The Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension is directly responsible for all the research and extension programs of the University. The office directly supervises the operations of the Research, Planning & Development Office and the Extension Office.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension (OVPRE) directly supervises the operations of the Research and Extension (R&E) Division. It also assists the University President in the formulation and implementation of administrative policies and procedures concerning research and extension.
The PSU’s research and extension functions or mandates are the direct responsibility of the R&E Division. Its goal is to strengthen the university’s research and extension capabilities by coordinating the relevant units within the division. When Dr. Jeter S. Sespeñe took over as the 7th University President, he has initiated the transformation of PSU into a research university during his term from (1 December 2011 to 30 November 2015).
The two main offices under the Division/OVPRE are the University Research Office (URO) and Extension Services Office (ESO). These two offices were established upon the operation of the then Palawan’ Teachers College (PTC) in 1972. There are seven affiliated units or offices which also conduct or provide R&E services in their own fields of specializations. Based on their chronological sequence of establishment, these are as follows: Palawan Studies Center (PSC) - established in 1995 and transferred in November 2012; Center for Strategic Policy and Governance (CSPG) – established in 2002 and lodged with OVPRE in 2011; Marine Science Laboratory (MSL) - established and lodged in 2012; Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPRO) was created in 2012 and was officially placed under the OVPRE in 2013; PSU Museum joined the OVPRE division in April 2013; Affiliated Renewable Energy Center (AREC) created and joined OVPRE in 2014; and Sentro ng Wikang Filipino joined OVPRE in 2014.
Dr. Patrick A. Regoniel ﬁnished his PhD in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2004. Currently, he serves as Palawan State University’s research director. In the past, he has served as college research coordinator, graduate department chairperson, director of extension and graduate school secretary. He is actively involved in and has conducted research projects as technical advisor, team leader, co-project leader, study leader, and project consultant on various local, national, and international environment-related research projects. He is a member of the Gamma Sigma Honor Society of Agriculture, Philippines Society for the Study of Nature among other professional organizations. He has published several research articles in refereed journals and has presented numerous research papers on coral reef assessment, economic valuation, climate change, taxonomy, ﬁshery policy, wildlife conservation and management, coastal resource management, and research management. He delights in online writing particularly discussing topics related to research, statistics and the environment.