Social Protection Forum

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A forum on social protection entitled Shocks, Traps, and Nets: Pressing Needs and Present Seeds of Social Protection was organized by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Center for Economic Development (PCED), and the UP School of Economics (UPSE) and was held at the Robinsons Crowne Plaza last April 15, 2013. The forum aimed to discuss the policy agenda, plan of action, research and capacity-building setting for social protection in the country. It also aims to mainstream social protection into the policy agenda for inclusive growth, thereby paving the way for a well-functioning and well-coordinated social protection program in the Philippines.

Social protection constitutes policies and programs that seek to reduce household and individual vulnerability to shocks, protecting them against hazards and sudden loss of income or welfare, and improving people’s capacity to manage risks. Social protection programs are different from poverty reduction programs, where the former focuses on vulnerable groups, although it is recognized that a majority of the vulnerable groups are also poor, who are also the focus of poverty reduction programs.

Local and international perspectives of social protection were presented during the keynote session, followed by a presentation of the different kinds of shocks. The keynote speakers were Dr. Tarsicio Castaneda, Prof. James Roumasset and Gov. Jose Ma. Clemente “Joey” Salceda. Session speakers were Dr. Joseph Capuno, Dr. Majah-Leah Ravago, Dr. Dennis Mapa, Dr. Stella Quimbo, Dr. Aleli Kraft, Dr. Ramon Clarete, Dr. Emmanuel Esguerra and Dr. Emmanuel de Dios.

For more details, visit the forum website.