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About us

The Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED) is the social science research arm of the University of Santo Tomas. The Center strives to balance the scholarly and policy dimensions of social science research that addresses Philippine socio-economic issues and concerns in Philippine education.

Our Vision

To be a center of excellence in doing researches in the fields of culture, arts, the humanities, social sciences, and education for social transformation.

Our Mission

Engage in meaningful and responsive research in the field of culture, arts, the humanities, social sciences, and education, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.

Our Organization

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Rev. fr. Jannel N. Abogado, O.P., DThPatSc

Vice Rector for Research Innovation

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Assoc. Prof. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, PhD

Director

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Asst. Prof. Pia Patricia P. Tenedero, PhD

Assistant Director

Research Interest Groups (RIG) Lead Persons

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Prof. Ronaldo R. Cabauatan, PhD

Business Studies

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Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

Church and Social Issues

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Assoc. Prof. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, PhD

Community-Engaged Studies

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Prof. Evelyn A. Songco, PhD

Education and Leadership Studies

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Asst. Prof. Pia Patricia P. Tenedero, PhD

Language and Literacy Studies

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Prof. Allan B. de Guzman, PhD

Life Course and Integrational Studies – Elderly

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Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

Life Course and Integrational Studies – Youth

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Asst. Prof. Frederick I. Rey, PhD

Politics and Public Policy

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Prof. Ryan Francis O. Cayubit, PhD

Psychology Studies

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Assoc. Prof. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, PhD

Social Health Studies

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Prof. Moises Norman Z. Garcia, PhD

Sustainability Studies

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Asst. Prof. Jame Monren T. Mercado, MACHS

Tourism Studies

RCSSED Staff

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Ms. Frances Gabrielle Cruz

Research Data Staff

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Ms. Arabella Mejorada

Research Administrative Assistant

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Ms. Ma. Carmelita F. Santos

Research Administrative Officer

Our Researchers AY 2023-2024

Business Studies

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Assoc. Prof. Imelda T. Angeles, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Commerce

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Assoc. Prof. Agnes Jocelyn P. Bandojo, DBA

Doctor of Business Administration

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Asst. Prof. Maria Paula Joan T. Bautista, Ph.D.

Doctor in Business Administration

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Prof. Ronaldo R. Cabauatan, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Economics

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Assoc. Prof. Ronald R. Fernandez, MIT

Master of Information Technology

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Asst. Prof. Jun R. Grimaldo, MBA

Master in Business Administration

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Prof. Ronaldo A. Manalo, DBA

Doctor of Business Administration

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Assoc. Prof. Carlos L. Manapat, DBA

Doctor of Business Administration

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Prof. Ma. Belinda S. Mandigma, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Commerce

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Asst. Prof. Ronald B. Paguta, MAE

Master in Applied Economics

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Asst. Prof. Roma C. Paje, MBA

Master in Business Administration

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Asst. Prof. Jackson J. Tan, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Commerce

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Asst. Prof. Edgar Allan M. Uy, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Economics

Church and Social Issues

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Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

Community-Engaged Studies

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Assoc. Prof. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy (Human Geography)

Education and Leadership Studies

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Prof. Belinda V. De Castro, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Educational Management

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Asst. Prof. Adrian R. Montemayor, Ll. M.

Master of Laws

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Prof. Evelyn A. Songco, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Development Education

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Asst. Prof. John Christian C. Valeroso, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Development Studies

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Assoc. Prof. Carmina S. Vicente, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Development Studies

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Prof. Camilla D.J. Vizconde, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Educatio

Language and Literacy Studies

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Mrs. Elisa Ang, LPT, MA

Master of Arts in English

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Prof. Alejandro S. Bernardo, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in English Language Studies

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Ms. Maria Ana G. De Guzman, MATEL, TESOL

Master of Arts in Teaching, major in English Language Education

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Mr. Wilfred Gabriel A. Gapas

Master of Arts in Education, major in English Language Studies

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Prof. Rachelle B. Lintao, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in English Language Studies

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Prof. Rosalyn G. Mirasol, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Education

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Prof. Veronico N. Tarrayo, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in English Language Studies

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Asst. Prof. Pia Patricia P. Tenedero, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics

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Asst. Prof. Katrina Ninfa M. Topacio, MA

Master of Arts in English

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Mrs. Kristina Ysabelle D. Valerio, MA

Master of Arts in English Language and Literature Teaching

Life Course Research

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Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

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Prof. Allan B. de Guzman, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management

Psychology Studies

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Prof. Ryan Francis O. Cayubit, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

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Prof. Ma. Criselda T. Pacquing, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

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Prof. Marc Eric S. Reyes, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

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Prof. Marie Antonette S. Vargas, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Politics and Public Policy

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Asst. Prof. Froilan C. Calilung, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration

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Asst. Prof. Louie Benedict R. Ignacio, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Political Science

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Asst. Prof. Frederick I. Rey, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Political Science

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Asst. Prof. Ma. Zenia M. Rodriguez, MEM

Master in Management, major in Educational Management

Sustainability Studies​

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Prof. Arlen A. Ancheta, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science

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Asst. Prof. Arnold C. Distor, PT, MBA

Master of Business Administration

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Prof. Maria Rosario Virginia C. Garcia, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education

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Prof. Moises Norman Z. Garcia, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education

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Engr. Yoshiki B. Kurata, PhD, CIE

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

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Asst. Prof. Racquel C. Layco, MA

Master in Chemistry Education

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Assoc. Prof. Alain Jomarie G. Santos, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Economics

Social Health Studies

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Prof. Maria Minerva P. Calimag, MD, PhD

Doctor of Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management

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Mr. Philippe Jose S. Hernandez, MEng

Master of English

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Prof. Florence C. Navidad, EdD, RMT, RN

Doctor of Education, major in Educational Management

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Assoc. Prof. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, PhD,

Doctor of Philosophy (Human Geography)

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Asst. Prof. Crislee Torio, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy

Tourism Studies

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Asst. Prof. Avi Ben P. Andalecio, Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration

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Asst. Prof. Jame Monren T. Mercado, MACHS

Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies

What's Happening

A hybrid, mixed methods  fair, featuring Filipino mixed methods researchers across social science disciplines and bringing together over 200 onsite and online scholars from different parts of the Philippines on May 21 to 22, 2024.

RCSSED co-sponsors the UST Department of Sociology’s “Internship and Service Learning Application Exhibit” launched on April 11, 2024 at the UST St. Raymund de Peñafort lobby

In thanksgiving for the NRCP Research Award on April 2, 2024, at the UST Thomas Aquinas Research Complex

An extraordinary celebration of an extraordinary distinction

Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation Rev. Fr. Jannel N. Abogado, O.P., presides in the Easter Tuesday Thanksgiving Mass

UST RCSSED past and present directors (left to right): Dr. Clarence M. Batan, Dr. Arlen A. Ancheta, Dr. Belinda D.V. De Castro, Dr. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, Dr. Alvin Ang, Dr. Pia Patricia P. Tenedero

Celebrating with incumbent RCSSED academic researchers (seated from left to right): Dr. Alain Jomari G. Santos, Dr. Carmina S. Vicente, Dr. Yoshiki B. Kurata, Dr. Arlen A. Ancheta, and Dr. Maria Rosario Virginia C. Garcia

 

Grateful for the support of Administrative Offices like the Office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs (led by Vice Rector Dr. Cheryl R. Peralta) and the Communications Bureau (led by Director Mr. Philippe Jose S. Hernandez)

Sharing the joy with fellow research centers of the University like the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (led by Director Dr Bernard John V. Tongol) and the Office for Graduate Research (led by Director Dr Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro)

The RCSSED Office Team (left to right): Ms Arabella “Billie” Mejorada, Ms Frances Gabrielle “Gab” Cruz, Dr Jeremaiah Opiniano, Dr Pia Patricia Tenedero, and Ms Maria Carmelita “Maricar” Santos

Past and present directors and members of the UST RCSSED receive the 2023 Outstanding Research Institution award from the NRCP in the PICC Plenary Hall

UST RCSSED Director Dr. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano and Assistant Director Dr. Pia Patricia P. Tenedero hold the NRCP trophy and plaque

RCSSED Academic Researchers with Quezon City Administrator Michael Victor N. Alimurung after his informative and practical presentation of opportunities for research with policy implications (left to right): Ms Kristina Valerio, Ms Elisa Ang, Asst Prof Katrina Topacio, Dr Maria Rosario Garcia, Research Utilization Unit Head Dr Frederick Rey, CA Alimurung, Dr Pia Patricia Tenedero, Dr Norman Garcia, Dr Arlen Ancheta, and Dr Alain Santos

Photo credit: The Flame

“Climate change body boosts policy-making partnership with academe” by Pot Chavez

 “Policy Expo 2024, tinalakay ang pagsisikap para solusyunan ang Climate Change at Food Security” ni Jocelyn Domenden

“Bayanihan lunas sa lumalalang Climate Change” ni Jay Reyes

RCSSED Academic Researchers attend the ribbon cutting of the research poster exhibit, featuring projects related to climate change by different research interest groups

Sociology interns lead the brown bag session

RCSSED Office Team complete a basic Canva design training session

The CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education recognized RCSSED and Dr Clarence M. Batan and his team for helping the Commission understand and appreciate the state of the catechetical ministry in the Philippines and to actively enhance it through a research-based pastoral interventions.

Graduate students get free books to inspire their research projects.

Prof. Philipina A. Marcelo shares the vision for the UST Santa Rosa campus and challenges the RCSSED researchers to consider the concept of undisciplining as a way to do research.

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