2014 Monthly Activities
Grand Homecoming @ Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Grand Ballroom
- NOVEMBER 7
Forum Caps UPPI’s Year-long Academic Activities in Celebration of its 50th Anniversary
From left: Dr. Adelamar Alcantara of the University of New Mexico, Ms. Imelda Feranil of the Futures Institute, and Dr. Maruja B. Asis of the Scalabrini Migration Center
Informative while fun aptly describes a day-long academic forum and round table discussion hosted by the UP Population Institute at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City on November 7, 2014.
It was the final academic activity of UPPI in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year. Three UPPI alumnae, Dr. Maruja B. Asis of the Quezon City-based Scalabrini Migration Center, Dr. Adelamar Alcantara of the University of New Mexico, and Ms. Imelda Feranil of the Futures Institute, a Connecticut-based think-tank headlined the morning’s forum.
In “Unexpected Journeys: International Migration in Philippine Demography”, Dr. Asis traced the beginning of Filipino’s involvement in international migration, which became more noticeable with the enactment of migration-friendly policies in the US in 1965. This initiative laid open for Filipinos the option to move abroad. Further developments like the end of the guest-worker program for Europeans in West Asia after the 1974 oil crisis and the related need for replacements led to the enactment of the Labor Code which set regulations on the employment of Filipinos abroad. According to Dr. Asis, these developments led to the “unbounding” of many Filipinos from their country’s boundaries, a rise in inter-racial marriages, the dissolution of marriages, and possibly, the postponement of marriage for some. It has also created what Sarah Jastram (2003) refers to as “transnational families” where family members are geographically disjoint. In the end of her lecture, Dr. Asis challenged demographers to continue improving projections for migrants, include migration in population projections, and contribute to a better understanding of the impact of international migration on society.
In “Status of Women and Domestic Violence”, Dr. Alcantara dwelt on domestic violence, looking at 20 countries in Asia including the Philippines, Africa, America, and the Caribbean Islands with data from National Demographic and Health Surveys (NDHSs) and a number of international organizations. Particular emphasis was on correlations between violence and a number of measures like status of women, education, labor force participation, and women empowerment.
In her presentation, Dr. Alcantara highlighted that for most countries, women’s status, male alcohol intake, and women empowerment had a consistent relationship with domestic violence. However, the effects of factors like education and employment were vary per country. She added that violence against husbands also existed but on a much smaller scale and that the Philippines led on this aspect. Finally, she noted that for the past 12 months, nearly 20.5 million women aged 15-49 from these countries suffered domestic violence.
In “Policy Analysis Applications Using the Philippines’ 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey and the Futures Institute’s Spectrum Models”, Ms. Feranil zoomed in on trends in total fertility rate, contraceptive use, and related issues using data from NDHS, UN population projections, among others. Ms. Feranil showed the inverse relationship between income and fertility, the low but increasing use of contraceptives in poorer quintiles, and the disadvantages faced by the poorest quintile in terms of method used, unmet need for family planning, and share of the youngest age group. While the richest quintile is now at its demographic dividend with a median age of 28 years, the poorest quintile is way behind with a median age of 17. This brings to fore the need to focus attention on the poorest quintile in terms of reproductive health and contraceptive programs.
Dr. Maria Midea Kabamalan, UPPI Director opened the afternoon session by providing a historical account of the UPPI, highlighting its milestones on academic program, research, local and international linkages and extension services. This was capped with audio-visual presentation. The main event dubbed “Impressions” provided a venue for former graduates, researchers and representative of partner organizations such as the Commission on Population, United Nations Population Fund, Office of Population Studies (OPS) to share their experiences working with UPPI. Among those who shared their experiences were Prof. Emeritus Ernesto Pernia, Dr. Alan Feranil of OPS, Dr. Vicente Jurlano (UNFPA), and Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III, Executive Director of the Commission on Population. UP UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan also graced the afternoon event and enjoined the UPPI for a more active role in providing timely research.
After the Impressions portion, partner agencies were presented with unique mementos highlighting UPPI’s 50-year teaching, research and extension work. Finally, capping the day’s event was the handing out copies of key results from the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study 4 (YAFS 4). Indeed, the day was a memorable one as it showed the UPPI’s merit as an academic institute in the University of the Philippines as well as its contribution to providing evidence-based studies that feed into government and nongovernment programs and policies.
Introduction to Atlas.ti Software for Qualitative Data Analysis
Florio O. Arguillas, Ph.D.
UPPI Computer Laboratory
Rafael M. Salas Professorial Chair Lectures
Theme: Aging in the Philippines
Bulwagan ng Dangal, UP Diliman
POP-UP: A Population Quiz for UP Diliman Students
Lecture (w/ hands-on): "Earth Observation, People and Places"
Armand C. Camhol, M.Sc.
UPPI Computer Laboratory
Spatial Demography Workshop
Arnisson Andre C. Ortega, Ph.D.
UPPI Computer Laboratory
"Lakaran Ng Surian"
UP Academic Oval
In support of the World Population Day 2014
Philippine Longitudinal Study of Aging (PLSOA) Presentation
in collaboration with the University of San Carlos Office of Population Studies (OPS)
UPPI Mini-Reunion and Planning
NSO Mobile Services (Round 2) with Lecture on NSO Civil Registration
UPPI Open House: Tuloy POP kayo!
Career Talk. Exhibit. Graduate Program & Scholarship Orientation.
National Statistics Office (NSO) Mobile Services
"Environmental migration: Opportunity or threat for the Philippines?”
Lecture by Dr. Sabine Henry
Dinner hosted by UPPI during the Philippine Population Association (PPA) Annual Scientific Conference