Cavite province, with its unique culture and rich tradition, has become the most populated province in the Philippines with over three million inhabitants in an area of 1,512.4 km. Industrialization policies in the 1990s which brought industrial zones also opened up business opportunities ranging from real estate to service oriented industries. Cavite’s proximity to Metro Manila and in-migration in search of job opportunities have contributed to population expansion. This population growth scenario puts enormous stress on the environment, particularly on water, food security, waste disposal, land use management, traffic, housing needs and adequate infrastructure to mention a few. Obviously, these issues concern the current and future generations.
To address these concerns, the President of De La Salle University Dasmarinas, Br. Augustine Boquer, has called for a 50-year Cavite Development Research Program to supplement the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Institutional Research Thrusts which already focuses on environmental issues, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, socio-anthropological dimensions of Cavite, communication and language, intervention programs for LGUs and innovations in instruction.
CDRP and DLSUD-IRT defines four major clusters of inter-related research areas with research questions to provide focus. The list of research questions from each thrust area falls along a continuum running from an independent core discipline-based research to an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research, among others.
CDRP proposes to organize quality research into four inter-related mission areas to benefit the province of Cavite’s quest for sustainable economic, social and environmental development:
- Agriculture, land use and environmental impacts – This focuses on land use, agricultural and industrial activities on the environment including emissions and carbon neutral strategies;
- Urban systems and applied technology – This examines land use and transportation issues including earthquake sources, and lack of R&D for innovations;
- Eco-tourism and enterprise development – This evaluates entrepreneurial product innovations, environmental friendly eco-tourism measures and corporate social responsibility; and
- Good governance and cultural heritage analysis – This looks at ways to improve governance structure and provide better understanding of historical perspectives of Cavite province.
Key Goal of CDRP
To use cross disciplinary research collaborations to develop high quality research output that will contribute to economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability of the province of Cavite for the next 50 years.
Strategies and Action Plans
The action plans capture the priorities set forth by CDRP for the first initial 10 years and beyond.
- Conduct workshops to enhance institutional research capacities and form advisory group
- Draft roadmap and identify research gaps
- Launch Cavite Development Research Program
- Identify potential funding sources and initiate MOAs
- Disseminate research findings to stakeholders
- Establish research centers
- Establish local and national awards for research on CDRP
2017 – 2021
- Broaden funding base
- International Financial Organizations ( UN, ADB)
- Government and foreign agencies
- Private Organizations including companies
- Commission on Higher Education
2022 and beyond
- Improve quality of research
- Strengthen national and international network
- Establish endowment funds for each research thrust area
- Seek wider medium for research output dissemination