Philippine Human Development Report launched in Mindanao

Jul. 04, 2009

DAVAO CITY — The 2008/09 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) in Mindanao was recently launched at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Magallanes Street, Davao City with the theme “Institutions, Politics and Human Development in the Philippines”.

The activity was spearheaded by the Philippine Human Development Network (HDN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the New Zealand Agency for International Assistance (NZAID), the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Pids), together with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in region 11 as local partner. It was attended by representatives from different national government agencies, local government units and private sectors in Mindanao.

Dr. Clarissa David, PhD, and Dr. Toby Melissa Monsod, PhD, of the HDN presented the provincial human development information and the key findings of the PHDR.

2008/2009 PHDR is the 6th in a series of national human development reports (NHDRs) that have advocated the use of concepts and indicators of human development in policy making and practice. The report examines how the quality of governance institutions matters in moving human development forward, given that policies designed to advance human development emanate from and are implemented by public sector institutions. It discusses bureaucratic reforms, the national government budget process, and the internal rule enforcement bodies in government.

The panel of reactors included regional director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy of the Department of Education; governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario of Davao del Norte; Judge Virginia H. Europa of the Regional Trial Court of Davao City; and Dr. Ronnie Amorado, PhD, national coordinator of the EHM, a non-government organization fighting against graft and corruption.

Participants were welcomed by CSC regional director Annabelle B. Rosell and Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, President of the Philippine HDN. Closing remarks were courtesy of Atty. Adoracion P. Cruz-Avisado, executive director of the Transformative Justice Institute. A press conference with the local media followed after the program. (PHDR)

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