The AER Industrial Policy Team

Jenina Joy Chavez

joy-square2Jenina Joy Chavez coordinates the AER Industrial Policy Team. She was a Senior Associate and Philippines Programme Coordinator with the regional policy research and advocacy organization Focus on the Global South until 2011. She works on the political economy of industrial policy, the nexus of economic policy making and public health, and regional social policy. She volunteers for the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy on the strengthening of the social dimension in regional integration and the democratization of ASEAN processes to include non-state actors; and the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition on the campaign for the passage of the People’s Freedom of Information Act.

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Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan

DSC_0376Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan is Co-Director of the Institute for Freedom of Information, a partnership program between AER and the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism; and Co-Convener of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition, a campaign coalition of more than 150 organizations that is at the forefront of the campaign for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act in the Philippines. He is one of the founding Trustees, and presently Corporate Secretary of Action for Economic Reforms. He is a lawyer with academic background in economics, and leads the AER Industrial Policy Team research on the problems that confront the electricity sector.

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Manuel Montes

IMG_0998 - Copy (2)Manuel F. Montes (“Butch”) is Senior Advisor on Finance and Development at the South Centre in Geneva. He was previously Chief of Development Strategies, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) where he led the team that produced the World Economic and Social Survey 2011 (WESS), The Great Green Technological Transformation. Before that, he held various positions at the United Nations Development Program and the Ford Foundation; and taught at the East West Centre in Honolulu and the UP School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University. His recent publications have been in areas of macroeconomic policy, development strategy, income inequality, climate change financing and industrial policy.

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Joseph Anthony Lim

joseph-squareJoseph Anthony Lim is a current professor at the Ateneo de Manila University, teaching International Economics and Macroeconomics. Prof. Lim took up BS Management Engineering at the same university in the year 1974, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his MS Operation Research degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. In 1995, he received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He has long been contributing to the macro-analysis of Philippine economic performance.He was a Policy Adviser on Debt and External Finance for Developing Countries at the Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York from 2002 to 2004. Prof. Lim is also a former professor at the UP Diliman School of Economics from 1978 to 2005.

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Ma. Cristina Morales-Alikpala

CMAlikpala_squareMa. Cristina Morales-Alikpala is the Acting President of Action for Economic Reforms. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University and her Master of Arts in Economics in UP Diliman. She was a research consultant at the United Nations Development Programme from 2004 to 2005 where she conducted an extensive review of related literature regarding the fiscal implications of trade-related policy reform. She is an Associate Professor in Economics at the ADMU and serves as an Economic and Performance Measurement Adviser for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (Philippines Program) of the Government of Canada.

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Victoria Viterbo-Quimbo

IMG_0845Victoria Viterbo-Quimbo got her first-hand experience in planning, development and institutions of the country from her two decades of service at the National Economic and Development Authority, where she also served as Development Information Director. She obtained her BA Economics from UP Diliman in 1981 and her MA Economics from the same University in 1991. She also took MA Economics at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan in 1993. She is Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines Asian Center, teaching National and Local Perspectives in Philippine Development, and Project Evaluation.

Rene Ofreneo

rene-squareDr. Rene E. Ofreneo is Professor XII and Former Dean of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR), University of the Philippines and was one of the UP Centennial Professor awardees for 2009-2010. He served as an Undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment in 1997-1998. A veteran of labor relations and industrial policy, he was on the board of the Hong Kong-based Asia Monitor Resource Center, was a research consultant of the Union Network International, and served as Executive Director of the Fair Trade Alliance, a unique industry-labor-CSO multi-sectoral coalition and social partnership initiative. He sits on the Board of the Journal of Industrial Relations (Sydney) and the Asia Pacific Business Review (London). Dr. Ofreneo is a foundinf Trustee of the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines.

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Buenaventura Dargantes

DSC_0771Dr. Buenaventura B. Dargantes is a Professor at the Visayas State University, Baybay Leyte, teaching Socioecological Systems and graduate subjects on Resource Management. Dr. Dargantes attended the University of the Philippines, Cebu (BS Psychology, 1979), the Visayas State College of Agriculture (MS Agricultural Development Education, 1986) and the University of Hohenheim (PhD in Agroecology/Socio-Ecology, 1996). His dissertation was entitled, “Socio-Ecological Case Studies of Forest Lands Cultivation in Leyte, Philippines”. He is currently the Project Coordinator of the Institute of Strategic Research and Development Studies (ISRDS) Water Research, Development and Extension Program at VSU;  the Director of the Philippine Association of German Academic Scholars since 1999 and the President of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC) since 2004.

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Research Assistants

arjay-squareArjay Mercado

Arjay Mercado is an MA Economics student at the UP School of Economics. He got his BS Business Economics degree, Cum Laude, from the same school. Arjay is the Chairperson of the UP Diliman University Student Council for AY 2014-2015.


Nadine Agustin

DSC_0007Nadine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Santo Tomas. She previously worked as an Economist at DENR-Forest Management Bureau. She was also a volunteer at the IMF Family Association and Habitat for Humanity in Washington D.C. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Development Economics degree at the UP School of Economics.

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