The Philippine Economy amid Disruptive Transitions


About the Webinar

The Philippines confronts a multitude of problems as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, including high inflation, agricultural shortages, and a tighter fiscal legroom for the Marcos administration. The country confronts longstanding structural macro-economic problems tracing back from its Martial Law period (1972-1986) and an increasingly volatile and uncertain global environment. The bleak global economic outlook for 2023, disruptive innovations from technologies, labour migration, and geopolitical conflicts in Europe and between the United States and China underscore the troubled road ahead. This webinar will give an overview of where the Philippine economy stands, how fast the Philippines will recover from the pandemic’s economic scars and the recovery trajectory across different socio-economic groups, whether the government’s budget process and legislation have adapted to the new challenges, how various sectors of the economy are faring, and what solutions can be explored by the private and public sectors.

About the Speakers

Dr. JC Punongbayan is Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE), where he earned his PhD. He previously worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the World Bank Office in Manila, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Public Policy Center, and the National Economic and Development Authority. His research interests are education economics, development economics, and Philippine economic history. JC writes a weekly economics column for He is also co-founder and host of Usapang Econ.

Dr. Karl Robert Jandoc is Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE) and 2021 Centennial Professorial Chair. He finished his PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii. He was a consultant in projects funded by various Philippine government agencies, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank. His fields of specialisation include theoretical and applied microeconomics, resource, development, environmental and energy economics. Karl has published in both theoretical and applied economics in international peer-reviewed journals such as Energy, International Journal of Game Theory, Games, Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse and others.

Dr. Ma. Christina Epetia is Research Fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the primary socio-economic policy think tank of the Philippine government. Her primary research interests are in the areas of labour economics, macro-economics, and economics of education. Prior to joining PIDS, she was Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and a consultant at the Asian Development Bank, World Bank Office Manila, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and FEU Public Policy Center. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Philippines School of Economics.

Ms. Zy-za Nadine Suzara is Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment and Democracy (iLead), a think tank that focuses on public finance and good governance. Her career spans over 15 years of work in government, the international development sector, and civil society. She previously served at the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Trade and Industry. She is regularly tapped by legislators in both the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives as an expert on the national budget. She is also currently a research fellow for the Access Bangsamoro Program of the Ateneo School of Government and a public budget consultant for The Asia Foundation. She is also the lead convenor of the People’s Budget Coalition.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Mar 15 2023


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm