LPU joins the nation in celebrating the 17th Development Policy Research Month

Proclamation No. 247, issued by Malacañang in September 2002 and declaring the month of September of every year as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), came at a most opportune time. It highlights the critical role of policy research in the socioeconomic advancement of the Philippines. 

The Proclamation underscores the “need for promoting, enhancing, instilling, and drawing awareness and appreciation of the importance and necessity of policy research” in development planning and policymaking.  

Thus, the observance of the DPRM is intended to cultivate a strong culture of research and use of data and evidence among the country’s national and local decision makers in policymaking and program planning. Through the different topics highlighted in every DPRM celebration, this event also aims to raise the public’s literacy of important socioeconomic issues. 

About the Theme 

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. These challenges include trade wars, environmental degradation, cross-border public health threats, worsening poverty and inequality, erosion of social cohesion and trust, and proliferation of disinformation. These challenges, if not managed well, can undermine the ability of the Philippines to sustain its rapid economic growth and attain its long-term development vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat (AmBisyon Natin 2040) as well as its targets under the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Role of PIDS 

In the last 16 years, the celebration of the DPRM has focused on areas that the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) considers as primary concerns and issues, thus are in need of utmost attention by policymakers. Other topics featured in the DPRM are emerging issues of the day, such as climate change which was the theme in 2009, a time when the effects of climate change were just beginning to be felt in the country.