The University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) is inviting business people, executives, and professionals to a “Business Meeting with Secretary Pernia” on 17 February 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at the Performing Arts Hall, UP Cebu.

Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia is the Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines. He is also Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of the Philippines.

Dr. Pernia was Lead Economist at the Asian Development Bank. His work experience covered investment climate and productivity, economic growth and poverty reduction, education and health, population and development, and regional economic cooperation in Asia. He was also Regional Adviser on population and employment policy for Asia and the Pacific with the International Labour Organization.

He has served as chair of the board of trustees of the University of San Carlos, and a director on the board of the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering. He is also on the boards of some NGOs involved in education and health concerns, and population and development. He is a former President of the Philippine Economic Society.

He obtained his PhD degree from the University of California Berkeley on a Ford Foundation scholarship. He received the first award as Outstanding Young Scientist (economics and social sciences) from the National Academy of Science and Technology. He was chosen by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) for the 2015 Science Lectureship Award. He has been inducted to the PAASE Hall of Honor as of April 2018.

Dr. Pernia has authored several books and articles in national and international journals. He was an occasional contributor of public-interest commentaries in major Philippine and some international dailies.

Secretary Pernia will be speaking on the economic condition and competitiveness of the country, especially in the context of the ASEAN integration. Moreover, we also invited Regional Director of NEDA, Mr. Efren Carreon, and a representative from the city planning office to speak on the current and future plans of Central Visayas and Cebu City, respectively, that may impact business in the region.

Since seats are limited, interested parties need to confirm attendance by sending an email to [email protected] with the following details:

SUBJECT: Register to the Business Meeting
Last Name, First Name, Company, Mobile #

Schedule of Activities as follows:

  • 1:00 PM Registration
  • 1:30 – 1:40 PM Prayer & Lupang Hinirang
  • 1:40 – 1:55 PM Opening remarks
  • 1:55 – 2:05 PM Introduction of the speakers
  • 2:05 – 2:45 PM Secretary Pernia’s presentation
  • 2:45 – 3:20 PM Regional Director Carreon’s presentation
  • 3:20 – 3:50 PM Cebu City Planner
  • 3:50 – 4:25 PM Panel Q&A
  • 4:25 – 4:30 PM Synthesize & close
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM Snacks