HomeCAS Journal of Researchvol. 6 no. 2 (2012)

Building Bridges Between the Social and Natural Science: A “World Without Fish” and the Restrictive (?) /Non-Restrictive (?) Inland Water (River-Estuary) Management Policies in Catanduanes Island (Philippines)

Minerva I. Morales

Discipline: Social Science, Natural Sciences



The thematic scope of the research agenda for 2012-2016 at the CSU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) on S.E.E.D. (Science, Society, Environment and Development) is having a shift to fresher and most likely the appropriate process research by integrating the theory of Social Wellbeing in the R&D programs on Fish, Rice and Mangroves (FIRM) funded by BFAR (CSTIFDP), BFAR-CHED (PNAP)and DA-RFU5 (CIRDEP). Wellbeing is a “state of being with others, which arises where human needs are met, where one can act meaningfully to pursue one’s goals, and where one can enjoy a satisfactory quality of life’’ (McGregor 2008). This definition sets out a three – dimensional approach (Figure 1, from McGregor 2009) to the assessment of human wellbeing outcomes: a material dimension which emphasizes the resources people have and the extent to which the needs of the person are met: a relational dimension which considers the extent to which social relationships enable the person to act meaningfully in pursuit of what they regard as wellbeing; and a cognitive dimension which takes account of their level of satisfaction with the quality of life they achieve (McGregor 2007, 2009).