IN FOCUS: Building a Resilient Philippines

A plethora of risks can potentially dismantle a country’s vision of sustained and inclusive growth. With overlapping risks of varied nature, the need to build multiple resilient communities has become a top priority, particularly for the Philippines—a country battered by shocks related to extreme weather events, high structural unemployment and underemployment, increasing food prices, and corruption, among others. It is no surprise, then, that state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and its partner-institutions center the celebration of the 14th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) on “Investing in Risk Reduction for a Resilient Philippines”.

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Although it became a buzzword only in the last decade, the term “resilience” originated in the 1970s in the field of ecology to refer to the ability of an ecosystem to absorb change and disturbance. Traditionally, resilience is associated with natural hazards, extreme weather events, or disasters. However, according to PIDS President Gilberto Llanto, building resilience should go beyond disaster risk reduction and management, as the Philippines has never confronted risks as interconnected and varied as they are today. || 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

CONTINUE BUT REDESIGN THE GRANT PROGRAM FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION

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One approach used by the Philippine government to support the Millennium Development Goals for water supply and sanitation is to provide grant financing to waterless communities. This Policy Note presents the main findings of a study evaluating two grant financing programs--the President's Priority Program for Water Supply and the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat. The study involved process evaluation on the effectiveness and transparency of program execution, and qualitative impact evaluation to examine if the grant programs have achieved their objectives and if the capital investments are ... || Read more >>


THE MOTOR VEHICLE USER’S CHARGE: SOME ISSUES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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Road funds coming from the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC) are funds reserved for specific programs or projects. The MVUC is collected by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) from motor vehicle owners. It is imposed through the registration fees of vehicles and payment of penalties for overloading. The collections are remitted to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) under four special types of fund. Key findings from this study indicate the mismatch between the records of the LTO and the BTr on the MVUC monies. Moreso, two special funds"the Special ... || Read more >>


HOW TO IMPROVE SMALLHOLDERS' ACCESS TO FORMAL CREDIT: LESSONS FROM THE AGRARIAN PRODUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM

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The Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) is a credit program for smallholders designed and implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform to provide smallholders with access to formal sources of credit. Under the APCP, documentary requirements for accessing credit have been streamlined to meet the level of financial education and literacy of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). This Policy Note reviews APCPs capacity to effectively address ARBs problem with accessing formal sources of credit. Some lessons have emerged. APCP has provided credit to ARBs and agrarian reform beneficiaries' organizations, but ... || Read more >>


COMPETITION FOR THE MARKET: A POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR IMPROVING BUS OPERATION ALONG EDSA

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The worsening traffic logjam along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) is a serious problem in Metro Manila. It has inflicted hardship and suffering on commuters as well as tremendous costs in terms of losses in productivity and unnecessary fuel consumption. Various yet unsuccessful solutions have been tried. This Policy Note invites policymakers to consider applying "competition for the market" or competitive tendering/auctioning as a policy framework for rationalizing bus operation along EDSA. This framework proposes a way to effectively implement the bus consolidation strategy which can create more ... || Read more >>


DUTERTE MUST BE BOLD ON ECONOMIC POLICY

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Dr. Gilberto Llanto, president of PIDS, penned the banner article of this second issue of the Development Research News--his well-meaning advice to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. A fundamental challenge for the incoming administration, according to Llanto, is to translate its eight-point economic agenda into rational, coherent, and well-studied economic policies. He also underscored the importance of clear policy statements, policy coherence, and careful study and sufficient empirical evidence as basis for any policy decision in order to achieve the administration's economic goals for the country. || Read more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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WORLD BANK, PIDS TARGET MSME RESILIENCE

The World Bank Group partnered with state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in a forum aimed to strengthen the potential of the Philippines' small and medium enterprises in the local and global markets. Titled "Increasing Philippine SMEs' Participation in the Global Value Chains", the forum coincided with the celebration of the 14th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), which centers on the theme "Investing in Risk Reduction for a Resilient Philippines". "Building resilient systems in our country would not be complete if we disregard our micro, small and ... || Read more >>


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MINDANAWON RESEARCHERS TAKE MINING, LOCAL GOVERNANCE, AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT ISSUES ON CENTER STAGE AT A POLICY FORUM IN BUTUAN

Local researchers and representatives from government agencies and the private sector brought mining, governance, and disaster-related issues to the fore during the 2nd Mindanao Policy Research Forum held in Butuan City on September 1, 2016. Researchers from Caraga State University (CSU) and Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) steered the discussion with their presentations on responsible mining in Mindanao, geographic information system (GIS) for local government units (LGUs), and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) initiatives. On responsible mining In her presentation, Dr. Raquel Balanay of CSU said that the mining ... || Read more >>


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RESEARCH AND POLICY STAKEHOLDERS IN MINDANAO JOIN FORCES AT THE 2ND MINDANAO POLICY RESEARCH FORUM

Following the successful gathering of Mindanawon researchers and policymakers in Davao City in 2015, state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) held the 2nd Mindanao Policy Research Forum in Butuan City on September 1, 2016. To better link policy stakeholders and the research community in the region, this year's event was co-organized by Butuan-based Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) and the Commission on Higher Education-Caraga (CHED-Caraga). Kicking off the celebration of the 14th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), the forum centered on the theme "Nurturing ... || Read more >>


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IN THE FACE OF MULTIPLE RISKS, 'WE NEED TO DO MORE', LLANTO URGES PUBLIC, POLICYMAKERS

"We are doing things right, but we need to do more." This was the message of Dr. Gilberto Llanto, president of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), during a press conference in Quezon City in line with the celebration of the 14th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM). The press conference, which was conducted in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency, was part of a series of events the Institute has organized throughout the month of September. The DPRM is celebrated across the country every September in view ... || Read more >>


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2016 DEVELOPMENT POLICY RESEARCH MONTH TO KICK OFF ON SEPTEMBER 1 IN BUTUAN CITY

The second Mindanao Policy Research Forum will be the first of many activities slated for September's Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration. Partners Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) are co-hosting a policy forum which is focused on the theme "Nurturing Resilient Communities in Mindanao towards Sustainable Development". A lunchtime press conference will formally open and discuss this year's DPRM theme of "Investing in Risk Reduction for a Resilient Philippines". These back-to-back events will be held on September 1 at FSUU ... || Read more >>



EVENTS CALENDAR


Livestreaming Event



September 29, 2016 09:00 AM
Launching of the PIDS Corner at the University of San Carlos Library

University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus, Cebu City


September 28, 2016 11:00 AM
Press Conference on the 14th Development Policy Research Month

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Conference Hall, Cebu City




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DATABASE UPDATES


August 2016
The GDP grew by 6.9 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the highest since the second quarter of 2013

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July 2016
Based on the preliminary data, the countrys gross international reserves (GIR) rose to US$83.97 billion as of end of June.

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June 2016
The countrys gross international reserves (GIR) reached US$83.51 billion as of end of May.

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