Field Class Research and Extension


All students under the BS Geography program are required to participate in the Department’s field geography class, generally, conducted every summer. The main objective of the field school is for students to apply the theories and skills they have learned in the classroom to the real world. This also serves as an opportunity for the Department to extend its services to the general public. Collaborations with local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) are made to provide assistance in addressing their needs and problems in their localities. Most fieldwork outputs are the Physical and Socio-Economic Profiles (PSEPs) of the concerned LGUs.

Physical Socio-Economic Profile
The PSEP of an area is a database that is an essential input in creating the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) of municipalities and provinces. As mandated by the Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act 7160), all local government units (LGU) are required to have their CLUPs and CDPs.

The PSEP identifies the issues and concerns of the different sectors of an area. It forms the basis for the land use and development plans of an LGU as it determines the sustainable and optimal utilization of its resources.

The PSEP database is composed of a systematic description and analysis of five sectors: the geophysical, socioeconomic, demographic, infrastructure, and institutional. Each sector has different elements:
  • Geophysical sector: location, topography, geology, environment and climatic factors, and the existing and proposed land uses
  • Socioeconomic sector: inventory of agriculture, trade and industry, commerce, education, health, and other social services
  • Demographic sector: population characteristics and related issues
  • Infrastructure sector: transportation, communication, power and water utilities
  • Institutional sector: organizational structure and administration, public finance, fiscal analysis
Data for the five sectors are gathered through collecting secondary data, doing surveys and interviews, and mapping using Global Positioning System (GPS) to validate information. Data are collated, analyzed, and represented through different thematic maps. These are converted into digital formats and analyzed using Geographic Information Science (GIS) tools.

Other field work outputs are:
  • Atlas
  • Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS)
  • Community Resource Management Framework Plan (CRMFP)
  • Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP)
  • Ecological Profile
  • Minimum Basic Needs (MBN) Profile
  • Asset-Based Livelihood Profile (ABLP)
  • Risk Hazard Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Ecotourism Evaluation
Field Class Sites
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