The Southern Tagalog Islands Research And Development Consortium opened this year’s edition of the STIRDC annual conference which commenced at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City on November 6, 2014.
The consortium sponsored by Western Philippines University was attended by numerous academic professionals headed by WPU president Dr Elsa Manarpaac. They have been given the privilege of showcasing their research output, which has accounted for a diverse pool of newly recognized knowledge that will serve as a credible reference for years to come. The guest speaker for the event, Engr. Albert Mariño, imparted some valuable knowledge on opening day.
“We recognize the fact that current proposals have to compete for funds. You have to clearly identify what problems you want to address through Research and Development. The national level is not able to see these problems from where they stand and they need to see clearly for your research to get funding,” Engr. Marino stated.
Among the key personalities who attended was Palawan State University President Dr. Jeter S. Sespeñe, who was there to signify his support to researchers from PSU.
Asked to comment about the said event, the president shared, “I am very happy that Palawan State University is a part of this because this participation affirms our commitment in the areas of Research and Development and Extension. My wish is for more and more of our academic professionals in PSU to be involved in finding solutions to the many problems out there. There are so many things that we have yet to discover, so many issues that we need to address. For instance, matters on sustainable energy, which is a huge field on its own, are in need of a lot more exploration.”