The Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, and Development(OVPRED) may be the youngest of all the VP offices in the
University, but it certainly has one of the most interesting beginnings.
From its progenitor, the Department of Research and Statistics was
established in November 1951, the office underwent changes in name as well
as in functions. The different presidents that steered the University have
caused the reorganization of the research arm of their administrations as
they saw fit.
In 1955, the Department was renamed the Department of Research,
Statistics, and Evaluation. In 1961, it was called the Department of
Research and Statistics with Dean Mateo Esguerra as Head. Under the
leadership of Prof. Edna Formilleza in 1970, the Department was considered
an "auxiliary instructional department" under the direct supervision of the
Office of the President.
When martial law was declared in 1972, the Department of Research and
Statistics was converted into an administrative office, the Office of
Planning and Statistics with Prof. Leticia Arbis as the Chief. Another
reorganization made by PCC President Isabelo T. Crisostomo in 1974-1975
renamed the unit the Office of Research and Development with Mr. Alfredo Uy
as Chief. Prof. Elmer Abueg took over from Mr. Uy. In 1977, Dr. Pablo T.
Mateo upgraded the Office of Research and Development to a department and
renamed it the Department of Research under the Vice President for Academic
Affairs. Prof. Leticia Arbis was reappointed as its head with the position
of a director. In 1979, the PCC was converted into a chartered state
university through PD 1341. The Department was restructured and named
Department of Planning and Research with four units under it.
A popular mass action in 1986 reinstalled Dr. Nemesio Prudente as PUP
President. Another University reorganization took place and the Department
was renamed Department of Research, Planning and Development (DRPD).
In 1994, Prof. Paz Navarro was appointed DRPD Director, replacing Prof.
Leticia Arbis who retired from the University. During this time, the Science
and Technology Research and Development Center (SCITECH), Special Projects
Office (SPO), and the Electronic Data Processing (EDP) were put under the
supervisory wings of the DRPD.
Dr. Mely Padilla took over the DRPD reins from Prof. Navarro when the
latter retired. The research functions of the DRPD then included the conduct
of institutional researches, data bank management for faculty, staff and
students, and the conduct of faculty evaluation by the students.
Two bodies were formed, namely, the University Research Council (URC) and
the University Project Evaluation Committee (UPEC) to promote research among
the University constituents.
In November 1998, Dr. Ofelia M. Carague ascended the PUP Presidency. A
university reorganization took place and the DRPD was elevated into the
Office of the Vice President for Research and Development (OVPRD), with Dr.
Normita A. Villa as the Vice President. This proved the University's renewed
commitment to make research a focal point in its bid for excellence.
The determination with which the University committed itself to research
required focused efforts that resulted in the formulation of the University
Research Manual that contained the guidelines for the preparation of
research proposals by colleges and other units, as well as for the
evaluation of these research proposals by the UPEC and URC for university
funding. The OVPRD also began exploring possible research collaboration with
national and international organizations.
Under the skillful leadership of OIC Dr. Samuel M. Salvador, PUP
continues to make rapid strides in research and development. For the 100th
Foundation Anniversary, the OVPRD has committed to write the PUP History,
publish 100 monographs, and a book on leading alumni entrepreneurs.
In May, 2006 Dr. Victoria C. Naval took over as the Vice President for
Research and Development. In the brief period that Dr. Victoria C. Naval
assumed the vice presidency of the OVPRD before her promotion to the office
of the EVP, much was accomplished by the office in terms of
honest-to-goodness involvement in research and development. The following
were but a few of these achievements which can be credited to her
- holding of an action planning seminar workshop “Proactive Action
Planning: Creating the Future”
- setting the new directions for R&D by the VPRD
- forging of a research consortium with the DLSU, UST, and PLM
organizing the Metropolitan Manila Industry, Energy Research Development
to strengthen research on alternative energy, environment, food
processing, and other concerns
- contract signing between CHED Chair Carlito Puno and PUP Acting
President Dante Guevarra with DLSU Pres. Armin Luistro for PUP to lead
in the CHED-approved and funded Studies on Distance Education
- participation in DOST’’s Technology Innovation for Commercialization
- observation tour of American Ivy Leagues (Harvard, Yale, Princeton)
by the PO Director Dr. Milagros Cañares to learn more about the
intricacies of publishing refereed journals; and a side visit to the New
York office of the internationally renowned Reuters News Agency to
confer with PUP alumnus Gene Ramos, former The Businessman
- starting the development of the OVPRD Website
- playing a major role in CHED’s Graduate Tracer Study with Dr. Joseph
Mercado, CS Dean, as project leader for PUP
After its much-celebrated centennial in 2004, the University embarks anew
on its continuing mission of providing the much needed quality education,
primarily to the country’s economically challenged but academically
qualified students. Today, with Dr. Emanuel C. De Guzman as the President
and Dr. Manuel M. Muhi as VPREPD, the OVPRED continues to be a major
partner of the University in its quest to truly become a powerhouse not only
in the areas of instruction and extension, but also in the area of research