University Extension Specialist
School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP)

Arlene Santiago is a University Extension Specialist at the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP) and has been engaged in research and capacity building work since 2003. She has served as training specialist, course manager, module writer, resource speaker and moderator/facilitator in various training programs offered by the University of the Philippines and its international partners. She is also engaged in local and international researches both commissioned and self-pursued.  Among her most recent research involvements include development of a local planning framework resilient to public health emergencies, sustainable infrastructure for the national government, spatial planning and the informal settler families, disaster risk reduction and management, humanitarian logistics management, decentralization/governance, as well as Asian- and Japan-related studies.

Ms. Santiago is a licensed and registered Environmental Planner in the Philippines. She is completing her Master of Arts in Asian Studies degree from the University of the Philippines with specialization in Northeast Asia. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG). Prior to joining UP SURP, she was a university research associate at the Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy at UP NCPAG (2003-2012). Ms. Santiago was recipient of the Certificate of Distinction from the Chancellor in 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020; and UP International Publications Award in 2016. She has also participated in and presented her researches in a number of international workshops and conferences in various countries in Asia, the United States of America, and Europe.