IN FOCUS: Education for Inclusive Growth

The road to inclusive growth can start with education. Human resource is the backbone of the economy, and a well-trained, highly competitive workforce is key to increased productivity and national competitiveness. Education can promote inclusive growth but can also be a purveyor of inequity if left unguided.

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Research by PIDS is helping inform policy. For instance, PIDS has found that the government's conditional cash transfer program—the Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino or 4Ps—has been successful in improving school attendance among poor households. Relatedly, a study jointly conducted by PIDS and the United Nations Children's Fund shows that the incidence of out-of-school children has been declining dramatically since 2008. Authors Jose Ramon Albert of PIDS and Clarissa David of the University of the Philippines-Diliman attribute this to the 4Ps, the passage and implementation of the mandatory kindergarten and the K to 12 law, and the increasing budget of the Department of Education. || Read more >>

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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

RISKS, SHOCKS, BUILDING RESILIENCE: PHILIPPINES

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Building economic resilience takes center stage on this prepress version of the sixth issue of the PIDS Economic Policy Monitor (EPM). Due to overlapping shocks and risks of varied nature, there is a need to look beyond natural hazards and to acknowledge that the sources of risks are many and interconnected. Evidence points to the critical role of good policies in bolstering coping ability and in building resilient systems. In this line, this EPM presents a framework (Chapter 3) that underscores the significance of appropriate interventions by way of policies, programs, ... || Read more >>


THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY IN 2015 AND PROSPECTS FOR 2016

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PIDS Senior Research Fellow Roehlano Briones provides an assessment of the Philippine economy in 2015 and outlook for the current year in this first issue of the DRN for 2016. Amid global and regional challenges, such as the economic slowdown in big Asian economies and the sharp drop in oil prices, he underscores the country's resiliency as exemplified by sustained economic growth, improved capital formation, and sound fiscal balance. The lack of inclusiveness, however, remains a major issue that cannot be solved overnight. But our macroeconomic fundamentals have remained strong despite various ... || Read more >>


IMPORTANCE OF ENTRANCE EXAM SCORES FOR SELECTING GRANTS-IN-AID RECIPIENTS

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The Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) is one of the initiatives of the government to break the poverty cycle by providing support to students who cannot afford tertiary education. It aims to increase the number of higher education graduates among poor households and employ these graduates in high value-added occupations. The selection of grantees is important in achieving the objective of the program. Given the thrust of the program, it is also important that the grantees have a relatively high likelihood of completing their degrees. This Policy Note ... || Read more >>


PROMOTING INCLUSIVE GROWTH THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION

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Investing in human capital, especially in higher education, contributes to inclusive growth. Households, for the most part, finance higher education. To make growth that is driven by higher education inclusive, families with insufficient funds must have access to credit markets that they can turn to in order to finance their children's college education. This Policy Note analyzes the role that investing in human capital, especially in higher education, plays in economic growth. It also proposes some policy recommendations that will address concerns about inequitable growth, particularly the country's policy for ... || Read more >>


MAKING DIGITAL DIVIDENDS INCLUSIVE

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The Philippines, with its new economic growth trajectory, requires reliable, accessible, and affordable infrastructure in information and communications technology (ICT). To maximize digital dividends or the development effects of these technologies, policies need to be formulated and implemented. This Policy Note gives a brief history of the Internet in the Philippines, examines trends in various ICT statistics, discusses issues confronting the ICT sector, and provides policy recommendations to make digital dividends more inclusive. The high cost of ICT services in the country, protecting privacy and data, cybersecurity, and digital literacy ... || 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 >>


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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4PS SHOULD BE REFINED BEFORE INSTITUTIONALIZED - PIDS EXPERT

In response to calls to institutionalize the governments conditional cash transfer program or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), an expert from state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) stressed that the targeting of the 4Ps should first be refined to make it more effective in reducing poverty. In a briefing on the status of poverty, inequality, employment, and health in the context of social protection programs held at the House of Representatives, PIDS Senior Research Fellow Celia Reyes pointed out that institutionalizing the 4Ps will have ... || Read more >>


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EU MIGRANT CRISIS WONT SIGNIFICANTLY HURT OFWS -- EXPERT

The European migrant crisis will not have large, adverse effects on the Philippines, according to a Malta-based economist in a presentation at a seminar hosted by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) last April 11. While the distance between Europe and the Philippines makes it difficult to imagine how the crisis can affect the country, the breakdown of trust among European nations and the tightening of borders put free movement in the continent at risk, while hostilities against migrants intensify. But according to Prof. Lino Briguglio of the ... || Read more >>


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POOR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS IN PH CAUSED BY WEAK PROGRAM DESIGN, MISMANAGEMENT--PIDS STUDY

With the onset of prolonged drought brought by the El Nino phenomenon, irrigation also becomes more important for cultivating crops, especially rice. The government has been investing billions of pesos yearly to develop and maintain irrigation systems. However, despite receiving close to half of the total budget for agriculture in recent years, the irrigation sector has consistently fallen short in delivering what is expected from it. According to a paper by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) that evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of the government's irrigation ... || Read more >>


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PIDS STUDY CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE ACTION FOR MITIGATING RISKS, BUILDING RESILIENCE

Baguio City, the capital of Benguet Province, was flagged a few years back by a World Wide Fund for Nature study as the most vulnerable Philippine city to climate change and other socioeconomic threats. Because of its dense population, topography, and largely ill-planned urbanization, Baguio's ability to adapt and respond to such risks was judged inadequate. As part of a conscious effort to turn things around, the city held its first-ever city-wide earthquake drill in March. Following this, on April 6, part of Baguio City's academic community participated in a forum ... || Read more >>


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PIDS, UP BAGUIO TO HOLD FORUM ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, BUILDING RESILIENCE

State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in coordination with the Cordillera Studies Center, University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio, will be hosting a policy research form on Human Capital: Health, Education, and Building Resilience at the Abraham Sarmiento Hall, Alumni Center, UP Baguio on April 6, Wednesday. Two studies will be presented at the seminar. One is on the results of an impact evaluation study on the Department of Education's (DepED) School-Based Feeding Program to be presented by PIDS Consultant and Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda. ... || Read more >>


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PIDS, CLSU TO HOLD POLICY FORUM ON IMPACT OF GOVT'S MAJOR AGRI PROGRAMS

State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in partnership with the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), will conduct a forum on the assessment of the irrigation and postharvest facilities, two of government's flagship agriculture projects, on March 30, 2016 at the CLSU Campus in the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija. One of the papers to be presented is an evaluation of irrigation facilities conducted by a multidisciplinary team of PIDS consultants. Arlene Inocencio, former PIDS research fellow and currently professor at the De la Salle University-Manila, will present the ... || Read more >>



EVENTS CALENDAR


May 24, 2016 08:30 AM
PIDS-IPA Evidence in the Education Sector Policy Forum

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



DATABASE UPDATES


February 2016
The countrys year-on-year headline inflation rate started in 2016 at a lower rate of 1.3 percent, from 1.5 percent in December 2015.

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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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