The Catanduanes State University (CatSU)- Research and Development Services together with the Nutrition and Dietetics Department of the College of Health Sciences spearheaded the 6th BIOME (Biodiversity meeting) through a web conference on Research and Creative Works on Food, Health and Environment with the theme, “Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic on Society, Education, Environment and Development (S.E.E.D.)- Ageing happily and living sustainably with healthy diets and functional local food systems” on October 22-23, 2020. The three-day web conference was in collaboration with the Pacifictech NGO, Inc. and Hechanova & Co. Inc and The International Union for the Conservation of Nature- Commission on Education & Communication (IUCN-CEC) Switzerland. Dr. Freddie T. Bernal, CatSU Officer-In-Charge and CHED and Regional Director ROV gave his welcome message to the guests, presenters/lecturers and participants present and extended his great appreciations to the organizers of taking such initiative to conduct the event in which he said, “…a timely and relevant one because as the theme suggests, it touches the base of our current situations mired and yet unbowed by the privations of worldwide pandemic.” He further said that research as hallmark of a university, plays a very pivotal role in making it more relevant and responsive over cross –cutting issues and addressing various societal concerns. Also present as keynote speakers are Hon. Joseph “Buboy” Cua, Provincial Governor and Hon. Hector Sanchez, Congressman of Lone District of Catanduanes. Topics discussed by respective competent lecturers and speakers were presented during the program proper. Plenary sessions and research talks regarding Research & Innovation at CatSU, Biodiversity and Food, Mangroves and Ocean Science, Agriculture, Agro-forestry & Fisheries, Food and ABACA production, Research Management, Technology and Covid-19 pandemic were given as well. Invited keynote presenters who delivered their presentations during the second day of the event were Hon. Felizardo “Sarge” Colambo, Vice President of AMA University and Former Regent of Catanduanes State University, with his topic on challenges and prospects of blended learning. Atty. Editha R. Hechanova, President/CEO of Hechanova & Co. Inc. who talked about Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing in SUCs. Dr. Custer C. Deocaris, Philippines Nuclear Research Institute (DOST) had his topic on Organ Bioprint and Human Immortality and lastly, Dr. Efren Abueg, Writer and Professor at De La Salle University- Manila who discussed about Ageing Happily and Living Sustainability during Covid-19 pandemic. The 6th BIOME which tackles the link of Biodiversity with Food, Health and Environment during the Covid-19 pandemic was facilitated by Research and Development Services Office led by then Research Director, Dr. Jimmy Masagca, the convenor of the research conference, under the Research, Extension and Production Affairs Division headed by Vice-President Lily Custodio. The event primarily aimed to drive sustainable solutions through leading communication, learning and knowledge management to prepare more inclusive, environmentally sustainable and resilient food system, and to ensure no one is left behind.
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (PCAARRD) has approved the Catanduanes State University’s (CatSU) request of funding assistance for the project “S&T-based Rehabilitation of Damages caused by Super Typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes”. In the letter received last November 23, 2020, the Php5 million project aims to address several agricultural and communal needs that have emerged at the aftermath of STY Rolly, such as securing food packs and hygiene kits, conducting technical trainings on crop production, aquaculture, native animal-raising, and stress debriefing, procurement and distribution of seedlings and other planting materials to affected families. Mrs. Nena V. Santos, CatSU’s Science Research Specialist, is the Project Leader of the S&T based project which will commence on December 1, 2020 until May 31, 2021. The project is expected to be implemented by CatSU in collaboration with local government units and other government institutions. The funding assistance is part of the PCAARRD’s S&T Action Frontline for Emergencies and Hazards (SAFE) Program that addresses rehabilitation of areas affected by natural disasters. #JManlagnit
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) approved a research proposal from the Catanduanes State University (CSU) Research and Development Services (RDS) Office. In its information sent to the RDS Director, Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca on January 6, 2020, the CHR through its Officer-In-Charge for Human Rights Policy Advisory Office, lawyer Erwin M. Caliba disclosed its approval of a research proposal entitled, “Breaking the Silence of Island-based Teachers: Experiences of Teachers Principal Support and Mistreatment of Teachers.” Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca, currently Professor III of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), authored the said proposal. Caliba said that the CSU-RDS’ proposal was given the nod as one of the recipients of the Commission on Human Rights Research Grants-In-Aid Program. “We strongly believe and trust that your research can contribute to the growing knowledge and understanding of human rights in the Philippines,” Caliba said. The CHR looked forward in engaging with CSU in the said research until its completion while a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be sent later for approval of CSU President, Dr. Minerva I. Morales.
The Research and Development Services (RDS) led by its Director, Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca, under the Research, Extension and Production Affairs (REPA) Division headed by Vice-President, Dr. Lily P. Custodio, conducted a seminar-workshop in research publishing on January 22-24, 2020 at Kemji Resort and Restaurant Function Hall, Virac, Catanduanes. “Publish or perish, “ said Dr. Minerva I. Morales, CSU President, “ has long been the burden of every aspiring university or college faculty or professor. But the quest6ion the island-based Catanduanes State University must decide on how to explore ways to improve research publishing—to print journal copies or to have open access publishing.” Dr. Morales added that the project attempts to contribute to the national development objectives of improving the quality of research and innovation in the Philippines. Research enthusiasts in the province, graduate school students, together with some participating teachers in the Division of Catanduanes and other faculty researchers of the Catanduanes State University (CSU) were in attendance during the two-day research event. Invited also in the seminar were those researchers who were working on their manuscripts, thesis or dissertations wherein they were at least done with their data collection. Dr. Masagca said that the activity is aimed to cascade best practices in research writing and journal publishing; thus, ensuring quality in research publishing as well. Topics covered during the session were: Retrieval of digital documents from the Internet; Use of Statistical Software; Scientific Paper Writing and Publication Process; and the Publication Process in CSU Academic Journal.
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