Introducing STARRDEC

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STARRDEC stands for Southern Tagalog Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium. It is one of the 14 consortia in the country under the auspices of the Department of Science and Technology's Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD).

The consortium is committed to the advancement of Research and Development (R&D) in agriculture, forestry, and natural resources in the Southern Tagalog Region by providing stronger and relevant R&D services for farmer-clients, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and Local Government Units (LGUs); improving commodities for competitive regional and provincial industries; and increasing the premium for member-agencies' participation.

Humble beginnings

TheSouthern Tagalogarea is composed of two regions: Region IV-A or CALABARZON, and Region IV-B or MIMAROPA. The provinces ofCavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon compose CALABARZON and they have tremendous potential for development in agriculture, natural resources, and industrialization. MIMAROPA stands for Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan and their rich unexploited natural resources.

The Southern Tagalog Region also hosts several private and government institutions that contribute to the region's development. The government maintains a number of high caliber state universities and colleges (SUCs) as well as research and development agencies. In the past, their efforts were perceived to have very minimal impact on the development of the region, particularly because the R&D activities were conducted separately and without the benefit of participatory planning.

To address the need for collaborative R&D efforts and boost growth in the region, 12 agencies teamed up to become the founding members of a new synergistic partnership called STARRDEC. Established on May 3, 1988, the Consortium started to operate with a meager budget of P45,000.

For about two decades, the University of the Philippines Los Banos hosted the Consortium as its base agency. In January, 2008, the Regional Research and Development Coordinating Committee (RRDCC) decided to transfer the responsibility to Cavite State University (CvSU) in Indang, Cavite as the new base agency.

Today, after20 years of existence, STARRDEC has 25 member-agencies composed of 13 State Universities and Colleges, eight regional line agencies, and four national R&D agencies.

STARRDEC's mandate

STARRDEC is mandated to: a) determine regional R&D priorities including budgetary allocations for specific projects of member-agencies; b) coordinate the planning and implementation of integrated regional R&D programs and related activities in agriculture, forestry, environment, and natural resources; c) develop strategies to generate R&D funds and other resources, and exercise research management attuned to the needs of the region and in support of national goals and priorities; d) develop mechanisms toward the effective utilization of the outputs of R&D thereby generating employment and enhancing economic growth in the region; e) initiate and coordinate interagency efforts on the refinement, commercialization, and utilization of technology in partnership with LGUs; and f) carry out management information and applied communication programs to provide support services, ensure effective dissemination of R&D information, and encourage their utilization by various clients.

Vision and mission statements

To achieve the mandate of the Consortium, the following vision and mission statements were formulated:

Vision. STARRDEC shall be the leading regional Consortium in market-driven researches for growth and development.

Mission. STARRDEC shall engage in building agri-industrial, environmental and natural resources research and development programs, technology utilization and commercialization, policy formulation and advocacy, capability-building, resource generation, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. …