Issue of September 1, 2019
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Dev’t Policy Research Month focuses on new globalization
by PIDS release

To increase awareness of Filipinos about the concept of the New Globalization and deepen their understanding on issues and opportunities that come with it, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) chose this topic as the theme of 17th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration this year.

The DPRM is a PIDS-led event held every September to promote awareness on the importance of policy research in the formulation of evidence-based policies, programs, and projects.

The month-long celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 247 and aims to cultivate a strong culture of research and use of data and evidence in policymaking and program planning among the country's national and local decision-makers. 

Every year, a theme is selected from an array of current or prospective development issues in the national and global scene.

This year, the DPRM theme is “Navigating the new globalization: Local actions for global challenges.”

PIDS President Celia M. Reyes said that there is a need to stimulate awareness of the new wave of globalization as it is “characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity given the complex, interrelated challenges it brings.”

These challenges, she said, include “trade wars, environmental degradation, cross-border public health threats, worsening poverty and inequality, erosion of social cohesion and trust, and proliferation of disinformation”.

“If these challenges are not managed well, they can undermine the ability of the Philippines to sustain its rapid economic growth and attain its long-term development vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat (AmBisyon 2040) as well as its targets under the Sustainable Development Goals,” explained Reyes.

She encouraged all sectors to get involved and support the government in addressing the challenges posed by the New Globalization.

“The government cannot do it alone. We need the full support and cooperation of our partners from the private sector, academe, and civil society. Each of us can do something to mitigate the risks and, at the same time, harness the opportunities that come along with the New Globalization,” she said.

The PIDS, together with other members of the DPRM steering committee, will organize several activities to ensure that people will know more of the DPRM and its theme.

In support of the DPRM, the Civil Service Commission and the Department of the Interior and Local Government issued  memorandum circulars enjoining government agencies and local government units, respectively, to participate in the DPRM celebration by displaying the DPRM banner within their office premises; to post and share DPRM infographics, videos, and other related announcements in their respective websites and social media accounts; and to organize activities or events related to the DPRM.

Chaired by PIDS, the DPRM Steering Committee consists of various government agencies. Its permanent members include the National Economic and Development Authority, CSC, Philippine Information Agency, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, DILG, and Presidential Management Staff. The permanent members have been expanded this year to include the Senate Economic Planning Office, Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department, and the Department of Budget and Management.

The additional members, on the other hand, include the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of International Trade Relations, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Foreign Affairs-OUIER, and Climate Change Commission.

Details of this year’s theme and activities are available at

The public may also check PIDS’ social media accounts at and for more information and updates.

Everyone is also encouraged to use the hashtags #DPRM2019 and #ActLocalThinkGlobal to propagate the DPRM theme.

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