The Last Mile: Sustaining and Accelerating Poverty Reduction in the Philippines
On March 06, 2015, the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (formerly AIM Policy Center), the United Nations Development Programme and the National Economic and Development Authority, hosted the first workshop of the "Towards Zero Poverty in the Philippines" project.
Dr. Vicente Paqueo of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) handled the first session of the workshop, highlighting initial achievements and the status of social protection programs and their role in fostering inclusive growth. The discussion acknowledged findings and raised the question on expanding and improving the program.
The second session focused on various methodologies currently in place for measuring poverty. Dr. Dennis Mapa (UP School of Statistics) discussed the significance of considering alternative measures to provide data frequency such as the considering impact of inflation and volatility of prices on the poor.
The third presentation by Dr. Leonardo Lanzona of the Ateneo de Manila University tackled the need for labor regulation reforms in order to generate productive employment for the poor.