Roots to Routes

From CRD to RD

Research plays a vital role in the development of any institution. We fully recognize the importance of research in the lifeline of our own academic set-up. Thus, initiatives are taken to foster a research atmosphere and build up research culture in the institution.

In 1995, the Center for Research Development (CRD) was established under the supervision of Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. The CRD program then centralized the terminal research requirements of all graduating students by facilitating their Project Feasibility Studies, Theses, and Practicum.

In 1996, Rev. Fr. Stephen R. Redillas, O.P. succeeded Fr. Dagohoy in directing the programs of the Center. Fr. Redillas started his new role by modifying the name of CRD for a wider, yet more ambitious vision. While retaining its original abbreviation, CRD, its full name was expanded with the insertion of the conjunction “and” between the words Research and Development to underscore the Center’s intent not only to develop researches but also to implement or apply research results among intended beneficiaries.

The organizational structure of the Colegio was changed in 2004 affecting the names of different offices and departments including CRD. CRD was called R&DD, which means Research and Development Department. Along with the change in its name, a new program was also intensified, the Institutional Research Program (IRP) in addition to the Student Research Program (SRP).

A series of research leaders headed the Department. The following succeeded Fr. Redillas: Prof. Elsa T. Silon (2003-2008), Dr. Roberto DV. Revilla (2008-2013), and Prof. Lorenzo B. Isla (2013-2014). The Department is now headed by Asst. Prof. Floricon V. Encabo.

In January 2014, the new Research and Development Division was created. With the new division, the old R&DD was changed into Research Department (RD). The change in its name does not alter its functions and roles. It remains the research arm of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba. Its primary objective continues to be the promotion of research and development embedded in a culture of discipline, conscience, and excellence. The goals of the RD are continuously attained through the rigorous implementation of the SRP and IRP