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BukSU hosting of International Research Conference successful – Consortium head

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Bukidnon State University’s hosting of the 2nd International Conference on Methodological Advances in Research (ICMAR) was a success, said Dr. Francis Ann R. Sy, President of the Visayas Mindanao Consortium of Journal Publications Inc. (VMCJPI).

Sy, VP for Academics, Research and Innovations for Southern Leyte State University and head of the organizers, extended “big thanks” to BukSU at the closing ceremonies of the international research conference held via Zoom on December 2 to 3, 2021.

“Thank you BukSU for this major milestone of the consortium. We truly appreciate the large amount of effort you have done and the excellence the team has shown,” she added.

She said the success was “very humbling and overwhelming”. She noted that 99 papers were submitted for the conference’s five strands.

At least 180 participants participated in ICMAR 2021, which was the first virtual international conference hosted by the university. It gathered academicians, faculty researchers, and students. The event was co-hosted by VMCJPI.

Participants engaged in academic discourse on trends in advance methodological researches in shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution in plenary and parallel sessions. The 2021 ICMAR, the second conference organized by the VMCJPI, was conceived after the success of the first international conference in 2018 at the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Cebu City, and the conduct of three national research conferences in 2016, 2017 and 2019 respectively.

BukSU shines in research competition
Organizers recognized BukSU with a certificate for having the greatest number of submitted entries of competing papers in the conference. A team of BukSU researchers Mr. Derren N. Gaylo, Ms. Lora E. Añar, and Mr. Omar A. Tantoy, won the Best Paper award in the Education and Social Sciences strand.

The winners for the other strands were: Sarah Mae. S. Engcoy, Leslyn B. Reazol, Joseph Meynard B. Ogdol of Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology for the Business and Economic Growth strand; Ronyldo S. Simbajon and Bill Lawrence T. Samar of Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology for the Engineering Science and Technology strand;
Jannie Fleur V. Oraño, Francis Rey F. Padao, and Rhoderick D. Malangsa of Southern Leyte State University for the Health and Well-Being strand; and Anastacio G. Pantaleon, Jr., Franco G. Pantaleon, Jun Rey S. Lincuna, and Leo Ian D. Jovero of North Eastern Mindanao State University – Bislig Campus for the Environment and Natural Resource Development strand.

BukSU and VMCJPI signed the conference agreement on August 12, 2021, thru a virtual ceremony attended by VMCJPI officers headed by Dr. Sy, BukSU University President Dr. Oscar B. Cabanelez and VP for Research, Extension and Innovations, Dr. Joy M. Mirasol.

Dr. Cabanelez, in his welcome remarks, highlighted the conference’s advancement of research despite the limitations of COVID 19. “Indeed, global pandemic may have changed most of our processes, but it has also allowed us to link with each other in an even more convenient way with a wider audience from across the globe.” The ICMAR keynote speakers were Dr. Napoleon K. Juanillo Jr, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry and Rev. Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, Professor of Biology at Providence College, Rhode Island, USA and OCTA Research Associate.

The plenary speakers included Cebu Normal University President Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State University President Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, Dr. Mark G. Robson of Rutgers University, USA and Dr. Marcelo H. Ang Jr. of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore. 

Conference convener, Dr. Mirasol, explained that the ICMAR 2021 provided a platform for scholars, academicians, researchers, and students from various disciplines to participate in a learning exchange of trends and issues in methodological advances in research.

The conference theme for this year was “Global Interconnectivity through Innovative Collaboration.” It highlighted the changing landscape of research and development as brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Among the aims of the conference were to provide an avenue for researchers, scientists, educators, students, grassroots leaders, industry practitioners, and policy-makers in government and non-government institutions to discuss and share findings and solutions using advanced research methods; and to raise awareness on the latest world-changing research and innovations attained through advanced methodologies.

During the closing ceremony, the best paper per strand were recognized.  There was also an oath taking for elected VMCJPI officers and a video tribute for the consortium and BukSU’s research consultant, former CHED Commissioner Roberto N. Padua. (With a report from Joanne Vivien B. Necosia/OVPREI)

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