Last updated: August 1, 2022

RCE Ilocos

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Date of RCE acknowledgement:
September, 2009
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Ilocos is located in the Ilocos region on the northwestern coast of Luzon island Philippines. The region has direct access to international sea lanes, as it is bound on the east by the South China Sea and the Central Cordillera mountain range on the west. It is expected to develop export-oriented agri-industrial and tourism activities due to its proximity to Taiwan, Hong Kong and southern China. The region is composed of towering mountains, thick forests and narrow coastal plains.

MMSU as the hub of bioenergy and renewable energy in research, development and extension programs (Photo credit: Dr. Marlow U Aquino of MMSU)

Goals and Objectives:

RCE Ilocos is working:

  1. To inculcate sustainability science to Filipinos and recognise and/or change the role of the people in sustainable development practices, including shifts in behaviour, values, and production and consumption patterns for people empowerment;
  2. To develop public awareness and understanding about education for sustainable development (ESD) between and among the primary, secondary, collegiate and post-graduate levels of education (formal and/or non-formal) in the community, national and international levels;
  3. To establish a one-stop-shop office showcasing RCE and UNU wealth of data and information for exchange of information on ESD, including document/showcase best practices on ESD in the region and worldwide;
  4. To establish a regional knowledge base and one platform for exchange of information on ESD and good practices in the region towards attainment of SDGs; and
  5. To strengthen linkages and partnership among local and international institutions for ESD for sharing of expertise, productivity and excellence.
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Mariano Marcos State University

Location of MMSU Administration Building with RCE-Ilocos Office at Room 201, Batac City, Philippines (Photo credit: MMSU StratCom Office)

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU)
Role: Chair, INSC Governing Board and President, MMSU
Contact name: Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis (Director of INSC)
Contact email:

Name of organisation: Department of Science and Technology Region 1 (DOST-Region 1)
Role: Vice Chairman, INSC Governing Board, Regional Director, DOST-Region 1
Contact name: Dr. Armando Q. Ganal

Name of organisation: Philippine Rice Research Institute
Role: Member and Director, PhilRice
Contact name: Dr. Sailila E. Abdula

Name of organisation: Agricultural Training Institute-Batac Office
Role: Member
Contact name: Dr. Luz A. Taposok

Name of organisation: Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN)
Role: Member
Contact name: Imee R. Marcos

Name of organisation: City Government of Batac
Role: Member
Contact name: Engr. Albert D. Chua

Name of organisation: Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH & MC)
Role: Member
Contact name: Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza

Name of organisation: Department of Agriculture, Region-I (DA-I)
Role: Member
Contact name: Dir. Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr.

Name of organisation: Philippine Carabao Center (PCC)
Role: Member
Contact name: Dr. Arnel N. Del Barrio

Name of organisation: Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
Role: Member
Contact name: Dr. Vicente B. Malano

Current Activities:
  • S&T Awareness and lecture series
  • S&T Quiz Show and Science Discovery
  • Adopt a School Program for the Youth
  • Local and International Mobility of Faculty and Student
  • SEAMO SEA-Teaching Training-Workshops
  • Research, Development and Extension Collaboration
  • Joint curriculum and degree programs in science and technology
  • S&T R&D Symposia

Postgraduate students and faculty completing a hands-on assembly of a wind generator with Dr. Iino of Ashikaga University as trainer (Photo credit: Dr. Carlos Pascual)

Upcoming Activities:
  • Expand international linkages and partnerships for academic exchange and mobility of faculty and students
  • Joint Capacity Building on Training-Workshops for Human Capital Development
  • Joint collaboration on Research, Development for ESD towards attaining SGDs such as renewable energy applications, bioenergy R&D, climate change studies and financing, and knowledge management of land and water resources
  • Science Discovery of Youth on Mobile S&T Science Centrum and Planetarium/Star Gazing
  • Application of do-nou technology of Prof. Makoto Kimura of Kyoto University at MMSU with faculty and students participation
  • Membership of MMSU with UMAP-Philippines and UMAP-IS
  • Joint International Capacity Building on Renewable Energy in May 2018
  • Mobility of MMSU Students at SEA-Teaching in Indonesia
  • International Student’s Day (Home-based mobility of MMSU faculty and students with Indonesian, Japanese and Taiwanese Students)
  • Active Participation with CHED, PASUC and UMAP-Philippines conferences, seminars and workshops
Communication Channels
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Twitter handle:
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis
Secondary RCE Contact:
Dr. Marlowe U. Aquino
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Dr. Mee Jay A. Domingo
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

RCE Coordinator, Room 1, FEM Hall, Mariano Marco State University, Batac City, 2906, Ilocos Norte, Philippines