UA&P founders to talk future of Philippine economy and governance

UA&P founders to talk future of Philippine economy and governance

by Carlo Cabrera on April 20, 2017 - 9:51 am

On May 17, University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) founders Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas and Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao will once again come together to share their combined expertise in a special symposium entitled “The Next 50 Years of Philippine Economy and Governance.”

With Dr. Villegas tackling the state of the economy and Dr. Estanislao talking about the importance of good governance, the symposium will provide invaluable insight into the challenges facing the country’s future and our role in building a better Philippines in the years ahead.

The event will also feature a photo exhibit tracing the earlier days of UA&P as the Center for Research and Communication (CRC). Established in 1967, CRC was a private, voluntary think-tank with core operations in research and communication, designed to promote enlightened interaction between the government and the private sector.

As part of the activities leading up to the University’s 50th anniversary, the symposium fittingly continues CRC’s legacy as a leading authority in analyzing developments in the Philippine business and economic environment and translating them into strategic action plans.

The symposium will be held at the Li Seng Giap Auditorium on May 17 at 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The program may be downloaded here.

Admission is free. RSVP by calling Ms. Elena Tango or Ms. EJ de Leon at 637-0912 to 26 local 262 or 397 or email or

You may also register here.

About the founders

One of the foremost economists in the Philippines and abroad, Dr. Villegas has been special economics adviser to five Philippine presidents and numerous legislators and local officials, and was a member of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the Philippine Constitution under the administration of former President Corazon Aquino. He is the author of several economic textbooks that are widely used throughout Philippine schools and universities. He has been a member of numerous boards of leading Philippine and multinational corporations, and has served on the Pacific Board of Economics of Time. He also regularly writes for both local and international newspapers, such as the International Herald Tribune and the Asian Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao also served under President Aquino as the Socio-economic Planning Secretary and concurrent Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and later as Secretary of Finance of the Philippines. He serves as the Chairman of Institute of Corporate Directors as well as the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, an organization promoting national governance. He is the author of several books, including Philippines 2030 Journey to Nationhood: Towards A National Community of Responsible Citizens. Dr. Estanislao has spent much of his career founding or rehabilitating institutions and more recently has focused on improving governance in the Philippines for both public and private institutions as a way of reducing corruption.

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