PHL Human Development Report wins 2014 outstanding book award

Jun 19, 2014

The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) has announced that the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) will be the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Book Award.  The 2012/2013 PHDR with the theme Geography and Human Development is the 7th in the series of Reports which began in 1994. 

The report focuses on geography as a deep determinant of human development and examines how it is linked to human development outcomes across provinces in the Philippines. Geography affects access to services and the availability of choices and opportunities. Thus, policy priority must be given to the delivery of basic and social services that is integrated and locally anchored, most crucially at the provincial level, according to the 2012/2013 PHDR. 

The PHDR is published every three years by the Human Development Network (HDN) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  Previous PHDRs have explored the themes on human development, gender, employment, education, human security, institutions and politics. 

Human development is a process of enlarging people's choices.  For people to lead better lives, they must be able to enjoy a healthy and long-lasting existence measured by life expectancy at birth; have access to knowledge in its different expressions measured by basic enrollment ratios and literacy rate; have the material resources for a decent standard of living measured by income; and freely participate in community life and collective affairs. 

The NAST PHL is the country’s foremost scientific recognition body composed of the Philippines’ best in the fields of social, health, agricultural, biological, chemistry, mathematical, physical, engineering and technology sciences.  The awarding ceremonies will take place on July 10 at the Philippine International Convention Center. 

The 2012/2013 PHDR can be downloaded from this link.

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