The Philippine Association of Institutions for Research, Inc. or PAIR is a body that aims to advance quality multidisciplinary research and its dissemination in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The founding of PAIR was envisaged by Dr. Genaro V. Japos, the institution base of the association located at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City, the center for commerce of Northern Mindanao, Philippines. To start up the founding of the organization, a meeting with the representatives of various tertiary schools in Mindanao was convened during the training of editors for a refereed research journal by Zonal Research Centre of the Commission on Higher Education at the Notre Dame of Marbel University, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato, on April 2, 2007. It was during that meeting that the association’s underlying principles were laid; the board of trustees was created, and the first sets of officers were elected. Three months later, on August 14, 2007, the association got its legal identity as it registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. Almost a year after its SEC registration, the association was formally launched via its first CHED-endorsed national health and environment research forum held at the Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan on August 1 and Liceo de Cagayan University on August 2, 2008. By then, the first set of officers were inducted and the seven pioneering member-institutions took oath. Thereafter, succeeding CHED-endorsed research conferences, both national and international, were held in different venues, increasing the association’s membership.
Miss Irish Jane P. Balios managed the organization with her appointment as Executive Vice President. Miss Kaye Hazel A. Aunzo took the position as Executive Editor while Darryl M. Nuyda became the Training and Conference Specialist. Mr. Edwin Delos Santos, Jr. has been the Finance Officer. Today, there are four journals: JPAIR Multidisciplinary Research, JPAIR Institutional Research, International Journal on Graft and Corruption, and the Philippine Journal of Agricultural Economics. Research to serve the needs of 118 colleges and universities as institutional members.
On June 11, 2015, PAIR passed the re-certification audit of its ISO 9001:2008 by the AJA Registrars, Inc. making PAIR the only Philippine private research association that is ISO certified.