Brief History and Mandate
The PSC was established in 1995 and was institutionalized on 13 April 2012 under Memorandum Order No. 152 series of 2012. Since then, it has remarkably performing its mandate of conducting researches in history, anthropology, and social impact assessment in consortium with public and private organization and companies.
PSC aims to collect materials for use of researchers, set up activities to encourage the use of such materials by students and teachers, generate new materials through research, and preserve Palawan’s natural patrimony by monitoring researches on Palawan. It has also established linkages within the Philippines and abroad.
Summary of Projects and Accomplishments
In cooperation with the University of the Philippines Archaeological Studies Program (UP ASP), it started as a series of lectures on Palawan Archaeology. This is based on the on-going Palawan Paleohistoric Research Project in El Nido, Palawan. PSC became an associate member of the Philippine Social Science Council, the leading professional social science organization of the country. It likewise became a regional/local counterpart of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
At present, the center is actively participating in several research ventures with public and private organizations. The PSC team participated in a workshop on archival research with the National Archives. It has likewise linked with Archivo Recoleto focusing primarily on recovering Spanish documents on Palawan that can be utilized in writing our local history. With the assistance of the Philippine Historical Association, PSC is starting its pilot project on Bataraza history and the social impact analysis of the mining companies in the said municipality. It is also spearheading a research association with Social Science professionals from Holy Trinity University (HTU) and Western Philippine University (WPU) in studying the implementation of a community-based park management and the Iwahig Firefly watching project as a response to the growing demand on tourism.