Four BS Information Technology (BSIT) students of the College of Accountancy, Business Education and Computer Studies (CABECS) topped the 2nd Multidisciplinary Research Presentation with the theme: “Science and Technology for the Betterment of Society” held at the CSA-B Audio Visual Room on February 28, 2017. They were Sheena May B. Lampa, Ma. Elyn Grace L. Magan, Eleazae D. Sabbaluca and John Ryan E. Sale whose study was entitled“Web-Based Practicum Monitoring System” .
Ranking second among the seven groups was a second BSIT group whose members were Carl Anthony Belarmino, Arlyn Mae L. Nalangan, Catherine P. Palmares, and Franshian Ann E. Pilaro, while ranking third were Engineering students, Michael Angelo S. Calvo, John P. Feria, and Kevin S. Arillo.
“This event is expected to impress in the minds of our students that research is more than just an academic requirement or a need for higher accreditation because research is a vital tool in the development of our country as we break away from the vicious cycle of technological laggard and develop our own superior technologies thus boost national efficiency for an innovation-driven economy. Research is what developed nations possess,” says Paolo G. Hilado, Director of the Research and Planning Office.
The research presenters will be given further opportunity to present their studies as part of the Augustinian Students Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (ASSURE) to be hosted by the University of San Agustin, while health-related researches will be presented during the Western Visayas Health Research Conference in October. Worthy research projects will also be published in the institutional journal, Ad Sapientiam, an annual publication of CSA-B with a national copyright.
Mr. Hilado noted that the school has a potential for quality research projects for utilization to aid in further improving organizational processes, however, this potential has to be further unlocked. Research ethics is another concern which has led Mr. Hilado to form a research committee during the forthcoming academic year. “Our school is determined to have its own Research Ethics Committee by the next academic year and to have it accredited by the Philippine Research Ethics Board mandated by the Philippine Government under the Section 12 of Republic Act 10532,” adds Mr. Hilado.
The panel of notable evaluators for the said research contest were Lerma D. Paris, RMT, MSPH, Research Manager of Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC); Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, Executive Director of Western Visayas Consortium on Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (WVCIEERD), Dr. Dennis R. Reobueno, Chief Specialist of Commission on Higher Education Negros Island Region (CHED NIR), and Rev. Fr. Tito D. Soquino, O.S.A.
The research contest was established in order to give emphasis on researches benefiting the institution and the society, to highlight “Outcome-based research” and the importance of research ethics, and to serve as a venue for confidence-building in preparing students for research presentations in the provincial, regional and national levels.
— As reported by David S. Hinolan