1st ESU Regional Research Forum: Capacitating Stakeholders towards Socio-Economic Inclusiveness
January 21, 2019

True to its commitment to strengthen research culture in the University, the Office of the Vice President for Research Extension Services and External Linkages (OVP-RESEL) conducted the first Western Mindanao State University-External Studies Units (WMSU-ESU) Regional Research Forum and Multi Stakeholders Consultative Meeting last November 19-20, 2018 at the Roderic’s Resort, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Carrying the theme “Capacitating Researchers, Scientists and LGUs towards Sustainable Socio-Economic Inclusiveness”, the research forum was participated to by faculty and students from various ESUs. The forum was composed of two categories: professional and student category, and was divided into two strands: social science and science & technology (S&T) strand. The researchers were also given the chance to exhibit their posters and to expound on their researches through oral presentation paneled by evaluators. A multi-stakeholder consultative meeting followed on the second day wherein various sectors including the local government units were present. The

University President Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho, who had to attend to a different gathering of equal importance but sent her message through an audio-video presentation, said that she takes pride to see WMSU researchers come together to share their knowledge, competencies and products of labor to find solutions to the communities’ issues and concerns, and be a vehicle of socio-economic development.

Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento, VP RESEL, emphasized that the research forum is a testament of the University’s continuous aspiration to intensify the institution’s research culture among its constituents through a local avenue for research utilization and dissemination. “This year’s theme recognizes the vital role of the ESUs into various societal problems, in recommending possible solutions and appropriate policies to ensure research utilization,” the VP said. The 1st regional forum furthermore aims to capacitate ESUs research and development endeavors, publication and intellectual property rights.

The success of the 1st regional research forum is attributed to the OVP RESEL, Research Development and Evaluation Center (RDEC), Research Utilization, Production and Information Dissemination (RUPID), and the different WMSU-ESUs. Research forums are regularly conducted in the main campus for research sharing and to increase interest in research among faculty and students towards building a research culture in the university.(Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)