The Bugkos Research Program of the Asian Center undertakes comparative and regional studies under the theme, “Putting Equitable Development at the Center of the Asian Century.” The two-year research program, which began in December 2015 and is funded by the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program (EIDR) under the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, also works with other UP units and non-UP policy institutes in organizing fora and other activities that dovetail with its "Asia in Transition" research thrust.
Some members of the research team of Bugkos, February 2017 (L–R): Nikka Garriga; JM Lanuza; Dr. Tina Clemente; Mary Josephine Bautista; Dr. Antoinette Raquiza; Dr. Maria Dulce Natividad; Sascha Gallardo; Maria Corazon Reyes; Dr. Margarita Debuque-Gonzales and Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, both from the School of Economics, UP Diliman.
Over the years, the UP Asian Center has conducted institutional research, the more recent of which include studies on Asian migrant communities in the Philippines and on development in the Asian Century.
There’s more to Pinoy communities than Pinoys. The Asian Center (AC) institutional research, “Emerging Asian Communities in Contemporary Philippines” reveals that the Philippines has a rising in-migration of other Asians which deserves “scholarly scrutiny.”
Reading the research proposal, AC Dean Eduardo T. Gonzalez said that "Filipino out-migration traditionally has received more attention in academic and policy research than foreign in-migration. As an incipient step in an in-depth investigation, the study shall contribute to filling this gap.” In addition, he continued, “The wide representation of communities and the range of research themes seek to contribute to a nuanced study of foreign migration and diaspora in the Philippines for academic and policy utility.”