10/09/2012: 10th DEVELOPMENT POLICY RESEARCH MONTH
This year’s celebration of the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) marks a milestone as we observe its 10th anniversary. Initiated in 2002 by virtue of Malacañang Proclamation No. 247, the DPRM has been observed each year with a different theme thereafter. Previous themes of the DPRM include poverty alleviation, education reforms, food security, and climate change, among others.
Since its inception, the DPRM has played an important role in improving public understanding of various socioeconomic policy issues and concepts through broad-based discussions and interactions with different stakeholders and sectors. The DPRM theme for this year will underscore the importance of regional economic integration in achieving higher and inclusive economic growth for the country as well as for the entire East Asian region. Around the world, regional economic communities have generated more trade and increased job opportunities and incomes, thereby improving people’s living conditions. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) likewise envisions deepening economic integration among its member-states by establishing the ASEAN economic community in 2015. Pursuing this plan, however, would entail harmonizing regional and sovereign priorities and resolving issues on trade, investment, labor and migration, among others.
The DPRM, with its broad-based and nationwide outlets for various activities and rigorous discussions, presents the needed venue(s) for the ventilation of issues and topics related to the theme. The various studies and activities to be presented and organized during the month-long celebration of the DPRM will hopefully provide the appropriate base and support in helping re-evaluate where the Philippines is and its role in the region’s economy.