College of Arts and Social Sciences Center for Central Luzon Studies


The Center for Central Luzon Studies then known as Center for Studies of Central Luzon Society, Culture and History was formally institutionalized in 1986 through CLSU Board of Regents (BOR) Resolution No. 48-86. The University acknowledged its importance since CLSU is the flagship state university in the region. Since its institutionalization more than thirty years ago, CCLS was able to fulfill its mandate in terms of academic/scholarly activities, research as well institutional or organizational development initiatives. It is also considered as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and active research and knowledge centers of CLSU. The Center’s flagship project, the CLSU Agricultural Museum (established in 1980 and considered to the pioneer of such kind in the country) continue to be the place of interest among students, faculty members, researchers and other people who are interested in rural life and farming culture of Central Luzon.

The Center is a realization of the role that CLSU plays as a regional university that of fostering better understanding of the society in which it operates. Through research and instruction, CCLS contributes to the attainment of national goals, nationhood and development.

The CCLS has standing informal collaborations for research and development to various agencies and organizations inside and outside CLSU. From CLSU, the Center is in active partnership and collaboration with the Office of the University President; Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Training; Office of the Vice President for Administration; College of Education; Department of Social Sciences; International Affairs Office; University Gender and Development Office, among others.

Outside CLSU, the Center has standing collaboration with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP); National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); 7 th Infantry Kaugnay Division, Philippine Army; Special Operations Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines; Philippine Rice Research Institute through the Rice Science Museum; Central Luzon Association of Museums (CLAM), and the Nueva Ecija Provincial Government through the Provincial Tourism Office and the Nueva Ecija Historical and Cultural Council.


The CCLS headed by a Director serves as the cultural and historical arm of the University as it initiates activities and researches pertaining to the history and heritage of the University, the province and of the region. The Center also acts as coordinator to various government agencies such as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the conduct of memorial activities and academic collaborations in the field of history, culture and heritage studies.


The CLSU Agricultural Museum is a functional unit of the Center for Central Luzon Studies. It was organized in 1980 in pursuit of the following objectives: Establish a data and information bank of culture to reinforce and enrich the instruction program of the University; Serve as springboard for research on the generation of appropriate technologies for rural communities; and, Help restore the Filipino pride in the ingenuity of his creations to further solidify the foundations of national identity.

To meet its objective and articulate its thrusts, the CLSU Agricultural Museum concentrates on the concept of adaptation in the field of agriculture, fishing and related occupations. Central Luzon is its starting and focal points. The exhibits therefore instead to reflect the evolution of indigenous implements and materials used in the pursuit of various occupations in the rural areas of Central Luzon. The CLSU Agricultural Museum coordinates with various museums in the University, the province and in the region in formulating policies and programs to further the development, innovations and support to various museums being the birthplace of the Central Luzon Association of Museums (CLAM).

The University Museum undertakes the following activities as part of its development

      1. Collection. Collection of implements and materials on the evolution of technologies associated with different rural occupations. To date the Museum has a sizeable collection of specimens representing the following areas: rice, corn and vegetable culture, copra and sugar production; fishing, carpentry and related occupations; household implements; and personal effects inherent to the rural setting and culture. Currently being developed are the sections on natural history (envisioned to comprise the flora and fauna of the region); commerce and trade and literary/musical traditions.

      2. Research and Documentation. The Museum’s continuing research activities revolve around the technology of adaptation and the social patterns developed around each. Major focus is directed at the documentation of the evolution of technologies.Related researches include the compilation of terms associated with agricultural activities notably on the Ilocano, Kapampangan and Tagalog dialects.

      3. Iconographic Collection. This activity is undertaken to render in visual and capsule form what each research has accomplished and established. This collection as a whole forms part of a data and information bank on Central Luzon’s agricultural development and cultural traditions.

      4. Exhibits. The University Museum is presently housed on the first floor of the University Library and soon to be relocated in the restored and rehabilitated Reimer’s Hall, the oldest existing structure in the University. It is open to the public from 8:30-11:00 am and 1:30-4:00 pm during weekdays (Mondays-Fridays) and special arrangement during weekends.

The gallery currently features exhibits on Rice Culture, Hunting and Fishing, Related Occupation, Household Implements and Personal Effects.


The CCLS Center Head/Director oversees the overall administrative operation of the Center and of the CLSU Agricultural Museum. As an administrator, the Center Head represents the College and the University in the different meetings and organizations advocating history and heritage studies. Likewise, the Center Head can be tapped by the College Dean, the Vice President for Academic President and the University President to lead a permanent or ad hoc committee created for such purpose.


The Museum Curator appointed by the University President upon the recommendation supervises the technical management of the CLSU Agricultural Museum. Specifically, the Museum Curator has the following specific functions:

  1. In charge of acquiring objects and collections, keeping records and cataloging acquisitions, planning and organizing exhibitions, researching objects and collections;
  2. Initiate, in consultation with the CCLS Head, on matters regarding planning budgets, negotiating loan items, writing bids, and staff training and management; and,
  3. In charge in dealing with inquiries from the public, clients, and stakeholders, laisse with community groups and management boards, governors, trustees, and council members to secure funding for the museum, network with other museum and gallery members


The Administrative Aide stationed at the CCLS Office has the following specific functions:

  1. Assists the CCLS Head in the management/operation of CCLS;
  2. Keeps the record and other document of the Office;
  3. Acts as liason officer to other offices/agencies;
  4. Conducts researches and data gathering of CCLS-led reseseaches; and,
  5. Performs other functions to be determined by the CCLS Head.

The Administrative Aide stationed at the CLSU Agricultural Museum has the following specific functions:

  1. Assists the CCLS Head and the Museum Curator in the management/operation of the CLSU Agricultural Museum;
  2. Serves as tour guide and assistant to students and researchers visiting the museum;
  3. Updates the record, accession and coding of artifacts in the museum; and,
  4. Performs other functions to be determined by the CCLS Head.


1. Purpose.
This procedural process enables CCLS to accomplish one of its mandate to serve university clientele and other non-CLSU visitors as part of its extension services.

2. Scope.
This process covers from the start of confirmation of scheduled visit, museum tour, curator-guiding, documentaries and evaluation of visit. Regular maintenance of artifacts to preserve the University Museum is included.

Museum Visit
Refers to the process of catering the education/information needs of the University Museum visitors from within and outside of the University.
Refers to confirmed schedule of visit by the Public Affairs Office or from faculty of departments needing the services of the museum.
Refers to the process of evaluation done inform filled up by the clientele regarding their satisfaction during the visit.

Oversees the operation of the Center and provides guidance and supervision in the operation of the museum.

CCLS Personnel

  1. Schedule museum visits and attend to visitors of the Center for Central Luzon Studies;
  2. Types communications, research proposals and other correspondences pertaining to Center for Central Luzon Studies;
  3. Acts as support staff responsible for the inventory/monitoring and cataloguing of the books, newsletter and the videotapes;
  4. Files records of the Center for Central Luzon Studies;
  5. Assists in the activities related to the museum;
  6. General upkeep of the Agricultural Museum including the CCLS office;
  7. Helps in inventory and storing of collected artifacts;
  8. Assists in exhibits within and outside the university
  9. Researcher


5.1 Schedule of Museum Visit

5.1.1 Museum individual/group visitors communicate with the Public Affairs Office (PAO) for scheduling the time and date of their visit
5.1.2 Public Affairs Office informs the CCLS office to confirm the availability of the museum regarding time and date of visit.
5.1.3 Preparation of the Museum one day before visit.