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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

8th PHDR Inception Workshop
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


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.

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.worpress.hdn.org.ph.