Geography Field School

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The Geography Field School (Geography 192: Field Methods in Geography), is a course-based extension program of the Department of Geography of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of UP Diliman.

The main objective of the course is for students to apply the theories and skills they learned under the Geography curriculum through the conduct of field research and through engagement with the community. This also serves as an opportunity for the Department to extend its services to local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), and other institutions in need of assistance in formulating their resource management and development plans, or in the implementation of programs that foster capacity-building in local communities. The course also fulfills service learning’s goal of enhancing academic learning among students and faculty, while extending assistance to communities in a professional manner. In fact, most of our graduates have used the skills they have learned from this course in their professional work.

Since 1995, the Department has conducted work in over 40 sites across the country, partnering with LGUs, NGOs, POs, and other institutions in the process. Such engagements have yielded substantial documents, reports, informative materials, maps, and other outputs in a variety of media, most of which are vital inputs for local resource management and development planning.

The implementation of the Local Government Code of 1991 provided an opportunity for the Geography Department to contribute in enhancing the capacity of LGUs to adopt with the devolution of governance and management responsibilities into their mandate by providing technical assistance in gathering, consolidating, and analyzing physical and socio- economic data to generate information that are useful for management planning.

Duration / Date:

Every Mid-Year Term of each Academic Year

Target / Beneficiaries:

LGUs (historically, fourth to sixth class municipalities in far-flung areas), NGOs, POs, and other local communities who need assistance in the formulation of their development plans

Cost of Participation:

As agreed upon between the Department of Geography and the institution seeking partnership

Office in Charge:

Department of Geography
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman

Contact Details:

Daniel L. Mabazza, D.Eng.
Chair, Department of Geography
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman
Tel.: (632) 9818500 loc. 2373
Tel./Fax: (632) 9818500 loc. 2222

UP Department of Geography
4/F CSSP Faculty Center
Africa Street
University of the Philippines
Quezon City 1101

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