Research Topic  

Indigenous peoples’ agency and participation in rural development in the Philippines 


 Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert and Dr. Oleg Nicetic

Research Interests

  • Participatory communication 
  • Development communication 
  • Sustainable development 
  • Communication for social change
  • Community media 


  • Master of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Open University 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Research, University of the Philippines Diliman


Kabzeel Sheba G. Catapang is an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Prior to joining the academe, Kabz worked for almost a decade in political affairs and legislation in the Philippines, specifically at the Lower House of Congress (House of Representatives) rendering administration, legislative, program-implementation and constituent-relations support to congresspersons from Marinduque and Batangas districts.  


Datuin, J. R. M., Cadion, L. G., Catapang, K. S.G., Rodriguez, D. A., & Magpantay, V. A. (2022). “Production System of Selected Commercial Broiler Chicken Farms in the Philippines.” Philippine Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 48(1): 57-69. 

Torres, C. S., Francisco, R. P. F., Tirol, M. S. C., Catapang, K. S. G., Tallafer, L. L., & Velasco, M. T. H. (2015). “The College of Development Communication Extension Programs in Community Communication: Towards a New Domain in Development Communication.” Philippine Journal of Development Communication 7: 147-187. 

Anarna, K. A. C. & Catapang, K. S. G. (2015). “A Predictive Model of OFW Risk-Taking Intention: A Proposed Guide for Communication Campaigns.” Philippine Journal of Development Communication 7: 1-23. 

Catapang, K. S. G. (2014). “Communicating Maternal Health Safety to Women in Taal, Batangas to Reduce Delay in Decision to Seek Obstetric Care.” Philippine Journal of Development Communication 6: 64-95.