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Rural Research and Community Development Program of MSEUF



Considerable integrated rural development research has been on-going for a long time in the Philippines. However, research endeavors on this topic in CALABARZON is scarce. Even adoption of the products of these efforts through inter-institutional and multidisciplinary involvement remain unacceptably low. It is emperative to utilize the existing indigenous knowledge and local natural resources, assess their suitability for rural development and/or modify them to meet end-user preferences. Therefore, the core concern of this program is deeply rooted in generation and deployment of appropriate knowledge and innovative solutions that promotes sustainable rural transformations. Further, Because of the multi-faceted nature of rural development issues it is essential to ensure multi disciplinary and stakeholder involvement.

Within the rural development-oriented action research landscape in the Philippines, there are multiple players. On the government side, NEDA serves as the planning and policy making agency while the Department of Agriculture (DA) is the implementing agency.Together, these GOs recently implemented the World Bank-funded Phili ppine Rural Development Project (PRDP) designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector by partnering with LGUs and private sector to cover an initial six regions in the Philippines including CALABARZON, targeting communities along Tayabas Bay. On the NGO side, there is MSEUF, an institution which provides instruction, research and community extension services in Quezon. Three of its campuses is situated in municipalities along Tayabas Bay; Lucena, Candelaria and Catanauan. Further, for the people’s organization (PO) there are formal and informal local organizations like cooperatives and culture groups also want to attain a sustainable and genuine rural development.  Therefore, It is imperative to facilitate the crafting of a framework and mechanism which would operationalize GO/NGO/ PO tripartite collaboration in rural development activities in CALABARZON region.


Objective of the Program

1. The program seeks to generate collaborative rural development research based on indigenous knowledge systems and local natural resources.

2. The program aims to support and help in developing a framework and mechanism to enable non-governmental organizations and people’s organizations (NGO and PO) in CALABARZON region to participate in the government’s project cycle in the area of integrated (multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary) rural development.

Research Projects

 1. The Role of Local Communities and Institutions in Rural Development in municipalities along Tayabas Bay

 2. Household Perception on Rural Development in municipalities along Tayabas Bay

 3. Community Needs Assessment Study  of municipalities along Tayabas Bay

 4. Food Consumption patterns and Household Food security in Quezon Province

 5. IGBA sa LUPA: Ang Dunong at Ritwal sa Pagkalinga ng Lupa ng mga Katutubo

 6.  Ang mga Kaisipan, Kasanayan at Gawain Kaugnay ng “Suki” Bilang Isang Salik Pang- Ekonomiya

 7.  The Operations and Performance of Selected Cooperative Credit Unions in municipalities along Tayabas Bay  

 8.  The Efficiency of Rural Credit Cooperative Fund Allocation in municipalities along Tayabas Bay

 9. Utilization of Indigenous Materials for the Production and Community Farming in municipalities along Tayabas Bay

 10. The Role of Employment on the Economic Development of selected Rural communities in CALABARZON

 11. The Evolution of Rural Policy and Agricultural Policy in CALABARZON

 12. ASEAN Integration and Open Economy: Effects on Rural development in selected municipalities in CALABARZON

 13. Ang Lenggwahe/Wika ng mga Badjao Bilang Ilaw ng Kanilang Pagkatao sa Barangay Malitam, Lungsond ng Batangas



College of Arts and Sciences

 Collaborating Department

College of Busines and Accountacy

College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

                 College of Education

                     MSEUF Sattellite campuses – Candelaria and Catanauan

 Faculty Researchers:

 William J. Arjona

Ricardo Mendoza

Marco Antonio R. Rodas

                Dr. Elizabeth M. Garcia              

Gina R. Catalig

Eddson A. Guerra

Vanessa R. Mailig

Christopher Joseph Takeda

Aura Tagon