Where Data, Technology and social Science Meet

Understanding Politics and Society

WR Numero's expertise is rooted in the scientific study of politics and society.

We are data scientists, political scientists, sociologists, statisticians, and social scientists steeped in survey and research methodology. We and our network of scholars are a trusted and sought-after voice in public and policy conversations.

Prof. Robin Michael Garcia, Ph.D.

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Political Scientist

Dr. Robin Michael U. Garcia is a Shanghai-trained political scientist, professor, and public affairs adviser who has advised companies, electoral aspirants, governments, and international organizations. He is a sought-after speaker and analyst here and abroad. His views has appeared in top media organizations such as CNN, Aljazeera, Channel News Asia, Rappler, ANC, GMA News, and BusinessWorld among others. He frequently speaks in conferences and universities, most recently at the Fredrick Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Currently he is the President and CEO of WR Advisory Group, a public affairs firm specializing in data, strategy, and communications. Concurrently he is the Founder and Chairman of its affiliate opinion research company, WR Numero Research. He serves as Assistant Professor at the Political Economy Program of the University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) in Manila. Recently, he was appointed to the 24-person policy research group convened by Speaker Martin Romualdez at the House of Representatives of the Philippines where he advises on foreign policy. He was named an Eisenhower Global Fellow for 2023.

Dr. Robin will be a Visiting Scholar at the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania from September 2023, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Politics from Fudan University in Shanghai where he was distinguished with the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. He obtained a Master of Public Administration from the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG), as well as a BA in Development Studies from De La Salle University where he was awarded the Gawad Mag-aaral Award (Distinguished Student Award).

Prof. Cleve V. Arguelles

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Political Scientist

Cleve V. Arguelles is a political scientist whose scholarship examines contemporary challenges to democratization in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Aside from leading WRN, he is also Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Development Studies at De La Salle University Manila.

To date, Cleve has been awarded more than PHP 15 million in research grants and commissioned research funding. His research has explored public attitudes on populism, youth political participation, and the role of media systems in disinformation vulnerability. He is the author of more than 20 book chapters, journal articles, and public reports as well co-editor of several journal special issues. He has been consistently listed as among the top 10 political scientists and top 100 social scientists in the Philippines based on research citations (AD Scientific Index 2022, 2023, 2024).

Cleve also strongly contributes to public scholarship through consulting and policy work with leaders and organizations in civil society, development, and government. In 2023, he was named a UP President Edgardo J. Angara Fellow, a fellowship awarded to scholars that have made an impact on the public policy landscape of the Philippines, to provide policy recommendations to the Second Congressional Education Commission (EDCOM II). He also maintains an active profile in multimedia engagement. He regularly writes op-eds, give interviews to media, and collaborates with journalists to improve public understanding of research and science.

Cleve previously served as Regent in the UP Board of Regents, Assistant Professor and Chair of Political Science Program in UP Manila, and Associate Editor of Asian Politics and Policy. He was also Research Fellow in the Institute of Leadership, Empowerment and Democracy (ILEAD), Writeshop Fellow in the UP Third World Studies Center, and Visiting Researcher in the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Our Researchers

Joshua E. Bata, MSc

HEAD OF RESEARCH

Peace, Security, and Development

Joshua E. Bata is a peace, security, and development researcher trained in econometrics whose expertise have been put into use in his work with the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, and the Philippine Information Agency for the Task Force Bangon Marawi. He was previously based in Geneva working under the Conventional Arms and Ammunition Programme of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.

His current work with the UN focuses on using arms and ammunition flows data for conflict early warning systems. A part of his work attempts to understand the flows, misuse, and proliferation of weapons to inform multilateral negotiations at the global and regional levels.

He has a BA in Development Studies (University of the Philippines and University of Tokyo) and a joint MSc in International Development (Palacky University Olomouc in the Czech Republic, Universite Clermont Auvergne in France, and Universita di Pavia in Italy).

Cid Ryan Manalo, MA Candidate

SENIOR RESEARCHER

Cid Ryan Manalo is an experienced development worker specializing in agricultural advocacy and policy. As Program Officer for Policy at the Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE), he had established relationships with agricultural communities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

He is trained in field research as well as innovative monitoring and evaluation techniques. He has a BA in Development Studies and a candidate for MA in Sociology (University of the Philippines).

Prof. Mariel Quioge, MA

RESEARCHER

Mariel S. Quiogue specializes in research on gender and development issues. She has previously led research projects at Center for Women’s Resources, Likhaan Center for Women’s Health, KANTAR TNS Philippines, and Thomson Reuters Corporation Philippines.

She has a BA in Political Science (University of the Philippines) and MA in Women and Development Studies (University of the Philippines). She lectures on gender and politics as well as local governance at the Department of Political Science in the Ateneo De Manila University.

Aljon Patrick Acupan

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Aljon Patrick Acupan is concurrently a Senior Research Associate and Lead for People Engagement at WR Numero Research, bearing a research background in politics, public policy, and advocacy. Having previously served as an Associate for the Action for Economic Reforms (AER), he actively engaged in multi-stakeholder dialogues and conducted studies on fiscal policy reforms, such as the Rice Tariffication Law and the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program. Patrick is also the Convenor of the FOI Youth Initiative, leading a youth movement that advocates for Freedom of Information in the Philippines.

He has a BS in Economics (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) and currently attends a leadership incubation program at the Asian Institute of Management.

Paula Hamoy, MA

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Paula Hamoy is a Senior Research Associate at WR Numero Research where she works on electoral and developmental research. She completed an honors program in Political Economy, specializing in International Relations and Development, earning a Master of Arts and a Bachelor's degree on a full scholarship from the University of Asia and the Pacific.

She is also a Research Associate at the Congressional Research Fellows’ Peace and Security Cluster at the House of Representatives of the Philippines, where she conducts research on West Philippine Sea issue and associated subjects relating to Philippine national security.

Sabrina Carlos

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Sabrina Carlos has been involved as an evaluation assistant with a mid-term project for Save the Children. As a Technical Support at the Office of the Civil Defense, she was working on the Multi-Hazard Impact Based Forecasting and Early Warning System. She has a BA in Development Studies minor in Humanitarian Action (Ateneo de Manila University).

Nathaniel Noya

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Nathaniel C. Noya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, with specialization in Environmental and Development Economics from the Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte. He is a Research Associate and Lead for Digital Services at WR Numero Research. He also works for Mr. Cleve V. Arguelles as a part-time Research Assistant for the Second Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM II), researching on education reform and youth aspirations.

With a keen interest in development economics, economic geography, and econometrics, Nathaniel plans to continue his academic pursuits by furthering his studies in these fields.

Jezryl Genecera

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Jezryl Xavier Genecera currently serves as a Research and Public Engagement Associate for WR Numero Research, leading the communication and public engagement initiatives and strategies of the firm. Alongside this role, he is also actively contributing to WRN’s numerous research projects.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philippine Studies with a Minor in Sociology from De La Salle University on a full scholarship. His research interests include media and cultural studies, digital sociology, and popular culture.

Our Fellows

Ador Torneo, Ph.D.

RESEARCH FELLOW AND SENIOR

Quantitative Methodologist

Dr. Ador R. Torneo is a Fellow and Senior Quantitative Methodologist at WR Numero Research. His experience in quantitative research methods including survey research and data analytics spans more than two decades and across important organizations in the Philippines, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Torneo has been involved since the firm’s founding and he helped build WR Numero Research’s polling expertise.

Dr. Ador is a widely published and one of the top scholars of public administration and political science in the Philippines and in Asia. His work has appeared in top academic journals across the world. He is Full Professor in the Department of Political Science and Development Studies at De La Salle University and the Director of the De La Salle University Institute of Governance. He is also Research Fellow in the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC). He has a Ph.D. in Public Administration (Konkuk University), Master of Public Administration (University of the Philippines), and BS in Community Development (University of the Philippines).

Veronica L. Gregorio, Ph.D.

RESEARCH FELLOW AND SENIOR

Quantitative Research

Dr. Veronica L. Gregorio is a Fellow and Senior Qualitative Methodologist. She is involved in the firm’s development research practice. She is most known for her work on gender issues in agricultural communities in Southeast Asia. She is trained in qualitative research, gender-inclusive methods, and visual research. Her most recent research, Farm and Familialism in Southeast Asia, involved deep ethnographic fieldwork in farming communities in the Philippines (Davao del Sur) and Malaysia (Pahang) for more than three years. In the past, she has also conducted commissioned field research for the Philippine Commission on Women in rural villages in Laguna and Tacloban.

She obtained a BA in Development Studies (University of the Philippines), MA in Women and Development Studies (University of the Philippines), and PhD in Sociology (National University of Singapore). Her MA Thesis, The Only Exception: Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines, is the recipient of the 5th Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Award for Best Thesis in Women and Gender Studies. Veronica currently teaches feminist sociology and rural sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Irene Tanzo

RESEARCH FELLOW

Dr. Jerome Cleofas, RN

RESEARCH FELLOW

Prof. Lianne Depante, MA

RESEARCH FELLOW

Prof. Frolley Soriano, MSc

RESEARCH FELLOW

Jayson San Juan, EnP

ASSOCIATE FELLOW OF PRACTICE

Engr. Vince Pacanot

ASSOCIATE FELLOW OF PRACTICE

Michael John Alcazaren

ASSOCIATE FELLOW OF PRACTICE