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Socio-Economic Research and Data Analytics Center (SERDAC) Mindanao


The Socio-Economic Research and Data Analytics Center (SERDAC) Mindanao aims to strengthen the socio-economic research capacity in the region through the conduct of research studies, capability-building activities, and technical advisory services that will aid the academe, government, industry, and community in their policy and development decisions. Specifically, it targets to deliver three major services in socio-economic research, capability building, and knowledge management. Furthermore, its major objectives are to develop socio- economic research studies and provide policy recommendations, provide capacity development activities in socio-economics and provide access to data analytics software, journals, learning modules, and socio-economic data repository.

Socio-Economic Research and Data Analytics Center

VISION

A leading Center for socioeconomic research and development in Mindanao.

MISSION

Provide access to genuine socioeconomic tools, cutting edge data analytics and relevant capacity development for quality research to generate inputs for policy makers that can enhance people's welfare.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

SERDAC Mindanao aims to effectively and efficiently deliver relevant research, responsive capability building programs and relevant data to researchers that shall be adopted and utilized for development planning and policy making in the next five years.

Also, the main objective of SERDAC Mindanao is to enhance the capacity of socioeconomic researchers in  Mindanao and tap the potential of socioeconomic R&D sector in providing technical assistance to the other research sectors (e.g. crops, livestock, forestry. fishery).

NICHE

  • Socio-economic research studies
  • Data Analytics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Impact Assessment.

You may contact and  locate us at:

Email: caec_serdac@usep.edu.ph or Telephone Number: (082) 227-8192 local 251

Address: Room 100, 2nd floor, College of Engineering Building, USeP- Obrero, Davao City

Rizamae S. Palen
Center Manager
For any inquiries you may contact: Email address: rmspalen@usep.edu.ph or Telephone #: (082) 227-8192 local 251
Rain Cesar B. Arana
Center Staff
For any inquiries you may contact: Email address: rcbarana@usep.edu.ph or Telephone #: (082) 227-8192 local 251

AS OF JUNE 30, 2023

2nd CAEc- SERDAC LEARN Research Conference

Eight College of Applied Economics Undergraduate Students Impress with Research Studies at 2nd CAEc-SERDAC LEARN Research Conference

The first day of the 2nd CAEc-SERDAC LEARN Research Conference was a success, with eight fourth year undergraduate students from the College of Applied Economics (CAEc) presenting their research studies. The students, who are all majoring in Resource and Environmental Economics (REE), Monetary and Financial Economics (MFE), or Development Economics (DE), impressed the audience with their insights and dedication to their research.

The panelists for the conference were Dr. Sophremiano B. Antipolo, Dr. Purisima G. Bayacag, and Dr. Silverio V. Magallon, Jr. All three panelists are respected economists and researchers, and their feedback and insights were invaluable to the students.

The conference, which is themed "Together we LEARN!: Leading Economic Recovery through Academic Research Navigation," aims to empower CAEc faculty and students to produce high-quality evidence-based policy research. It also serves as a platform for researchers at the undergraduate and graduate levels to present their completed studies and keep them updated on current economic issues and challenges.

𝐔𝐒𝐞𝐏-𝐂𝐀𝐄𝐜 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐀𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐀 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐏𝐏/𝐍𝐏𝐀/𝐍𝐃𝐅𝐏 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐀𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬

[𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐇𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐄𝐍𝐄𝐃]

𝐔𝐒𝐞𝐏-𝐂𝐀𝐄𝐜 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐀𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐀 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐏𝐏/𝐍𝐏𝐀/𝐍𝐃𝐅𝐏 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐀𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬
Davao City, July 25, 2023 – The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to assess the impact of the Payapa at masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program in the Davao region, particularly in areas affected by the CPP/NPA/NDFP conflict.
The MoA was signed by USeP President Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao and NEDA XI Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim, CESO II; with Dr. Shirley Villanueva, USeP Vice President for Research, Development and Extension; and NEDA XI Assistant Regional Director Gilberto A. Altura as witnesses.
The ceremony was also attended by the project team consisting of Dr. Roperto S. Deluna Jr., CAEc Acting Dean; Assoc. Prof. Michael L. Ayala, CAEc Extension Head; and Asst. Prof Christine R. Varquez, CAEc Research and Development Head; together with Mr. Rain Cesar B Arana, Socioeconomic Research and Data Analytics Center (SERDAC) Mindanao staff.
In her message, Dr. Generalao reiterated the vision of USeP to provide and promote relevant research and extensions needed in the socioeconomic development of Mindanao. She also vouched for the project team's capabilities on delivering an impactful project. Dr. Generalao also expressed the University’s hope to continue its partnership with NEDA in the future, as she believes that the two institutions can achieve even greater things together.

Small Group Discussions with Line Agencies in Davao Region for the evaluation of the PAMANA program in Davao Region: CPP/NPA/NDFP Conflict Line

[RECENTLY HAPPENED]

Small Group Discussions with Line Agencies in Davao Region for the evaluation of the PAMANA program in Davao Region: CPP/NPA/NDFP Conflict Line
On September 25, 2023, the NEDA Regional Office XI hosted a small group discussion to assess the impact of the PAMANA Program in the Davao Region, a conflict line between the government and the CPP/NPA/NDFP.

A diverse group of stakeholders, including the project team, project consultants, and other peacebuilding and development experts, attended the discussion. The project team comprised Dr. Roperto S. Deluna Jr., Mr. Michael L. Ayala, Ms. Christine R. Varquez, Euince B. Niere, Atty. Jesus A. Villardo III (peacebuilding specialist), Mr. Karlo C. Caramugan (institutional analyst), and Ms. Fe Monique Tagaytay (Development communication). Mr. Rain Cesar B. Arana, Center Staff of SERDAC, was also present.

The discussion focused on the following areas: Sustainability, relevance, and effectiveness of the program. The discussion was fruitful and informative, providing valuable insights into the impact of the PAMANA Program in the Davao Region. The discussion findings will be used to improve the PAMANA Program and make it more effective in achieving its goals of peace, development, and social justice.

Academic, Research and International Societal Exchange (ARISE): Raising USeP to a Global Spectrum

[𝙅𝙐𝙎𝙏 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝘾𝙇𝙐𝘿𝙀𝘿]
 
The University of Southeastern Philippines - College of Applied Economics (USeP-CAEc) Socioeconomic Research and Data Analytics Center (SERDAC) conducted Academic, Research, and International Societal Exchange (ARISE) its first international lecture series at the CIC-AVR on December 12, 2023.
 
Before the lecture series, international speakers Dr. Terese Venus of the University of Passau in Germany and Dr. Jitae Kim of Seoul National University in South Korea had a courtesy visit to Dr. Bonifacio G. Gabales Jr., President of the University of Southeastern Philippines. The courtesy call provided an opportunity for discussions on potential future collaborations between their respective universities.
 
In the afternoon, during the program proper, Dr. Terese presented her paper "Bioeconomy: The Challenge of the Century for Policymakers" and Dr. Jitae presented his paper "Typhoons and Jobs: The Impact of Haiyan on the Labor Market." Each paper was then scrutinized by assigned discussants. Dr. Emelie G. Pelicano and Dr. Joeteddy B. Bugarin provided commentary on Dr. Venus's paper, while Dr. Sophremiano B. Antipolo and Dr. Eugene M. Bije offered their insights on Dr. Kim's presentation.
 
Dr. Gabales also attended the lecture series, and he gave an inspirational message. Joining him were Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Dr. Shirley S. Villanueva, who gave the program's opening remarks; Research and Development Director Dr. Eleonor T. Guden, who delivered the closing remarks; and International Affairs Division Director Dr. Reynaldo M. Nogodula, who offered his words of thanks.

SERVICES OFFERED

SOCIO-ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICES

  • Data Analysis
  • Consultancy
  • Research Studies
  • Survey Services

CAPACITY BUILDING SERVICES

  • Tutorial Services
  • Trainings/Seminars/Workshops
  • On-The-Job Training

DATABASE MANAGEMENT 

  • Data Repository

SERDAC's ONGOING RESEARCH PROGRAMS/PROJECT/STUDIES

  • Impact Assessment of PCIEERD's Infrastructure Development Program in the Philippines.
  • Impact Assessment of Philippines - Light Detection and Ranging Technology (PHIL-LIDAR) Program in the Philippines.
  • Impact Assessment of the National R&D Initiatives for Seaweeds with Focus on the DOST-Funded Seaweeds R&D Program.

You may contact and  locate us at:

Email: caec_serdac@usep.edu.ph or Telephone Number: (082) 227-8192 local 251

Address: Room 100, 2nd floor, College of Engineering Building, USeP- Obrero, Davao City

ROPERTO S. DELUNA, JR.
Project Leader/Researcher

Research Projects: 

  • Impact Assessment of the National R&D Initiatives  for seaweeds with focus on the DOST funded Seaweeds R&D Program. 
  • Impact Assessment of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program in Davao Region: CPP/NPA/NDFP Conflict Line.
  • Impact Assessment of the Project on Development of Sustainable Breeder Philippine Mallard Duck (PMD) Production System.

Email: rupert.deluna@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: 0000-0002-0075-3606

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Economics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Impact Evaluation

CHRISTINE R. VARQUEZ
Researcher/Project Staff

Research Projects: 

  • Impact Assessment of the National R&D Initiatives  for seaweeds with focus on the DOST funded Seaweeds R&D Program. 
  • Impact Assessment of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program in Davao Region: CPP/NPA/NDFP Conflict Line.
  • Impact Assessment of the Project on Development of Sustainable Breeder Philippine Mallard Duck (PMD) Production System.
  • Impact Assessment of Phil LiDAR (Light Intensity Detection and Ranging) Program.

Email: christine.varquez@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: 0000-0002-0159-9743

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Master of Science in Economics

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Economics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Impact Assessment
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Labor Economics

CHRISTOPHER D. BALUBAYAN
Researcher/Project Staff

Research Projects: 

  • Impact Assessment of the Project on Development of Sustainable Breeder Philippine Mallard Duck (PMD) Production System.

Email: christopher.balubayan@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: N/A

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Political Science
  • BSEd Social Studies (Earned Units)
  • Master of Education in ALS
  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Management
  • Juris Doctor (On-going)

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Education
  • Economics
  • Social Science

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Education
  • Economics
  • Social Science

KARLO MARTIN C. CARAMUGAN
Researcher/Project Staff

Research Projects: 

  • Impact Assessment of the National R&D Initiatives  for seaweeds with focus on the DOST funded Seaweeds R&D Program. 
  • Impact Assessment of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program in Davao Region: CPP/NPA/NDFP Conflict Line.

Email: kmccaramugan@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: 0000-0001-8565-3470

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Juris Doctor (On-going)

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Development Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Environmental Economics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Development Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Environmental Economics

MICHAEL L. AYALA

Researcher/Project Staff

Research Projects: 

  • Impact Assessment of the National R&D Initiatives  for seaweeds with focus on the DOST funded Seaweeds R&D Program. 
  • Impact Assessment of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program in Davao Region: CPP/NPA/NDFP Conflict Line.

Email: michael.ayala@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: 0000-0003-2256-6585

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics
  • Master of Science in Econometrics
  • Master of Arts in Christian Leadership
  • Ph.D. Statistics (CAR/Dissertation writing)

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Statistics
  • Econometrics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Time Series Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Bayesian Estimation

RONALD D. ESTRADA
Project Leader/Researcher/Project Staff

Research Projects: 

  • Impact Assessment of the Project on Development of Sustainable Breeder Philippine Mallard Duck (PMD) Production System.
  • Impact Assessment of Phil LiDAR (Light Intensity Detection and Ranging) Program.

Quality Assurance Head,
LMS Coordinator

Email: ronald.estrada@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: 0000-0002-9284-5558

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics
  • Master of Science in Econometrics
  • PhD in Statistics with cognate in Economics (candidate)

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Statistics
  • Econometrics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Linear Models
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Survey Sampling
  • Small Area Estimation

RIZAMAE S. PALEN
Research Center Manager/Researcher/Project Staff

Research Projects: 

  • Impact Assessment of the National R&D Initiatives  for seaweeds with focus on the DOST funded Seaweeds R&D Program. 
  • Impact Assessment of Phil LiDAR (Light Intensity Detection and Ranging) Program.

Email: rmspalen@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: N/A

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Master in Business Administration

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Economics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Socio-economics Research
  • Supply Chain Analysis
  • Time-Series Analysis

JENNIFER E. HINLO
Researcher

Email: jennifer.hinlo@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: 0000-0002-4116-4007

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Master of Science in Econometrics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics Major in Agricultural and Resource Economics (on-going)

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Development Economics
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Financial Economics

IVEE V. FUERZAS
Researcher

Email: ivfuerzas@usep.edu.ph
ORCID No.: 0000-0002-7893-241X

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ongoing)

FIELD/S OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental and Resource Economics

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Microeconomics
  • Price Analysis
  • Agricultural Value Chain Analysis
  • Climate Change
  • Resilience

RAIN CESAR B. ARANA
SERDAC Staff
Email: caec@usep.edu.ph
Tel: (082) 227-8192 local 250/251