Department of Economics
Department of EconomicsContact Information
Department of EconomicsAcademic Programs
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Instituted in 1986, the objective of the Bachelor of Science in Economics Program is to provide future economists with the analytical and quantitative skills to analyze issues in economic development and natural resource economics.
Master of Science in Economics
The Master of Science in Economics Program aims to: develop graduates with solid foundations in Economic theory, and who are strongly equipped with quantitative methods; and produce graduates who have the unique characteristic of being able to carry out scientific investigation in related disciplines where the University of the Philippines Los Banos is strong,
Doctor of Philosophy by Research (Economics)
Prospective students are expected to demonstrate the capacity to conduct economic research independently with a high level of originality and quality. They should uncover new knowledge, either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories, or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. The program can be completed within three years of full-time study.
Department of EconomicsNews and Updates
Dr. Arapoc serves as the Lecturer in the NEDA Basic Course in Economics For Non-Economists
About 136 staff members of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) attended the Basic Course in Economics For Non-Economists hosted by the NEDA Human Resource Development Division. The training was implemented in three rounds to accommodate technical and non-technical staff from various NEDA offices. The first round, participated by technical staff from NEDA’s central...
DE hosts Summer Program in Economics 2022
The Summer Program in Economics (SPE) of the Department of Economics was held last July 11 to August 15, 2022 under an online learning mode of delivery. The SPE is an intensive refresher course in Macroeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics, Microeconomic Theory, and Econometrics. It is a preliminary requirement for the incoming graduate students of the...
DE Associate Professor Bello attends IAGBT-KITRI Conference
Associate Professor Amelia L. Bello, of the Department of Economics, presented a paper at the 28th International Academy for Global Business and Trade (IAGBT) -The Korea International Trade Institute (KITRI) Biannual Conference and Research Symposium held August 9, 2022 at the University of Vienna, Austria. Lead author of the paper entitled, ”Determinants of Heterogeneity of Regional...
About DE
Since its inception in 1975, the UPLB Department of Economics has been an academic hub for quality education, research, and extension in Economics. Committed to equipping students with the tools for theoretical and applied analyses in Economics, the Department began offering the program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree in 1986, and that for the Master of Science in Economics degree in 1999.

Admission into the degree programs of the Department is highly competitive. For the Bachelor of Science in Economics, applicants must be able to pass the U.P. College Admission Test, where only the upper 10 percent of the examinees are given admission to the university. For the Master of Science in Economics, applicants must be able to show proof of intellectual capacity to tackle the demands of graduate work.

The Department’s academic programs are internationally recognized for their excellence, attracting both local and international students. Our graduates have progressed to positions of leadership in the academia, government, civil society, and in the private sector. The Department has also a long tradition of academic excellence and an unrivalled reputation for participatory research that continues to influence government policies, both in the local and the national level. The Department’s research and public service thrusts have generally dealt with issues relating to development, labor, poverty, international trade, public finance, the environment, among others. The results of these undertakings have served as valuable inputs for decision making, both in the private and public sectors.

In order to make our academic programs relevant to the fast changing world, the Department continues to explore new emerging fields in economics which includes, energy economics, economics of regulation, behavioral economics, and the economics of climate change.


Department of Economics Vision
The Department of Economics of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (DE-UPLB) is committed to:

1. play a prominent role in economics education, research, and public service in the Philippines; and

2. contribute to the formulation of local and national economic development plans through problem-oriented research and rigorous academic training that produce influential decision-makers in government, business, and civil society
Department of Economics Mission

In keeping with UPLB’s leading role in efforts toward a globally competitive Philippines, DE-UPLB seeks to adhere to the international standards of academic excellence by becoming a hub for innovation in economics teaching and research and thereby attain international recognition and attract outstanding faculty and students from the Philippines and other countries.


In pursuit of UPLB’s goal of making its academic programs comparable with the best globally, DE-UPLB endeavors to:

(i) design course offerings that provide both a rigorous economics education and analytical tools necessary for understanding global issues;

(ii) intensify participation of faculty and students in academic discussions through paper presentation at local, national, and international conferences;

(iii) generate financial resources for the continuing education of faculty and staff;

(iv) develop training programs, targeted at prime movers in government and civil society; and

(v) teach the use of economic principles in making decisions and understanding the most pressing issues.

Department of Economics Chair
Department of Economics Faculty
Abueg, Luisito C.
Assistant Professor
Alcalde, Jhoana V.
Assistant Professor
Andal, Emmanuel Genesis T.
Assistant Professor
Arapoc, Jefferson A.
Associate Professor
Arias, Jaimie Kim B.
Associate Professor (On Sabbatical)
Ballena, Kathlene Grace B.
Benedictos, Ma Janda Ira Felina M.
Camacho, Jose V.
Carnaje, Gideon P.
Associate Professor
Castillo, Aaron T.
Instructor (On Study Leave)
Castillo, Veronica I.
Assistant Professor
Catelo, Ma. Angeles O.
Cruz, Divine Krizza P.
Assistant Professor
Cuevas, Agham C.
Daite, Richard B.
Assistant Professor
Dorado, Rowena A.
Assistant Professor
Firmalino, Anna Floresca F.
Assistant Professor
Gay, Deborah B.
Instructor (On Study Leave)
Gilles, Pierre Giuseppe P.
Manalo, Nino Alejandro Q.
Assistant Professor
Mercado, Allyssa Mari C.
Montalbo, Patricia Nicole O.
Nguyen, Ma. Nova R.
Assistant Professor
Ramirez, Paul Joseph B.
Assistant Professor
Rodriguez, U-Primo E.
Sajise, Asa Jose U.
Valera, Ma. Luisa G.
Associate Professor
Department of Economics Adjunct Faculty
Bello, Amelia L.
Adjunct Professor
Garcia, Yolanda T.
Adjunct Professor
Otsuka, Keijiro
Visiting Professor
Sumalde, Zenaida M.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Economics Lecturers
Osorio, Chad Patrick T.
Senior Lecturer
Villanueva, Enrico P.
Senior Lecturer
Department of Economics Teaching Associates
Belleza, Lasker A.
Teaching Associate
Villafuerte, Claire Therese B.
Teaching Associate
Department of Economics Research, Extension and Professional Staff
Department of Economics Admin Staff
Bautista, Lorna V.
Administrative Aide
Revilleza, Emilia M.
Administrative Officer
Tayoto, Michelle N.
Administrative Aide