The University of the East joins the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS, a.k.a. the Surian sa mga Pag-aaral Pangkaunlaran ng Pilipinas) in the annual observance of September as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM).
Per Malacañang Proclamation No. 247 dated September 2, 2002, September as Development Policy Research Month “provides a means of promoting and drawing nationwide awareness on the importance of policy research in national development.”
This year, to follow through on PIDS’ 2021’s theme of resetting and rebuilding for a better Philippines in a post-pandemic world, the Institute has chosen the theme of “#CloseTheGap: Accelerate Post-pandemic Recovery through Social Justice,” or in Filipino, “#AlisinAngAgwat: Pabilisin ang Pag-ahon Mula sa Pandemya sa Pamamagitan ng Katarungang Panlipunan”.
Through this theme, per PIDS President Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., the PIDS “[wishes] 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, it is crucial to make social justice a guiding principle of the country’s post-pandemic recovery plan, particularly in the areas of human capital development and social protection, public health services and infrastructure, and environmental resilience.”
He adds that “Applying social justice in our policies, plans, and programs should be premised on a holistic approach that sees the organic and functional interrelationship between and among the different sectors of society, and recognizes that the inequities experienced by vulnerable and marginalized groups affect the whole of society as these inequities hamper the attainment of broad-based, inclusive, and sustainable development.”