CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–In celebration of this year’s Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in collaboration with the Regional Association of Government Communicators (RAGCOM)-10 held a ‘Talakayan’ to further raise awareness on the importance of well-founded research for better policymaking in the country, September 19.
Under the theme, “CloseTheGap: Accelerate Post-pandemic Recovery through Social Justice”, this year’s DPRM aims to highlight the significance of social justice as a waypoint in the country’s post-pandemic recovery plan, specifically in human capital development and social protection, public health services and infrastructure, and environmental resilience.
“Ang goal kasi nito is to encourage our policy makers, civil societies, private sectors, academe, at ang publiko na ma appreciate ang kahalagahan ng research sa pagbuo ng polisiya at programa sa ating bansa,” said PIDS Research Fellow Maria Christina Epetia.
(Our goal is to encourage our policymakers, civil societies, private sectors, academia, and the public to appreciate the importance of research in the development of policies and programs in our country)
Under Proclamation No. 247 issued in September 2002 by the Malacañang, September of every year was declared as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM).
Epetia shared that the PIDS are currently conducting research and data collection on the effects of remote and modular learning across social classes and ways to bridge the gap from the learning disparity wrought by the effects of the new normal.
“Gusto naming i-emphasize na yung epekto ng pandemic ay hindi pantay-pantay, may mga mas matinding naapektohan, katulad ng mga vulnerable at marginalized groups na sila yung nakaranas ng mas matindi sa pagkawala ng trabaho, pagbaba ng kita, limitadong access sa healthcare services, at iba pa,” she said.
(We want to emphasize that the impact of the pandemic is not equal, there are those who are more severely affected, such as the vulnerable and marginalized groups who experienced more severe loss of work, decreased income, limited access to healthcare services, etc)
Interested individuals can join the 8th Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) Webinar 4: Environmental Resilience and Climate Change and Closing Program on September 22 and the 8th Mindanao Policy Research Forum on September 28 via Facebook Live on the Philippine Institute for Development Studies page. (PIA-10/VPSB)