Two master’s students of the UP Population Institute (UPPI) graduated in June 2018.
Ms. Elaeza L. Abellar and Ms. Klarriness P. Tanalgo, both Master of Population Studies (MPOPS) students, were able to successfully present their pre-print papers prior to the scheduled annual commencement exercises in the University and thus were eligible to attend the graduation ceremonies.
Ms. Abellar’s paper is entitled "Gender Differences in Factors Affecting Approval of Marriage in Later Years among Older Filipinos“. Using data from the 2007 Philippine Study on Aging, she found that there is a low level of acceptance of marriage in later years among older Filipinos. In addition, “older men who are separated or divorced, never married, or widowed, who are working, and who are not members of any religious organization are more likely to approve of marriage in old age while older women who have higher education, who have poorer self-assessed current health, and who have less socialization with friends/neighbors are more likely to approve of marriage in later years.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Tanalgo’s paper entitled “Decomposing the Mortality Decline in the Philippines from 1960 to 2010 using Arriaga’s Method” looked into the rise in life expectancy in the country employing a decomposition method popularized by Arriaga and found, among others, that “the decline in mortality rates between birth to age 5 contributed the most to this increase for both sexes in the past 50 years.”