The Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) aims to convene policy experts and researchers to analyze critical issues relevant to development planning and policymaking. It is the main and culminating activity of the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM).

As the convenor of the yearly DPRM celebration, state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) envisions the APPC to serve as a platform 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.

Since it was launched in 2015, the APPC has served as a useful platform to discuss important socioeconomic issues and actionable recommendations.

Past APPCs

1st APPC (2015) - Harnessing Our Institutions and Human Capital for Inclusive Growth

The Inaugural Public Policy Conference featured the two crucial elements of development—human capital and institutions. It gathered the brightest minds in the Philippine social science scene in an informed reflection of the role of human capital formation and the right set of policies to realize sustainable and inclusive development.

2nd APPC (2016) - Risks, Shocks, Building Resilience

For its second installment, PIDS repackaged the APPC by organizing parallel sessions to discuss the conference theme “Risks, Shocks, Building Resilience”. The sessions delved on the issues affecting the resilience of the macroeconomic, agriculture, urban environment, and health sectors.

3rd APPC (2017) - Critical Perspectives on Federalism for Regional Development

The Duterte administration’s proposal to shift to a federal system demands a bold response and clear action from organizations and individuals. PIDS dedicated the third APPC to initiate an informed and participatory discourse on the major issues surrounding federalism.

4th APPC (2018) - Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Creating Our Future Today

This conference tackled issues and opportunities facing the Philippines as it embraces the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe). It brought together experts, academics, policymakers, and private sector and civil society representatives in a multidisciplinary conversation on how the Philippines can harness the opportunities and manage the risks emerging from FIRe.

5th APPC (2019) - Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges

The New Globalization has reached the Philippine shores. To assist the country in crafting relevant policies on this phenomenon, the fifth APPC became the stage for a critical analysis of the issues surrounding this new phase of growth. Among others, it emphasized the globalization's impact on Philippine trade, environment, public health, equity, social cohesion, and information sharing.

6th APPC (2020) - Bouncing Back Together: Innovating Governance for the New Normal

This conference is a four-part webinar series on the theme “Innovating governance: Building resilience against COVID-19 and other risks”. The series featured presentations and discussions on the theory and practice of innovation in public sector governance, institutional innovation, civil service reforms, and smart solutions.

7th APPC (2021) - Reset and Rebuild for a Better Philippines in the Post-Pandemic World

This conference is a four-part webinar series that featured foreign and local experts who shared their insights on topics including resetting capitalism, ethical business, green and inclusive recovery, and a robust and healthy workforce.

8th APPC (2022) - #CloseTheGap: Accelerate Post-pandemic Recovery through Social Justice

This conference is a four webinar series which gathered renowned international and local experts and policy analysts from various fields and representatives from different sectors to discuss possible policy actions to reduce and remove structural inequities in the post-pandemic era.