Annual Public Policy Conference



19 September 2019 | Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City, Philippines



9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


500 people


38 speakers

Organized by

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City, Philippines


Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges

We are facing a new kind of globalization—one that is characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, given the complex, interrelated challenges it brings. These challenges include trade wars, environmental degradation, cross-border public health threats, worsening poverty and inequality, erosion of social cohesion and trust, and proliferation of disinformation. These challenges, if not managed well, can undermine the ability of the Philippines to sustain its rapid economic growth and attain its long-term development vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat (AmBisyon Natin 2040) as well as its targets under the Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) will tackle these issues and the opportunities facing the Philippines as well as explore promising local actions to effectively navigate the New Globalization.


Ernesto Pernia

Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, National Economic and Development Authority, and Chairperson, PIDS Board of Trustees

Celia Reyes

President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

Coco Alcuaz

Executive Director, Makati Business Club

Richard Edward Baldwin

Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Calum Cameron

Account Manager and Digital Innovation Consultant, Proud Engineers, Republic of Estonia

Antonio Carpio

Senior Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines

Erlinda Medalla

Member, Eminent Expert Resource Committee of Philippine APEC Vision Group, Former Senior Research Fellow, PIDS, and Former Project Director, PASCN

Cielito Habito

Professor, Ateneo De Manila University

Toby Melissa Monsod

Associate Professor, University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics, and Coordinator, Philippine Human Development Network

Lucas Chancel

Co-Director, World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics

Donghyun Park

Principal Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Gabriel Demombynes

Program Leader for Human Development for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, World Bank

Roehlano Briones

Senior Research Fellow, PIDS

Francis Mark Quimba

Research Fellow, PIDS

Ma. Corazon Dichosa

Executive Director, Industry Development Services, Board of Investments

Kristina Baris

Research Associate, ADB

Imelda Tiongson

Trustee, Fintech Philippines Association

Jove Tapiador

Trustee and Past Chairman, FinTech Philippines Association

Michael Ralph Abrigo

Research Fellow, PIDS

Emmanuel de Guzman

Secretary, Climate Change Commission

Ronald Mendoza

Dean, School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University

Susan Pineda-Mercado

Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives

Gavin Yamey

Director, Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, and Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy, Duke University

Jeffrey Ordaniel

Assistant Professor, International Security Studies, Tokyo International University

Winfred Villamil

Associate Professorial Lecturer, School of Economics De La Salle University - Manila

Jonathan Corpus Ong

Associate Professor, Global Digital Media, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michael Tan

Chancellor, UP Diliman

Alan McQuinn

Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Calixto Chikiamco

President, Foundation for Economic Freedom

Silvestre Bello III

Secretary, Department of Labor and Employment

Francisco Duque III

Secretary, Department of Health

Eduardo Año

Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Government

Lourdes Yparraguirre

Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs

Arsenio Balisacan

Chair, Philippine Competition Commission

Francisco Dakila Jr.

Deputy Governor, Monetary and Economics Sector, Bangko, Sentral ng Pilipinas

Gerardo Sicat

Professor Emeritus, UP School of Economics

Alfredo Pascual

President, Institute of Corporate Directors

Aquilino Pimentel III

Senator, Republic of the Philippines, and Chair, Senate Committees on Foreign Relations; Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship



Started in 2015, the APPC aims to convene policy experts and researchers to analyze critical issues relevant to development planning and policymaking. PIDS envisions it 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. Through the different topics highlighted in every Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) celebration, this event also aims to raise the public's literacy of important socioeconomic issues.

The Fourth APPC (2018)

Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Creating Our Future Today

The Fourth APPC 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.

The Third 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.

The Second 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.


Harnessing Our Institutions and Human Capital for Inclusive Growth

Organized by PIDS, the Inaugural Public Policy Conference, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines, was held on September 22, 2015, in Quezon City. The conference, which centered on the theme “Harnessing Our Institutions and Human Capital for Inclusive Growth”, brought together more than 100 participants from all sectors of development in the country.

Annual Public Policy Conference 2018