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Political Economy Program (PEP)

  • UPD Task Force Nation-Building
    Resource speakers from Social Weather Stations (SWS), Pulse Asia, Inc., Focus on the Global South; and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) discuss Filipinos’ perceptions on their quality of life during the webinar, #PILIpiLUNAS2022: Kumustahin ang Bayan.”
  • UPD Task Force Nation-Building
    Faculty researchers from UP Diliman discuss proposed improvements to local public transport services during the webinar, “Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program of the Philippines: Updates, Issues, and Challenges.”
  • UP Diliman Website
    The UPD University Council adopted the statement, entitled “Rebuild the Philippine Economy by Strengthening Filipino Capabilities,” to raise awareness on how easing foreign ownership restrictions on public services and small businesses could be detrimental to Filipinos.


    Over the past decade, the Philippines has risen to become one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with growth rates averaging about six percent annually. Such growth, largely linked to the booming global services economy, has greatly expanded the domestic consumer market that, in turn, has propelled the domestic service sector forward.

    This growth pattern has generated new wealth for commercial interests and higher incomes for the middle class but has only marginally delivered on the development needs of the poor majority. Thus, to unlock the full development potential of the current conjuncture, there is a need to ensure structural transformation and equitable development.

    The Political Economy Program (PEP) seeks to contribute to building the momentum for development policies and programs that promote domestic production, higher productivity, and the just distribution of development resources. It however also recognizes that such initiatives often fall by the wayside due to factors such as lack of resources and public awareness, policy gaps, vested interests, partisan politics, and the dominance of the free market orthodoxy in policy circles.

    Partly to address these challenges, PEP strives to identify or create spaces for critical engagement and cooperation of the academic and research community, government, and industry and producer groups.


    PEP aims to contribute to building the momentum for policy or institutional reforms, and has the following objectives:

      • To advance innovation-driven and equitable development through the conduct of problem-solving research on development policies and practice;
      • To promote collaboration among the academe, government, industry, and other stakeholders in pursuit of inclusive technology and sustainable industrial policy; and
      • To popularize the political economy framework in the national conversation on policy options



    Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise (MSME) Sector Financing: Issues and Challenges | Discussion Paper 2021-01: 859 KB 223 downloads

    Micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) sector financing ...


    Round Table Discussion Series on Industrial and Development Policies

    The Round Table Discussion Series focuses on specific industries and special topics and is undertaken in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), College of Science, and College of Engineering of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the participation of other campuses and units in the UP System. It provides a mechanism for multisectoral dialogues that would lead to a convergence of university outputs in terms of graduates and researches, and industry needs in the areas of policy, human capital development, and research and development

    PEP Fellows Project

    The Fellows Project seeks to provide the space for and support to former government officials at the forefront of specific policy reforms to write policy papers that will be informed by their expertise and experience and help ensure policy continuity and levelling up. This project also aims to provide a platform for state reformers to share their ideas and learnings on policy formulation and implementation.

    Other Activities

    View the Term Reports from 2018 to 2022 for a list of PEP programs and activities, which include meetings, webinars, and/or publications (forthcoming or already published). 


    The Team

    Antoinette R. Raquiza, Ph.D.

    Professor, UP Asian Center
    University of the Philippines Diliman

    Monica A. Santos

    Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
    University of the Philippines Diliman

    Mary Josephine Bautista

    Senior Project Associate

    Political Economy Program, Center for Integrative and Development Studies,University of the Philippines

    Kiwanis Abunda

    Junior Project Associate

    Political Economy Program, Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines

    Jeselle Laguna

    Senior Research Associate

    Political Economy Program, Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines