The latest issue of SPJRD features articles that reflect the conditions and developments in the Philippines. The themes included in this issue offer illuminating insights into the cultural and socio-economic developments of the Philippines and the ASEAN in general.
In the first article of this issue, Mohamed Taha and Fazal Mohammed Mohammed Sultan of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) explicate the properties of unaccusatives in a particular variety of Arabic language using the Minimalist Program. The findings of the study of Taha and Mohammed provide rich information to comparative syntax, linguistic theories, and language typology, and have a significant contribution to a better understanding of the structure of the language of Islam, the religion of the Bangsamoro, and the most widely practiced religion in Southeast Asia.
The second article in this edition moves on to talk about the tourism industry in North Cotabato, Philippines. Fredelino A. Galleto, Jr. of the University of Southern Mindanao and Frediezel G. de Leon of the University of the Philippines Visayas evaluate the community's attitude and support level of tourism in Asisk-Asik Waterfalls in North Cotabato. Galleto and de Leon note that drawing insights from the locals' viewpoints toward tourism in Asik-Asik Waterfalls and the variables that potentially contour their perceptions is imperative for government, policy-makers, tourism planners, not only to win the local populace's approval but also to guarantee success of tourism undertakings.
Focusing still on North Cotabato, the third article written by Marnie Grace I. Sonico of the University of Southeastern Philippines investigates the insect diversity in an organic rice farm in Barangay Langkong, M'lang. The findings of the study of Sonico can be used to maintain an efficient, productive, and sustainable agroecosystem.
This issue also includes a study on the sustainability of a socio-economic organization in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Archie Martinez of the University of Northern Philippines gives insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) organization that can guide the core team of the organization and the Department of Agrarian Reform to survive against all economic challenges.
The final section of this edition draws attention to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of employees. Jennifer M. Arbiol, Edeliza S. Gonzales, and Angelie V. Cabajes of USeP explore the level of psychological well-being of employees of a Philippine state university during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the study of Arbiol, Gonzales, and Cabajes can help the university administration to strategize in providing assistance to the employees in times of health crisis.
Reviewed by scholars from the United States of America, Malaysia, Japan, Yemen, and the Philippines, the articles in this issue contribute to the ongoing discourse on cultural and socio-economic developments in the region.
Sajed S. Ingilan