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To further promote policy researches on labor and employment, the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) of the Department of Labor and Employment joined the panel of exhibitors for the Fifth Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) organized by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) last September 19, 2019 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

The Fifth APPC is the culminating activity of the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), which is observed every September to promote the conduct of research and use of data and evidence in policy-making and development planning among the country's national and local decision makers.

This year's DPRM theme is "Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges". In her speech to the conference delegates, PIDS President Celia M. Reyes says our policy makers and decision makers should be aware of the new wave of globalization because it entails “volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity” given the difficult, interrelated challenges it brings.

These challenges, she adds, include “trade wars, environmental degradation, cross-border public health threats, worsening poverty and inequality, underprovision of public goods, erosion of social cohesion and trust, and proliferation of disinformation”.

Alongside the conference is a one-day exhibit where government agencies, including ILS, and international non-government organizations showcase their policy research publications and advocacy materials.

ILS Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba states that "our participation as an exhibitor allows us to reach out to the public and provides us another rich channel to promote our policy researches. We will be doing more to ensure that our research findings get a wider audience."