Policy studies can be a splendid tool to help in making public decisions, but there must be decision-makers who appreciate its limitations and who know what to expect from it. The Mindanao Center for Policy Studies (MCPS), as a unit of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) aims to assist the Government , especially for Mindanao, in development planning and policy analysis.
This website seeks to provide vital information for both internal stakeholders (especially students in development planning and policy analysis and faculty, researchers) and external stakeholders (GOs and private sector /NGOs) concerning Mindanao studies. The users of this portal will find information concerning the MCPS Program Priorities, Activities, Fellowship opportunities, and Highlights of Accomplishments.
Some detailed information on MCPS publications and the MCPS Research Fellows and Interns are highlighted in this portal to provide avenues for establishing a network of Mindanao Researchers and Resource Centers. As one of the founding member-institutions of the Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation, Inc. (MSCFI), the MCPS was instrumental in the publication of the four-volume books of Annotated Bibliography for Mindanao Studies with an accompanying interactive CD called Kamalig 1.0. All publications are available in the MCPS Section of the STLRC Library of USEP.
A useful link is also provided in this website with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation, Inc (MSCFI), Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM), Mindanawon, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). These are research / planning organizations which conduct policy-oriented studies concerning Mindanao.
It is my hope that through this portal, MCPS-USEP can enhance its contribution to the development of Mindanao by assisting the Government in providing inputs for development planning and policy.
(SGD.) Sophremiano B. Antipolo, EdD, PhD