Yearly Archives: 2014

Rep. Leni Robredo guest of honor at UPSE recognition rites


Hon. Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona-Robredo, member of the House of Representatives from the 3rd District of Camarines Sur, was the guest of honor during the recognition rites of the UPSE graduating class of 2014 last 25 April 2014.

Hon. Leni Robredo obtained her BA Economics degree in 1986. She also finished Bachelor of Laws in 1992 from the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City.

Read her speech below:

Congratulations to the UPSE undergraduate awardees for best paper

During the School’s Recognition Rites for the 2013/14 graduates, the 2014 G.P. Sicat and FMAP Awards Committee, composed of Profs. Stella Quimbo, Cielo Magno, and Marjorie Pajaron, announced the awards for the best undergraduate papers for SY 2013-2014.

2014 G.P. Sicat Awards for Best Thesis

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First Best Paper

“It Takes Concentration : Measuring the Impact of Agglomeration on Growth”

Authors: Lesley Astrid A. Costales
Patricia Georgina B. Gonzales
Adviser: Prof. Ruperto P. Alonzo

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Second Best Paper

“Stochastic Projections of Philippine Rice Self-Sufficiency Amid Climate Variability”

Authors: Allen Bryan M. Cuerdo
Redbert Chris T. Maines
Adviser: Dean Ramon L. Clarete

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Third Best Paper

“An evaluation of the targeting performance of the regional offices in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”

Authors: Jade M. Cainglet
Christell Jill R. Garcia
Adviser: Prof. Orville Jose C. Solon


Fund Manager’s Association of the Philippines (FMAP) Best Monetary and Financial Economics Thesis Award

“Do Relative Yield Curve Factors Help Predict PH-US Exchange Rate Movements?”

Authors: Johannah D. Lim
Sabrina Mae L. Ong
Adviser: Prof. Margarita D. Gonzales

These were selected from a total of twenty-two (22) papers nominated by instructors in Economics 199 courses.

Author/s Title Adviser
Pilarta, Wilbert A. and Agbayani P. Pingol II The impact of CCT program on child labor: the case of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the Philippines Carlos, F.
Jimenes, Kenneth Joseph C. and Allan Franklin E. Sampang Determinants of domestic regional tourism flows in the Philippines using a gravity-based model Carlos, F.
goldmedalCostales, Lesley Astrid A. and Patricia Georgina B. Gonzales It Takes concentration : measuring the impact of agglomeration on growth. Alonzo, R.
Ubaldo, Victor Cesar I. and Gabriel Antonio M. Mendoza Quantifying stock market trading behavior using google trends: the Philippine case Alonzo, R.
Baluyan, Maria Jannie Luiza C. and Kim Philip S. Salazar Wealth as an extra-legal factor in judicial decision making: probing the party capability theory in the Philippine context Ducanes, G.
Castro, Adrian Christian S. and John Paulo G. delas Nieves Adult labor supply effects of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program : a cross-sectional analysis Ducanes, G.
Tong, Maurice Alexis Z. The relationship of household income and children’s outcomes: an analysis using longitudinal data from the Philippines Horioka, C.
Crisostomo, Samantha Carissa D. and Rafael Vincent B. Mirafuente Measuring and monitoring the pace and pattern of inclusive growth in the Philippines Horioka, C.
Biscocho, Jessica Ruth G. and Margarita Samantha Gonzales Price and cross-price effects on MRT elasticity: finding the instruments of change for optimal MRT fare setting Horioka, C.
Bondad, Nicole Danika s. and Queennie O. Mindanao Estimating tenure choice and housing demand in the Philippines Horioka, C.
Claro, Maria Ryna Angelica T. and Mark Carmelo R. Manguera The economics of voting behavior and Filipino altruism Lim, J.
Damian, Paulo S. and Celina Rachel T. Umali Is income the best happiness pill? Analyzing the effect of income on the poor’s subjective well-being Lim, J.
De Vera, Janine P. and Angeli Gabrielle F. Medida Impact of living arrangements on schooling outcomes: a case study on Metropolitan Cebu using fixed effects estimation Lim, J.
Bustamante, Rupert Jeremiah A. IV Cultural economics : a theoretical approach to valuing Philippine contemporary art Reside, R.
Crisostomo, Ma. Chairmane R. and Mariel Angeli R. Quines Default risk in microfinance : an analysis of the institutional constraints of microfinance organizations in the Philippines Reside, R.
Miranda, Erol Louis V. and Mark Daniel P. Valenzuela Exploring the relationship of non-academic utilization of the internet and academic productivity with a focus on University of the Philippines Diliman students Reside, R.
Mangosing, Daniell Mark L. The looming electricity conundrum: real-time price elasticity of demand of electricity and the possibility of market power Reside, R.
bronzeCainglet, Jade M. and Christell Jill R. Garcia An evaluation of the targeting performance of the regional offices in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Solon, O.
Coronel, Lianca Patrice P., Jose F. Yambao III Political dynasty intensity in the local governments of Metro Manila Balanquit, R.
Nacar, Nadine S. and Rodelyn L. Rodillas Determinants of teacher shortages in Philippine public secondary schools (SY 2005-2006 to 2010-2011) Gonzales, M.
goldmedalLim, Johannah D. and Sabrina Mae L. Ong Do relative yield curve factors help predict PH-US exchange rate movements? Gonzales, M.
silvermedalCuerdo , Allen Bryan M. And Redbert Chris T. Maines Stochastic Projections of Philippine Rice Self-Sufficiency Amid Climate Variability Clarete R.


Jose Encarnacion Awardee for Excellence in Economics (for 2014)


Congratulations to Ma. Charmaine R. Crisostomo (BS Economics), Jose Encarnacion Awardee for Excellence in Economics for 2014.

For Immediate Hiring: 4 Enumerators


Wanted Immediately: 1 Research Associate & 1 Research Assistant

For two months (May-June 2014) to work on the Philippine Social Protection Review


Research Associate

Research Assistant

Master’s in economics, statistics or public policy

Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics or public policy

Familiarity with Social Protection Programs, relevant experience

Familiarity with Social Protection Programs

Competence in STATA or SPPSS and MSOffice

Competence in STATA or SPSS and MSOffice



Willing to do fieldwork

Willing to do fieldwork

Compensation will be based on educational background and relevant work experience.

If qualified and interested, please send your latest CV ASAP to Ms. Rosita Santos, Room 212, UP School of Economics, Tel. 9279686 loc 212.

WANTED: Student Assistants @ SE Library

Applicants must be:

  • enrolled for current semester
  • At least 2nd year college
  • In good class standing (no incomplete/failed grade)
  • Willing to render at least 3 hours/day @ P50.00/hour

Duties of the Student Assistant includes but are not limited to the following library work:

  • Inventory of the library collection
  • Paging of library materials
  • Shelving of books
  • Shelf-reading
  • Manning the control desk

For qualified applicants  please see Ms. Baby Rose at the 2/F of the School of Economics Library and bring the following requirements:

  • Application letter (addressed to Ms. Felicitas G. de la Rosa, Head College Librarian)
  • ID picture size 1×1
  • Certified True Copy of Grades
  • Original copy of Form 5

Forum on Philippine Legal Compliance to the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community


(This forum is open to the public and is free of charge. For more info, contact Mr. Carlo Go at +63 927-5269847,  Ms Mila Baetiong & Brigitte Encarnacion at 920-5514 loc. 207, or Ms Au Tolentino at 929-3654).


Morning Session
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome Remarks
Prof. Danilo L. Concepcion
Dean, UP College of Law
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
Hon. Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr.
Undersecretary, DTI
9:00 – 9:15 Forum Orientation
Dr. Ramon L. Clarete
Dean, UP School of Economics
9:15 – 9:30 Overview on the Legal Audit
Atty. Celeste Cembrano-Mallari
UP Institute of International Legal Studies
9:30 -10:00 AEC Compliance Thru Pacta Sunt Servanda
Prof. H. Harry L. Roque, Jr.
UP Institute of International Legal Studies
10:00 – 10:30 AEC Integration thru Philippine Administrative Compliance
Prof. Diane A. Desierto
Asst. Professor, University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, and Co-Director, ASEAN Law & Integration Center (ALIC)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15 Reactors
Dr. Raul C. Pangalangan
Professor of Law and Former Dean
UP College of Law
Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria
Ateneo Law School
11:15 – 11:30 Open Forum
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
1:00 -1:30 Investments
Amb. Manuel Antonio J. Teehankee
Former Philippine Permanent Representative to the WTO
1:30 – 2:00 Trade in Services and the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
Executive Director Jose Victor V. Chan-Gonzaga
Department of Foreign Affairs, and Former Charge’-de’Affaires, Philippine Permanent Mission to the WTO
2:00 – 2:30 Cross-border Legal Challenges
Atty. Vicente M. Joyas
President, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
2:30 – 3:00 Coffee Break
3:00 – 3:30 Reactors
Atty Andre C. Palacios
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Millenmium Challenge Account-PhilippinesDean Ramon L. Clarete
UP School of Economics

Prof. Diane A. Desierto

3:30 – 4:00 Synthesis
Amb. Manuel Antonio J. Teehankee
4:00 – 4:30 Closing Remarks
Prof. H. Harry L. Roque, Jr.
Atty. Maricel Seno
Moderator and Master of Ceremonies

For Immediate Hiring: 8 Enumerators

The Countdown Begins!


The UP School of Economics will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, 2015. The year-long celebration will begin on 7 February 2014 at 7:00 pm at SE 103. Swearing in of the UPSE Alumni Association’s newly-elected Board of Trustees will also be part of the event.

Application Form for Shifting (revised 16 March 2016)

REVISED APPLICATION FORM FOR SHIFTING (2016-2017) (Excel file) (to download the form, right click and then choose Save Link As.)

Deadline for submission of the application form, including other requirements which are listed in the attachment to the application form, is 17 June 2016.  Applications with pending summer grades in required courses shall not be eligible for consideration after this date.

For those taking summer courses, summer course grades can follow but must be submitted no later than 28 July 2016.