Proclamation No. 247, issued by Malacañang in September 2002 and declaring the month of September of every year as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), came at a most opportune time. It highlights the critical role of policy research in the socioeconomic advancement of the Philippines.

The Proclamation underscores the “need for promoting, enhancing, instilling, and drawing awareness and appreciation of the importance and necessity of policy research” in development planning and policymaking. 

Thus, the observance of the DPRM is intended to cultivate a strong culture of research and use of data and evidence among the country's national and local decisionmakers in policymaking and program planning. Through the different topics highlighted in every DPRM celebration, this event also aims to raise the public's literacy of important socioeconomic issues.

The Role of PIDS

As the country's leading think tank, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) was designated as the overall coordinator of all the programs and activities of the DPRM. Being at the forefront of policy research in the Philippines for 45 years, PIDS has been engaged in the conduct of policy-oriented studies to assist policymakers and planners in crafting development policies, plans, and programs that are based on sound research evidence. PIDS has completed more than 800 studies that encompass a wide range of development topics. The Institute has made a significant contribution and influence on Philippine development policy through its active and close collaboration with government agencies, academic and research institutions, and international organizations. Its various research outputs are widely disseminated through its publications, conferences, seminars, and knowledge databases. The PIDS website is a comprehensive gateway to the Institute’s rich receptacle of socioeconomic studies, while the Socioeconomic Research Portal for the Philippines contains both PIDS and non-PIDS resources.

Through the years, the celebration of the DPRM has focused on areas that PIDS considers as primary concerns and issues, thus in need of utmost attention by policymakers. Other topics featured in the DPRM are emerging issues of the day, such as climate change, which was the theme in 2009, a time when the effects of climate change were just beginning to be felt in the country.

Themes from 2003 to 2023

  • 2021

Reset and Rebuild for a Better Philippines in the Post-Pandemic World (Muling Magsimula at Magtayo tungo sa Mas Matatag na Pilipinas Pagkatapos ng Pandemya)

  • 2010

    Pananaliksik at Talakayan Tungo sa Pag-Ahon Mula sa Kahirapan

  • 2009

    Coping with Climate Variability and Change

  • 2008

    Managing the Development Impact of International Migration

  • 2007

    Enhancing Grassroots Development: A Framework for Local Governance

  • 2006

    Pananaliksik sa Pagpapaunlad ng Pamamahalang Lokal

  • 2005

    Services Industry: Growth Driver for Economic Competitiveness

  • 2004

    Policy Research: Helping Provide Affordable Rice to Filipinos

  • 2003

    Responsive Policymaking Through Policy Research