University of the Philippines School of Economics

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Coordinates: 14°39′21″N 121°4′24″E / 14.65583°N 121.07333°E / 14.65583; 121.07333

University of the Philippines Diliman
School of Economics
Established 1965
Dean Professor Ramon L. Clarete, Ph.D.
Location Quezon City, Philippines
Campus Diliman
Website www.econ.upd.edu.ph
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The University of the Philippines School of Economics is a degree-granting unit of the University of the Philippines (U.P.). It is located in U.P.'s flagship campus in Diliman, Quezon City, where it occupies the buildings of the Philippine Center for Economic Development (PCED). The School offers two bachelor of science degrees (B.S. Economics and B.S. Business Economics), two master's degrees (Master in Development Economics and M.A. in Economics) and the Ph.D. in economics.


Established in 1965, the School of Economics was chosen as the first and only CHED Center for Excellence in Economics in the Philippines in 1999. Its academic programs enjoy a high national and foreign reputation, with a regular faculty consisting entirely of Ph.D.-holders. The faculty has included three National Scientists, one Academician, and several Outstanding Young Scientists as recognized by the National Academy of Science and Technology.

Faculty research is particularly strong in the areas of health economics, public economics, and development economics. In collaboration with the Philippine Economic Society, the School publishes the Philippine Review of Economics, the journal of the economics profession in the country.

Graduates of the School of Economics have distinguished themselves in the fields of economics, business, law, education, and politics. Among notable alumni are deans of the School and officers of the University, leaders of the Philippine's largest companies, entrepreneurs, economics faculty in various Philippine universities, past and present government Secretaries and Undersecretaries, including officials of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, and a President of the Philippines.

The current Dean of the School of Economics is Prof. Ramon L. Clarete, Ph.D.

Some notable alumni[edit]

Alba, Michael (M.A. 1987): President, Far Eastern University; former faculty UPSE.

Barbasa, Raul J. (AB, 1977, MBA Ateneo): President, Filbar's Marketing Exchange, Inc./Filbar's Printing and Graphics; author, Earth in Peril; movie producer: Almost Related; songwriter: Ikaw Pa Rin. etc.

Bernardo, Romeo (B.S.B.E. 1975): President, Lazaro, Bernardo, Tiu, and Associates; former Undersecretary, Department of Finance.

Canlas, Dante (Ph.D. 1978): Professor UPSE; Secretary for Socioeconomic Planning and NEDA Director-General (2001-2002).

Carpio-Morales, Conchita (A.B. 1964): Ombudsman of the Philippines; Associate Justice, Supreme Court (2002-2011).

Cayetano, Pilar Juliana (Pia) (B.S. 1985): Senator (2004-2010; reelected 2010).

Dacuycuy, Lawrence (B.S. 1998; M.A. 2000): Dean, School of Economics, De LaSalle University.

Diokno, Benjamin (M.A. 1974): Secretary, Department of Budget and Management (1998-2001); Undersecretary, Department of Budget and Management (1986-1991).

Esguerra, Emmanuel (A.B. 1976; M.A. 1981): Deputy Director-General, National Economic and Development Authority; UPSE faculty.

Espenilla, Nestor (B.S.B.E. 1981): Deputy Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Fabella, Raul (M.A. 1975): National Scientist; Academician (NAST); Professor UPSE.

Gokongwei-Pe, Robina (A.B., attended 1976-1981): President and Chief Operating Officer, Robinson's Retail Group.

Guinigundo, Diwa (A.B. 1977): Deputy Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Leonen, Mario Victor (Marvic) (B.S. 1983): Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines (since 2013)

Llanto, Gilbert (Ph.D. 1987): President, Philippine Institute of Development Studies.

Macapagal-Arroyo, Gloria (Ph.D. 1985): President, Republic of the Philippines (2001-2010).

Maza (nee Largoza), Liza (B.S.B.E. 1978): Women's rights activist; President, Gabriela Women's Party; Member, House of Representatives (2001-2004, 2004-2006, 2007-2010).

Mangahas, Mahar (M.A. 1965): President, Social Weather Stations; former faculty, UPSE.

Medalla, Felipe (M.A. 1970): Member, Monetary Board (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas); Secretary for Socioeconomic Planning and NEDA Director-General (1998-2001); Professor, UPSE (until 2011).

Monsod (nee Collas), Solita (Winnie) (A.B. 1959): Professor emeritus, UPSE; TV host and columnist; Secretary for Socioeconomic Planning and NEDA Director-General (1986-1989).

Morales, Horacio Jr. (+2012) (A.B. 1965): Secretary of Agrarian Reform (1998-2001); former Executive Vice-President, Development Academy of the Philippines; Left personality and political detainee.

Olivar, Gary (M.A. 1978): Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Management; Deputy Presidential Spokesman (2008-2010); former student leader.

Perez, Vicente (B.S.B.E. 1980): Chair, World Wildlife Fund (Phils.), CEO, Alternergy; and Secretary, Department of Energy (2001-2005).

Robredo (nee Gerona), Maria Leonora (Leni) (B.S. 1987): member, House of Representatives (elected 2013).

Sicat, Gerardo (M.A. 1958): Professor emeritus, UPSE; Minister of Economic Planning and Director-General, National Economic and Development Authority (1973-1981).

Valdepenas, Victor (M.A. 1969): President and Chief Operating Officer, Union Bank of the Philippines.

Vea, Orlando (A.B. 1970): Chief Executive Officer and President, PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc.; Founder, Smart Communications.

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