Solita Monsod

This name uses Philippine naming customs for married women. The birth maternal family name is Garduno, the birth paternal family name is Collas, and the marital name is Monsod.
Solita Collas-Monsod
5th Director-General of the National Economic Development Authority
Concurrently Minister of Economic Planning
In office
President Corazon Aquino
Preceded by Vicente Valdepeñas, Jr.
Succeeded by Jesus Estanislao
Personal details
Born Solita Garduno Collas
(1940-07-29) July 29, 1940
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Aksyon
Other political
Spouse(s) Christian Monsod
Children 5
Alma mater Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
University of the Philippines Diliman
Occupation Economist, Professor, TV Host
Known for Television host and economist

Solita Garduno Collas-Monsod, popularly known as Mareng Winnie, (born July 29, 1940) is a Filipino broadcaster, host, economist, and writer. She had been the 5th Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority and concurrently socio-economic planning secretary of the Philippines from 1986 to 1989.

Educated at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, she holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines School of Economics.[1]


Monsod graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, cum laude at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1959 and is a member of the Sigma Delta Phi Sorority. She obtained a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962 and became a Ph.D. candidate in economics, having completed all requirements except her dissertation, in 1963.

Academic career

Monsod has been teaching in the University of the Philippines School of Economics since 1963. In 2005, she was nominated to be the President of the University of the Philippines System, an office tasked with the management of all UP campuses nationwide.

In October 2010, a video of Monsod's last lecture in Economics 100.1 (Introduction to Macroeconomics) became a viral hit online. In her impromptu remarks, she said: "You're going to be as good and as honorable as you should be. You are going to stay in the Philippines. And if you leave the Philippines, you are at least going to try to pay back. And if you don't do any of the above, this is my last threat to you. Mrs. Monsod is going to haunt you! From the grave! I intend to go up there and from up there I'm going to look down on you and I am going to confront you at the worst possible moments in your life." [2]

Winnie Monsod was a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning (UNCDP) from 1987 to 2000 and the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on January 1996. She was also a member of the Board of Advisors of Human Development Report on 1993 and the Board of Advisors of South Centre, which was established to follow up the recommendations of the South Commission, organized in 1987 at the initiative of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad of Malaysia and chaired by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, from 1991 to 1995. The Commission issued a report in 1990 entitled The Challenge of the South, which has since been translated in five languages.

Political career

Professor Monsod is best remembered for her role as the Minister of Economic Planning, and later Secretary of Socio-economic Planning and concurrent Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) from 1986 to 1989, during the term of President Corazon Aquino.

Monsod ran for the Senate of the Philippines under the administration party of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, People Power Coalition in the 2001 national elections but lost. In 2005, Monsod became an outspoken critic of Arroyo upon massive allegations of election cheating, graft and corruption.

Media career

She was co-host in the GMA Network show Debate with Mare and Pare with former Pangasinan Governor and 1998 vice presidential candidate Oscar Orbos. Monsod co-hosted the now defunct show Palaban with investigative journalist Malou Mangahas and former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao. She also hosted the weekly segment Analysis in the news program News on Q on QTV Network. She also writes a bi-weekly column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

She is currently hosting a show entitled Bawal ang Pasaway in GMA News TV.


Monsod is a recipient of numerous awards for broadcasting and government service.

Personal life

Monsod is married to Christian S. Monsod, a corporate executive and one-time Chairman of the Philippine Commission on Elections. They have five children holding different careers.


  1. Prof. Monsod named Professor Emeritus. . 07 Sep 2010. Retrieved 02 Oct 2010
  2. In 'last lecture,' Winnie Monsod tells students to stay in RP
Preceded by
Cesar Virata (as Prime Minister
and concurrent head of NEDA)
Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority
1986 1989
Succeeded by
Jesus Estanislao
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