Department of Economics
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Academic 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,
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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.
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

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.

Abueg, Luisito C.
Assistant Professor
Andal, Emmanuel Genesis T.
Assistant Professor
Arapoc, Jefferson A.
Assistant Professor
Arias, Jaimie Kim B.
Associate Professor
Bello, Amelia L.
Associate Professor
Camacho, Jose V.
Professor and Chancellor
Carnaje, Gideon P.
Associate Professor
Castillo, Aaron T.
Castillo, Veronica I.
Assistant Professor
Catelo, Ma. Angeles O.
Associate Professor and Chair
Cuevas, Agham C.
Professor and Dean
Daite, Richard B.
Assistant Professor
Dorado, Rowena A.
Assistant Professor
Firmalino, Anna Floresca F.
Assistant Professor
Garcia, Yolanda T.
Gay, Deborah B.
Manalo, Nino Alejandro Q.
Assistant Professor
Ramirez, Paul Joseph B.
Assistant Professor
Rodriguez, U-Primo E.
Sajise, Asa Jose U.
Valera, Ma. Luisa G.
Associate Professor
Zamora, Christian Marvin B.
Assistant Professor
Galang, Jericho I.
Senior Lecturer
Osorio, Chad Patrick T.
Senior Lecturer
Sumalde, Zenaida M.
Adjunct Professor
Vital, Marianne Joy A.
Senior Lecturer
Admin Staff
Bautista, Lorna V.
Administrative Aide
Revilleza, Emilia M.
Administrative Officer
Tayoto, Michelle N.
Administrative Aide