The Philippines Development Forum (PDF) is the primary mechanism of the government for facilitating substantive policy dialogue among stakeholders on the country’s development agenda. The Forum also serves as a process for developing consensus and generating commitments among different stakeholders toward critical actionable items of the Government’s reform agenda.
The Forum evolved from Consultative Group meetings, which were held every 18 months or so among the government and members of the international development partners’ community, which together comprised the Philippine Consultative Group (CG). The CG was co-chaired by the Philippine government (represented by the Department of Finance) and the World Bank.
In 2004, while planning for the March 2005 CG meeting, it was agreed by the government and the World Bank that there was benefit in widening the participation in the meetings and bringing other stakeholders (such as civil society, academe, private sector, and legislative representatives) into the dialogue. It was also agreed that the CG Meeting should be more a part of an ongoing dialogue rather than just an annual event. Thus, the format of the CG Meeting was restructured, and the Philippine Development Forum process was launched. Majority of partners indicated the desire to hold the main PDF event every 12 months or so.
The Philippines Development Forum process involves continuous dialogue on thematic areas through working groups, which are expected to hold meetings in between the formal PDF meetings to follow up on the issues and agreements at the last one. The Development Forum has 10 working groups, each focused on one of the following themes:
Group on Rule of Law
Government Convener Agency
Department of Justice
Principal - Hon. Leila de Lima
Alternate - Mr. Geronimo Sy
The last PDF formal meeting was held on February 4-5, 2013 in Davao City with around 300 participants from government, international development partners, and other stakeholders.