The University of Southeastern Philippines, under Batas Pambansa 12, is mandated to promote research and extension services in science, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, engineering and industrial fields and other course needed in the socio-economic development of Mindanao. As a University, it has four-fold functions, namely; instruction, research, extension and production.
The stimulating effect of research provides support to the instruction and extension functions. Knowledge gained through research will be imparted to the communities through extension activities. These will be focused on continuing education and livelihood programs, in close coordination with LGUs, people’s organizations and other stakeholders for manpower development and entrepreneurship. Eventually, these will contribute effectively in people empowerment, equipping them with necessary knowledge, values, skills and competencies, and entrepreneurial abilities, to promote self-reliance, greater productivity and better communities.
As a research University, the RDE agenda were aligned with the current thrusts of the Philippine agenda, the regional agenda and its partner agencies in order to delineate its contribution towards science and technological advancement. The USeP came with six (6) workable RDE agenda to work on for the next five years (2017 – 2021).
Agendum 1 – Climate Change
Theme 1: Issues on Global Warming
- A global natural phenomenon characterized by an increase of global temperature affecting biodiversity, food production and peoples’ way of life. This phenomenon can be aggravated by human activities.
- Research and extension programs/projects which include adaptation, prevention/mitigation and health effects of global warming.
- Areas of studies: a) adaptation – development of adaptation technologies, global warming adaptation (development of practices, environmental and biodiversity support, coastal area preparations, etc.), sea water intrusion to fresh water source, and community adaptation; b) prevention/mitigation – technological mitigation, carbon sequestration, carbon source reduction, and comprehensive geographical specific biodiversity assessment; and 3) health effects – waterborne and airborne diseases, and other health related effects of global warming to man, crops, & livestock.
Theme 2: Disaster Risk Management
- Research and extension programs/projects which include preparedness, prevention and mitigation of natural disasters.
- Areas of studies: a) modelling and forecasting of climate change related disaster; b) scenario building for disaster management; and c) vulnerability assessment studies (socioeconomics, agriculture, environmental, comprehensive identification of disaster risk areas – e., landslide, flood and fire risk).
Theme 3: Pollution Control
- Research and extension programs/projects which include environmental issues that affect the land, air and water.
- Areas of studies: a) ridge to reef assessment; b) valuation studies on pollution; c) biological remediation; and d) development of technologies for waste utilization.
Theme 4: Enhancing Indigenous/Renewable Energy Source and Energy Source
Conservation and Efficiency
- Research and extension programs/projects which lead to an increase in renewable energy sources for cost saving, balance energy mix of environment friendly and ensuring a sustainable energy supply.
- Areas of studies: a) exploration of other bio fuel sources; b) identification of areas suitable for wind farms and other energy sources; c) improve the solar pv module’s conversion efficiency; d) localize fabrication of technologies for energy production; e) policy studies (documentation of practices on energy conservation); and f) accreditation of energy auditors (development of accreditation instruments).
Agendum 2 – Sustainable Agriculture
Theme 1: Biotechnology
- Research and extension programs/projects on scientific techniques focusing on modifying and improving plants, animals, or microorganisms aimed at enhancing their value.
Theme 2: Food Production and Security
- Research and extension programs/projects which include the use of S&T-based technologies for enhanced production and processing of food to ensure its availability, access, affordability and use.
Theme 3: Halal Development
- Research and extension programs/projects on the adoption and implementation of Halal-certified management systems and practices in the production, preparation, processing and marketing of food and beverages and non-food items. Support mechanisms for Halal-based enterprises are also included.
Theme 4: Farm Mechanization and Automation
- Design, fabrication and utilization of appropriate farm facilities, machineries, equipment, tools and technologies for the production, harvesting, and management of crops and farm animals to increase farm yield and income.
Theme 5: Urban Agriculture
- Research and extension programs/projects about development, promotion and implementation of vegetable and ornamental gardens and planting of trees, utilizing vacant lots, vertical spaces, waste materials and containers primarily for supplemental food and beautification purposes.
Agendum 3 – Policy Studies
Theme 1: Industry Analysis
- It involves reviewing the economic, political and market factors that influence the way the industry develops. Major factors can include the power wielded by suppliers and buyers, the condition of competitors, and the likelihood of new market entrants.
- It will focus on three major industry groups: 1) Agriculture, Fishery and Hunting; 2) Industry (Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, Construction, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply); 3) Service (Transportation, Communication, Financial Intermediation, Real Estate, Renting and Business Activity, and other Services – education).
Theme 2: Peace Process
- Review and identify effective political process in which conflicts are resolved by peaceful means. Which includes a mixture of politics, diplomacy, changing relationships, negotiation, mediation, and dialogue in both official and unofficial arenas.
- It will focus on: 1) Conflict Resolution (including documentation of the conflict resolution of different tribes); 2) Re-integration programs and other peace building activities; 3) Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); and 4) Social Revitalization.
Theme 3: Feasibility Studies
- Assessment of the practicality of a proposed project. Focusing on the following areas: technical; economic; legal; operational; and scheduling.
Theme 4: ASEAN Integration
- Evaluation/Assessment of the ASEAN Economic Community having a single market and production base, allowing the free flow of goods, services, investments, and skilled labor/job matching, and the freer movement of capital across the region.
- Studies on the ASEAN Integration focus on its three community pillars: 1) political security; 2) economic community; and 3) socio-cultural community.
Theme 5: Quality Assurance
- It is an organization’s guarantee that the product (including students) or service it offers meets the accepted quality standards. It focuses on the following areas: accreditation; certification; and monitoring and evaluation (including evaluation of existing programs).
Theme 6: Branding Mindanao Products
- Branding is a marketing strategy that involves creating a differentiated name and image in order to establish a presence in the consumers mind and attract and keep customers. It shall focus on the following areas: 1) One Town One Product (OTOP); 2) Regional Priority Crops/Products; and 3) trademarking.
Theme 7: Institutional Development
- Researches about strengthening the USeP organization to effectively generate, allocate and use human, material and financial resources to attain the University’s objectives on a sustainable basis. Specifically, it involves studies on how the University responds to social needs; emphasizes student-centered learning; upgrades physical structure for teaching and learning; strengthens continuous quality assurance programs for faculty and staff; strengthens research and extension activities; fosters areas of excellence; improves the cost-effectiveness within the University; and compensates inadequate resources. Also, it includes extension services that will enhance and improve the image of the University.
Agendum 4 – Socio-Cultural
Theme 1: Socio-Cultural Knowledge and Practices
- Research and extension programs/projects that focus on the improvement of health, education and governance; preservation of language, history, culture and environment; and allow economic participation among indigenous groups. This may also include Indigenous Knowledge Systems on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change.
Theme 2: Gender and Development
- Research and extension programs/projects that lead to policy enhancement or formulation and for GAD mainstreaming (GTS, laws, etc.) activities. This also includes researches that would assess the integration of GAD in the curriculum, job creation, and evaluation of GAD fund utilization.
- It focuses on studies on gender fair language usage for the development of Information, Education & communication (IEC) materials; identification of reproductive health concerns & issues (STDs, HIV etc.) for policy formulation & program intervention; addressing gaps about men and women’s contribution towards sustainable development as basis for implementation of programs, projects, activities and policy formulation; and data collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated for GAD mainstreaming.
Agendum 5 – Manufacturing and Production
Theme 1: Geotechnical Studies
- Geotechnical studies focus on natural geologic hazards like landslide and flood. Also, to identify local faults and its potential adverse effect for necessary mitigating measures.
Theme 2: Mineral Resource Development Studies
- Mineral Resource Development Studies position its contribution to the development of knowledge and science in recognition of the unique geology and mineralization of the country. To develop and harness the mineral potential, this will include studies on economic, environment, social and mining technology and geosciences studies. Also, this will include assessment on the hazards brought by mining in the host communities.
Theme 3: Information System (Software)
- Researches in the field of information systems include collection, organization, storage and retrieval of information involving people, processes and organizations.
Theme 4: Embedded System (Hardware)
- Researches involved in Embedded Systems include the design and development of an electronic system that is integrated to a larger mechanical or electrical systems (i.e. embedded electromechanical device for various applications).
Theme 5: Agro-Industrial Machinery
- Research and extension programs/projects on agro-industrial machinery include: technology needs analyses; design, development and fabrication; testing, evaluation and utilization; mechanization; and automation of farm equipment, devices and machineries leading towards an integrated farming system.
Theme 6: Material Science
- Material science is a research study which aims to focus on low cost materials that will improve efficiency and life span of materials in the field of manufacturing and production.
Theme 7: Industrial Safety
- Industrial safety on manufacturing and production is a field of research that deals on adherence to safety standards and continuous updating of safety manuals and relevant safety practices.
Theme 8: Green Technology
- Research area that concerns on the protection and preservation of our endangered environment as such it encourage to conduct research on the other uses of Solar PV Development Technology, Micro-hydropower technology development. Health wise it will also explore the many benefits of adopting an improve organic farming technology as well as the advantages of complying to EnMS ISO 5000, to industries such as Cement factory, Steel Plants, Biotech, Sugar mills, water districts and food and beverages.
Agendum 6 – Emerging Trends
- It involves research and extension programs/projects that would embrace technological advances to improve productivity, compete against rivals in the market, and maintain an edge with customers who are seeking gains from innovation. This includes the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology which allows devices to communicate with one another automatically without human input and is having a profound effect on the manufacturing/production sector.
- It also involves research and extension programs/projects which intend to explore approaches towards new trends on renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment that would result to energy security, climate change mitigation and economic benefits.
Submitted for the RDE team:
DANILO B. PACOY
Vice President for RDE
To create high impact research and extension programs, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) conducted the 28th University-wide In-House Review of Researches and Extension Activities on August 13, 2015 at the USeP Social Hall.
The event was participated by various distinguished personalities composed of panel of evaluators, who examined the researches, coming from the Commission on Higher Education (CHed), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Education (DepEd), related industries & academe and presenters from the different colleges and campuses of the university.
Vice President for Research Development and Extension welcomed the participants and proudly shared that there are 45 papers – Completed Research, Thesis/Dissertation, and Extension Program/Projects which underwent reviews in their respected colleges. The even aims to provide an avenue for faculty to disseminate result of their completed research; select best paper to be elevated to regional and national symposia; evaluate on-going extension projects; and determine potential technologies for commercialization.
On the other hand, the Previous University President conveyed his message and gave an update about the Global Innovation Index 2012. He presented the Philippines’ current status in terms of competing with other countries in research and innovation. He wanted the University not just to be the center of excellence but also to create outputs for the commercialization of our innovations. “What we have today is a result of good practice we have embedded in our policies,” he stressed out.
Right after, participants were recognized by Engr. Ernani D. Villasencio (Research Head, College of Engineering) and the panel of evaluators namely: Dr. Sai Leng, Dr. Maria Emilia Rita G. Fabregar, and Dr. Helen B. Pondevida (Agriculture, Aquatic, Environment & Natural Resources); Engr. John Mark Dumanig, Engr. Constantino Panes, Jr., Engr. Desiderio P. Cabanlit (Engineering, Technology & Information Technology); Dr. Adrian Tamayo, Engr. Julito G. Fuerzas and Dr. Edgardo D. Cruz (Socio Economics); Dr. Susan Labutap, Dr. Gloria D. Benigno and Prof. Dennis Alonzo (Education) were introduced by Ms. Cristina E. Dumdumaya (Research Head, Institute if Computing).
Moreover, Mr. Roperto S. Deluna, Jr. (Research Head, School of Applied Economics) announced the rationale and Mechanics of the evaluation followed by the presentation of Engr. Michael V. Machica (ITSO Manager) on Intellectual Property Rights.
The session proper was simultaneously conducted right after the opening program at areas of destination.