Program on Social and Political Change (PSPC)

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    The panel on “Understanding Rodrigo Duterte’s Governance in the Philippines” from the International Political Science Association’s (IPSA) 26th World Congress with Dr. Maria Ela Atienza (top left) and Dr. Teresa Encarnacion Tadem (top right)
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    Dr. Maria Ela Atienza with fellow speakers Dr. Alvin Ang, Dr. Francisco Magno, Dr. Ador Torneo, and the event secretariat.
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    (L to R) Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco, Luz Rimban, Dr. Paul Hutchcroft, Dr. Jorge Tigno, Dr. Antoinette Raquiza, former COMELEC Commissioner Luie Tito Guia, Dr. Aries Arugay, and COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez
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    (L to R) Dr. Maria Ela Atienza, Asst. Prof. Jan Robert Go, Dr. Alex Brillantes, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Dr. Eduardo Tadem, Dr. Joseph Capuno, Dr. Antoinette Raquiza
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    Cover art of the Ugnayang Migrante podcast, which discusses the issues faced by Filipino migrant workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Cover art of the Multilevel Crisis Governance podcasts featuring the presentations and discussions from the webinar.


The task of the Program on Social and Political Change (PSPC) is to provide a platform for understanding these varied social and political challenges facing the country today. Broadly, PSPC’s aim is to allow experts from a variety of disciplines in the University to develop a better understanding of past, current, and future social and political tensions that can arise and impact on modern Philippine society and polity.

It is designed to produce empirical studies using a variety of methods and approaches to better understand the different social and political issues, transitions, and disruptions affecting the country and world. These studies form the basis for policy inputs and discussions at both the local, national, and international levels.


PSPC seeks to (a) describe and analyze the current social and political issues facing the country as well as (b) highlight and anticipate the likely shifts and transformations that might follow from such issues and (c) examine their implications on society, economy, and public policy, as well as (d) communicate its findings to a wider audience of intellectuals, policy makers, and the general public.

PSPC’s main objective of the research is to lead to possible sets of policy options, responses, and recommendations by government as well as by other social institutions including development agencies.


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The Team

Maria Ela L. Atienza, Ph.D.


Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman

Jorge V. Tigno, DPA

Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman

Nathaniel P. Candelaria

Senior Project Assistant

Senior Project Assistant
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