RIC attends the Annual Public Policy Conference 2019

The Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) is the highlight and culminating activity of the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration led by PIDS pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 247 signed in 2002. Held every September, the DPRM aims to promote, enhance, instill, and draw awareness and appreciation of the importance and necessity of policy research in development planning and policymaking. 
The 2019 DPRM and APPC share the same theme, which is“Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges”or in Filipino, “Paglalayag sa Bagong Globalisasyon: Lokal na Pagkilos sa mga Pandaigdigang Hamon”. Launched by PIDS in 2015, the APPC aims to convene experts and researchers to flag to legislators’ critical issues that must be addressed in the immediate term. It is envisioned to serve as a platform to further bridge research and policymaking, and enhance evidence-based planning and policy formulation in the country. Themes featured in previous APPCs include “Institutions and Human Capital”, “Building Resilience”, “Critical Perspectives on Federalism”, and “Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. 
To take place alongside the conference is a one-day exhibit featuring the knowledge products of the DPRM steering committee and APPC sponsors. The conference took place at the Sofitel Hotel Plaza Manila at September 19, 2019 and LPU RIC representative was Ms. Joanna Juvyjoy Rojo, Senior Researcher. 

Morning Plenary Session 
Competing in the New Era of Globalisationby Calum Cameron, Account Manager and Digital Innovation Consultant, Proud Engineers, Republic of Estonia 
Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Seaby Antonio Carpio, Senior Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines 
Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges Discussion: Plenary Sessionby Erlinda Medalla, Member of the Eminent Expert Resource Committee of the Philippine APEC Vision Group, Former Senior Research Fellow of PIDS, and Former Project Director of the Philippine APEC Study Center Network 
The Future We’re Facing: Megatrends, Threats & Opportunitiesby Cielito Habito, Professor, Ateneo De Manila University 
Session 1: Worsening Inequality 
Technology and Inequality in Asiaby Donghyun Park, Principal Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank 
Poverty and Inequality in the Philippinesby Gabriel Demombynes, Program Leader for Human Development for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, World Bank 
What Do We Mean By Structural Change? A Village Perspectiveby Roehlano Briones, Senior Research Fellow, PIDS 
Session 2: Global Trade Restructuring 
The Impact of the Trade War on Developing Asia and the Philippinesby Kristina Baris, Research Associate, Asian Development Bank 
Industry Promotion Strategies amidst Global Economic Restructuringby Ma. Corazon Dichosa, Executive Director, Industry Development Services, Board of Investments 
Global Trade Restructuring: How Technology Will Change Global Business and Local Workby Jove Tapiador, Co-Founder and Development Technology Consultant, Fintech Philippines Association 
Borderless World: Is Philippines Readyby Imelda Tiongson, Trustee, Fintech Philippines Association 
Session 3: Challenges to Provision of Global Public Goods—Undermining International Cooperation 
Global Public Goods and the National Climate Change Action Planby Secretary Manny De Guzman, Climate Change Commission 
Regional Public Goods and the Philippine Blue Economyby Ronald Mendoza, Dean, School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University 
100 million solutions to healthby Susan Pineda-Mercado, Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives 
International Law and the National Interest by Jeffrey Ordaniel, Assistant Professor, International Security Studies, Tokyo International University 
Session 4: Weakening of Social Cohesion and Trust 
How Blockchain Applications Can Improve Trust in Public Sector Institutions by Alan McQuinn, Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 
Closing Plenary Session 
Leveraging on Fintech Innovations for Financial Inclusion by Francisco Dakila Jr., Deputy Governor, Monetary and Economics Sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas 
Synthesis and Ways Forward: Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges by Arsenio Balisacan, Chairman, Philippine Competition Commission