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 >>
The Philippines is on track in the detection and cure of tuberculosis (TB) under the Directly Observed Treatment Short Course. However, it is still struggling to meet its target of reducing the incidence and deaths linked with the disease. This Policy Note discusses the barriers that hinder the early diagnosis of TB among the poor living in highly urbanized areas of Metro Manila, Davao, and Cebu. It also aims to develop specific strategies for effective case detection and early diagnosis among the urban poor population. The study reveals that cultural ... || Read more >>
The prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) in diabetic patients and of diabetes mellitus (DM) in TB patients is an area of concern. With the Philippines being endemic for TB and compounded by an upward trend for DM, there is a need to jointly address this tandem disease interaction. This Policy Note provides additional information to support an integrated approach to the considerable double burden of TB and DM. Among the key concerns raised by the study include the cost of bidirectional screening, the time required in busy outpatient services to carry ... || Read more >>
Catastrophic illnesses can impoverish a household due to unmanageable expenditures that arise from their treatment or management. The Z Benefits program of PhilHealth aims to protect Filipinos from financial catastrophe due to certain medical conditions. The cases included in the Z benefits program, however, are few, and only selected government hospitals provide the Z benefits. Using the private sector to address the limitations of the current Z benefits packages will enable the government to provide financial protection to more Filipinos. This Policy Note finds that a supplemental fund from the ... || Read more >>
By design, the PhilHealth Customer Assistance, Relations and Empowerment Staff (CARES) project provides a member/patient-focused service that mediates between the individual and the huge government machinery as well as with stakeholders such as hospitals and health-care providers. This Policy Note describes the overall goals and objectives of the program and how these are understood by the program managers and staff in selected areas in the National Capital Region. It evaluates the extent to which these goals and objectives were met, as well as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats ... || Read more >>
To celebrate the 13th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), the PIDS chose the theme, "Effective Regulations for Sustainable Growth" or Tamang Regulasyon Para sa Patuloy na Pag-ahon. Two articles in this issue, one presenting the highlights of the policy dialogue on the DPRM theme and the other discussing bits of the press conferences held in various regions, show the initiatives and experiences of various regulatory agencies in reforming their regulations. Instituting a strong and coherent regulatory management system for the country--the message of this year's DPRM--is deemed to facilitate more ... || Read more >>
As part of the government's effort to pursue sustained and inclusive growth and, at the same time, promote good governance at the local level, the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) exercise--also called the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) process--was initiated in 2012. It is a reform measure that aims to make the national budget a participatory process. Through the BUB, the government hopes to involve citizens in identifying projects that they believe will be beneficial for their own communities. This Economic Issue of the Day discusses the concept of participatory budgeting and how it ... || Read more >>
The state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines have always been a major issue mainly because of the poor quality of education that most of them offer, the undeveloped management and financial systems, and the inequality of access. And yet the government has been providing them considerable funding support primarily due to the importance of tertiary education in promoting human development and improving the economy`s competitiveness. A review of the mandates of the various SUCs in the selected regions covered by this study indicates that the mandates are ... || Read more >>
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 >>
Call for Applications
Impact Evaluation Course: How to Design and Conduct Impact Evaluation
Deadline: December 7, 2015
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) will conduct a training course on impact evaluation, from January 4 to 15, 2016. Venue is the PIDS' office at the 18th floor, Three Cyberpod Centris-North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
The course will introduce participants to the theory and application of impact evaluation as a key instrument for determining project/program effectiveness, informing policy development, and improving program designs. It will cover commonly used econometric and statistical methods to evaluate the impacts of social and other programs in developing countries. The course includes both randomized and nonrandomized methods.
The deadline for applications is December 7, 2015. A limited number of scholarships will be available and will be assigned competitively. For details about the course and how to apply, download the file here. You may also email your inquiries to the course coordinators (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com).
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A study by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies urges the Department of Health to address serious flaws and challenges in the implementation of its Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).
The research team of Oscar F. Picazo, Ida Marie T. Pantig, and Nina Ashley O. dela Cruz released their findings in a policy note titled, "More than infrastructure and equipment: Process evaluation of the Health Facilities Enhancement Program". Their evaluation of the DOH program revealed gaps in implementing practices in medical infrastructure.
The problematic areas they identified included ... || Read more >>
Dr. Rosario Manasan, senior research fellow at state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), presents the key findings of an assessment of the government's bottom-up budgeting (BUB) program. The BUB program was launched with a twin objective of promoting participatory budgeting processes at the national and local levels, and of helping the poorest local government units (LGUs) work their way out of poverty by providing additional funding for the most critical poverty-alleviating programs identified by the LGUs and civil society organizations (CSOs).
Now on its fourth year, the ... || Read more >>
In response to the invitation of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Institute for Development Studies President Dr. Gilberto Llanto delivered a lecture on the regulatory management system (RMS) on October 26 before its officials and staff. RMS was this years Development Policy Research Month theme.
Llanto emphasized that it is critical to talk about regulation reforms and regulatory quality measures in anticipation of the upcoming integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
He encouraged the MMDA's leaders to consider applying regulatory tools like regulatory impact statement and ... || Read more >>
Dr. Rosario G. Manasan, senior research fellow at state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Senate Secretary Atty. Oscar Yabes for presenting the results of an assessment done by PIDS of the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) process, at the opening of the Senate Centennial Lecture Series on November 5, 2015. Also in the photo (L-R) are Senate Economic and Planning Office (SEPO) Director-General Ronald Golding, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms M/Gen. Jose Balajadia Jr., and PIDS President Gilberto Llanto.
Started in March 2012, the BUB aims to promote ... || Read more >>
"There is a need to institutionalize good regulatory practice as we move to the ASEAN Economic Community."
Deputy Director-General Emmanuel Esguerra of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) maintained that ensuring the quality of regulations through the building of a coherent regulatory system is crucial for the Philippines not only to keep up with its regional neighbors but also to build a sustainable and inclusive society--one where growth is felt at all levels.
In his keynote remarks at the Policy Dialogue on Effective Regulations for Sustainable Growth organized by ... || Read more >>