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The Office of Population Studies (OPS) was founded by Dr. Wilhelm Flieger, SVD, a demographer trained at the University of Chicago, and one of the pioneering demographers in the country. Fr. Flieger established OPS in 1971 as the University's response to the government's call for more academic involvement in national development through population and related research. OPS was created to fill the population research needs of the Visayas regions. Since then, OPS has established itself as one of the major research institutions in the country involved in population, health and development researches.

In early 2005, OPS became a SEC Accredited foundation with the University President as its President. It is a non-stock and non-profit population and health research institute affiliated with the University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu City, Philippines.


by Alan B. Feranil
The USC Office of Population Studies Foundation Inc. is one of the country's leading research centers conducting studies on population, health and nutrition. Based in Cebu City, the office continues to live up to its track record and carry on the legacy of its founder the late, Fr. Wilhelm Flieger, SVD, an internationally renowned German sociologist/demographer. >> read more


2019 – Present Nanette L. Mayol, PhD
2013 – 2018 Judith B. Borja, PhD
2008 – 2012 Alan B. Feranil, PhD
2004 – 2008 Socorro A. Gultiano, PhD
2002 – 2004 Josephine L. Avila, MA
2000 – 2002 Socorro A. Gultiano, PhD
1971 – 1999 Wilhelm Flieger, SVD, PhD