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PIDS Updates

FRIDAY/ 29 MAY 2020


3PIDS 2019 Annual Report

The year 2019 marks a significant milestone for PIDS as it embarks on aligning its systems and processes with international standards and obtaining ISO certification. Another key accomplishment is the finalization of the Institute's latest five-year Research Agenda
(2020-2025) that highlights the importance of conducting studies on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, climate change, trade, and inequality, among others. Furthermore, the Institute has completed 41 studies on relevant topics, including the Rice Tariffication Law, Free Irrigation Service Act, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, senior high school program, cash-based budgeting, universal health care, performance-based bonus scheme, and many more. This year-end report also features the Institute's effort to bring its knowledge products and services closer to stakeholders by increasing its online presence and using digital technology.
Click here to download the annual report.


3PIDS conducts online survey on Social Amelioration Program

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) is conducting an online survey on the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) among the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The survey is part of an ongoing study of the Institute on the program implementation and payment system.

The survey aims to collect information from 4Ps beneficiaries on their experiences in receiving the SAP financial assistance in connection with the community quarantine being enforced in the country to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the survey, the Institute hopes to generate recommendations on how to improve and strengthen the implementation of the SAP and, in general, enhance the provision of emergency assistance to Filipinos in times of crisis. READ MORE


3 CBMS widely used in local dev't planning--PIDS

Majority of municipalities in the country use the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in development planning, a study of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) titled “The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) as a local planning tool: Results from the PIDS-DILG baseline study on policy and governance gaps for the Local Government Support Fund Assistance to Municipalities (LGSF-AM) Program" revealed.

The CBMS is “a diagnostic tool to assess poverty in the barangay, municipal, city and provincial levels developed in the early 1990s under the Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic Adjustments Policies Project - Philippines”. READ MORE

3Issues in PH small-scale mining hampering sector dev't--PIDS study

While small-scale mining is seen to bring employment and economic opportunities particularly in the countryside, issues continue to hound the sector.

A study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) identified institutional, regulatory, labor, environmental, and social issues that hamper the development of the small-scale mining sector. The study is authored by Ludwig John Pascual, Sonny Domingo, and Arvie Joy Manejar, PIDS consultant, senior research fellow, and research analyst, respectively. READ MORE

3 PIDS study identifies factors affecting unmet PH irrigation dev't targets

Targets for irrigation development are “hardly met” despite massive increases in funding recently, according to a study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

The country plans to expand its irrigated area by 7.74 percent by 2022, as part of its efforts to achieve the inclusive growth vision under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022. The expansion is seen to increase production and farm incomes, subsequently increasing the cropping intensity or the ratio of total irrigated areas in two seasons to that of the dry season from 144 percent to 157 percent. READ MORE

3Review financial incentive program, performance assessment tool for LGUs--PIDS study

The government needs to revisit the objectives and designs of the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) to ensure that no local government unit (LGU) is left behind.

This, after a recent study of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) revealed that more financially able municipalities qualify for the SGLG compared to poorer municipalities. READ MORE


3PH ageing population requires more budget for UHC Act--PIDS study

The country’s ageing population poses a challenge to the fiscal sustainability of the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program.

In his research paper, Financing Universal Health Care in an Ageing Philippines, Senior Research Fellow Michael Abrigo of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said that the growing elderly population in the Philippines will require more budget allocation for the UHC Act in the future.

The UHC Act is a landmark law that mandates the automatic enrolment of all Filipinos in the government’s National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) being managed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC). READ MORE


3Benguet farmers face barriers in using weather, climate info

Farmers in Benguet who are the major producers of cutflowers and high-value vegetable crops in the country are facing barriers in using weather and climate information provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

This is according to two related studies published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), which assessed how climate information from the state weather bureau is used by cutflower producers and smallholder vegetable farmers in Benguet. READ MORE


May 14, 2020, 2–4PM
Webinar on COVID-19
in PH: Projected Impacts
on the Health System
and the Economy

May 21, 2020, 2–4PM
Webinar on Examining
the Timeliness of Child Vaccination in PH

May 28, 2020, 2–4PM
Webinar on Filipino Health Workers: Where Are They?
(watch the livestream on the PIDS Facebook page)

June 4, 2020, 2–5PM
Webinar on Promoting Sustainable Ecosystems and Better Public Health
(watch the livestream on the PIDS Facebook page)



From May 16 to 31, 2020, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) shall adopt a combination of work-from-home and skeleton (skeletal) workforce arrangements pursuant to the provisions of Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular 10, series of 2020.



The Philippine Journal of Development is a professional journal published by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies. It accepts papers that examine key issues in development and have strong relevance to policy development. As a multidisciplinary social science journal, it accepts papers in the fields of economics, political science, public administration, sociology, and other related disciplines. It considers papers that have strong policy implications on national or international concerns, particularly development issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

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



Fiscal and Governance Gaps among Municipalities in the Philippines (PARTS 1 AND 2)

Hello PIDS friends! Here’s our #PIDSFactFriday videos on fiscal and governance gaps among municipalities in the Philippines.

These videos are based on the PIDS study titled, “Baseline Study on Policy and Governance Gaps for the Local Government Support Fund Assistance to Municipalities (LGSF-AM) Program”, written by Charlotte Justine Diokno-Sicat (research fellow), Catharine Adaro (former supervising research specialist), Ricxie Maddawin (research analyst), Angel Faye Castillo (research analyst), and Maria Alma Mariano (former senior research specialist).


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