The Program works out its research agenda in the broader context of the Structure of the National Education System. Its development is divided into three phases: Phase 1: (1991-1993), Phase 2 (1993-1999), and Phase 3 (1999-2004). For first two phases, the ERP highlights its projects in Valencia, Misamis Occidental and Dauis, Bohol. Multidisciplinary research on functional literacy led to ERP’s contribution to the international academic community of a perspective on literacy that is linking to the development of the community. Its comprehensive community-based development projects that link the LGUs, academes and NGOs are experiments that will yield more insights into the cognitive bases of literacy while enhancing it in the daily life of Philippine communities.
For Phase 3 (1999-2004), ERP focuses on the Emerging Structural Framework of the Philippine Education System. In particular, it will elaborate on the Policy Framework for:
- Literacy and Non-Formal Adult Education
- Basic Education
- Higher Education
- Continuing Adult Education/Voc-Tech Education
- Elaboration on the Phase 3 Research Agenda
ERP also intends to go into studies for special children as soon as the expert for this is available.