Menu

Drop Down MenusCSS Drop Down MenuPure CSS Dropdown Menu

Monday, October 17, 2016

The First PCARI Research and Development Conference


Filipino researchers met and interacted with their University of California collaborators at the First PCARI Research and Development Conference held last October 13-14, 2016 at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place, Sct. Tuazon, Quezon City, Philippines.

Researchers, faculty, and students from PCARI-funded projects participated in the two-day conference. With their active involvement and contribution in the implementation of the PCARI Project, key representatives of USAID Philippines were also present in the event.

Dr. Niall Mateer, Director of Carbon Sequestration Research Program, California Institute of Energy and Environment (CIEE), University of California Berkeley gave a special talk on effective research management.



Project leaders, together with select Principal Investigators, of PCARI-funded projects presented their project accomplishments and management issues, followed by 10-minute open forum wherein attendees were able to ask the presenters various aspects of their research.

Dr. Luke Lee presenting their work at UC Berkeley in collaboration with PCARI IHITM 131

Cycle 3 approved projects

PCARI Project Manager Dr. William Padolina announced the first batch of approved Information Infrastructure Development project proposals for Cycle 3, namely IIID 2016-008: Development of Wireless Sensor Network-Based Water Information System for Efficient Irrigation Water Management In the Philippines led by Dr. Victor Ella from UP Los Banos in collaboration with Dr. Steven Glaser from UC Berkeley; and IIID 2016-006: Data Analytics for Research and Education (DARE) led by Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy, Dr. May Lim, and Dr. Noriel Christopher C. Tiglao from UP Diliman, in collaboration with Dr. Alexander Bayen from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Victor Ella together with UC collaborator Dr. Steven Glaser, smiling at the camera
as their research proposal, IIID 2016-008, was approved for PCARI Cycle 3funding

The other Cycle 3 proposal submissions of both IHITM and IIID are still in review by the Commission En Banc which will determine if the projects are approved for PCARI funding.


Hopeful

Dr. Padolina admitted that it is very challenging to defend the PCARI Project before the legislation.

"Science and research are becoming disposable items in the budget process of the national government, especially in a developing country such as (the) Philippines," he stated, encouraging the audience to work together and do their best in advocating the change PCARI aims to achieve.

The project leaders and principal investigators were all in agreement that despite the shaky path the PCARI is taking, it has given them hope. Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-Dela Paz from the Philippine Shared Genomics Center likened the Project to the Philippine eagle Pag-Asa soaring high.

On the other hand, USAID representative MirShariff Tillah affirmed their support to the Philippine government "in this pursuit of creating engines of growth and developing higher education as key drivers of sustainable and inclusive growth".

Mr. MirShariff Tillah of USAID Philippines

"We are doing the right thing. We are investing in the right people," Mr. Tillah said.

In giving her closing remarks, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan emphasized PCARI's role in doing high-end research for the benefit of larger communities. She believed that this is important, and that it has to be communicated to the legislators.

"I was almost getting teary-eyed as I watched and listened (to the presentations)," Chair Licuanan humored, recalling the long and bumpy road in establishing the Project. "It hasn't been easy... yes, we had tough times. So we thank everyone who had the ride and stayed on course."

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan giving her closing remarks

Finally, the CHED Chair acknowledged the support of the USAID-STRIDE, partner University of California campuses, collaborating Philippine universities, the Department of Science and Technology, and all the stakeholders in making the PCARI Project successful.



For more photos, see the PCARI Official Facebook page here!

3 comments:

  1. With all the work that needs to get done, it's incumbent on managers to share the burden with their staff. Some managers are hesitant to do this, while others struggle with its implementation. Here are some ideas about assigning a task.helpful link

    ReplyDelete
  2. Testimony on how i got my LOAN from fundingloanplc@yahoo.com ...

    I'm Isabella Tyson from 1910 N Halsted St Unit 3, Chicago IL60614 USA,, i have been searching for a genuine loan company for the past few months and all i got was bunch of scams who made me to trust them and at the end of the day took my money without giving anything in return, all hope was lost i got confused and frustrated, i find it very difficult to feed my family and vowed never to have anything to do with loan companies on net and went to seek of assistance from a very good friend which i explained all my experience regarding online companies with and said he can help me that he knows of a Godsent and well known company called FUNDING CIRCLE PLC, he stated he just got a loan from them although i was still very unsure about this company due to my past experience but i decided to give it a try and did as i was directed by my friend and applied, i never believed but i tried and to my greatest surprise i received my loan in my bank account within 24 hours, i could not believe that i would stand on my feet financially again. I’m glad I took the risk and applied for the loan and today i'm thanking God that such loan companies still exist and promise to share the good news to people who are in need of financial assistance because the rate of scams on net is getting very serious and i don't want people to fall victim when we still have genuine and Godsent lenders.. You can contact this Godsent company using the information as stated and be a partaker of this great testimony.. Email: fundingloanplc@yahoo.com OR Call/Text +14067326622 thanks



    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for providing this good information,Thanks for your sharing.

    Gclub จีคลับ
    goldenslot

    ReplyDelete