Resilient and Responsive Communities: Ensuring Inclusive Growth in the Philippines
Last June 30th 2015, the Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) hosted the third in a series of poverty reduction workshops in support of the Toward Zero Poverty in the Philippines project The theme for the workshop was Resilient and Responsive Communities: Ensuring Inclusive Growth in the Philippines.
The morning session was centered on a discussion given by Dr. Rosario Manasan of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies on social protection in the country. In her talk, Dr. Manasan highlighted the outstanding issues in social protection, namely 1) whether social insurance really benefitted the poor; 2) how sustainable livelihood programs are; and 3) what role local government played in social protection. At their core, such programs jointly aim to reduce poverty and vulnerabilities faced by certain segments of the population while improving their capacity to manage risk.
The afternoon session was headed by a presentation delivered by Assistant Secretary Maxine Tanya Hamada of the Department of Budget and Management on the topic of Institutionalizing People Power: Governance Reform with Bottom-Up Budgeting under the Aquino Administration. The talk was centered on the premise that the path towards poverty reduction is underpinned by ensuring well-functioning and inclusive institutions. One of the advocacies the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has pursued with the view towards effective delivery of public services has been the transformation of the budget. In particular, the DBM has worked towards the following goals: 1) spending within means, 2) spending on the right priorities, 3) spending with measurable results, and 4) empowering a regime of transparency, accountability and citizen’s engagement.
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