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Josefina V. Cabigon Memorial Scholarship for MA Demography and Population Studies at UPPI

  • Posted on: 10 August 2020

The UP Population Institute (UPPI) is pleased to announce the launching of the “Josefina V. Cabigon Memorial Scholarship” starting first semester, AY 2020-2021. The scholarship is open to new and continuing graduate students enrolled in the MA Demography and Master in Population Studies at UPPI. Preference is given to scholars who are financially in need and who are committed to public service.

New demographers are up to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Posted on: 17 July 2020
Zoom photoshoot with graduates and Dr. Grace T. Cruz

The UP Population Institute produced four MA Demography graduates this year: Mr. Teodoro M. Orteza, Ms. Marjorie B. Villaver, Ms. Sheena Kristine M. Cases and Ms. Racine Denise C. Maniego.

They will be joining this year’s online graduation ceremony on July 25, 2020. They are joined by the UPPI Director, Dr. Grace T. Cruz in this zoom photoshoot.

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Afable of MADEM is New UPPI Excellence Awardee

  • Posted on: 2 March 2020

Sanny Boy Domingo Afable, a first year MA Demography (MADEM) student, is the latest UPPI Excellence Awardee having garnered the highest GWA of 1.125 for both MADEM and Master of Population Studies (MPOPS) students in the second semester of AY 2019-2020.


The UP Population Institute is raising money to continuously provide full scholarships for qualified graduate students , and the UPPI Academic Excellence Award for the top academic performer per semester.

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UP Population Institute to conduct the 2021 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study

  • Posted on: 28 October 2020

The University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI), with funding support from the Department of Health (DOH) announces the conduct of the 2021 Young Adult Sexuality and Fertility Study (YAFS5). This will be the 5th in the series of YAFS surveys.

Beyond the Numbers: COVID-19 and the Philippine Population

The University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) in collaboration with the Demographic Research and Development Foundation (DRDF) are sharing results of their demographic studies to provide the Philippine context on the possible effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In both the UPPI and DRDF websites, we are
publishing a series of research briefs focusing on various aspects of Filipino lives that are affected by COVID-19, in both the short and long terms.

Human Resource for Health in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Does the Philippines Have Enough?

  • Posted on: 18 August 2020

This research brief aims to bring to fore, the implications of the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases on the need to have more health care workers and of the importance of protecting those in the line of duty. We highlight the gap in the country’s health workforce, particularly in the number of doctors, nurses and midwives prior to COVID-19 pandemic based on the latest census data of 2015, and projections on the health professionals in the country. The analysis also draws information from the 2018 National Migration Survey (NMS) which provides detailed information on health professionals by occupation category (PSA & UPPI, 2019) and the 2018 Occupation Wages Survey (OWS), a survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) nationwide every two years covering establishments employing at least 20 workers.

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The changing demographics of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the Philippines: how age-sex structure, living arrangement, and family ties intersect

  • Posted on: 27 July 2020

When community transmission of COVID-19 became apparent in the Philippines, older persons were deemed most vulnerable mainly because they tend to have comorbidities that make them at higher risk to COVID-19 infection. Around the time the NCR was placed under ECQ, there were already 142 COVID-19 positive cases all over the country. These infected individuals have a median age of 50 with women slightly older than men (51 vs 50 years).

Over time and as the number of cases increased, the distribution across age groups has shifted, skewing towards the younger population. In mid-July 2020 or 4 months after various levels of community quarantine were imposed, the median age of COVID-19 positive individuals has declined to 37 years old. By then, COVID-19 positive women are found to be two years younger on average than men, in contrast to the pattern found four months earlier.

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Moving Force: Factors Affecting Mobility of Filipinos

  • Posted on: 22 June 2020

The previous research brief sheds light on the limitations of the BP2 by discussing the results of the 2018 NMS. This research brief delves further into the determinants of internal migration in the Philippines, particularly patterns of recurrent movements by highlighting the demographic and social groups that are more likely to move and what the findings imply for policymaking and/or crafting programs for equitable urban and rural growth.

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“Balik Probinsya” in time of COVID-19

  • Posted on: 19 May 2020

In this research and policy brief, we looked at results of the 2018 National Migration Survey (PSA & UPPI, 2019) to highlight migration patterns of Filipinos and how a program on regional development such as the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” fits in this narrative.

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October 1 is International Day of Older Persons

  • Posted on: 1 October 2020

Today, October 1, the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc. and the University of the Philippines Population Institute join the whole world in celebrating the International Day of Older Persons. Through our research, we contribute to the promotion of healthy and active aging among Filipino older people and to ensure a society for all ages.

Demography Applied: Knowledge-Sharing Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Posted on: 30 September 2020

Two recently launched webinars showcased studies from the UP Population Institute (UPPI) on the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the Philippine population. Dr. Maria Midea M. Kabamalan, Professor of Demography in the UP Population Institute (UPPI), presented the highlights of the research briefs published by UPPI and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation (DRDF) during the 18th National Health Research Forum for Action (NHRFA) webinar and Dr. Grace T. Cruz, Director of UPPI, presented findings from the 2018 Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP) examining the impact of the pandemic on older Filipinos in a webinar series organized by the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC).

Migration and the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Posted on: 18 August 2020

With the continued daily increase of COVID-19 cases in the country, the government institutionalized the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program” which focuses on decongesting Metro Manila. The program aims to achieve balanced urban and rural development together with the empowerment of local industries, food security and agricultural productivity, social welfare, health and employment, and improvements in infrastructure.

This move from the government generated much public interest. Dr. Nimfa Ogena and Dr. Maria Midea Kabamalan, Professors of Demography at the UP Population Institute, were featured by two major news channels: namely, GMA News TV and the ABS-CBN News Channels.

Prof. Marquez presents UPPI and UNFPA study on SRH during World Population Day 2020

  • Posted on: 13 August 2020

Prof. Maria Paz Marquez of the UP Population Institute (UPPI) presented the findings of the study conducted by UPPI in collaboration with the UNFPA on “The Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual & Reproductive Health in the Philippines” in a virtual event commemorating World Population Day 2020.

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