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Erasmus+ exchange students are UPPI’s newest demographers

  • Posted on: 21 September 2022

MADEM students Denise Musni and Jane Siwa at the University of Namur in Belgium.

The UPPI adds two new names to its roster of demographers, following the successful individual thesis defense of Master of Arts in Demography (MADEM) students Denise Hyacinth Joy B. Musni and Jane Alexandra A. Siwa, who recently participated in the exchange program between the UPPI and the University of Namur.

UPPI sends delegates to Belgium for 3rd Erasmus+ Exchange

  • Posted on: 28 April 2022

From L to R: Ms. Musni, Mr. Afable, Dr. Henry, and Ms. Siwa at the University of Namur.

As the European Union (EU) eases COVID-19 restrictions, the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) sends four delegates to the Department of Geography, University of Namur (UNamur) in Belgium, as part of the ongoing collaboration between the two institutions under the EU Erasmus+ Mobility Program.


Dr. Kabamalan documents experiences, lessons from conducting nationwide fieldwork amid COVID-19

  • Posted on: 13 May 2022

Social scientists around the world have had to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on data collection. In the case of the UPPI, it had to modify its plans for the conduct of the 2021 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS5), said UPPI professor and YAFS5 project coordinator Dr. Maria Midea Kabamalan, who presented the highlights of YAFS5 fieldwork at the 2022 Philippine Population Association (PPA) Scientific Virtual Conference held last March 30-31, 2022.

2021 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS5)

Conducted since 1982 by the UPPI and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc., the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) series prides itself as the Philippines’ largest series of nationally and regionally representative, cross-sectional surveys on the 15-24 age group. It has provided comprehensive and timely information on Filipino adolescents and young adults, specifically on issues related to sexuality, fertility, reproductive health, education, and employment aspirations and trajectories, health and lifestyle, media use, mental health, as well as their attitudes on marriage, family formation, and norms, among others.

The 2021 YAFS is the fifth round in the series.

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Longer life = healthy life? New study by Dr. Cruz and colleagues sheds light on an important question

  • Posted on: 10 June 2022

Filipino Lola, by Bo Insogna, 2013, Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Gains in Filipinos’ life expectancy are an understated feat in public health. One question that has troubled aging experts at the turn of the century, however, is whether such gains in the average years of life actually translate into more years in good health or only prolonged disability among older persons.

This question is the subject of a new study by UP Population Institute (UPPI) colleagues Dr. Grace T. Cruz, Ms. Christian Joy P. Cruz, and Dr. Yasuhiko Saito. Recently published in Geriatrics and Gerontology International, their study examined how the latest evidence in the Philippines supports two competing theories on the nexus of aging and health.