May it be as an esteemed scientist, a noble doctor, an inspiring teacher, a supportive sister, a selfless mother, or as a loving wife, women can indeed embrace multiple roles and shine. In celebration of Women’s Month, we would like to highlight the accomplishments of women alike and one exceptional example is Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer.

She is an Ilongga from Dumangas who graduated with a degree in Economics and Psychology from one of the most respected universities in the country, University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV). Pursuing her studies in the University of the Philippines Diliman, she acquired her master’s and doctorate degrees in 1996 and 2003, respectively.

Dr. Ferrer is formerly the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development in UPV from 2008 to 2011. Currently, as she continues to teach Economics in UPV, she is also the Executive Director and the chair of the Human Resource Development Committee of the Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) of the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development. Also active in her affiliation with the Asian Fisheries Society, she is the Vice President and Chair of the Fora and Conferences.


This incredible woman is unstoppable when it comes to projects and researches. Her fields of specialization include health and environmental economics, policy analysis, health social science, fisheries social science and fisheries management. In a span of 7 years, she has a total of 20 finished and on-going projects and researches and 23 publications.

Some of her most recent projects are the following:

  • Project Leader for Economic Assessment of Bottom Trawling in Northern Iloilo from December 10 2016 to June 10, 2017 – OCEANA Philippines (with Dr. Harold Monteclaro)
  • Project Site Leader for “Impact Assessment of the Closed Fishing Season Policy for Sardines in the Visayan Sea” from May 2016 to October 2017 – DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD)
  • Project Leader for Establishing an Active Tracking System for Unmet Need for Health in Region VI from March 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 – Department of Health Regional Office VI (with Prof. Nilo Araneta as co-project leader)

As Dr. Ferrer excels in the field of science and research, she is also a mother of three and a wife to Mr. Jerry Ferrer.

In her biography written by M. Cichon, she briefly shares about being with her family. She says, “I make it a point that I eat supper with them, and when they wake up I am with them. And on weekends, if I am not in the field conducting research, I spent my time with them. But even then, I do something to keep me busy. I either write or paint.”

We salute you, Alice, along with all the women out there who embrace their respective roles in the society. To the career-driven women who help build a better nation, to the homemakers who selflessly devote time taking care of their families, and to those who happily serve as both, Happy Women’s Month!