Women sorely underrepresented at top levels of government, industry
Filipino women remain sorely underrepresented in the highest positions in both the government and industry, where the most important policies are decided.
This was according to a study by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) that looked at current statistics on female representation in key leadership positions in the Philippine government and industry.
Top-level positions in government include elective and appointive positions across the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. In industry, these positions include chief-level positions, board memberships, and director positions. READ MORE
PIDS fiscal expert dissects revenue features of federal system
“There is no single best expenditure assignment in a federal setup. The same is true with tax assignment,” said Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) fiscal expert and Senior Research Fellow Rosario Manasan during the forum titled “Why pursue Federalism? Why not just amend the Local Government Code?” held at Congress recently. The forum was jointly organized by PIDS and the Congressional Planning and Budget Research Department of the House of Representatives.
Manasan stressed this in response to fiscal issues that may arise should the government decide to adopt a federal system of government. READ MORE
Gov’t should pursue agri venture schemes, block farming – PIDS study says
The Agribusiness Venture Arrangements (AVAs) and Sugarcane Block Farming (SBF), two government initiatives aimed at boosting farm productivity and income of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), should be encouraged.
According to a study by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), AVAs and SBF can be successful as long as adequate government support is given to ARBs from the farm production stage to marketing and postproduction activities. Likewise, government must provide a policy environment for Philippine exports crops to be competitive. READ MORE
Poverty research expert is first woman president of PIDS
State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) welcomed its new and first woman president, Dr. Celia M. Reyes.
She took her oath on March 1 before PIDS Board Chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia at the NEDA head office in Pasig City.
Reyes, a senior research fellow at PIDS for over two decades, succeeded Gilberto M. Llanto who served as president from July 1, 2013 to February 28, 2018. Llanto has been appointed to the PIDS Board as a trustee. READ MORE
PH’s postdisaster reconstruction financing instruments inadequate
– PIDS study
Preparing for a disaster is one thing, but recovering from a disaster is another.
While much has been done to boost disaster preparedness in the country, the country still lags behind in the aspect of postdisaster reconstruction, a study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) revealed.
According to Deanna Villacin, Tatum Ramos, and Marife Ballesteros, PIDS consultant, former research assistant, and vice-president, respectively, the government’s current financing instruments are “inadequate to meet the needs to address medium to severe [disaster] events” in the country. READ MORE
‘Manufactured controversy’ hits PH economy – int’l policy expert
Manufactured controversies are threatening the economic growth of the Philippines, a leading policy expert on global market warned on Wednesday.
During a seminar at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), Dr. Dan Steinbock, a research director at the India, China, and America Institute, revealed that the country has become a victim of serious international misunderstandings, which have prevented its prospective investors from getting the real picture of its economy. READ MORE
Increase local market competition to lower medicine costs in PH – PIDS
One way to reduce medicine costs is to increase competition among manufacturers in the domestic market, said Gilberto Llanto and Ramon Clarete, president and consultant of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), respectively.
Citing data from IQVIA, a global company that offers information, innovative technology, and contract research services on health care, the authors explained that the market shares shifted significantly from originator medicines to generics between 2006 and 2015. READ MORE
APEC urged to utilize labor market information system to address unemployment, job mismatch
A study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) urged the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies to use its labor market information system to help address unemployment and job mismatch in the region.
In his policy note titled “The Value of Labor Market Information Systems on International Labor Mobility”, author Leonardo Lanzona Jr. lamented the underutilization of the APEC Labor Market Portal—developed in 2014—due to the “limited data contribution from APEC economies”. READ MORE
Shift in PH budget process ‘too radical and disruptive’ – PIDS financial expert
Swinging from a multiyear obligation budget to a cash-based appropriation system might be too radical and disruptive for the country, said public finance expert Dr. Rosario Manasan, a senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
Manasan stressed this in her policy note that examines Senate Bill (SB) 1450, otherwise known as the Budget Reform Bill. The bill, which is authored by Senator Loren Legarda, seeks to modernize the Philippine budgetary system. SB 1450 limits the validity of the cash-based budget to one year. READ MORE