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3RPS 2019-04: Senior High School and the Labor Market: Perspectives of Grade 12 Students
and Human Resource Officers

by Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., Marites B. Lagarto, Ma. Kristina P. Ortiz, and Maropsil V. Potestad

This study assesses the likelihood of achieving the employment and entrepreneurship objectives of the program by examining the experience of Grade 12 Senior High School (SHS) graduating students and the views of firms about the labor market prospects of the SHS graduates. The study revealed that despite identifying employment and entrepreneurship as a rationale for the program, three quarters of the Grade 12 students plan to proceed to higher education. This proportion is true even for those in the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood track. Among the highlights of the focus group discussion with students is the revelation that they are not very confident that they will get a job after graduating from SHS. Even those who passed the National Certification assessments still believe that the firms will prefer hiring college graduates over them. Meanwhile, most of the firms lack in-depth knowledge of the SHS program. While it may be too early to gauge the performance of the SHS program, particularly the performance of its graduates in the labor market, the study has uncovered areas for improving the implementation of the program to boost the chances of achieving its objectives, particularly the employment and entrepreneurship capabilities of SHS graduates. Click here to download the research paper.


Philippine Journal of Development (PJD) Vol. 44, No. 1
by Various Authors

This volume of the Philippine Journal of Development revisits some of the government policies specifically designed for those in the margins, namely, the farmers, rural poor, and the children. The first article tackles the varied prices of urea fertilizer across the regions of the Philippines while the second article presents the chronic food poverty in rural areas and its association with weather condition in the area. Completing this volume are studies on social protection and healthcare coverage among the Filipino children and the impact of foreign linkages on innovation activity of manufacturing firms in CALABARZON. Click here to download the publication.


DRN 2019 Vol. 37 No. 3: Corruption, IP issues beset PH mining
by PIDS Research Information Staff

Good governance and good policies work hand in hand. Lack of good governance can hinder the successful implementation of good policies while the absence of the latter can make the former ineffective and inefficient. This year’s Development Research News (DRN) features articles focusing on governance and policy issues faced by the mining, forestry, agriculture, health, and education sectors. Completing this issue are articles on poverty risk management, an infographic on valuation of women’s work in the context of the Philippines, and a piece reporting on this year’s Development Policy Research Month theme. Also in this quarter’s DRN, the PIDS conveys its deepest sympathies to the family of the late Dr. Ponciano Intal Jr., a well-loved administrator and one of the brains behind PIDS research studies on international trade, regional integration, and ASEAN. Click here to download the newsletter.



DP 2019-09: Silver Linings for the Elderly in the Philippines: Policies and Programs
for Senior Citizens

by Celia M. Reyes, Arkin A. Arboneda, and Ronina D. Asis

The Philippines is identified as one of the countries with an ageing population, as the proportion of persons aged 60 and above is at 7.4 percent in 2015 and is projected to increase to 15.9 percent by 2045. Senior citizens tend to have higher prevalence of various medical diseases and comorbidities. Moreover, they are less economically active compared to younger age groups. Thus, this projected increase in the number of senior citizens entails greater support needed in terms of health care and income security for the elderly. In response to this, the government has been enacting various legislations and implementing various social protection programs for senior citizens. Among these are the mandatory coverage of senior citizens to PhilHealth and provision of retirement benefits and pension through the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System, for senior citizens previously involved in the formal economy, or through the social pension program for indigent senior citizens. Click here to download the paper.


DP 2019-08: Understanding the New Globalization: Implications for the Philippines
by Roehlano M. Briones, Michael Ralph M. Abrigo, Connie B. Dacuycuy, and Francis Mark A. Quimba

The world economy has undergone at least three waves of globalization and is currently on the fourth wave. The Philippines has been reaping the growth dividend from the third wave of globalization: functioning democracy, monetary stability, trade liberalization, and related market reforms. In a fast-changing world, the strategies forged previously may need a fundamental rethinking to enable the country to survive, and thrive, in an era of global transition. There are four key features of the new globalization: economic restructuring; worsening global inequality; threats to international cooperation in providing global public goods; and weakening of traditional ties of social cohesion and trust. The paper develops a set of recommendations on how to navigate the new globalization for policymakers and other stakeholders in the Philippines.

Navigating the new globalization will be difficult, but not impossible. Despite the drift towards mistrust and isolation, the paper argues for a renewed drive towards international cooperation, collaboration among public and private organizations, and adaptive policies in dealing with rapid economic and social change. Click here to download the paper.


September 19, 2019, 9AM–6PM
5th Annual Public Policy ConferenceNavigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges
Venue: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
, Pasay City



We are facing a new kind of globalization—one that is characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, given the complex, interrelated challenges it brings.

Know the features of this new
era of globalization and how we
can address the challenges and harness the opportunities that
come with it in this video.






CLICK HERE for the guidelines in the preparation of articles. Submissions and inquiries may be sent to PJD@mail.pids.gov.ph.


3No need to surrender rights under new globalization

Embracing globalization does not mean giving up the territorial and other fundamental rights of the Philippines.
This was according to Dr. Erlinda Medalla, former senior research fellow at state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and former project director of the Philippine APEC Study Centers Network, during the fifth Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) held in Pasay City recently. Medalla sat as one of the discussants for the morning plenary of the APPC.
“Globalization merely calls for better enforcement of our rights, wherein we need to have a global framework and global institutions to manage them,” Medalla said. READ MORE


35th APPC to tackle ‘New Globalization’ and its impacts on worsening inequality
and labor sector

In one way or another, doing day-to-day activities as well as complex and more challenging tasks has been significantly easier because of technological developments over the years.

However, as the world enters a new phase of Globalization, known as the “New Globalization”, or “Globalization 4.0” according to the World Economic Forum, these innovations will also worsen income inequality within and among countries, posing concerns on their fairness and inclusivity.

In a global perspective, studies have shown that rich countries tend to gain more from economic growth brought by advancements in trade and technology. READ MORE


3APPC on New Globalization to discuss challenges, local actions
on global trade restructuring

The world is entering a new phase of globalization that is full of complex and interrelated challenges which, if not managed well, can result in the slowdown of the global economy.

One of the challenges that go along with the New Globalization is the uncertainty from global trade restructuring. This topic will be discussed in one of the parallel sessions of the Annual Public Conference Policy (APPC), which will be conducted on September 19, 2019, at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. The APPC is organized by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) as the main activity of the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration held annually. READ MORE


3From global to local: 5th APPC to discuss about global perspectives, features,
and challenges of the ‘New Globalization’

The world has already entered a new phase of globalization and not everyone understands its implications.
The “New Globalization”, also known as “Globalization 4.0”, will take the spotlight in this year’s celebration of the Development Policy Research Month spearheaded by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). With the theme, “Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges”, the DPRM aims to promote awareness of the new wave of globalization as well as the challenges that come along with it. READ MORE



3New Globalization and its implications for Mindanao take center stage
in GenSan policy forum

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and Mindanao State University in General Santos City are joining forces to conduct a policy research forum on September 10 as part of the celebration of the 17th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM). The forum will discuss the challenges of the New Globalization and its potential impacts on Mindanao.

The theme of this year's Fifth Mindanao Policy Research Forum (MPRF) is "Navigating the Challenges of the New Globalization: Local Actions for Mindanao" to highlight the various challenges of the New Globalization that can affect the island. READ MORE

3PIDS kicks off 2019 Development Policy Research Month celebration

In the face of global challenges brought about by the New Globalization, Filipinos must learn how to navigate it through local actions.

This is the overarching message of this year's Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) led by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 247 signed in September 2002, the DPRM is celebrated every September to promote nationwide awareness of the importance of policy research in crafting evidence-based policies, plans, and programs. READ MORE



Challenges in Irrigation Development and Management in the Philippines

Irrigation is essential for many crops, especially for rice, the country’s primary staple. The government, through the National Irrigation Administration, undertakes the planning, construction, operation and maintenance, and rehabilitation of national irrigation systems. Despite huge irrigation investments, however, the performance of the irrigation sector in terms of cropping intensity and actual irrigated areas has barely improved. This infographic provides a background of the Philippine irrigation sector, its performance, and the technical and institutional issues affecting the irrigation systems in the country. It also puts forward some recommendations on how to address these issues.

This infographic is based on the following PIDS studies:

PIDS Policy Note 2019-09 titled Strengthening institutional links for irrigation water governance written by Agnes C. Rola, PIDS consultant

PIDS Policy Note 2019-08 titled Evaluation of national irrigation systems in the Philippines written by Roberto S. Clemente, Arthur L. Fajardo, Vicente G. Ballaran Jr., and Julie Carl P. Ureta, PIDS consultants

PIDS Discussion Paper 2016-12 titled Technical and Institutional Evaluation of Selected National and Communal Irrigation Systems and Characterization of Irrigation Sector Governance Structure written by Arlene Inocencio, PIDS consultant

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