CIFAL Philippines is hosted by the University of the Philippines (UP) serving as a hub for the Asia-Pacific region, leveraging UP's disciplinary strengths in areas such as public policy, migration and development.

The CIFAL jointly with the UP and its Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS) aims to enhance data on Philippine migration and contribute to develop sound public policies.

It will also serve as a hub for capacity building on how to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the local level.

Scope: Asia-Pacific

Thematic Areas:

  • Social Inclusion
  • Capacity for Agenda 2030


  • Migration and Development
  • Gender Equality

CIFAL Philippines Director

Dr. Michelle Palumbarit

Dr. Michelle Palumbarit

Associate Professor. Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, Yonsei University

Michelle Rubido Palumbarit obtained her doctoral degree in Political Science from Yonsei University, Seoul in 2016 and her master's degree in Korean Studies in 2012 from the same university. Prior to her graduate studies in Korea, Prof. Palumbarit studied at the Asian Center, UP Diliman with Korea as her country of specialization. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her research interests and areas of expertise include Korean Studies, Filipino migration to Korea, Environmental politics, and Korean and Southeast Asia issues.

Contact Information


Telephone: +63 2 9293540 

Address:  University of the Philippines.

R. Magsaysay Avenue, UP Diliman

Quezon City 1101, Philippines

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