Research and Development Office

Dedicated to bridging the gaps between home and professional life in the interest of holistic personal, national and social development, Philippine Women’s University (PWU) through its Research and Development Office (RDO) envisions itself as a research institution, which works in consonance with the national development goals. Its research orientations go hand-in-hand with its recognition of the globalized nature of its teaching, learning, and research. Its social development thrusts are also linked to its historical concern for gender empowerment, family life, civic participation, health, education, environmentalism and cultural heritage.

By and large, the RDO aims to:

  • encourage individual development through research;
  • contribute towards building strong communities through leadership in the prioritized areas of health, nutrition, education and culture; and
  • direct research efforts towards target outcomes in the national development plans.

About the RDO Logo

Semiotic Signs Descriptions
R “R” and “D” stand for “Research” and “Development” the official lexical items of the Office. They have conspicuous spaces; they represent the important spaces in literature, studies and bodies of knowledge that the academic community of the Philippine Women’s University needs to consider and re-consider when producing research and other professional, academic and scholarly materials.
O The third semiotic sign is the icon of a gear. It represents the letter “O.” The has 14 teeth, which represents 14 major Schools of the University. This mimetic representation is based on the nature of the gear which moves and propels the other constituent parts of an object. The gear does not work individually, but works in tandem with its immediate parts, that is, the 14 different academic programs of the University which are melded together for collective research undertakings. The Logo then was carefully designed that one of the toothed wheels is attached to the letter “D.” However, there are no touching points between “R” and “D” because it is the ideal challenge of the researchers and scholars to build and establish the connections of these gaps, thereby filling in the white space at the center for a well-oiled gear.
Color Maroon The dominant color of Maroon is based upon the color of PWU: CYAN-27, MAGENTA-100, YELLOW-90, BLACK-31. (#8b1722)
(#990033 – web safe alternative)
Gradient It is indicative of the multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity of all research activities in the University.

Publication Office

The RDO oversees the production of four types of titles: PWU Research Journal, Sabangan, Bidlisiw, and Compendium of PWU Abstracts.

PWU Research Journal

This is the flagship publication of PWU. It welcomes and publishes articles written by the faculty and students of different Schools of the University. It is published in May and December of the same year. Each issue features 8-10 articles. The Editorial Board is composed of internal and external reviewers.

It is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on articles regarding Philippine culture and society. It has broadly a national focus from a global perspective, the Philippines as seen by locals and the rest of the world. It specifically welcomes articles from the School of Fine Arts and Design, the School of Music, and other artistic and performing arts clusters of PWU. The term ‘Sabangan’ is an Ilokano word which literally means ‘mouth of the river.’ It is where the river ends its journey and meets a bigger body of water like the sea. It connotes some sort of crossroads and a point of conjuncture and confluence.


Its maiden publication was published in May 2021. It welcomes and publishes academic papers such as speeches, keynote speeches, presentations of papers in local and international conferences, commentaries, visiting professorial lectures, short critiques, squibs, book review, critical review of literature, and other related academic articles that are worthy of dissemination, thus which are likely to elevate academic discourses.

It welcomes and publishes thesis and dissertation abstracts produced by the Graduate educands. The Compendium produces three issues in October, March, and July within the trimestral academic calendar of the University.

It is a scholarly album of research conference abstracts presented by the PWU authors, researchers and scholars during the official PWU-RDO research festivals. It is released annually with Special Issues within the Academic Year at Philippine Women’s University. Its maiden publication was released in November 2021 during the height of COVID-19 pandemic. Búgkos is a Cebuano lexicon which means bigkís: bond; bundle.

PEERspective: An Undergraduate Research Journal

It is a scholarly journal that publishes thesis outputs of the undergraduate students of different Schools and Departments at PWU. It is published in May and December with special issues within the academic year at Philippine Women’s University. All theses are converted to an IMRAD format. All papers are peer reviewed both by internal and external reviewers.

Telephone (Direct): +63(2) 8465-1776
Telephone (Trunkline): +63(2) 8526-8421 local 139/163


Full Prof. Leonardo Munalim, PhD, LPT
Director, Research & Development Office

Dr. Munalim also serves as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He completed PhD in Applied Linguistics; MA in English Language Arts both from Philippine Normal University–Manila; and Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English from BIT-International College in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. He holds a certificate in distance education from UP Open University. He serves in the Editorial Board of international SCOPUS-indexed journals: Journal of English as an International Language; The Linguistics Journal; Asian ESP; TESOL International Journal; and IAFOR Journals. He has published in peer-reviewed and SCOPUS-indexed journals.

Ms. Darlene D. Lubuguin
Administrative Officer,
Research & Development Office

Bidlisiw Issues

Year 2022

Year 2021

Búgkos Issues

Year 2021

Compendium of Abstracts Issues

Year 2020-2021

PWU Research Journal Issues

Year 2021

Year 2019

Year 2018

Year 2017

Year 2016

Sabangan Issues