Proclamation No. 247, issued by Malacañang in September 2002, declared the month of September of every year as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM). It highlights the critical role of policy research in the socioeconomic advancement of the Philippines.

The observance of the DPRM is intended 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 DPRM celebration, this event also aims to raise the public’s literacy of important socioeconomic issues.

This year’s DPRM celebration carries the theme, “#CloseTheGap: Accelerate Post-pandemic Recovery through Social Justice”, or in Filipino, “#AlisinAngAgwat: Pabilisin ang Pag-ahon Mula sa Pandemya sa Pamamagitan ng Katarungang Panlipunan” to underscore the importance of making social justice a guiding principle of the country’s post-pandemic recovery plan, particularly in three areas: human capital development and social protection, public health services and infrastructure, and environmental resilience.