By: Cesaree M. Caperare

Through innovative media, DOST-National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) in coordination with DOST-CALABARZON and other partner agencies brought us the first hybrid Regional Basic Research Caravan (RBRC) in Region IV-A which happened last May 11, 2022 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City with simultaneous webcast via Zoom and Facebook.

DOST-NRCP heavily advocates the importance of research and education in attaining a progressive nation thus, this event’s highlight. On the topic of resolving hindrances brought upon by poverty and lack of resources, Philippine Normal University (PNU) professors, led by Dr. Wilma Reyes with Dr. Adonis David, Dr. Elanor Bayten, Dr. Teresita Rungduin tackled the model they formulated through their research study - Development of Pedagogical Model for Financially Disadvantaged Students. “As educators and members of an institution of higher learning, we need to enable poor college students to maximize their resources and see to it that they can complete their studies. Failing to do so condemns otherwise studious and hardworking students: and this perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty.” Dr. Rungduin called out.

Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director, hosted the interactive talk show. Regional Director Emelita P. Bagsit of DOST-CALABARZON likewise presented the alignment of the R&D agenda in the CALABARZON and shared some success stories and future plans for R&D in the region. On a strong note, RD Bagsit ended her presentation by saying: “We are increasing our investment in research and development. Last year, almost one-fourth of local GIA funding was allocated to R&D programs for the region. Ito po ang mga efforts ng DOST-CALABARZON para palakasin at paigtingin ang Research and Development capabilites sa ating rehiyon.”

Department of Education-Bureau of Curriculum Development Director III Samuel Soliven and Dr. Dina Ocampo of UP Diliman College of Education synthesized the project presented by the PNU research team. NRCP Membership, Basic Research Information Translation for Empowerment in the Regions (BRITER) Program, NRCP Science and Technology Experts' Pool (NSTEP), and the RDLead Program were also discussed in this RBRC episode.

Around 90 stakeholders from various sectors particularly from the media, HEIs, and NGAs attended the live event while around 250 watched the episode on Facebook and Zoom.

Watch the episode replay at https://bit.ly/RBRCS2CALABARZON.

On May 18, 2022, DOST-NRCP will air the Regional Basic Research Caravan (RBRC) MIMAROPA: Enhancing S&T Culture in the Region via Zoom.