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Senior high school students struggle to write in English – report

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:52 PM

What do you think can be done to improve the SHS curriculum in the country?

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About 75% of cities, towns in Philippines lack health workers

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM

A study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies suggests policy actions to address the uneven distribution of healthcare workers

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More gov't programs for special education students, mobile schools urged

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The Philippine Institute of Development Studies says lack of transportation, basic facilities, and infrastructure are major challenges in providing education to children with disabilities

Digital transformation for SMEs pushed

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:30 PM

‘This must be done, or else a company will be left behind,’ says Institute of Corporate Directors president Alfredo Pascual

Gov’t urged to promote creative industries for economic growth

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The state think tank says copyright-based industries should be promoted, particularly those with outputs that can be delivered through the internet

Gov’t should provide ‘offsetting compensation’ to farmers – PIDS study

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:07 PM

“The analysis clearly points out the loss suffered by palay farmers. They have a point when they ask, ‘Why are we [going to] take a hit for the Filipino consumer?’ If the consumers really benefit, maybe they [rice farmers] can share in the benefit."

LOWER INCOME. In this file photo, a farmer in Pugo, La Union show off high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Philippines a slowly ageing society – PIDS study

Jul 06, 2019 - 5:15 PM

According to a study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, the country is on its way to becoming an ageing society. What does this mean for Filipinos?

SLOWLY AGEING. A recent study has shown that the Philippines is on its way to becoming an ageing society.

PIDS to DepEd: Review teachers' workload to improve quality of education

May 03, 2019 - 8:29 PM

A study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies warns actual teaching hours have been 'increasingly sidelined' by the heavy workload teachers had to deal with

TEACHER QUALITY. A study from the Philippine Institute of Development studies urges the education department to review workload of teachers in order or improve teaching in public schools. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Women's unpaid work worth trillions of pesos – PIDS study

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The monetary value of the time women spend on housework can make up about 20% of the country's gross domestic product, PIDS senior research fellow Michael Abrigo says

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Rappler Talk: Future-proofing young Filipinos through innovation, social enterprise

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Rappler sits down with UNDP's Andrew Parker and statistician Dr Jose Ramon Albert

Constant 'relearning,' non-routine abilities key to future job security – PIDS

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' report lays out the landscape of jobs in the Philippines as automation threatens to displace workers

ROBOT WAITER. In an example of possible automation in the food service industry, this little robotic waiter at ROBOT.HE restaurant in Shanghai wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, 'Enjoy your meal.' AFP Photo

'Inequality to worsen if Bangsamoro literacy, infrastructure not improved'

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy's Amina Rasul Bernardo calls on the government to prioritize illiteracy and the lack of infrastructure in Mindanao

GAP. Literacy and infrastructure woes need to be addressed to make sure Filipinos in Mindanao will not be left behind.

Expert says DepEd's ALS 'not fully effective'

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

World Bank education specialist Takiko Igarashi says the Alternative Learning System currently has low participation and passing rates

SATURDAY SCHOOL. An Alternative Learning System class is held in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

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Has change really come? Misleading graphs and how to spot them

Aug 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Next time you encounter a graph don’t take it at face value Examine the variables scrutinize the labels check the sources and understand the message – all before you click share

Mr President, before signing the law on free college tuition, please read this

Jul 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The bill passed by Congress to provide free tuition in public colleges and universities might result in poor families subsidizing students from richer families

Weather, gender affect household energy consumption – study

May 28, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Philippine Institute of Development Studies finds that energy consumption increases as the level of discomfort brought by higher heat index rises

ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Philippine Institute for Development Studies analyzed the energy consumption as characterized by varying weather and gender among households. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

NEDA 2016 budget increase set to sustain reforms

Sep 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The 2016 budget is up by 8 to P7 06 billion led by a P2 billion proposed funding for the Public Private Partnership Center

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on Friday, September 4, 2015. File Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Philippine electronics body abandons 2015 growth target

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:33 PM

SEIPI slashes its full year growth projection due to the downturn in major market China

SLOWER GROWTH. The Philippines saw electronics export earnings in 2014 to increase by 9.02% to $61.81 billion, much higher than SEIPI's slashed 2015 growth target

No 'headaches' in education for next admin, says Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:45 PM

President Benigno Aquino III reports about backlogs that have been addressed and programs that help bring children back to school

NO BACKLOGS. Students participate in an activity during the opening of classes at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How to solve traffic? Fix bus system, pay drivers fixed wages

Jul 03, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Experts say reducing the number of buses that ply EDSA would significantly reduce travel time and costs of traffic for commuters

FIX BUS SYSTEM. JICA says it's possible to reduce the number of buses in EDSA by 50% without affecting services to commuters. File photo

PH in top 10 East, Southeast Asian economies with highest FDI

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:54 PM

The country however still lags behind many of its regional neighbors that recorded highest number of foreign investments last year the United Nations Conference of Trade and Development report shows

CHED: Tuition hike in 400 schools 'highly improbable'

Feb 24, 2015 - 12:27 PM

UPDATED The Commission expects more realistic estimates by April

No more eviction worries for children's hospital

Feb 05, 2015 - 5:38 PM

The Department of Health and the National Housing Authority sign an agreement that cements the claim of the Philippine Children s Medical Center on its land

HAPPY ENDING. After failing to do its part in a land swap involving the PCMC property, the National Housing Authority finally commits to transfer the land title to the DOH. Photo from PCMC's Facebook account

Children's hospital to get land title by 2015 – NHA

Dec 17, 2014 - 3:29 PM

The National Housing Authority and the Department of Health have agreed to use the 2003 valuation of the PCMC land which is about P900 million

LAND SWAP GONE BAD. The health department gave the National Housing Authority its property in Cebu in exchange for the land where the children's hospital in Quezon City stands, but NHA has not done its part of the bargain. Photo from PCMC's Facebook account

Involuntary hunger

Nov 15, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Given the statistics on hunger the realities and the nature of the Philippines as calamity prone and in the face of the 2016 elections nutrition must be in the platform of local and national candidates

SATING HUNGER. Children wait their turn at a feeding program for informal settlers in Quezon City. File photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

COA to 4 GOCCs: Return P2.4B unused DAP funds

Oct 21, 2014 - 1:06 PM

In its 2013 Annual Financial Report on government owned and controlled corporations the COA also ordered the GOCCs to account for P3 8 billion released to them under the Disbursement Acceleration Program

Child poverty increasing in PH – study

Oct 10, 2014 - 6:29 PM

A gov t think tank says 13 4M Filipino children were experiencing poverty in 2009 Priority in interventions should be given to the Zamboanga Peninsula Eastern Visayas and the ARMM

Filipino children line up in a feeding program. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

PH entrepreneurs upbeat on economy

Oct 10, 2014 - 5:19 PM

60 of Filipino entrepreneurs hope for a better operating environment the latest Global Entrepreneur Indicator survey says

Who are the near-poor in the Philippines?

Oct 08, 2014 - 2:50 PM

DSWD maintains it is important to identify those living a little above the poverty line so they could also be given assistance and be prevented from falling in the poverty trap

LONG LINES. Residents of Guiuan, Eastern Samar endure long lines for 4Ps and UCT pay-out. File photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

Can Big Data measure progress and development?

Apr 24, 2014 - 2:51 PM

While Big Data are here to stay they do not mean the end of official statistics The challenge is to explore how to make use of nontraditional data sources such as Big Data to complement traditional data sources

CHED: DAP boosts state universities

Oct 29, 2013 - 3:58 PM

The bulk of the DAP allocation for infrastructure and facilities goes to the University of the Philippines and Mindanao State University systems

SUPPORT. The highly-criticized DAP allocation helped boost the capacity of state colleges and universities, Commission on Higher Education chairperson Dr Patricia Licuanan says. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Why we should support the 4Ps

Aug 12, 2013 - 3:22 PM

The 4Ps program is and continues to be a good investment Here’s why


Govt urged to include older kids in CCT

Apr 10, 2013 - 6:30 PM

A study released by PIDS urges the government to expand its CCT program to include students aged 15 to 18

BETTER PAY. High school graduates receive higher pay compared to elementary graduates. Photo by AFP

Longer brownouts in Mindanao this summer

Feb 27, 2013 - 2:02 PM

A study by think tank PIDS says a repeat of the 2010 Mindanao power crisis is likely in summer because there s no new power capacity in the region

POWER CRISIS. The Aquino administration vows to find solutions to the Mindanao power shortage and put into place sustainable supply in the region

Albert is new NSCB chief

Sep 25, 2012 - 5:44 PM

PIDS Senior Fellow appointed new NSCB Secretary General

Free trade agreements 'more political than economic'

Sep 03, 2012 - 1:39 AM

State owned think tank PIDS say Free Trade Agreements are more political than economic

Philippines may not be 'ready for 2015 Asean free trade'

Sep 02, 2012 - 5:42 PM

Twenty years after signing the AFTA Philippines may still not be ready to join the ASEAN Economic Community AEC by 2015

How much do storms cost PH?

Jun 02, 2012 - 7:07 PM

Over a 10 year period disasters cost the country close to P10 billion a year equivalent to the cost of over 300 million yum burgers

Poor quality roads holding back investments, dev't - study

Mar 15, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Underinvestment in quality roads is not only holding back investments but development according to a study by the state owned think tank PIDS

Paying poor parents to keep their kids in school works - study

Mar 09, 2012 - 6:00 PM

While some still doubt the effectiveness of the government s conditional cash transfer program it appears to have helped improve school attendance according to a preliminary study by a state think tank

Can Philippine economy sail through global storm?

Feb 24, 2012 - 12:05 AM

The World Bank Manila Office advised the Philippines and other countries in East Asia to prepare for the worst in the face of strong headwinds from the global environment