Northwest Samar State University successfully hosted the 1st Asian Conference on Resource Management and Governance via Zoom on September 14-16, 2021.
With the theme “Redefining the Development Initiatives through Renewable Energy and Conservation Technology (REDIRECT)”, the conference was participated by three international presenters from India, 23 national presenters from the Philippines, and 7 poster presenters.
The three-day international conference was organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and External Affairs, through the Office of Research and Development Services (ORDS).
Dr. Benjamin L. Pecayo, NwSSU university president, opened the virtual event with a welcome remarks. Mrs. Rosario R. Gonzaga, Representative of Calbayog City Mayor’s Office, then delivered a message on behalf of Hon. Diego P. Rivera.
The keynote speakers were Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Executive Director, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging, Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) and Patrick T. Aquino, CESO III, Director, Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB), Department of Energy.
Plenary speakers were Dr. Konstantinos Tsagarakis, Professor, School of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, Greece; Dr. Anthony Halog, MBA, Professor, Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Services, University of Queensland, Australia; Dr. Edi Iswanto Wiloso, Head of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research group, Research Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Management, Indonesian Institute of Sciences; and Alicia Sinsuw, MT, PhD (cand), Assistant Professor at University of Sam Ratulangi, Electrical Engineering Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The objectives of the international conference were: 1) to promote MSMEs low carbon technologies and conservation technologies to stir further development initiatives geared towards transition to low carbon economy; 2) to strengthen networking activities in the academe, industry and MSMEs in building a low carbon economy in the future development initiatives; 3) to provide a venue for sharing of knowledge, ideas and expertise that advance significant developments in the field of research in resource management and governance; 4) to strengthen the research productivity of those engaged in the fields of management, governance, and administration; 5) to provide the local government units and public institutions with the latest discipline-based, policy-oriented, technology-directed and innovative/creative research findings in resource management and governance that are locally responsive and globally competitive through various mediums; and 6) to secure networking and collaboration among government and non-government entities through the presentation of research outputs.
Winners for the different categories were:
Best Poster Category
1st – Anthropogenic Activities inside the Mangrove Conservation and Rehabilitation Area: The Case of Davao Occidental Philippines by John Paul R. Pacyao, Sahara T. Barail (Southern Philippines Agri-business Marine and Aquatic School of Technology)
2nd – Sea Grass Abundance and Composition in Liloan, Southern Leyte Philippines: Implications in Support for Protection of Panaon Island by Gladys Ludevese – Pascual, Alieza Del Soccoro, Jimmy Salamida, et. al. (Southern Leyte State University)
3rd – Phytochemical Screening of Leaf, Stem and Pnuematophores of Aviccenia Rumphiana M. by Raven S. Aralan, Jhondy M. Peligas, Niel T. Geraldo, et. al. (Southern Leyte State University)
Best Paper Category (Track A)
1st – Synthesis, Characterization and Evaluation of Silicon Carbide from Rice Husks: A Potential Biomaterial for Photovoltaic Cell by Juvy J. Monserate, Paul Michael A. Sanchez, Joel R. Salazar, et. al. (Central Luzon University)
2nd – Sustainable Energy System through Diversification of Non-Hydro Sources of Renewable Energy in Developing Countries by Moises Niel Serino (Visayas State University)
3rd – Development and Evaluation of an Earth-Air Heat Exchanger as a Renewable and Sustainable Greenhouse Cooling Technology for Protected Agriculture Application in a Tropical Climate Condition by Jundy R. Castil & Edwin A. Carcasona (Visayas State University)
Best Paper Category (Track C)
1st – Technical Viability of Ipil-ipil (Luecaena Luecocephala) Methyl Ester as Diesel Additives by Romeo D. Solitario Jr. & Mark Agusto V. Agus (Laguna State Polytechnic University)
2nd – Citizens’ Awareness in the Delivery of Environmental Management Program of Local Government Unit of Banga, Aklan by Cecilia T. Reyes, Cecile O. Legaspi, Anna Mae C. Relingo (Aklan State University)
The conference concluded with a closing remarks from Dr. Dennis C. De Paz, Chair-Board of Directors, Eastern Visayas Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology. Research and Development (PCIEERD) and University President of Eastern Visayas State University.
“This conference is indeed very timely as it coincides with a pivotal moment in our history, when our nation needs to reinstitute good governance and develop initiatives that push for a more sustainable and stronger economy in the midst of the pandemic,” De Paz said.
NWSSU-MC GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAMS, BS CRIMINOLOGY UNDERGO CHEDRO 8 REMOTE MONITORING
As part of the ongoing quality assurance undertaking of the university, the Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Master of Arts in Science Teaching (majors in General Science and Mathematics), Doctor of Management and Doctor of Education programs of NwSSU-Main Campus went through CHED Regional Office 8 Remote Monitoring via Zoom yesterday, September 16.
The CHED monitoring team composed of Mr. Emmanuel Antonio Lim for BS Criminology, Ms. Maria Mylah Javier for MA in Science Teaching and Doctor of Education, and Ms. Catherine Iglesias for Doctor of Management.
The local counterparts/focal persons were: Dr. Armando A. Alviola, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Sciences; Dr. Enrique B. Montecalvo, Dean of the Graduate School; and program chairpersons: Mr. Alberto S. Nugal (BS Criminology), Dr. Nelcie Mabini (MA in Science Teaching), Dr. Ma. Bernadette A. Lucero (Doctor of Management), and Dr. Helen S. Cabral (Doctor of Education). Also in attendance were Dr. Marciano B. Apilado, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Rodolfo Dollado Jr., Quality Assurance (QA) Director; QA coordinators; librarians; and faculty of the programs under monitoring and evaluation.
During the opening program, Mr. Lim emphasized that the activity is part of their regular monitoring and evaluation of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the region. Furthermore, Dr. Apilado expressed his appreciation to the monitoring team for continuing to work on improvement of HEIs for quality education amid the pandemic.
The break out sessions then immediately followed for the scrutiny of compliance to CHED guidelines and requirements by program.
An exit conference was held in the afternoon, where the the monitoring team presented their general findings and recommendations.
Noteworthy is the positive observation of the monitoring team that NwSSU-Main Campus has significantly improved in terms of its physical facilities and laboratories as shown in the virtual campus tour.
The exit conference concluded with the response from the university president.
“I thank the whole NwSSU community for the cooperation. Working together is the secret of any success. In the realization of our dream, let us move forward and make NwSSU a university that we can be proud of. I commit positively to respond to the given recommendations,” said Dr. Pecayo as he ended his speech of commitment.
PECAYO'S PREXY EVALUATION CONCLUDES
More than eight months before the expiration of his four-year term, Dr. Benjamin L. Pecayo, Northwest Samar State University president, is seeking a term extension of another four years. His reappointment assessment culminated with his closed-door and Zoom interview by the Evaluation Committee for President (ECP) yesterday, September 16.
The four-day president's evaluation kicked off at NwSSU-San Jorge Campus with ECP’s campus tour and series of closed-door and Zoom meeting interviews with the external and internal stakeholders of the campus.
Meanwhile, the second and third day of the president’s assessment continued with a campus tour and interviews with selected internal and external stakeholders of the NwSSU-Main Campus.
Pecayo's term, which started on August 20, 2018, will expire on May 10, 2022. The decision on his reappointment rests on the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee for President and the university’s Board of Regents.