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THIS is the year of the 16th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), which is a Philippine-wide celebration held annually in the month of September.

The Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) is leading the DPRM with the theme revolving around “Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Creating Our Future Today.”

In Filipino, this translates to “Isulong and Fourth Industrial Revolution Tungo sa Katuparan ng Ating Kinabukasan Ngayon.”

 

As a runoff to the coming 16th DPRM sometime this month, PIDS headed by Dr. Celia M. Reyes, member and president, will hold a press conference on September 4 at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The DPRM promotes awareness and understanding of the importance of policy research in the formulation of development policies, programs, and projects.

“By focusing on this theme, we hope to promote awareness and understanding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and encourage everyone to be proactive in preparing for and adapting to changes that come along with advanced digital technologies.

“We also wish to underscore the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration and a whole-of-government approach to help the country harness the opportunities and mitigate the risks emerging from the FIRe,” Reyes said.

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She will led the media forum and to be joined by PIDS Senior Research Fellows Dr. Jose Ramon Albert and Dr. Ramonette Serafica, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) Director General Jose Roland Moya, Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) president Chito B. Salazar, and Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) president Ms. Amina Rasul-Bernardo.

The DPRM came about through Malacañang’s issuance of Proclamation No. 247 in September 2002 which declared the month of September of year as such.

It puts emphasis on the “need for promoting, enhancing, instilling, and drawing awareness and appreciation of the importance and necessity of policy research” to be harnessed in development planning and policy-making. (EKU