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). Through the leadership of Dr. Michael D. Pido as the VP for R&E which started also in 1 December 2011, the R&E programs have been revitalized gaining more linkages and partnerships among local, national and international agencies, researchers and extensionists.

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.

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Professor Pido obtained four academic degrees: BS Zoology (UP los Baňos, 1981); MA in Public Administration (PSU, 1988); MSc in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy (University of London, 1989, United Kingdom); and PhD in Environmental Science (James Cook University, 2000, Australia). He serves as Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia Socioeconomic Monitoring (SocMon) Initiative for Coastal Management being coordinated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr Pido previously worked with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (1981-1990) and two international organizations (UNDP/GEF/IMO Regional Programme on Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia/PEMSEA: 2000-2002 and WorldFish Center/ICLARM: 1991-1995). He is a member of National Research Council of the Philippines, Asian Fisheries Society and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.

Dr Pido’s over 40 publications include books, book chapters, internationally-referred journal articles, technical proceedings, and newspaper/magazine articles. He has participated in over 30 regional and international conferences in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North/South America.

Dr. Michael D. Pido
Vice President for Research and Extension
Ground Floor, Medical Building
Tiniguiban Heights, Puerto Princesa City
Palawan, Philippines
Tel. No.: (048)-434-9524