Research Goals

The University of the Philippines Visayas has the following goals in its research program:

  • To generate new knowledge and develop technologies for the sustainable production, management, and utilization of fisheries, agriculture and other available resources
  • To formulate and develop frameworks or models of technologies appropriate for local area development
  • To adopt and apply techniques and methods, particularly from the fields of information communication technology and biotechnology, for sustainable resource management
  • To retrieve, preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate creative work
  • To address socio-economic and political issues of the region and country

Research Policies

    • Research in the University shall be disciplinary, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary. Complementary research undertakings shall be supported in addition to subject and area-specific researches.
    • Research activities of graduate and undergraduate students may be supported through the research fund allocated to the college with the supervision of a faculty adviser if these are part of the faculty's- funded research.
    • Research results must be published in peer-reviewed journals.
    • The University shall develop a reward system for excellence in research.
    • The University shall encourage and support the improvement of library holdings in the Philippines.
    • A maximum of 6 ETUs may be allowed for a faculty conducting more than one research project.
    • Faculty administrator with 6 ETUs for Administrative Load Credit(ALC) may be given not more than 3 ETUs for research.
    • The University shall encourage and facilitate collaborative research with other research institutions, local and international, through the Universitys’ established linkages, Memoranda of Agreement and other mutually-arranged systems of understanding.
    • The resources and facilities of the University shall be made available and accessible to researchers.
    • Conduct of research, seminars, workshops and symposia of significance to the growth of disciplines shall be encouraged and supported.
    • Faculty members following appropriate guidelines may opt to avail of 2 to 5 cumulative leave credits or teacher's leave during summer vacation.

Research Directions


 To help carry out the above goals, the following directions are put in place:

  1. Research thrusts shall be in fisheries, aquatic and other natural resources, and in information communication technology (ICT). Thus, researches in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, management, regional studies and education shall be complementary with these thrusts for the socio-economic, political, and cultural development in the Region.
  2. The University shall develop a system of technology verification, packaging and transfer, and promote publication and dissemination of research results and the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR).
University of the Philippines Visayas Research Centers

  • Taklong Island National Marine Reserve
    Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
    The marine reserve is composed of Taklong and Tandog group of islands and surrounding islets covering an area of about 1,143.43 hectares. It was declared by Presidential Proclaimation 525 signed by Pres. Corazon Aquio on February 8, 1990. The area was set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the Filipino people and the primary purpose of its establishment is to protect and preserve the geological, scenic, scientic and education features of the areas including the marine resources therein.
    The TINMAR, where the U.P.V. Marine Biological Station is also located, was proclaimed to protect and preserve the aquatic environment. The establishment of a marine biological station in the Marine Reserve was for the purpose to support the academic, research and training capabilities of the constituents of U.P.V. as well as to other institutions who further aim for knowledge. It is also envisioned to cradle the marine science research in the Western Visayas.
  • Brackishwater Aquaculture Center
    Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

    The BAC is recognized as the National Center for Brackishwater Aquaculture. It also compliments the academic needs of the institute’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Its laboratories and pond facilities serve as training grounds for students and researchers both inside and out. There are more than 12 hectares of experimental pond as well as aquaria for use in the conduct of theses and dissertation of students. The Center also provides soil and water analyses for the private sector.

  • Freshwater Aquaculture Station
    Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

    The FAS was established as a support facility of the research and academic functions of the Institute of Aquaculture. It envisions to be the center of excellence in academic and research activities in freshwater fisheries in the Visayas. For the last decade it concentrated in integrated income-generating projects which contributed though minimal to the income of the college. In addition, graduate and undergraduate students have been utilizing its facilities for some class activities especially special problems and practical works in growing fish.

  • Batan Mariculture Station
    Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

    This is a mariculture research station located in land grant of 106.4 hectares in Batan, Aklan. The BMS has served as a venue for students’ training activities, R&D activities and various coastal resource management project in collaboration with LGU and other departments of the University.

  • Center for West Visayan Studies
    College of Arts and Sciences

    The Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS) was established as a research and extension arm of the College of Arts and Sciences. It also serves a repository of historico-cultural materials. Aware of its role as a lead institution in disseminating historico-cultural information in the region, it acts as a catalyst as well as a forum for clarifying issues and concerns within the region. These regional efforts are aimed towards strengthening the Filipino national identity and eventually link with the network of Asian countries for regional and global cooperation.

  • Central Visayas Studies Center
    UPV Cebu College

    The Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) was instituted as part of the systemwide network of regional studies program of the University of the Philippines. It envisions to be the main resource center where the multi-disciplinary expertise of UPV Cebu College faculty is tapped to provide a more holistic approach to understanding problems and issues affecting the province and the region. Specifically, it aims to conducts researches on the following areas of concern: planning and urban concerns, trade and industry, environmental/coastal resource management, food security, skills and education, arts (including performing gender - [including development studies on children]), politics and governance, regional history, regional and external linkages, security/peace and order. It also involves in the collection, exhibition and preservation of Central Visayas art forms and cultural works.

  • Leyte-Samar Heritage Center
    UPV Tacloban College

    The Leyte-Samar Heritage Center is envisioned to serve as a center for studies of the various aspects of Leyte-Samar culture and environment for the purpose of development. Its major thrust is to study life in Leyte and Samar in order to help in the empowerment of the poor and the general amelioration of the economy. Specifically, it aims to conduct researches on the physical environment (land and sea), and the culture (material and non-material) of the region. This would include the socio-economic and political life of the people in the area. Likewise, it is also involve in the collection, exhibition and preservation of Leyte-Samar art forms and cultural works.

Research Program Areas


Synergism among disciplines is a distinctive mark of research undertakings at University of the Philippines Visayas. These research undertakings include the following vital areas of concern

  • Aquaculture
  • Capture Fisheries
  • Post-Harvest and Food Sciences
  • Environmental and Resources Management
  • Marine Biology, Reproductive Biology, and Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Natural Products Development
  • Pollution and Waste Management
  • Fisheries Social Sciences
  • Gender and Development
  • History, Culture and the Arts
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Community-based Resource Management
  • Socioeconomics
  • Management and Marketing
  • Regional Development Studies
  • Policy Studies
  • Education
  • Biodiversity
  • Governance

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The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) is mandated to plan programs and activities that respond to research needs across the different colleges of the U.P. in the Visayas and shall work with these colleges to assist them in their particular research challenges.