Industrial Policy Team

About the Team

The AER Industrial Policy Team (AER IP Team) aims to contribute to the development of a policy agenda to address weaknesses in the country’s industrial outcomes. The objective of this initiative is to present an accurate and comprehensive picture of the state of industry and employment in the country, and what this means for people’s lives and future challenges. The AER IP Team believes that an industrial policy will play a crucial role in facilitating the upgrading and transformation of more productive sectors, in the process creating better quality jobs for Filipinos presently excluded from the narrow base of the country’s economic growth.

Through basic research and analysis, roundtable discussions and key informant interviews, the AER IP Team seeks to test specific ideas on industrial policy and gauge various groups’ openness to them. Overall, the team believes that a constituency for industrial policy can be developed, particularly within the labor sector and segments of industry that see broader and more integrated economic sectors as a means for industrial deepening and commercial growth. At the same time, the team seeks to constructively engage the Government’s Manufacturing Roadmap process, and sees the need to cultivate relations, exchange perspectives, and find common ground with the sections of government that may be open to Industrial Policy.

Team Members

Jenina Joy Chavez

Jenina Joy Chavez

Jenina 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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More of Jenina Joy Chavez’s recent publications.

Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan (On leave)

Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan (On leave)

Atty. 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

Manuel Montes

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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Roberto Verzola

Roberto Verzola

Engr. Roberto (Obet) Verzola is the Executive Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST). He is also the Editor-in-chief of microRenewables, a publication on small scale renewable energy. His areas of expertise include intellectual property rights, access to the internet and competition in the telecom industry; electoral reforms and election automation; renewable energy, green technology and industrial policy; food security and agricultural productivity.

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Victoria Viterbo-Quimbo

Victoria Viterbo-Quimbo

Victoria 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 Ofreneo

Dr. 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

Buenaventura Dargantes

Dr. Buenaventura (Buboy) 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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Menandro Berana

Menandro Berana

Dr. Menandro (Maynard) Berana is an Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. College of Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman. His specialization is on alternative refrigeration systems, renewable energy, and two-phase flows. His research interests include cooling and power generation from recoverable heat and other sources; energy efficiency; automation and manufacturing systems. He completed his PhD from Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan in November 2009.
Jerome Patrick Cruz

Jerome Patrick Cruz

Jerik Cruz is currently a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was previously a lecturer and political economist based at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Economics. Among others, he has led or extensively contributed to research studies commissioned by the Asian Development Bank, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, on topics related to industrial, trade, employment, and innovation policy as well as the political economy of development and inequality in Southeast Asian countries. He completed his Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies of Geneva, Switzerland in 2016 as the Institute’s Prunier Foundation scholarship awardee.

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Research Assistants

Arjay Mercado

Arjay Mercado

Arjay Mercado is an MA Economics student at the Ateneo de Manila University. 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

Nadine Agustin

Nadine Agustin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Santo Tomas. She was a volunteer at the IMF Family Association and Habitat for Humanity in Washington D.C. She is currently the Program Officer of the Industrial Policy Program of the Action for Economic Reforms. She is also working with the Right to Know Right Now! Coalition on the campaign for a Freedom of Information (FOI) law and in pushing for FOI practice in the country.
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