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Quezon City: 170 Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City 

Actions Guided by Science and Research

About us

The Counsellor Institute is an independent, nonpartisan organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government decision-makers, business leaders, the academe, civic leaders, and the public at large in order to help them better understand key issues facing the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Region. Its core activities include engaging in research, policy formulation, advisory, and public communication to advance the interests of the general public and to turn our recommendations into government policy. 

Policy Areas



- Alternative and renewable energy- Energy policies and the environment - Natural resource management - Sustainability- Climate change


Public Health

- Health care regulation- Harm reduction- Regulatory response to pandemics- Health economics  - Universal healthcare  


Technology and innovation

- Regulation of disruptive technologies - Internet regulation- Telecommunications- Intellectual property and antitrust - Privacy rights


Law and Governance

- Rule of law- Constitutional law - Law and society- Politics and government
- Elections and campaign finance
- Accountability
- Legislation
- Foreign policy
- Education


Transportation and Communications

- Policies- Transportation policy
- Aviation and Freight
- Telecommunications
- Sustainable urban development
- Public transport
- Traffic management


Fiscal Policies and Economics

- Taxation and government spending - Excise taxes - Local government spending- Monetary policy- Labor economics

How we help

We apply our high level of expertise to create workable solutions for the Government and the public

We work with an unbiased lens and our recommendations are driven by research, science, and data. This is tempered with respect for the rule of law and democracy. 

To maintain its independence, the Counsellor Institute does not accept public funding or support. It receives its funding through contributions from individuals and from general grants from industry groups and corporations.  

Our experts study issues from the perspective of several disciplines. The Counsellor Institute advocates the use of science and research as the basis for government policy.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Our advisory board members and analysts are experts in their respective fields. They conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues with a particular emphasis on governance, the constitution and the rule of law, fiscal policies and economics, public health, technology, criminal justice, transportation, communication, and the environment. The Counsel Institute takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. The goal of the Institute is to start a conversation about the need for every Filipino to better understand how policies are crafted by the Government and advocate for the improvement of this process through research and data-driven analysis.


Dr. Earl Louis Sempio, MD

Medicine and Public Health

Fellow, Philippine College of Physicians
Fellow, Philippine College of Chest Physicians
Internal Medicine, Pulmonology
Professor, University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Assistant Professor, Oceania University of Medicine


Dean Emmanuel J. Lopez, PhD

Fiscal Policies and Economics

Dean, Letran Graduate School
Professor, UST Graduate School
Former Chairman, UST Department of Economics


Atty. Erwin Zagala

Labor law and Education

Author of 4 Legal BooksLead Trainer, Legal Guide PhilippinesPartner, Legal Access Law OfficesDirector, DANCHE Training and ConsultancyAteneo de Manila, Legal ManagementUniversity of the Philippines, College of Law


Atty. Ramon Ramirez

Taxation and Corporate Law

Senior Director, SGV / Ernst and YoungTax Manager, ICTSIPartner, Legal Access Law OfficesDirector, DANCHE Training and ConsultancyUniversity of the Philippines, Public AdministrationUniversity of the Philippines, College of Law


Ramund Narag, PhD

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL,Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science, Michigan State University.Bachelor of Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines (1995) Cum Laude

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