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The 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report: On the Pork Barrel

Scrap pork, empower provinces
by Toby C. Monsod and Emmanuel S. de Dios

Philippine Daily Inquirer–Talk of the Town
September 7th, 2013


Notebooks galore

by Juan Mercado
Philippine Daily Inquirer–Viewpoint
September 6, 2013


Ilang mambabatas, naglaan ng pork barrel para sa pagtatayo ng airport kahit ‘di kailangan

24 Oras, GMA News (video)
Posted August 27, 2013


Yet another reason to abolish pork barrel?

by Lala Ordenes
Vera Files
August 18, 2013


Govt’ urged: Rethink distribution of resources

ANC interview
by ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 08/16/2013

Pork barrel and agriculture
by Solita Collas-Monsod
Philippine Daily Inquirer–Get Real
August 2, 2013

2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report Launched

The 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) with the theme Geography and Human Development, was launched on July 29, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Pasig City by the Human Development Network in partnership with the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Report may be viewed and downloaded here.

The Launch proceedings and presentations may be downloaded here.

Dr. Emmanuel de Dios, HDN President, giving welcome remarks.
Dr. Emmanuel de Dios, HDN President, giving welcome remarks.


Open Forum moderated by Prof. Solita Collas-Monsod, HDN Founding President (L-R: Dr. de Dios, Prof. Monsod, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Dr. Toby Melissa Monsod, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero)

NSCB-HDN Dissemination Forum on the 2009 Subnational Human Development Index


The NSCB and HDN with the UNDP held a forum to release the 2009 Human Development Index (HDI) on December 20, 2012 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. Governor Miguel Dominguez of the province of Sarangani served as discussant.

The 2009 index may be accessed from the NSCB website:

2009 Human Development Index [86 KB]

The opening remarks, presentations, and technical notes may be found
at the NSCB website.

Or you may download them directly from the links below:

Technical Notes [892 KB]

NSCB-HDN Dissemination Forum on the 2009 Subnational HDI held on December 10, 2012
Opening Remarks [152 KB]

Dr. Jose Ramon Albert
Secretary General, NSCB

Presentation on Some Perspectives from the Official Statistical Community on the Refinement of the Global HDI [216 KB]

Ms. Jessamyn Encarnacion
Director, NSCB

Presentation on the Refined HDI [1.11 MB]

Dr. Toby Melissa Monsod
Coordinator, HDN

Presentation on the 2009 HDI [3.41 MB]

Dr. Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon-Bautista
Commissioner, CHED and Vice President, HDN

Reviving the NSCB-HDN collaboration on HDI Estimates

The Human Development Network and the National Statistical Coordination Board met on September 15 to revive the collaboration on estimating the Human Development Index (HDI). This is to realize the institutions’ shared goal of mainstreaming the HDI by coming up with only one HDI estimate every three years and institutionalizing the HDI methodology for the succeeding PHDRs. An HDI Task Force was formed during the meeting to evaluate and recommend an interim HDI methodology for the 2012 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR). The HDI Task Force held a workshop on October 10, 2011 and after a subsequent referendum, the Task Force came up with its recommended HDI methodology.

On November 4, the NSCB and HDN met again and finally agreed on the the HDI methodology for the 2012 PHDR.

2011 HDN General Assembly

 

The Human Development Network held its 2011 General Assembly on Monday, 5 December 2011, from 5:00 – 7:30 pm, at Room 111, UP School of Economics, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The General Assembly featured a report on the highlights of organization’s activities in 2010 through 2011, including the overview of the 7th PHDR with the theme Geography and Human Development. Election was also held during the Assembly and we welcome the addition of Dr. Michael Tan and Ms. Karina Constantino-David as new members of the Executive Committee.

 

2008/2009 PHDR Gets Outstanding Book Award for 2011

The 2008/2009 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR): Institutions, Politics and Human Development is a recipient of the Outstanding Book Award for 2011 by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). The award was accepted by Dr.  Toby C. Monsod, a lead author of the Report, and Dr. Cynthia Banzon-Bautista, co-editor (second from left), during the 33rd NAST Annual Scientific Meeting on July 14, 2011 at the Manila Hotel. Bestowing the award are Dr. Emil Javier and Dr. Merceditas Concepcion, President and Vice President of NAST, respectively.

The prestigious NAST awards, given annually, recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of Filipino scientists and institutions in science and technology.

 

Statistical Capacity Building: Monitoring and Evaluation in Support of Development

The Human Development Network (HDN) is pleased to announce the release of training modules on Statistical Capacity Building: Monitoring and Evaluation in Support of Development in CD form. (Available also for download here, zipped file ~280MB).

This set of four animated audio-visual modules is designed to introduce local government planning officers and research collaborators to useful methodologies and tools for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on development outcomes in their municipalities.

Module 1: Human Development. Module 1 covers a discussion of the human development framework, the importance of a results monitoring and evaluation system and the components of such a system.  Results of a pilot exercise to gather municipal-level human development indicators are presented.

Module 2: Descriptive Statistics. Module 2 is an introduction to descriptive statistics including background concepts, types of variables and their measurement, and how to use statistics to efficiently summarize and describe numerical data.

Module 3: Spreadsheet Software. Module 3 demonstrates the use of spreadsheet software to process data, including working with formulas, using built-in statistical functions, and creating charts and graphs.

Module 4: Communicating Results. Module 4 provides basic guidelines and useful tips on writing good reports, such as policy briefs, and making effective oral presentations. The module also includes an annex on the key features of a Local Statistical Calendar.

The HDN is an independent non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization which produces the Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR), the national counterpart of the Global Human Development Report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Six volumes of the PHDR have been published – in 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2008/2009 –  each of which have put “people” back at the center of the development debate. Past volumes of the PHDR may be downloaded from www.hdn.org.ph.

In Search of a Human Face

The Human Development Network launched its newest publication entitled, In Search of a Human Face: 15 Years of Knowledge Building for Human Development in the Philippines, on Wednesday, 21 July 2010, at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall of the UP School of Economics.

The volume is both a record and an appraisal of almost two decades of research and advocacy by the Human Development Network, a non-partisan, non-stock, non-profit organization founded in 1992.

It compiles the theme chapters of the 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, and 2005 editions of the Philippine Human Development Report and postscripts from third-party experts who reflect on their continuing relevance while also providing fresh insight and augmenting the original analysis. The proceedings of “Human Development in the Philippines: 15 Years of Research and Advocacy,” a roundtable discussion held in October 2009, is also featured.

In Search of A Human Face: 15 Years of Knowledge Building for Human Development in the Philippines is published by the Human Development Network in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program.

In Search of A Human Face: 15 Years of Knowledge Building on Human Development in the Philippines

1. Postscripts

a. Human Development Must Wear A Human Face: Reflections on 15-Year Journey Gelia T. Castillo

b. Gender Concerns and Human Development Jeanne Frances I. Illo

c. Basic Education: All’s Still Not Well Michael M. Alba

d. Unemployment, Work Security, and Labor Market Policies Emmanuel F. Esguerra (please find this postscript in pp. 252 – 267 in the book)

e. A Different View of Insurgencies Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet


HDN Roundtable Discussion

The Human Development Network (HDN) held a Roundtable Discussion entitled, “15 Years of Research and Advocacy on Human Development in the Philippines”, last October 6, Tuesday, 1:00 to 5:30 pm, at the Mercedes Concepcion Seminar Room of the Philippine Social Science Center.

2009 HDN General Assembly

The Human Development Network held its 2009 General Assembly last July 29, 2009, from 4:00pm- 7:30pm at the UP School of Economics Macapagal Hall.