The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) leads the nation in celebrating the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) every September by virtue of Malacañang Proclamation 247 issued in 2002. The DPRM highlights the critical role of policy research in nation-building. It also aims to cultivate a strong culture of research and the use of data and evidence in policymaking and planning. Through the different topics highlighted in every DPRM celebration, it also intends to raise the public’s literacy of important socioeconomic issues.

With this year’s theme “#CloseTheGap: Accelerate Post-pandemic Recovery through Social Justice”, PIDS and its partners wish to highlight how the pandemic exacerbated existing socioeconomic disparities in the country and disproportionately affected the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society. Hence, to make opportunities equitable, reduce socioeconomic and political inequalities, and remove cultural inequities, we must make social justice a guiding principle of the country’s post-pandemic recovery plan, particularly in three areas: human capital development and social protection, public health services and infrastructure, and environmental resilience.

Various activities will be held in observance of the DPRM.
September 1 (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Zoom): 20th Development Policy Research Month Kick-off Forum
September 13 (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Zoom): Opening Program and 8th APPC Webinar 1: The Concept of Social Justice in the 21st Century
September 15 (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Zoom): 8th APPC Webinar 2: Human Capital Development and Social Protection
September 20 (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Zoom): 8th APPC Webinar 3: Public Health Services and Infrastructure
September 22 (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Zoom): 8th APPC Webinar 4: Environmental Resilience and Climate Change and Closing Ceremony

The registration to these events will be opened soon. Watch out for our succeeding announcements.

Visit the DPRM website at for more information. For questions and concerns, email


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