Officer-in-Charge, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of San Carlos
Fr. Felipe L. Muncada, SVD is the Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of San Carlos beginning 1st semester AY2020–2021. He is a religious missionary of the Society of the Divine Word.
Fr. Muncada holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy (1977) and theology (1983) from the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City, Philippines before earning both a master’s (1988) and a doctorate (1995) in sociology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. He served as assistant parish priest both in Pinamalayan, Mindoro (1983) and in the Kichijoji Catholic Church in Tokyo, Japan (1985–1986).
He specializes in labor migration, presenting and publishing numerous papers on the subject, particularly regarding Filipino nurses and immigration to the United States, care of migrants by the Catholic Church, and the theology of migration in Asia. He is also proficient in both oral and written Japanese, having trained at the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan where he spent more than 20 years starting as an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department before attaining a rank of Full Professor at the Faculty of Policy Studies. Fr. Muncada also reported on religious perspectives and attitudes of Nanzan students as well as Japanese-Filipino marriages.
Actively involved in his community, he was the representative to the Japanese Catholic Church Committee for Refugees, Migrants, and People on the Move in 2010, served as assistant priest in both the Okazaki and Minato Filipino communities, and was president of the Toyota Filipino Community, Toyota City from 1998–2000. An electronics and computer enthusiast, Fr. Muncada also taught classes in computers, the Internet, and Microsoft and Adobe applications for Filipino migrant workers during his assignment in Japan.