Philippine Institute for Development Studies Finds Ways to Reduce Poverty

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How can one alleviate poverty? To have an in-depth understanding of this dilemma, four social scientists from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) analyzed how the country could work on this by generating greater demand for labor services of the poor sector.

Senior Research Fellow and Specialists Celia Reyes, Aubrey Tabuga, Christian Mina and Ronina Asis co-authored a research paper series on “Regional Integration, Inclusive Growth and Poverty: Enhancing Employment Opportunities for the Poor.” Their research shows that in promoting inclusive growth and to reduce poverty, the manufacturing and agricultural sectors’ competitiveness must be increased as well as the capabilities of the poor must be enhanced so they could have better opportunities for employment.

According to this research, the Philippine Government has some programs in place to help the less-educated poor workers. This include the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which is a conditional cash transfer program aimed at improving the country’s human capital.

PIDS is a government-owned and controlled corporation established in 1977 to conduct researches on multidisciplinary branch of social science such as economic studies, technical and policy-oriented issues related to business, political dynamics, public administration and foreign relations. Its primary client is the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) network of agencies.