This Policy Note briefly reviews the performance so far of the National Greening Program (NGP) at the national and regional levels based on available data and information from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Commission on Audit, and from a recent study conducted by PIDS. The study concludes with some recommendations that can be done in the interim to improve the conduct of the NGP. This Note also discusses the newly commenced NGP impact assessment project being conducted by PIDS and other program-related developments. This impact assessment should provide further recommendations for the implementation of the program in its closing years and the conduct of future reforestation programs. || Read more >>
Statement of PIDS President Gilbert Llanto regarding media reports on the Commission on Audit findings
This is to clarify certain issues raised against the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in connection with the 2013 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA), and published in the newspapers and online news web sites today. || Read more >>
Inclusivity remains a critical challenge for the Philippines. Despite an outstanding growth performance in 2013, widespread poverty and joblessness persist - signs that growth continues to benefit only a few. Three million Filipinos were without jobs in 2013 and 7.51 million were underemployed. By 2012, the proportion of the population living below poverty line was 25.2 percent.
The Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 recommends a number of strategies to enhance job generation, which include, among others, opening legitimate channels for all forms of employment and mutually beneficial work arrangements, and exploiting the country's comparative advantage in labor-intensive activities. In support of the PDP, the 12th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) has for its theme, "Addressing the Jobs Challenge toward Inclusive Growth", to give emphasis to the urgent need to address the perennially high rates of unemployment and underemployment in the country. With the Philippines in the cusp of major international and regional developments such as the forthcoming ASEAN economy community in 2015, it is high time that we take a look at labor policies and regulations and other binding constraints that hamper the country's ability to generate ample and productive jobs and make use of its abundant resources. We should determine what policy measures and interventions can make a serious dent on high income inequality and poverty incidence.
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The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) continues to be recognized as one of the world`s best think tanks for its outstanding public policy research, analysis, engagement, and impact. In the 2014 Global Go To Think Tanks Report and Policy Advice of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, PIDS was recognized in three categories. PIDS remained the top social policy think tank in South East Asia and 37th among the t || Read more >>
The Philippines risks failing to fully enjoy the gains of its economic growth if the government does not adopt a strategic national urbanization blueprint and follow it through with strong implementation. In a discussion paper originally presented to the Network of East Asian Think-Tanks in Singapore last September, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) Senior Research Fellow Adoracion M. Navarro concludes that the status of the country`s urban planning and || Read more >>
MOOCs can help make education affordable and accessible Massive open online courses (MOOCs) can be a good way to make education inclusive. Speaking at a recent forum organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in Makati City, former World Bank Lead Economist Marito Garcia noted that the escalating cost of tertiary education can deprive poor people from getting high-quality education, and later on, quality high-paying jobs. MOOCs c || Read more >>
An increase in world prices of agricultural commodities has nuanced impacts: good for the nation`s economy but bad for the poor. Professor German Calfat, an expert on the relationship and nature of trade and national development at the University of Antwerp, shared this conclusion during a seminar-forum organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies. His presentation was based on the findings of his research on Poverty impacts of changes in the || Read more >>
State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has scheduled a forum addressing the need to boost the countrys education system through a recent development in distance education called Massive Open Online Courses. The seminar titled `Distance Education through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)` is scheduled for Monday, 27 January 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Romulo Hall of the NEDA sa Makati Bldg., 106 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village || Read more >>
The Philippines can continue to reinforce the importance of global value chains (GVCs) when the country hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic meeting this year, recommends a study released by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). The Policy Note, `Why global value chains and services matter: Implication for APEC 2015`, authored by PIDS Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Ramonette Serafica, depicts the aggregated GVC participation index of countries in the || Read more >>
The Philippines is not prepared to detect and prevent the complications, including resistance to treatment, posed by the tandem of tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes mellitus (DM). Researchers of state think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), led by Dr. Emmanuel S. Baja, urge national health agencies to work together to initiate research studies and produce a coordinated response to detect, prevent, and manage the deadly TB-DM tandem in a study released || Read more >>
A study by the state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies is calling for the expansion of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation`s (PhilHealth) health coverage for catastrophic illnesses through private supplemental insurance. According to the PIDS study, titled `Exploring private supplemental insurance for catastrophic illnesses`, authored by Noel Juban and Benito R. Reverente, the PhilHealth `Z` package, designed to address catastrophic cases, has || Read more >>
State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies welcomed former Energy Secretary Atty. Raphael Perpetuo M. Lotilla last December 16 as the new member of its Board of Trustees. He took his oath before PIDS Board Chairman and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan at the NEDA Head Office in Pasig. Atty. Lotilla brings to the Board his vast experience from years of government se || Read more >>
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mechanism is one way to build infrastructure in the ASEAN, especially in member-states where public funds are insufficient to finance infrastructure development. In a book published by the Economic Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) titled `Financing ASEAN Connectivity,` the authors, composed of 13 ASEAN scholars and experts, stressed the important role of PPP in achieving the objectives of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. ASE || Read more >>