12th Development Policy Research Month to be launched with a press conference

State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in celebration of the 12th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), has organized a series of fora
for the whole month of September anchored on the theme “Addressing the Jobs Challenge toward Inclusive Growth”. The series of fora will gather policymakers, program planners, development researchers, and labor leaders to identify the causes of unemployment and underemployment and to seek ways on how to effectively address these.

To formally launch the DPRM, a press conference is scheduled on August 28, 2014, Thursday, from 10:30AM to 1:30 PM at the Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Building, Amorsolo St., Makati City. 
“This year’s DPRM is very timely since job creation is a central feature of the Aquino administration’s strategy for inclusive growth,” PIDS president Gilberto Llanto said.  “PIDS conducted several studies to address this critical development issue.  We hope that the evidence-based policy recommendations offered in these studies, along with the inputs of experts from concerned government agencies and the academe, would help shape employment policy directions to make economic growth more inclusive through more welfare-enhancing labor regulations and poverty-reducing employment generation programs,” he added.
Income inequality and poverty incidence in the Philippines remain high and stable in the last two decades despite a rapidly growing economy.  It is widely believed that this failure to attain greater inclusiveness is due to widespread joblessness and underemployment owing to the country’s inability to rapidly expand quality job opportunities.

Discussions about the jobs challenge is strong from various sides of the sociopolitical spectrum of the country, as well as among international development agencies.  

Confirmed panelists are National Economic and Development Authority Deputy Director-General Emmanuel Esguerra, Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary for Industry Development Dr. Rafaelita Aldaba, Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique R. Tutay and PIDS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Aniceto Orbeta, Jr.  

September of every year is observed as DPRM per Presidential Proclamation No. 247 dated September 02, 2002. The DPRM aims to promote and draw nationwide awareness on the importance of policy research in national development planning and policymaking.  Under the proclamation, PIDS is designated as the lead government agency in the observance of the DPRM.

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