the Sustainable Livelihood Program`s Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SLP SEA-K). The SLP SEA-K uses a microcredit strategy to provide credit access to the poor, improve the ability of the group to borrow, and enable it to engage in income-generating activities. Microcredit services are generally believed to have a positive socioeconomic impact; however, the success of projects may depend largely on the management of the program. The authors found out that the government lacks the capacity to handle ... || Read more >>


BUILDING INCLUSIVE ECONOMIES, BUILDING A BETTER WORLD: A LOOK AT THE APEC 2015 PRIORITY AREAS

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The Department of Foreign Affairs, as chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 National Organizing Council Committee on Host Economy Priorities and as APEC National Secretariat, commissioned the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, through the Philippine APEC Study Center Network, to undertake research on the identified priority areas of APEC 2015 in order to gather expert analyses and insights that can serve as inputs to the various discussions during the summit as well as help advocate domestic reforms in the longer term. This two-volume publication consists of policy papers written under ... || Read more >>


PHILIPPINE JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL VOLUME ON HEALTH

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The Aquino Health Agenda of 2010 articulates succinctly the Philippine health sector's aim for universal health coverage. The agenda has three thrusts: rapid expansion of enrollment and benefit delivery using subsidies for the poorest families, improved access to quality hospitals and health-care facilities, and attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals through additional effort and resources targeted to the most critical areas in the country. Years after the launch of the agenda, the Department of Health collaborated with key institutions to implement the Health Systems Research Management (HSRM) Project, with the Philippine ... || Read more >>



Press Releases

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PHILHEALTH MUST IMPROVE ENROLLMENT IN THE FORMAL ECONOMY TO ACHIEVE FULL COVERAGE -- PIDS STUDY

Gauging the efficacy of enrollment in PhilHealth's Employed Program will help policymakers in the health sector determine a more effective approach in achieving the goal of universal coverage. Last year, PhilHealth officials iterated their commitment to achieving universal coverage by 2016. President Benigno Aquino III signed an amendment of the National Health Insurance Act highlighting the responsibility of the national government to cover the health insurance premiums of Filipinos in the informal sector. However, full coverage in the formal sector also needs due attention and improvement. Thirty percent of PhilHealth's members ... || Read more >>


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IMPROVING IPP COVERAGE A MUST IN ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR PH--PIDS STUDY

Improving the enrollment rate for the individually paying program (IPP) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is an important component of the government`s goal of achieving universal health care for the country. The country aims to attain universal health care by 2016 when some 100 million Filipinos shall have been enrolled with PhilHealth. However, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in achieving this goal is the low coverage rate in PhilHealth`s IPP, the voluntary component of the country`s social health insurance. Those enrolled in the IPP scheme are ... || Read more >>


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PIDS, 3IE CONDUCT TRAINING ON IMPACT EVALUATION FOR RESEARCHERS IN GOVERNMENT, SUCS

State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies, in partnership with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), is conducting a technical course on impact evaluation (IE) on January 4-15, 2016, at the PIDS office in Eton Centris, Quezon City. IE is a special type of research that allows policymakers and program implementers to ascertain whether a particular program is achieving its objectives and whether the results are attributable to the intervention. Around 30 participants from selected regional state universities and colleges (SUCs) and other government agencies are attending the course. Aside ... || Read more >>


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GLOBAL BUDGET FOR HOSPITALS SEEN AS BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO CASE-BASED PAYMENT

The global budget payment (GBP) system, wherein hospitals are given a certain amount that will cover all inpatient services for members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for the entire year, is found to be more efficient than the current case-based payment (CBP) scheme. In 2011, PhilHealth started implementing the case-based payment system in lieu of the traditional fee-for-service in paying hospitals for a group of materials and services required for the treatment of certain conditions. Currently, the CBP covers 23 of the most common conditions and procedures, which represent 50 percent ... || Read more >>


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DOH SHOULD EXPLORE E-LEARNING TO INFORM AND EDUCATE MORE FILIPINOS

A study released by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said the Department of Health (DOH) can improve its information dissemination capacity by using e-learning. Author Ayedee Ace Domingo, a PIDS consultant, recommends to the DOH to explore creating a virtual learning environment for its Resource Center for Health Systems Development (RCHSD), a research site launched in 2009 to serve as a "repository of knowledge products on health system reforms". The site aims to keep the public informed about the country's health system policies and programs. The advantages ... || Read more >>



EVENTS CALENDAR


February 16, 2016 09:00 AM
Senate Centennial Lecture Series (Topic: Comparative Assessment of Proposals to Amend Personal Income Tax Law)

Sen. Laurel and Pecson Rooms, 2nd Floor, Senate of the Philippines


February 23, 2016 02:00 PM
Pulong Saliksikan on Diminished Global Growth Prospects: New Economic Uncertainty and the Philippines

PIDS Conference Room, 18th Floor, Three Cyberpod Centris - North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City



DATABASE UPDATES


February 2016
The monthly average peso-dollar exchange rate in January 2016 marks the highest rate in the last 6 years and 3 months

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January 2016
The country`s gross international reserves (GIR) stood at US$80.67 billion in the end of December 2015.

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November 2015
The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) ended at 7,134.26 for the month of October.

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