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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.

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.

Metrobank, UPecon sign MOA on SOT strengthening

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the UPecon Foundation sign a Memorandum of Agreement launching the conduct of a study to further strengthen the implementation process of the Metrobank Foundation’s Search for Outstanding Teacher (SOT).

Mr. Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, President and Mr. Nicanor L. Torres, Jr., Executive Director represent the Metrobank Foundation. Dr. Ramon Clarete, Dean of UPSE and UPecon Executive Director represents the UPecon Foundation. Witnessing the event are Ms. Irene D. Labitad, Metrobank Sr. Program Manager, Dr. Majah-Leah V. Ravago, UPSE Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator of the project, and Dr. Dennis Mapa, UP School of Statistics Associate Professor and Co-principal Investigator of the project.

SC invites 2 UP profs to Meralco power hike oral debates

Dr. Maria Joy V. Abrenica

The Supreme Court has invited two University of the Philippines professors during oral arguments on Meralco’s controversial P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power rate hike on Tuesday.

At a press briefing, SC Public Information Office chief and spokesman Theodore Te said invited by the SC as amici curiae or friends of the court were Rowaldo del Mundo, a professor at the UP National Engineering Center, and Maria Joy Abrenica from the UP School of Economics.


Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2013 launched

The Philippine launch of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2013 (APTIR) was held on 7 January 2014, 4 pm, at the UP School of Economics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.  The Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation (CATIF) and Philippine Center for Economic Development (PCED) co-organized the launch with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP).



The UP School of Economics and Innovations for Poverty Action Philippines (IPA-P) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on research, training, organization of seminars and other activities of mutual interest.

Signing on behalf of UPSE is Dean Ramon L. Clarete and witnessed by Dr. Majah-Leah V. Ravago, UPSE Director for Research. Representing IPA-P is Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, ‎Country Director, IPA Philippines, with Deputy Country Director Mark Miller as witness.

The event was attended by other UPSE and IPA-P members.

Congratulations to Profs. Toby Monsod and Joseph J. Capuno, UPD Centennial Professorial Chair Awardees

Congratulations to Profs. Toby Monsod and Joseph J. Capuno!

Awardees UP Diliman Centennial Professorial Chair


Prof. Aleli Kraft is UPD Centennial Faculty Grant Awardee

Prof. Aleli Kraft is UPD Centennial Faculty Grant Awardee.