SERP-P holds coordinators' meeting
A strong network rests on a membership that is committed to its goals. Regular communication is critical and the members should also be updated on the network’s activities. On July 23, a special meeting was organized by the PIDS SERP-P team. A total of 12 member-institutions from Metro Manila and Laguna participated in the half-day meeting at the NEDA sa Makati Building. The meeting brought together representatives from the Action for Economic Reforms, Agricultural Credit Policy Council, AIM Policy Center, Ateneo School of Government, Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department, DLSU Social Development Research Center, National Tax Research Center, SEAMEO Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies in Agriculture, UP Center for Integrative Studies, UP School of Urban and Regional Planning, UST Research Cluster on Cultural, Educational and Social Issues, and PIDS.
One of the highlights of the meeting is the presentation of the updated content management system (CMS). With the new CMS, SERP-P coordinators can add new and edit publications, authors, and even events more easily as the options are readily available in the dashboard. They can monitor the portal’s usage through a comprehensive statistics page showing daily to monthly hits as well frequently downloaded materials.
The PIDS SERP-P team also re-introduced the SERP-P Community. Launched during the second biennial meeting in November 2012, SERP-P Community is a customized program that serves as a research networking tool. Users can create their own groups and can expand these by adding other registered users. They can conduct research more easily by bookmarking their SERP-P studies and other materials found in the Web, blog on topics of their choice, and post events and announcements. It was agreed the Community site will be used by the SERP-P coordinators as a means to communicate with each other and discuss common SERP-P issues. The coordinators also committed to promote the site in their respective offices.
Plans for the forthcoming third biennial meeting in the fourth quarter of 2014 were also discussed and inputs were collected from the coordinators present. A suggestion for future biennial meetings is to have a research fair where the SERP-P members can showcase their research and project outputs.
The third biennial meeting on December 10 will bring together representatives from the 53 member-institutions of the SERP-P Network. The one-day event will have presentations in the morning and an interactive workshop in the afternoon.
For details of the meeting, please email the SERP-P team to re-send a copy of the minutes. All SERP-P coordinators were provided with the minutes via email.