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HDN organizes RTD on Democracy, Decentralization and Development

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The Human Development Network, with the participation of the Republiko, an advocacy campaign supported by the United Nations Development Program to develop and lobby for a policy agenda that would inclusive development in the country, organized a roundtable discussion on decentralization, democracy and development last February 15, 2016, at the Mercedes Concepcion Seminar Room, Philippine Social Sciences Center, Diliman, Quezon City.

The roundtable discussion was held in order to reflect on country experience of democracy and development, highlighted by the gains since the EDSA revolution and the enactment of the Local Government Code, as they affect the quality of both local and central governance and the level and pace of human development. Participants included key personalities from the academe, advocates/development practitioners, national government officials, associations of local government units, independent scholars, and civil society.

Asia Pacific Launch of the 2015 Global Human Development Report: Human Development Country Rankings

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Dr. Fernando Aldaba, Dean of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University and Secretary of the Human Development Network, presented the Philippines’ 2014 Human Development Indices and Rankings during the Regional Launch of the 2015 Human Development Report last January 18, 2016 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

In his presentation, it can be concluded that the Philippines, compared to others, slightly improved in terms of human development, as its Human Development Index increased marginally from 0.664 in 2013 to 0.668 in 2014.

Dr. Aldaba’s presentation and the 2015 Global Human Development Report may be viewed and downloaded from the links below:

The Philippines: Human Development Index Ranking

2015 Global Human Development Report

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2012 Human Development Index

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Human Development Network (HDN) release today, January 27, 2016, preliminary estimates of the subnational Human Development Indices (HDI) for the year 2012 using the interim methodology agreed upon by the former National Statistical Coordination Board (now part of PSA) and HDN in February 2012. The interim methodology was previously applied in estimating the 2009 subnational Human Development Indices.

The 2012 preliminary estimates are stand-alone estimates. Back-computations to 1997, for purposes of comparability over time, will be featured in the next volume of the Philippine Human Development Report.

The full press release, 2012 HDI tables, and technical notes may be downloaded from the links below:

PSA and HDN Jointly Release the Preliminary Estimates of the 2012 Human Development Index [138 KB]

2012 Human Development Index [303 KB]

2012 HDI Technical Notes [506 KB]

 

Making an Impact with National Human Development Reporting: A regional workshop

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), supported by the Human Development Network, organized a 3-day regional workshop entitled “Making an Impact with National Human Development Reporting” last November 17 to 19, 2015 at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The workshop aimed to enhance the national human development reporting process throughout different countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants shared their best practices and strategies on producing a national human development report. The workshop covered the measurement of human development, selecting and developing a theme, assuring multi-stakeholder ownership, quality and independence, and how the report will make an impact to the society.

Foreign participants came from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Pakistan, and India while local participants came from government agencies such as Philippine Statistics Authority, National Economic Development Authority, and Congressional Planning and Budget Department of the House of Representatives. The participants agreed to undertake an exchange of their human development reports online in the coming months.

Ola Almgren giving his welcome remarks
Ola Almgren, UN Resident Coordinator, giving his opening remarks

NHDR participants
NHDR workshop participants

 

Informal Land Markets and Inequality in Maguindanao: A continuation

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The International Alert (IA), in coordination with the Philippine Center for Economic Development and Human Development Network, presented a study entitled “Informal Land Markets and Inequality in Maguindanao” at the Deutsche Bank Seminar Room, University of the Philippines – School of Economics last November 6, 2015.

This seminar also presented the salient highlights of the roundtable discussion with representatives of government agencies and local communities that occurred last September 10 at Cotabato City. The roundtable discussion and seminar talked examined the effects of informal land market transactions can impact on human development outcomes.

Ms. Judy T. Gulane, IA Communication Specialist and Land Markets Researcher, presented the findings to different practitioners and academics in order to receive feedback, comments, and suggestions for the future direction of the paper.

The presentation may be viewed and downloaded here.

Informal Land Markets and Inequality in Maguindanao

The International Alert (IA), an international non-government organization working to end violence, and TASBIKKA Inc., a Mindanao-based community-based dedicated to strengthening sustainable development in the island region, with the support of the Human Development Network, organized a round table discussion on informal land markets and inequality in the Bangsamoro Region. This was undertaken last September 10 at the Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant, Cotabato City.

During the forum, the initial findings of a survey on informal land market transactions in several communities in the Maguindanao province were presented. This forum served to provide an update to the 2005 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) on human security on the socio-economic costs of conflict. It also seeks to provide inputs to the next PHDR which will examine the issue of land, inequality and socio-economic mobility.

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Judy Gulane , IA communications specialist, providing an overview of the findings

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Ces Rodriguez, TASBIKKA research consultant, identifying the areas where the study was conducted

 

Photo courtesy of Judy Gulane, International Alert communications specialist

The 2005 Philippine Human Development Report: On Bangsamoro

Real score on funds for Bangsamoro
by Toby C. Monsod
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Talk of the Town
July 19th, 2015

Planning Exercises for Provinces: Mindanao Leg

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The Human Development Network, in coordination with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, organized the Mindanao leg of the “Planning Exercises for Provinces” last June 18, 2015, at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex Clubhouse, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

This workshop, which provided an orientation on the key results of the 7th Philippine Human Development Report, was attended by representatives of the various government units, civil society organizations, and academic institutions in Davao del Norte, led by the provincial vice-governor, Hon. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., and Atty. Jennifer Namoc-Yasol, executive assistant to the governor.

During the workshop, participants discussed key concerns, including the possibilities and constraints for integration of development efforts in the province, especially in the areas of informal settlements and transport linkages, and key actions that need to be undertaken to improve the planning capacity of the provincial government and other stakeholders.

Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio delivering his opening   remarks
Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio delivering his opening  remarks

Mr Nelson Plada of the Davao del Norte Provincial Planning   Office providing the closing remarks
Mr. Nelson Plada of the Davao del Norte Provincial Planning  Office providing the closing remarks

Inception Workshop on the 8th PHDR: Wealth, Inequality, and Human Development

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8th PHDR Inception Workshop

As part of the development of the upcoming Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR), the Human Development Network organized an inception workshop which was held last April 28, 2015, at the Mercedes Concepcion Seminar Room, Philippine Social Sciences Center, Diliman, Quezon City.

The workshop was undertaken in order to gather insights and recommendations from leading thinkers in the academe, government and civil society on the proposed PHDR theme, “Wealth, Inequality and Human Development in the Philippines.” National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Sec. Joel Rocamora provided key reflections on the issue of inequality in the country, while HDN President Dr. Emmanuel de Dios facilitated the discussions during the workshop.

Dr. Lawrence Dacuycuy of DLSU noting how essential cognitive skills are to reduce inequality during the 8th PHDR Inception Workshop
Dr. Lawrence Dacuycuy of DLSU noting how essential cognitive skills are to reduce inequality 

Dr. Terrence jones of UNDP giving his thoughts on Wealth and Inequality during the 8th PHDR Inception Workshop
Dr. Terrence Jones, UN Resident Coordinator, giving his thoughts on Wealth and Inequality

Planning Exercises for Provinces: Luzon Leg

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The Human Development Network, in coordination with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, organized the Luzon leg of the “Planning Exercises for Provinces” workshop last February 5, 2015, at the Filipiniana Hotel, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. The workshop disseminated the results of the 7th Philippine Human Development Report, which highlighted the role of provincial governments in leading efforts in integrating development programs within their geographical jurisdiction.

This workshop was attended by Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali Jr., Calapan City Mayor Arnan Panaligan, and forty other representatives from the provincial and city governments, and various municipal governments, non-government organizations, educational institutions and the media in the province.

Oriental Mindoro Governor Umali stressing a point during   the Calapan workshop
Oriental Mindoro Governor Umali stressing a point during   the Calapan workshop

Governor Alfonso Umali giving his thoughts on Planning Exercises for Mindoro
Governor Alfonso Umali giving his thoughts on Planning Exercises for Mindoro