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About the Philippines Development Forum (PDF)

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:




Working Group on MDGs and Social Progress

Government Convener Agency
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Hon. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman

Development Partner Co-Convener
UN Coordination Office
Ms. Luiza Carvalho
Resident Coordinator

Sub-Working Groups

Bullet Health

Bullet Education

Bullet Social Protection

Bullet Food Security and Nutrition





Working Group on Growth and Investment Climate

Government Convener Agency
Department of Trade and Industry
Principal - Hon. Gregory L. Domingo, Secretary
Alternate - Ms. Zeny Maglaya, Undersecretary

Bullet Local Investment Reforms




Working Group on Economic and Fiscal Reforms




Working Group on Governance and Anti-Corruption

Sub-Working Groups

Bullet Anti-Corruption

Bullet Public Financial Management

Bullet Procurement







Working Group on Decentralization and Local Government






Working Group on Sustainable Rural Development






Working Group on Infrastructure

Sub-Working Groups

Bullet Transportation

Bullet Power, Energy & Electrification

Bullet Water Resources






Working Group on Rule of Law 

Government Convener Agency
Department of Justice
Principal - Hon. Leila de Lima

Alternate - Mr. Geronimo Sy
Assistant Secretary




Working Group on Climate Change 




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.



The WBG as an institution supports the principles of integrating gender sensitivity and responsiveness in Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs and policies. As co-convener of the Forum, the WBG encourages all Philippines Development Forum working and sub-working groups to ensure that the crafting and monitoring of policies are gender sensitive and responsive. In that regard, we recommend the (sub) working groups to welcome members of the ODA-GAD (Gender and Development) Network to your various meetings.

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