Deepening Research Culture and Intellectual Integrity in the Midst of the New Normal via the Institutional Virtual Research Conference Series 1
Research is an essential function both in higher and basic education. Its prime objective is to increase awareness in providing solutions to various problems in pedagogy to improve teaching and learning, to explore and find new insights and explanations to life circumstances and situations as well as to determine scientific processes in creating and inventing materials for innovation.
The Basic Education Governance Act of 2001 emphasized the role of research in the basic education system. For its realization, the Department of Education (DepEd) has made efforts to strengthen it through various initiatives under the Basic Education System Reform Agenda (BESRA) and the Research, Innovation, and Policy Evaluation Secretariat (RIPES). The Department likewise created the Policy Research and Development (PRD) Division under the Rationalization Plan to promote and oversee the conduct of educational research.
Graduate School programs need to be immensely transformed to respond to the call of the time set by globalization, regional integration, internationalization, and the 4.0 Industrial Revolution. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) created the Task Force on Graduate Education Reform (TFGER) to review and propose policy programs in the country and one of the priority endeavors is on the production of original research and creative work.
The Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Act of 2013 states that the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) shall guarantee obedience to the universal principles for the protection of human participants in research. It has established guidelines for organizing and managing Research Ethics Committees (RECs), standardizing research ethics review and monitoring and evaluating the performance of RECs in accordance with approved procedures.
Last March 20, 2021 The Rizal Memorial Colleges Inc. (RMCI) held the Institutional Virtual Research Conference Series 1 which was hosted by the Rizalian Research and Development Center (RRDC). The theme, Deepening Research Culture and Intellectual Integrity in the Midst of the New Normal was based on the said government promulgations.
Sir Lorenzo Raphael L. Magno, the Assistant Vice President for Administration, delivered the welcome address. He expressed his appreciation for the collective efforts of the people who worked hard to make the virtual program possible following the protocol required for safety measures against the COVID 19 Pandemic. He reminded everyone including educational institutions especially our own college to be adoptive to the situations brought by the changing times. He likewise wished for the attainment of the objectives of the activity which would be helpful in accommodating the requirements set by the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities – Accrediting Agency, Inc. (ACSCU–AAI) and other government and non-government monitoring bodies.
The message of Atty. Ernesto Raphael V. Robillo, the Vice President for Administration, was indeed so inspiring. He extended the congratulatory greetings of the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Operating Officer of the institution, Sir Leo Terezo A. Magno and the President, Dr. Evelyn A. Magno. He considered the virtual research conference as a step forward in spite of the COVID 19 disorder wherein RMC has been cautious in its approaches for the safety and protection of its people. He stipulated that our school is known for its resiliency and therefore it would adjust and sail on to accomplish its vision, mission and goals.
Atty. Robillo expressed his gratefulness to everyone who joined hands in pursuing this activity. He also commended the determination of the presenters in sharing the results of their studies which could be considered for utilization by the school administrators in their decision making. He made mention of the feasibility study of Dr. Lourdes C. Cabintoy on the opening of a branch in Tagum City which according to him is now nearing its completion. He likewise made a special reference to the 84 year old Sir Joel R. Fabro, a former Principal of the Evening High School of RMC whose study on the Distance Secondary Education Program (DSEP) gave chances to working individuals including those advancing in age to attain at least secondary or high school education. Many schools, nation wide, made use of his study. Later the Program became the Sunday School which gave more ventures to many in their educational quest. Atty. Robillo posed a challenge to everybody to emulate Sir Joel R. Fabro. He reminded the faculty members and the students of their function to produce more studies to indicate the existence of the institutional research culture with the inculcation of intellectual integrity in their work.
Our VP for Administration made an announcement on the forthcoming virtual celebration of our 73rd Founding Anniversary this coming April 5, 2021 with the theme, “Rizalian Transformation Amidst Challenging Times: Resilience for the Future of Learning”. This would be another Rizalian makeover wherein activities would be done through virtual medium.
The research papers were all timely and eloquently delivered by the plenary presenters to wit:
Feasibility Study of Establishing a Branch of the Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc. in Tagum City by Dr. Lourdes C, Cabintoy, Vice President for Academic Affairs;
Growth Performance of Tissue-Cultured Cavendish Banana (Musa Acuminata) Plantlets as Affected by Stimulates by Dr. Alminda Magbalot-Fernandez, Dean of the College of Agriculture;
Perforated Plastic Packaging: Extending the Shelf Life of Okra Pods (Abelmoschus esculentus) under Ambient Condition by Mr. John Paul L. Matuginas, Faculty of the College of Agriculture;
Effects of the Pre-Harvest Application of 1 Methylcycloprophene (1-MCP) on the Postharvest Quality of Cavendish Banana (Musa cavendishhii) by Mr. John Paul L. Matuginas, Faculty of the College of Agriculture;
Smartphone as Self-help Technique among the High School Students with Dysfunctional Families: A Multiple Case Study by Dr. Luisito N. Bardenas, Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences; and
Assessing the Conflict Management Mechanism of Davao City: A Case Study, by Dr. Estrellita B. Lacuesta, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
To give more impact to the presentations, we had the following brainy inquisitors:
Dr. Pablo F. Busquit, Dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Albert G. Musico, IBED Principal; Dr, Annbeth B. Calla, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education; Dr. Marciano B. Melchor, Graduate School Professor; Dr. Josephine B. Baguio, CASEd and Graduate School Professor; and Dr. Evangeline P. Yap, Consultant, Accreditation/TechVoc.
In her evaluative closing remarks Dr. Lourdes C. Cabintoy, the Vice President for Academic Affairs. gave credit to the assistance and effort of the school heads, the presenters, the inquisitors, the organizing body, other employees, and students. She congratulated the College of Agriculture for leading in the number of presentations. She likewise made suggestions in considering research competitions. She reminded everyone of what a research must be by pondering on the meaning of the activity’s theme. A special expression of gratitude was given to QUIPPER Southern Mindanao Team for providing the ZOOM facility for the occasion.
The Rizalian Research and Development Center has already made some humble accomplishments. There are still many things to work for. We need to formalize the organization of our Institutional Research Ethics Committee (IREC). We have to try different models in performing our studies. We have to widen our involvement in collaboration and linkages locally, nationally and internationally. We also have to submit our studies for dissemination not only in our school research journals but also in well-known national and international scholarly reviewed ones.
RRDC through the Research Director, Dr. Nelia B. Aga articulated its sincerest gratitude to everyone especially to the Organizing and Working/Functioning Committee. Shakespeare had again proven it, “All’s Well That Ends Well”. Maraming Salamat po. Pro Deo et Patria!