The Yuchengco Center has produced over 50 titles since 1994.

Its publications include monographs, briefing papers, occasional papers and research reports. Annual reports, brochures and newsletters are likewise produced on a regular basis.

Monographs comprise policy papers and research results. Briefing papers consist of analyses and studies of contemporary issues in foreign affairs, economics, social development and governance. Occasional papers contain lectures and papers presented by scholars.

Research reports represent the results of studies undertaken by the Center as commissioned by various local and international funding institutions such as USAID, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, World Bank, Japan Foundation, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.



1995 to 2010

The Legal Dimension of Foreign Investors’ Land Ownership (2016)
Paulo Hernandez and Rachelle Morco
- The merits and disadvantages of foreign investors’ ownership of land in the Philippines are analyzed through a detailed review of published reports. The benefits of FDIs on economic growth of the country are discussed in relation to land ownership and resource exploitation. Certain amendments to the law governing foreign property ownership must be made to optimally balance the sovereign interests of the country and the benefits conferred by FDIs.

Rice Production and Consumption Trends in the Philippines from 2000 to 2015 (2016)
Benedict Exconde
EXCONDE Rice Production (pdf/2.74mb)
- Rice sufficiency refers to the capacity of the country to secure its supply and ensure easy access to it. Based on the 2000-2014 data, the country had consistently been more of a consumer than a producer of rice. Dependence on domestic production alone will not suffice to meet the increasing demand for rice in the future. It will take some time, corrective measures and political will before rice self-sufficiency which has been one of the goals of the  government, can be achieved.

Revisiting the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint (2016)
Dr. Rizal G. Buendia
-Twelve years after the APSC was conceived, together with the other pillars of ASEAN integration (ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community) and nine years after the adoption of its Blueprint, much remain to be done.

It has yet to meet its goals and translate its vision into reality. Cultural variations, ethnic diversity, level of economic development, and political system across Southeast Asia make it difficult to form a political community based on the values and norms of democracy, civil liberty, and basic guarantees on human rights. The differences in conception and primacy of state rights on the one hand, and human security on the other, are challenging in shaping political cooperation. National policy objectives may contrast with broader regional priorities while nationalist motivations may conflict with a program that has regional significance.

The Politics of Bangsamoro Basic Law (2015)
Rizal Buendia
The Politics of Bangsamoro Basic Law (pdf/1.39mb)
- The research deals with the controversial provisions of the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and the complex repercussions in defining the Muslim secessionist movement in the country. It addresses the question, “Why is BBL politically complex?”
The Agreement is an outcome of an existing “transitional” framework, which requires that the Bangsamoro – a new autonomous political entity – must be in place by June 30, 2016, the day President Aquino’s 6-year term ends.

1.  The same Agreement obliges Congress to pass an enabling law, to be named as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which will be the organic statute for the entity.
2.   The Basic Law must be ratified by a plebiscite of voters in “contiguous areas”, by “political units directly affected,” and “in geographical areas” with “common” “characteristics,” as noted under the present constitution and peace accords.
3.  Parameters should be set over wealth and power sharing depending on the propositions of the transitional commission subject to congressional and political scrutiny.

The problem will persist until an acceptable institutional framework for political governance that addresses both the government’s and Bangsamoro’s concerns is conceived.

The Political Economy of the Rice Industry in the Southeast Asia: A Comprehensive Analysis of Value Chain in Ensuring Rice Sufficiency in Six Countries (2014)
Benedict Exconde
- The political economy of the rice industry in Southeast Asia—a comparative analysis of value chain in ensuring rice sufficiency, is the Center's latest research on food security. It describes the rice value chains of six countries in Southeast Asia, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Their respective agricultural policies, the value chain from seed acquisition, milling, marketing, pricing, and distribution practices, and their effects on rice sufficiency, supply and consumption are assessed with particular focus on the political dimension. The research intends to arrive at courses of action that can ensure rice security within each country and across the region.

Philippines-China Security Relations: Current Issues and Emerging Concerns (2012)
Rommel C. Banlaoi
- This book was based on the conference papers, academic essays, and opinion pieces written by the author from 2007 to the first half of 2012. It is the sequel to his book, Security Aspects of Philippines-China Relations: Bilateral Issues and Concerns in the Age of Global Terrorism, in 2007. It critically examines the security dimension of Philippines-China relations and describes current issues and emerging concerns in the relations. Its publication coincides with the commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-China relations.

Current and Emerging Security Environment in Southeast Asia: A Regional Security Appraisal for Philippine Defense, Security and Foreign Policy (2009)
Rommel C. Banlaoi
- Southeast Asia is a region of intense dynamism and enormous complexities. The security of one state is inextricable linked with the others. As part of the region, the Philippines has major interests in the stability, security and prosperity of the region. The conduct of a regional strategic appraisal is, therefore, imperative to: determine Philippine national interests in Southeast Asia; identify policies that support these interests; and develop strategies to arrive at or further these interests. Using the regional strategic appraisal framework, this monograph describes the current and emerging security situation in Southeast Asia with the objective of identifying issues and providing guidelines to policy-makers on how to improve Philippine defense, security, and foreign policy.

Counter Terrorism Measures in Southeast Asia: How Effective Are They? (2008)
Rommel Banlaoi
BANLAOI Counter Terrorism Measures (pdf/3.25kb)
- The effectiveness of current measures in overcoming the terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia is critically assessed. The evolution of terrorist cells in the region, terrorist groups and their modes of operation, and counter terrorism strategies are succinctly described from case studies in Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore. The response of constituent countries of the region to terrorist threats is discussed and the impact of terrorism on their socio-economic development, examined. Inter-country cooperation and coordination as well as international assistance in cross border intelligence sharing are analyzed. The penultimate chapter examines the role of Australia, China, India, Japan, and the UN in the fight against terrorism in the region. The future of terrorism is extrapolated in the final chapter with recommendations on how regional cooperation can be effectively forged to maximize the effects of counter terrorism in the region

Regional Economic Integration and Cooperation: Selected Papers (2008)
Paulynne Castillo, Marissa Garcia, Roberto Raymundo, Tereso Tullao, Jr.
- Economic integration in Southeast Asia benefits the member countries in many ways—increasing trade, facilitating competition management, promoting peace and stability, enhancing regional trade’s attractiveness to foreign investors, attaining higher growth rates and addressing intra– and inter-country inequalities. This compilation of papers by economics professors of De La Salle University presents a holistic view of South and East Asian economic integration and cooperation as well as the issues emanating from these. It identifies the factors that contribute and/or serve as barriers to regional integration, their implications on investment flows, and the prospects and challenges of a regional monetary integration plan.

The Abolition of the Quota System: Potential Impact on Philippine Garment Export (2008)
Hideo Fujimori
-The Multi-Fiber Arrangement (MFA) was a policy response of developed countries to the influx of textiles and garments produced by developing countries by imposing quotas on the latter’s exports. The research provides an incisive analysis of the impact of this agreement on market competitiveness and the adjustment mechanisms that Philippine-based garment manufacturers have to adapt in the post-MFA era.

Transforming the ASEAN + 3 into an Asian Community: Prospects and Impediments (2007)
Tereso Tullao, Jr.
- The financial crisis of 1997 threatened the stability and economic growth of Asian economies underscoring the importance of regional cooperation. Regional trading blocs, particularly those from ASEAN, are saddled with the responsibility of expanding their roles ─ from the facilitation of trade and investments to building economic communities. This book identifies the various roles ASEAN can play in bringing together a region characterized by diverse cultures, asymmetries in economic development and political power, border conflicts, and strained historical relations. It discusses the challenges faced in the formation of an Asian community.


Overcoming the Industrial Hollowing-Out: Japan's Industrial Transition and East Asia (2005)
Hideo Kobayashi

Regionalism and Multilateralism: ASEAN in the Global Economy (2005)
Teofilo Daquila and Trinidad Osteria (eds.)

Caring for the Japanese Elderly: An Assessment of Potential Provision of Services by Filipino Caregivers (2004)
(Japan Foundation-funded)

Liberalization of the Movement of Natural Persons and Human Development Consideration (2004)
Michael Angelo Cortez (ed.)

Rethinking Japan's Foreign Policy: State, Society and Security (2003)
Julio Teehankee

Ethnicity and Sub-nationalist Independence Movements in the Philippines and Indonesia:
Implications for Regional Security (2002)

Rizal Buendia

Japanese Party Politics and Governance in Transition (2002)
Julio Teehankee

Perceptions of Japan and the Japanese by Filipinos and Indonesians: An Intergenerational Study (2002)
Bachtiar Alam and Wilfrido Villacorta

The Politics of Financial Liberalization: Foreign Banking in Japan and the Philippines (2002)
Eric Vincent Batalla (ed.)

Coalition-Building and APEC (2001)
Wilfrido Villacorta (ed.)

Combating Corruption in East Asia (2001)
Antonio Pedro, Jr. (ed.)

Information Technology for Good Governance (Asia Foundation-funded) (2001)
Francisco Magno and Ramonette Serafica

Interregional Cooperation, Regional Integration and European Union Foreign Direct Investment in ASEAN (2001)
Alfredo Robles, Jr.

ASEAN Engagements for Peace (1999)
Estrella Solidum

Crisis and Transformations in Northeast Asia: Implications for the Philippines (1999)
(Japan Foundation-funded)
Xavier Anthony Furtado (ed.)

An Annotated Bibliography on Philippines-Japan Relations 1935-1956 (1998)
Lydia Yu-Jose and Ricardo Jose

Japan and the Philippines 1868-1898 (1998)
Josefa Saniel

Rebuilding Bridges: Fifty Years of Philippines-Japan Relations 1948-1998 (1998)

The Philippine Road to NIChood (1996)
Scott Thompson and Wilfrido Villacorta (eds.)

Foreign Direct Investments: Gearing Towards Stronger Philippines-Japan Economic Relations in the '90s and Beyond (1996)
Tereso Tullao, Jr. and Shujiro Urata

Industrial Policy on Research and Development in Japan: Lessons for the Philippines (1996)
Ronald Holmes

Japan's Changing Security Policy and Defense Force Structure: Implications on the Regional Order (1996)
Renato de Castro

Impediments to Learning English: The Japanese Beginner's Case (1995)
Osamu Ikari

Adaptation in Japanese Today and Tomorrow (1995)
Osamu Ikari


Conference Proceedings

1996 to 2009

Implications of the Global Financial Crisis on the Philippine Economy
(6th Secretary Alfonso Yuchengco Policy Conference) (2009)

Critical Issues and Challenges in East Asian Economic Integration and Cooperation
(5th Secretary Alfonso Yuchengco Policy Conference) (2008)

Impact of Filipino Overseas Labor Migration on Macroeconomic Stability,
Labor Market and Human Resource Development
(4th Secretary Alfonso Yuchengco Policy Conference) (2007)

Ensuring Economic Security in the Countryside: Issues and Challenges for Local Governments
(3rd Secretary Alfonso Yuchengco Policy Conference) (2006)

Proceedings of the Symposium: The Philippines-Japan Relationship in an Evolving Paradigm
(Japan Embassy-funded) (2006)

Human Security and Social Protection Toward a Philippine Policy Framework
(2nd Secretary Alfonso Yuchengco Policy Conference) (2005)

Proceedings of the International Conference on China's Peaceful Emergence in East Asia

Philippines and Japan: Towards a New Partnership in the Regional and Global Context
(Japan Embassy-funded) (2005)

After Cancun, What Next? Policy Implications for Developing Countries in Asia
(1st Secretary Alfonso Yuchengco Policy Conference) (2004)

Proceedings of the Conference on Turning Crises into Opportunities:
East Asian Policy Perspectives on Regional Issues
(Japan Foundation-funded) (2004)

Towards a Shared Future through Mutual Understanding
(Proceedings of the First International Conference on Philippines-Japan Relations)


Research Reports

2003 to 2009

Toward Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific: Response, Progress, and Challenges (UNESCAP) (2009)

Gender Issues in the Prevention and Control of Avian Flu and Dengue in Selected Countries in Southeast Asia (AusAID through ASEAN Secretariat-funded) (2008)

Secondary Analysis of Child Protection Data from the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS): Selective Countries in Asia (UNICEF-East Asia and the Pacific-funded) (2008)

Life Skills Manual for the Promotion of Abstinence Among Out-of-School Adolescents (UNESCO-funded) (2007)

Assessment of the Impact of the Kalahi-CIDSS on Family Welfare: Issues and Social Policies (2007)

Enhancing Social Policies to Strengthen Family Well-being in Asia and the Pacific (2007)

Country Monographs in South Asia: Adolescent Reproductive Health (Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka) (UNESCO-funded) (2006)

Country Monographs in Southeast Asia: Adolescent Reproductive Health (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam) (UNESCO-funded) (2006)

Evaluation of the Toolkit on Faith-Based Advocacy for the Promotion and Support of Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (The Catholic Context) (UNESCO-funded) (2006)

Field-Testing the Toolkit on Faith-Based Advocacy for the Promotion and Support of Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (UNESCO-funded) (2006)

Gender Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation of National Response to HIV/AIDS (UNIFEM-funded) (2006)

Closing the Gender Gap: Issues and Challenges in Asia (2006)

Country Monographs in the Pacific: Adolescent Reproductive Health (Fiji, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu) (UNESCO-funded) (2005)

Asian Regional Cooperation for Human Development (UNDP-funded) (2005)

Capacity Building Needs Assessment for the Incorporation of Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Metro West Network Members' Programme for Street Children (UNFPA-funded) (2005)

(Trainee's Manual) Faith-Based Advocacy for Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health in Asia and the Pacific: A Workshop Toolkit (Catholic, Buddhist, Islam) (UNESCO-funded) (2005)

(Trainer's Manual) Faith-Based Advocacy for Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health in Asia and the Pacific: A Workshop Toolkit (Catholic, Buddhist, Islam) (UNESCO-funded) (2005)

Assessment of TSAP-FP's Evidence-Based Counseling Training for Health Providers: A Final Report (USAID through AED-funded) (2005)

Strengthening Social Acceptance of Family Planning in the Philippines, A Communication and Advocacy Project: Analysis of the Family Planning Hotline Questions and Answers (USAID through AED-funded) (2004)

Evaluation of the Impact of the Teens Health Quarters (THQ) Franchise Model Project (Packard-funded) (2004)

Assessment of Family Planning Clinics in the Industry (USAID through AED-funded) (2004)

Social Assessment of the Women's Health and Safe Motherhood Programme Package (World Bank and DOH-funded) (2004)

Social Acceptance Project Assessment of the 1997 Philippine Department of Health Family Planning Clinical Standards Manuals (USAID through AED-funded) (2004)

Asian Ports and their Potential as a Regional Hub (2003)


Briefing Papers

2002 to 2006

1. Issue Number 1, May 2002

The Post-September 11 International Order: Are We About to Witness Another 'New World Order'?
Renato C. De Castro

World Terrorism and Separatism in the Philippines
Rizal G. Buendia

Post 9-11 Politics and Governance in East Asia
Julio C. Teehankee

2. Issue Number 2, July 2002

Economic Prospects of East Asia
Winfred Villamil

The Challenge to Environmental Diplomacy in the Context of
Globalization: Implications for Southeast Asia
Antonio P. Contreras

3. Issue Number 3, March 2003

The Implications of China's Entry into the WTO
Wei Min

E-Commerce in the Philippines: Overcoming Basic Hurdles
Raymund C. Sison

4. Issue Number 4, April 2003

Economic Development in Cheju Island of South Korea and Palawan Island in the Philippines: Points of Convergence
Allen B. Surla and Yong-Wan Lee

The Growth and Distribution of Foreign Direct Investments: New Factors and Consequences
Winfred M.Villamil

5. Issue Number 5, September 2004

A Review of Selected Publications of Yuchengco Center: Policy Implications and Directions
Allen Surla

6. Issue Number 6, March 2005

Proceedings of the Seminar on the Program and Policy Implications of the Cancun Meeting
Allen Surla

7. Issue Number 7, June 2005

Proceedings of the Roundtable Discussion on Combating Transnational Crime in the Philippines

8. Issue Number 8, May 2006

Policy Implications of Publications and Research Outputs of the Yuchengco Center: 1994-2005

9. Issue Number 9: Use of Remittances of Overseas Filipino Workers, December 2006

Overseas Employment, Remittances and Development: A Review of Linkages, Issues and Opportunities
Tereso Tullao, Jr.

Overseas Filipino Workers and their Remittances: Issues and Trends
Lorybelle Castillo


Occasional Papers

2005 to 2009

Occasional Paper No. 1 (2005)

The Federation of Free Farmers and its Significance in the History of the Philippine Peasant Movement
Dr. Masataka Kimura

Occasional Paper No. 2 (2005)

Experience of Asia with the International Court of Justice
His Excellency Judge Hisashi Owada

Occasional Paper No. 3 (2006)

Achieving Gender Equality and Equity: Ten Years After the ICPD
Dr. Trinidad Osteria

Occasional Paper No. 4 (2007)

Policy Context of Filipino Nurses' Migration to the United States and Canada
Dr. Trinidad Osteria

Occasional Paper No. 5 (2008)

Intraregional Labor Migration Flows: Prospects for Multilateral Cooperation and Market Integration
Prof. Stella Go and Dr. Jorge Tigno

Occasional Paper No. 6 (2008)

Through a Glass Darkly: How Viable Are the Current Child Protection Data Sources in Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Trinidad Osteria

Occasional Paper No. 7 (2009)

Impact of Population Trends on Human Resources Development of the Philippines
Dr. Tereso Tullao, Jr.

Occasional Paper No. 8 (2009)

Sovereign, Déjà Vu! The Law/Force Indistinction in Governing a Philippine Frontier, 1972-2002
Dr. Pak Nung Wong

Occasional Paper No. 9 (2009)

Monetary Policy, Housing Prices, Trade Imbalances and the Financial Crisis: Establishing Links and Identifying Policies to Protect the Financial System; and Global Coordination in the Implementation of Monetary Policy and Fiscal Stimulus Programs: The New Role of the IMF
Dr. Roberto Raymundo

Occasional Paper No. 10 (2009)

Economic Crises: What Should Governments Do?
Ms. Paulynne Castillo