The unit conducts various studies on the development of Central Luzon. Among its research concerns are the growth and competitiveness of signature industries of Pampanga and other provinces, culture change, and development among indigenous people in Clark and Subic. As part of its extension services, UPDEPP faculty members assist local government units in developing human resource in rural and urban development management. They also provide technical support to policymakers in both the executive and legislative branches of government.
Center for Research & Development
The unit has informally commenced setting up the Center for Regional Development. It conducts research studies geared towards capturing the economic opportunities and ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth arising from the development of the Global Gateway: the Subic and Clark metropolitan areas, and the four special economic zones in the region.
The Center will commence with action research on assisting UPDEPP business and management students access capital for their chosen small businesses; creating demand for education in academic disciplines that would produce outputs needed by the local industries in the region as well as by the locators in special economic zones in the region; studies on the transformation of the provinces in the region from agricultural to commercial and industrial economies and attendant changes in spatial development; and tightening of the regional competitive advantage in products identified as the region's best.
UPDEPP launched the pioneering Ayta Studies Center in coordination with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC). The Center serves as both a research and extension center that seeks to understand and assist the needs of the Aytas. The Hawong Ayta Museum and Ayta Studies Center, inaugurated in 2002 promotes greater understanding of Pinatubo Ayta culture. The artifacts of the museum have since 2003 been transferred to the CDC Museum but our institutions work in partnership in assisting the Aytas and visiting researchers and development workers on indigenous people.
Our faculty members have been conducting studies on the Aytas. They have produced studies on the environment with link on the Ayta culture as well as on the self-concept of the Aytas as they are affected by the social and economic transformation of the world around them. As there is actually no official entity for this center, the unit is subsuming Ayta studies in the CERD.
History, Culture and the Arts
Ever faithful, to its Kapampangan milieu - as people from four provincial boundaries (Tarlac, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Bataan) outside Pampanga have Kapampangan roots and are Kapampangan speakers - UPDEPP has launched researches on Kapampangan history and culture. Tuglung is a collection of Kapampangan literature and poetry beckoning all writers in Kapampangan to contribute to revive Kapampangan culture and writings.
As the region targets to be the University's presence in the whole of the Central Luzon region, the Center will expand its coverage on the study of the history and culture of the other provinces namely: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Zambales. The Center will endeavor to provide information on cultural history to cultural tourism in the region as well as enrich the study of history and culture in our General Education Program.
Environmental and Resource Management
The unit likewise intends to help enrich education and research in environmental and natural resource management in Central Luzon.
The region is a fragile area and as earlier mentioned, the seat of the worst natural disaster in the world in the 20th century - the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Central Luzon is continually rehabilitating forests, seas and upland and lowland areas that have been degraded by both natural and man-made factors. It is also perennially visited by typhoons that lead to flooding in rich agricultural areas hence damaging crops and reduces the income of farmers and fisherfolk and affects the capacity of the agricultural sector in the area to meet the food supply in the region and the rest of the country.
Central Luzon's prominent role as food producer in the country and as host of four economic zones is challenged by the problem of oversupply of water during rainy season and undersupply especially in agricultural areas during hot season. Water resources cannot be managed, however, unless we know where they are, in what quantity and quality, and how variable they are likely to be in the foreseeable future.
To help the region in protecting, rehabilitating and developing the environment, the unit is putting up an Environmental and Natural Resources Management Center. Through research and extension, the Center aims to: 1) solve the problem of flooding in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales; 2) produce studies that will help local government units effectively manage water resources through rationalized utilization of water in the region; and 3) reduce the risks associated with, and mitigate, climate change.
The sustainable development of Central Luzon as the country's leading food-producing region is a crucial concern of the proposed Center. It will train LGU extension personnel in its function of assisting farmers and fisherfolk. It will monitor the improvement of extension services in agricultural technology, processing, marketing and accessing by farmers the needed capital for their production ventures. The Center will likewise monitor the performance of cooperatives and entities that assist them.
UPDEPP Research & Creative Work Agenda for the Next Five Years (2012-2017)
The Philippine Five Year Development Plan of 2010 to 2015 for Region III (Central Luzon) identifies six major long-term development goals for the region, the attainment of which will directly support the Plan's vision to transform Central Luzon into a "sustainable and caring global gateway." The key development goals are:
- (1) high, sustained and inclusive growth;
- (2) globally-competitive, progressive and resilient citizenry;
- (3) world-class passenger mobility and cargo-distribution network;
- (4) sustainable land-use activities;
- (5) socially-responsible property rights; and,
- (6) effective, responsive and transparent governance.
The research and creative work activities of the Business Economics, Business Management programs, Applied Psychology Program and of the General Education Program of UPDEPP will address various facets in the realization of these goals, with special emphasis on the issues and problems that impede their achievement. In addition, a major thrust of our research and creative work efforts will be to provide research and extension support to industries and businesses in Region III to help improve their competitiveness and encourage growth, as well as to meet the research needs of government agencies and local government units in the region.