Public Policy Journal relaunched after almost a decade

A new issue of Public Policy Journal (PPJ) was released again by the Center for Integrative and Development (CIDS) after eight long years.

Launched last December 10, 2014 in the presence of UP President Alfredo Pascual, the 2007-2013 issue is a compilation of journal feature papers written by esteemed educators and public policy figures from the University of the Philippines: Prof. Gerardo Sicat on the reform of Philippine labor policies; National Scientist Raul Fabella on the role of the state and collective action; Prof. Ramon Pedro Paterno on universal health care financing; and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan on changing identities among Chinese in the Philippines. Also included is a book review by CIDS Executive Director Edna Co on The Rise of Sharing: Fourth-Stage Consumer Society in Japan.

Pascual, who encouraged more collaborative research work for the journal, said that the included papers will “help policy-makers make evidence-based, well-thought out decisions.” 

The PPJ was introduced in 1997 as a platform for the discussion of key public policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. It will now be published twice a year.

According to Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion, the PPJ is a means to bring UP research to political leaders and the general public. She added that, there are plans to create more multidisciplinary courses in UP, which could generate more articles for the journal.

Since 2001, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs had direct responsibility over CIDS to facilitate the center’s network with academic units and programs.