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Dr. Ernesto Pernia

Dr. Pernia’s research interests are in Development Economics, Demographic Economics, and Human Resource Economics and he has extensive publications on these topics. In 2003, he published Poverty, Growth, and Institutions in Developing Asia, (with A. B. Deolalikar, eds.), (London and Tokyo: Palgrave Macmillan.).

He is presently Professorial Lecturer of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, Diliman, Quezon City since June 2010. His engagement with UP started in 1982 as Professor of Economics and he served as Chairman of Department of Economics from 1982 to 1983.

Dr. Pernia was Lead Economist, Economics and Research Department (ERD) of Asian Development Bank (ADB), 1999-2003; was Head of ERD’s Knowledge Dissemination Unit; and was Managing Editor, Asian Development Review. He was Principal Economist, ADB, 1993-1999; Senior Economist, ADB, 1990-1993; and Economist, ADB, 1986-1990. He was Regional Adviser on Population and Employment Policy and Research for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Office (Bangkok), l984-86. He was Research Fellow, East-West Center Resource Systems Institute, Honolulu, 1983-1984.

He has a Ph.D.from the University of California, Berkeley, 1976; an M.A. (Economics) from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1969; and an A.B. (Economics) from the University of San Carlos, 1967. He attended Seminary and earned an S.T.B. from UST Central Seminary in 1965 and an A.B. (Philosophy) from San Carlos Major Seminary (Cebu), 1963.

Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto

 Dr. GILBERTO M. LLANTO, Ph.D., is presently the President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the economic think-tank of the Philippine Government. His areas of expertise are Money and Banking, Public Finance, and International Trade. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Philippines. Prior to his entrance to UP, he attended the M.S. Economics Program of the Asian Social Institute (ASI).

Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto has been a Board Director of CARD Rural Bank since March 2003 and served as its Board Adviser from 1997 to March 2003.  As a professional economist, he has held various executive and technical (research) positions at the National Tax Research Center of the Department of Finance; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines); the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council and recently, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises (now, the Small Business Guarantee and Credit Corporation) and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (representing the Secretary of Agriculture). He was a founding member of the Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) in 1999. He is a member of the Philippine Economic Society, serving it as President in 2004.

In the past eighteen years, he has been a consultant on financial markets, microfinance, public finance and public economics to international organizations such as the World Bank (IBRD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), U.S. Agency for International Development, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Development and Research Centre (IDRC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Japan Economic Research Institute, among others. Being a research and policy analyst and international consultant, he has work and work-related exposure/experiences in the following countries: Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Canada, Australia, United States of America, France, Netherlands and Germany.

He has authored, co-authored, edited and published various papers and studies in fiscal and monetary policy, agricultural and rural finance, microfinance, local government finance and public economics. To name a few, Risk-Based Supervision of Banks Involved in Microfinance, The Role of Government in Microfinance, Philippine Credit Policy and Microfinance Institutions: Some Lessons from the Latin American Experience, and The Role of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Microfinance.

He is a holder of PhD degree in Economics and Master of Arts in Economics from U.P. Diliman. He finished A.B. Philosophy at St. Francis Seminary.




Dr. Leonardo A. Gonzales

 Dr. Leonardo A. Gonzales, an ASI Alumnus (MS Economics 1971) is the lead author of the book Buffalo Meat Imports and the Philippine Livestock Industry: An Impact Assessment, which was bestowed ‘OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD”  by the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NAST) during its Annual Scientific Meeting on July 10-11, 2013 at the Manila Hotel. NAST is the highest policy making body in the Philippines on science and technology.

Dr. Gonzales’ fields of expertise are: Crops, livestock, fisheries and agribusiness economics; carrying capacity and integrated area development; biotechnology research and policy; supply-chain analysis and management; Program Benefit Monitoring and Evaluation System (PBMES); Development planning; economic analysis; competitive and comparative advantage analysis; sectoral planning, policy analysis, formulation and advocacy; market analysis and development; institutional development and capacity-building; cost-benefit analysis; and micro-macro impact assessment of projects and programs.

Since 1976 to the present, he has been active as Resource Person in Philippine and international training programs pertaining to the above and also has been engaged either as Consultant or to conduct research for various Philippine Government agencies, especially the Department of Agriculture, as well as international and U.S. development entities.

He earned his Ph.D., Agricultural Economics in 1976 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, under a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship. He is a graduate of the M.S., Economics degree, 1971, from the Asian Social Institute, Manila, as a Senden Scholar. He holds a degree in B.S., Education (cum laude), 1965 from St. Mary's University, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines under a CICM Scholarship.




Dr. Cielito F. Habito

 Dr. Ciel Habito is a Professor of Economics in the Ateneo de Manila University, where he is also Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD). He has served as Board Director in various private corporations and foundations, including the Manila Water Company, Metrobank, Metrobank Card Corporation, Steel Corporation of the Philippines, Brain Trust Inc., Operation Compassion International, Galing Pook Foundation, Clean Air Initiative-Asia, and the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV). He also writes the award-winning weekly column “No Free Lunch” in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He was the Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) during the term of President Fidel V. Ramos, and served the full six-year term in the Ramos Cabinet.from 1992 to 1998.

Dr. Habito continues to speak widely to a variety of audiences at home and abroad on economic policy and sustainable development. His wide experience in international development diplomacy included heading Philippine delegations to major nternational conferences, including the UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt (September 1994); the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark (March 1995) where he chaired caucuses of the Group of 77; ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meetings from 1991 to 1998; and the annual sessions of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) from 1993 to 1998. He was elected Chairman of the Sixth Session of the UNCSD in New York in 1998, for which he was credited for skillfully reconciling the divergent interests of governments, industry and civil society in the contentious discussions of the session, and for introducing a Stakeholder Dialogue as a regular feature of the CSD annual sessions. He served as member of the ASEAN High Level Task Force to Study the AFTA-CER Free Trade Area, and is acknowledged to be among the Eminent Persons in Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

His professional career began at the Department of Economics of UPLB, where he started as Instructor in 1975, and moved up to become Professor and Chairman of the Department by the time he left to join government in 1990. In 1990, he was appointed by then President Corazon Aquino as Assistant Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and was promoted a year later to Deputy Director-General, and in the following year was appointed by then newly-elected President Fidel V. Ramos to his Cabinet in the concurrent positions of Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of NEDA.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Philippine Legion of Honor in 1998, The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award (for Economics) in 1991, Most Outstanding Alumnus of UPLB in 1993, and the Gawad Lagablab (Outstanding Alumnus Award) of the Philippine Science High School in 1991. He is a member of various professional, civic and religious organizations, including the Philippine Economics Society, Philippine Agricultural Economics and Development Association, Economics Association of East Asia, International Society of Ecological Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Knights of Columbus, and the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Covenant Community.

An accomplished economist, he has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, journal articles, papers presented in local and international conferences and seminars, and government policy papers on topics spanning the range of economic policy issues, quantitative economic modeling, and sustainable development. He also writes a weekly column (“No Free Lunch”) in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He prepared a computer software package that simulates the Philippine economy for policy analysis using a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model he developed.

Dr. Habito and his wife worked with and among the poor, especially children of depressed communities in their hometown of Los Baños. Their community work evolved into a community outreach program within a school that includes a mobile children’s library, outreach daycare and primary schools in depressed communities, a special education program for autistic children, livelihood and entrepreneurship training and assistance for the poor, and teacher training.

Dr. Habito holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1984) from Harvard University, where he also earned a Master of Arts (1981). He also holds a Master of Economics (1978) from the University of New England in Australia. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Summa cum Laude (1975, Major in Agricultural Economics) from UPLB, the third Summa cum Laude and the first male and the third ever to graduate with that highest honor in the university’s then 66-year history.

Born April 20, 1953, he is married to the former Pilar Relova, with whom he has five children.





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