March 1, 2018 – Dr Celia Reyes, PEP Research Director for the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS), takes office as the first female president of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
In this role, Celia is determined to enhance the international standing of the Institute. “In particular, I’d like to promote global partnerships. This means working with international research institutions outside the Philippines and doing collaborative research,” she said.
She also set out how she plans to raise the profile of PIDS as a source of inputs for evidence-based policymaking. She said: “There has been a big demand for PIDS research outputs. We should ensure that we provide very good policy recommendations and we can do this by enhancing the research process.”
Celia took her oath at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) head office in Pasig City before Ernesto M. Pernia, who is PIDS Board Chairperson, and NEDA Director-General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary (pictured, right).
Celia’s commitment to poverty research and providing evidence for development policymaking is not new. As well as being the Research Director and Network Leader for CBMS at PEP for more than 15 years, she has been a senior research fellow at PIDS for over two decades. She has served as President of the Philippine Economic Society in 2011 and has been an adviser to various national government technical working groups on poverty monitoring and indicator systems in the Philippines since the early 1990s.
PIDS serves as the Philippine government’s primary socioeconomic policy think tank. It is engaged in conducting policy-oriented studies to provide sound evidence and help policymakers craft development policies, plans, and programs.