Amidst significant gains in primary level participation rates, learning gaps remain among primary and secondary level students. Increased government spending in education, as well as the implementation of the K-12 program are important education sector reforms that sets the stage for improved access and better education outcomes for the Filipino youth. However, while these reforms are significant, much is still needed to be done in improving learning outcomes for primary and secondary learners in the Philippines.
On April 29th, IPA Philippines hosted a Brown Bag on the Graduation of the Ultra Poor Program for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Director Gil Dennis Raposa of the DSWD Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP) was in attendance, along with other program staff. The SLP is one of the three core programs of the DSWD that provides micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation to the poor. During the brown bag, the participants noted the value of packaging and sequencing social protection interventions.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Philippines conducted a one-day workshop on Introduction to Impact Evaluation last Tuesday, 15 March 2016, which was hosted at the OD Corpuz Hall, Development Academy of the Philippines Building, Ortigas Center, Philippines. This was attended by 28 representatives from 11 organizations.
IPA-Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), ran a one-day training on RCTs attended by approximately 70 participants from various government agencies. This event was part of a larger PIDS event implemented with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, the National Economic and Development Authority, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Southeast Asia (J-PAL SEA) and Innovations for Poverty Action - Philippines hosted managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool, in an Executive Training program.
IPA Philippines hosted a two day training workshop on Impact Evaluation with the Department of Education from July 28 to 29, 2015. The training workshop was attended by various divisions under the Department of Education and Education partner organizations such as the Early Childhood Care and Development Council, Technical Institute for Women in Cebu, Dynamic Teen Corporation and Porticus Asia. Prathap Kasina, Maya Escueta (JPAL SA), Dr. Aniceto Orbeta (PIDS), Peter Srouji and Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri led the sessions with IPA Philippines TAs.
IPA Philippines conducted a one-day training on impact evaluation for the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP). OPAPP is the government office responsible for managing the implementation of the peace process in the Philippines. As part of the Post-Conflict Reintegration and Fragile States Initiative, IPA Philippines is conducting various capacity building activities for OPAPP relating to conducting impact evaluations.
IPA Philippines hosted a two-day training on impact evaluation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS). Participants of the training included government employees of various bureaus under DOLE, notably the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), Overseas Welfare Administration Authority (OWWA), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Annie Duflo (Executive Director, IPA) presented on IPA's Graduation of the Ultra Poor studies at the Asian Development Bank in Manila on May 2. The seminar's attendees included staff and officers from the ADB, government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and NGOs.
The Microcredit Summit Campaign and the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc., together with the sponsorship of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, hosted a Microcredit Summit in Manila on October 9-11, 2013 focused on the theme Partnerships against Poverty: Government, Business, Finance and Civil Society. The summit brought together government activities, financial and social services and providers, and other businesses to help catalyze the next great wave of movement out of severe poverty.
During the workshop, participants engaged in hands-on, group-based case studies to: