National Economic and Development Authority Director General Arsy Balisacan, who was president of the Philippine Human Development Network at the time, wrote in his foreword to PHDR 2005: "[T]he Moro conflict has been viewed as an exclusively
PHDR 2005 also puts some perspective on one of the most gruesome aspects of the Mamasapano Misencounter: the alleged killing of wounded police commandos by head shots at close range (ascribed, without any basis, to the MILF), and the alleged mutilation of the dead.
This is not the same as 'bringing jobs to the people,' which is easily misunderstood literally as promoting industry in lagging provinces," Monsod said in a presentation at the PHDR launch.
The UNDP country director, Toshihiro Tanaka, said in a speech that the PHDR highlighted the development variations brought about by geographic influence.
The PHDR is a useful reference in development planning and will especially assist local governments in reviewing policies and interventions to maximize their efficiency in accordance to geographical uniqueness.
One way local governments can use the PHDR is to understand geography's impact on human development and apply such learnings to address rising inequality and disparity between urban and rural areas, Tanaka said.