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Southern Tagalog Agriculture, Aquatic, and Resources Research Development and Extension Consortium (STAARRDEC)

Establishment and Membership
The Southern Tagalog Region demonstrates the capacity for growth and development in agriculture, natural resources, and industrialization. This region is also home to several private and government institutions; state colleges, and universities; and R&D agencies with a vast pool of scientists and technologists specializing in agriculture, environment, and natural resources abound in the region.

The R&D sector saw the need to genuinely collaborate efforts to boost the agro-industrial and sustainable development in the region. However, the wide geographical spread of the region makes the facilitation and coordination of R&D work difficult. Hence on May 3, 1988, the Southern Tagalog Agriculture, and Resources Research, Development Consortium (STARRDEC) was established thru the partnership of 12 agencies, namely; Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Training Institute Region IV (DA-ATI IV); Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR); Department of Agriculture Region IV (DA-IV); Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region IV (DENR-IV); Department of Science and Technology Region IV (DOST-IV); Don Severino Agricultural College (DSAC); Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB); Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI); National Economic and Development Authority Region IV (NEDA-IV); Philippine Council for Agriculture, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD); Palawan National Agricultural College (PNAC); and University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB). It was based and hosted by UPLB from 1988-2007.

On January 31, 2007, during the 62nd Regional Research and Development Coordinating Committee (RRDCC) Meeting held at UPLB DA-BAR-RDE Network Building, College, Laguna, Resolution No. 4 Series of 2007 was approved declaring the transfer of hosting of the consortium from UPLB to DSAC, now known as Cavite State University (CvSU), to allow other member agencies to host the consortium.

In 2008, CvSU started hosting the consortium. On April 21, 2015, during the RRDCC Chairpersons, Consortium Directors, Fisheries Zonal Center Representatives, and PCAARRD Officials’ Meeting cum Workshop held at Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay City, the Resolution on Enhancing PCAARRD’s Engagement with the Regional Consortia was approved declaring that the consortia will integrate the agriculture and aquatic sectors and re-engage with PCAARRD reflecting the aquatic sector in acronym thus becoming STAARRDEC.

On December 15, 2015, during the 82nd RRDCC Meeting, the renaming of the consortium to read as the Southern Tagalog Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research, Development and Extension Consortium was approved and was used in 2016 and onwards.

Today, after more than 3 decades from its establishment, the consortium has now 21 member institutions (10 SUCs, 3 National Line Agencies, and 8 Regional Line Agencies) with CvSU as its host agency.


Leading regional consortium in market-driven researches for growth and development.


STAARRDEC shall engage in building agriculture, aquatic, environment, and natural resources research and development programs; technology utilization and commercialization; policy formulation and advocacy; capability building; resource generation; and multi-stakeholder partnerships.


STAARRDEC is mandated to:

  1. Determine the regional research and development priorities including budgetary allocations for specific projects of member-agencies;

  2. Coordinate the planning and implementation of an integrated regional research and development programs and related activities in agriculture, aquatic, environment and natural resources;

  3. Develop strategies to generate RD&E funds, develop RD&E resources, and exercise research management attuned to the Region in support of national goals and priorities;

  4. Develop mechanisms toward the effective utilization of the outputs of RD&E thereby generating employment and enhancing economic growth in the Region;

  5. Initiate and coordinate interagency efforts on the refinement, commercialization, and utilization of technology in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs); and

  6. Carry out management information and applied communication programs to provide support services, ensure effective dissemination of RD&E information and encourage their utilization by various clients.