The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) inaugurated its 22nd PIDS Corner at the main library of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in Zamboanga City on July 9, 2013.

(PHOTO 1: PIDS President Gilberto Llanto (left) and WMSU President Milabel Ho (right) performing the ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the inauguration of the PIDS Corner at the Western Mindanao State University.

The PIDS Corner is the Institute's knowledge dissemination strategy aimed at making its research outputs more visible and accessible in the provinces. The PIDS Corner has shelves containing various studies and publications produced by PIDS throughout the years. These are made available for free as sources of information for researchers, students, faculty, and local decisionmakers. The Institute started this project in 2006. Since then, there are now 22 PIDS Corners in different parts of the Philippines, the Corner at WMSU being the latest.

In his remarks of bequest, PIDS President Gilberto Llanto encouraged students and faculty members to read PIDS studies as they are excellent resources on various socioeconomic topics encompassing trade, infrastructure, taxation, health, education, poverty analysis, and climate change, to name a few.

Meanwhile, Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, President of WMSU, expressed her appreciation to Dr. Llanto for choosing the university to host the PIDS Corner. "It is a very timely resource for the university as we are preparing a development roadmap for our future," she said.

Also present during the inauguration were PIDS Research Information Director Sheila V. Siar who presented the SocioEcononomic Research Portal for the Philippines or SERP-P, an online knowledge resource being maintained by PIDS; PIDS Senior Research Fellow Adoracion Navarro; Division Chief for Public Affairs Romero Lopez; and Information Officer Phidel Marion Vineles.

(PHOTO 2: PIDS President Gilberto Llanto (right) and WMSU President Milabel Ho (left) holding the signed agreements on the establishment of a PIDS Corner at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU). With them are selected officials and staff of PIDS and WMSU.)
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