THE Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will soon have its own building in Quezon City.
PIDS President Celia Reyes today led the groundbreaking ceremony at Commonwealth Avenue in UP Diliman to officially start the construction of the PIDS building this year.
The construction of the PIDS’s new office “is the realization of a long-time dream of the agency and its staff” and “is envisaged to help strengthen the Institute’s stature as a premier think tank of the Philippine government”.
According to Reyes, the new building will provide a more dignified workplace for everyone, which will encourage greater productivity, efficiency, and innovation in policy research.
“Having an ample space for work and interaction will promote the well-being of the staff and will foster a collegial relationship. It will help the Institute provide a cordial reception to its stakeholders as its way of upholding the highest level of professionalism and commitment to public service,” she said.
The building is part of a memorandum of understanding between PIDS and the University of the Philippines (UP) signed in July 2019. The land, owned by UP, is leased to PIDS for a period of 25 years, subject to renewal. Funds for the lease and construction will be sourced from the General Appropriations Act.
The seven-storey building has a total land area of 3,000 square meters. It will house the Institute’s research personnel and support departments, and various amenities such as meetings rooms, conference hall, library, and wellness room, among others. It will feature an eco-friendly modern design.
Based on the projection of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the PIDS building will be completed within a period of two years.
For 38 years, the PIDS, established in 1977, held office at the NEDA sa Makati Building before transferring to its current location at Eton Centris in Quezon City in 2015.
Present during the ceremony were Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and PIDS Board of Trustees Chairperson Ernesto Pernia, University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo Concepcion, PIDS founding father and UP Emeritus Professor of Economics Gerardo Sicat, former PIDS Presidents Filologo Pante and Josef Yap, PIDS Board of Trustees members Atty. Rafael Lotilla and Dr. Alfredo Pascual, UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Bautista, PIDS management committee, research fellows, and staff, and officials from the DPWH, Department of Budget and Management, and Commission on Audit.
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