Brief History and Mandate

The CSPG was created on 6 August 2002 as per Board Resolution No. 45, Series of 2001 and Office Order No. 84 based on the concept notes of Director Oskar Balbastro of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Region IV-B, Engr. Nelson Devanadera of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), Dr. Michael Pido and Atty. Julius Concepcion. Atty. Concepcion became the unit’s first director in 2002. He was succeeded by Dr. Michael Pido who served from April 2003 up to February 2014. Effective 2 March 2014, Engr. Maria Rosario Aynon A. Gonzales became the 3rd Director with Dr. Pido as CoDirector.

As a unit, it is envisioned to provide Palawan with an institutional arm for policy making and technical assistance as well as formulate the framework to strengthen the role of the province in the security and development of the country within the context of East Asia/Pacific Area. The CSPG is committed to performing the following tasks: (1) provide consultancy and/or professional services in its key areas of technical competence; (2) undertake strategic research relevant to governance, resource management, and sustainable development; (3) provide training to enhance the capability of local leaders and professionals; (4) sponsor knowledge-based events such as conferences, seminars, and workshops; (5) develop appropriate policy recommendations, including packaging and dissemination of relevant information; (6) establish a network of professionals and institutions involved in development planning, policy-making, and security and development issues; and (7) serve as repository of specialized knowledge including a management information system.

Summary of Accomplishments

Since 2002, CSPG was able to accomplish a total of 38 projects in partnership with various organizations. It has published and presented numerous technical papers in national and international conferences. Also, it has established linkages with 58 local, national, and international organizations. Furthermore, the CSPG already has 19 international and local affiliates who perform the roles of adjunct researchers and faculty members.

Current and Upcoming Projects

At present, CSPG has several on-going projects such as the Application of Coral Transplantation Technology to Improve Productivity of Coral Reef Resources for Responsible and Sustainable Fisheries and Harness Potentials of Honda and Ulugan Bays, Puerto Princesa, Palawan for Underwater Tourism and the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project. The former is being conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARRD) and the Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative while the latter is in partnership with the Global Climate Change of the University of Queensland in Australia. Additionally, the CSPG is also working on the research project Transnational Seafood Commodity Chains and the Coastal Poor in the Maritime Frontiers of the Asia-Pacific in collaboration with the James Cook University. A research proposal titled “Best Practices and Management Experiences in Ecotourism: Generating Alternative Livelihoods within the Palawan Biosphere Reserve, Philippines” has also been accepted for a research grant from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves for Environmental and Economic Security (BREES) program.

Moreover, some of its projects in the pipeline include: the Malampaya Foundation, Inc. (MFI)-funded Rapid Rural Assessment of the Barangays within the Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape in the Municipality of Taytay, the Waste Water Treatment of PSU- San Vicente Campus with the local government unit of San Vicente, Palawan; Political ecology of the green economy on Palawan Island with the University of Melbourne in Australia; and the Politically and Economically Empowered Women and Men Coexist in Harmony with the Thriving Biodiversity in Resilient Municipality of Magsaysay, Palawan, Philippines under the Small Grants Program of the United Nations Development Project (UNDP).

Contact details
Engr. Maria Rosario Aynon Arciaga- Gonzales is currently the Director of the Center for Strategic Policy and Governance (CSPG) at the Palawan State University (PSU) and is a faculty member of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. As the director of the CSPG, she has secured and led 16 local, national and international research projects. Her internationally-funded projects include partnership with the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, James Cook University and the University of California Davis. She has also authored and published 6 refereed papers in national and international journals and presented 11 technical papers local, national and international. She participated in the training on solar energy in Plataforma Solar de Almeria, Almeria, Spain; and Energy and Environmental Impact in 21st Century in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Her areas of professional expertise include structural analysis and design, renewable energy, socio-economic monitoring, biophysical assessment, ecosystem valuation and classroom instruction. She has research experiences in assessing current and potential energy resources; community based coastal resource management; mining, tourism and; ecosystem valuation.

She obtained her M.S. in Environmental Management at the PSU and has been a recipient of a Dean’s Merit Award. She earned her BS in Civil Engineering from St. Louis University, Baguio City in 1989. In 2014, she joined the Graduate School of the College of Sciences of Palawan State University.

At present, she is pursuing her PhD in Management major in Human Capital and Labor Relations and Governance at PSU.

Engr. Maria Rosario Aynon A. Gonzales
CSPG Director
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