Brief History and Background
When PSU’s earlier predecessor, the Palawan Teacher’s College (PTC), was enacted in 1965 through Republic Act (RA) 4303 and started operating in 1972, one of the main offices established the Research Unit (RU). Such RU was created to develop an integrated program of educational research. Its functions were to cooperate and coordinate the efforts of the faculty members and academic department in structuring and carrying out research projects that led to the conduct of several studies about the course offerings of PTC the college. Among the major accomplishments are the Faculty Code, Student Code, and Student Handbook. The RU was transformed into the current University Research Office (URO).
URO’s Mandates and Activities
At present, the URO is the frontline units of PSU for its research programs and activities. It coordinates and facilitates the implementation of all research-related tasks of the university. It spurs the involvement of PSU’s faculty and staff members who are engaged in various research projects, activities, technical support and managerial tasks.
The URO regularly conducts a series of training-workshops to enhance and strengthen the skills and knowledge of faculty and staff who handle and manage research studies and projects. In addition, the URO provides funding opportunities for research studies, and research publication and dissemination.
Current and Upcoming Projects
The URO is currently involved in the following research projects: Capacity Building, Collection, Isolation, and Identification of Microalgae – Diversity of Microalgae in Selected Areas of Luzon (with state partner); Responding to Fish Extirpations in the Global Marine Biodiversity Epicenter (with state partner); Supply and Quality of Potable Water and Prevalence of Water-Borne Diseases In Selected Community-Based Eco-Tourism Sites in Puerto Princesa City (with state partner); Intrapartum and Essential Newborn Care in MIMAROPA (with state partner); and Enhancing the Production and Postharvest Handling of Cashew in Improving the Quality of Product (with state partner).
Some of its upcoming projects are: Greening the Resorts: Design and Development of a Low Cost Solar Water Heater (with state partner); Cataloging of Small-Scale Fishing Gears for Future Sustainable Coastal Resource Management Endeavors (with state partner); Baseline Study on Traffic Noise of Selected Roads in Urban Areas of Puerto Princesa City; Coastal Erosion Assessment and Mapping of Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa City (with state partner); and Development of Low Cost Autonomous Optical Sensor for Early Detection of Algal Blooms (with state partner).
Linkages and Partnerships
Since its establishment, the URO has engaged in various collaborations with research funding agencies, government units and universities, locally and abroad. Partnerships with Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Conservation International (CI), Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Consortium (PCHRD), Swedish Environmental Institute (SEI), and University of the Philippines Diliman have spurred research outputs that facilitate development in Palawan’s local communities, contributed to policy-making processes and added to PSU’s body of knowledge.