The Office of Research, Development, and Extension Services honored stakeholders and opened new doors of research collaborations with its RD Leader and partner agencies during the ORDExS Fair on August 18, 2022.

The theme “Valuing Partnership with Stakeholders Through Synergistic Research, Innovation, and Extension” signals a favorable response from the partner agencies and individuals to work hand in hand with ORDExS.

With the appointment of the newly designated Vice-President for Research, Development, and Extension Services, Dr. Analyn C. Españo, the former VP-RDE Dr. Benedicto T. Militante,Jr.,the Research Director, Dr. Pearl Aphrodite C. Carnice, and the Extension Director, Dr. Jovito Madeja,the former ITMJ Managing Editor, Dr. Leancel M. Homeres, Engr. Roxcella Reas, the Education Program Specialist and the focal person of RDE funded programs, together with the Faculty Researchers and ORDExS Staff, the event became possible.

Lest to forget, the strong support of the university president, Dr. Dennis C. De Paz, and the entire EVSU system, made the activity more than just a showcase of R & D products but as well a great opportunity to establish the strong connect with the community through the participation of the university collaborators, community partners and exhibitors.

Research enthusiasts and intellectuals from the academe and partner agencies graced the occasion, to wit: Academician Alvin Culaba of the NAST Philippines and De la Salle University, Dr. Marietta Sumagaysay, Executive Director of the National Research Council of the Philippines, Mr. Marfy H. Lita, Project Development Officer, Dr. Maximo Aljibe, CHED VIII Regional Director, RD Leader of EVSU- Dr. Argel Bandala, De la Salle University’s Faculty Researchers, Dr. Andres Philip Mayol, Dr. Melchizedek Alipio, Dr. Ronnie Concepcion II, Congressman Jude Acidre, Engr. John Glenn Ocaña, among others.

One of the highlights of the activity was the Extension Connect that gave commendation to the extension partners of the University, namely: Office of the Governor, Province of Leyte, Leyte District Representatives, Tingog Party List, CLGU Tacloban, LGU Palo, CLGU Ormoc, LGU Burauen, LGU Carigara, LGU Dulag, LGU Jaro, LGU Tanauan, LGU Babatngon, CHED Regional Office VIII, DOST Regional Office VIII, DTI Regional Office VIII, DTI Regional Office VIII, DOLE Regional Office VIII, DA Regional Office VIII, and DSWD Regional Office VIII.

The signing of the memorandum of agreement between Eastern Visayas State University and its stakeholders was done.

In their words of commitment, Board member Raissa Villasin, representing Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, Congressman Jude Acidre of Tingog Party List, Vice-Mayor Jonathan Chiquillo, representing Mayor Remedios Petilla, LGU Palo, Atty. Isagani Espada, representing Mayor Gina Merilo, LGU Palo, Dr. Maximo Aljibe, CHED VIII Regional Director, Provincial Director John Glenn Ocaña, representing DOST VIII Regional Director, Engr. Ernesto Granada, Hon. Federico Elizaga, representing Mayor Eleonor B. Lugnasin, LGU Babatngon, Mr. Pedro Butan, representing Regional Director Celerina Bato, Department of Trade and Industry, Ms. Ritchell Lagos of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Mayor Juanito Renomeron of LGU Burauen expressed their ardent desire to flourish their partnership with Eastern Visayas State University.

The exhibit of posters and booths of the Extension engagements of the different campuses and colleges of the EVSU System made the event more festive.

The winners of the Extension Booth Exhibit were College of Technology, First Place; College of Education, Second Place; and EVSU Ormoc Campus, Third Place.

Meanwhile, the Research and Development Lead Program, funded by the National Research Council of the Philippines, had its Closing Activity at the ORDExS Studio Room.

Dr. Marietta Sumagaysay, the Executive Director of the National Research Council of the Philippines, elaborated on the perks of the RD Lead Program through the Science for Change Program(S4CP) of the Department of Science and Technology.

In his message to the University’s Key Officials and faculty, Dr. Argel Bandala, RD Leader, emphasized that the RD Lead Program may have ended, but his research engagement with Eastern Visayas State University will never stop.

He further mentioned, “It is time for me to end my “baby treatment” of EVSU. Rather, I will look at you now as my research partner and research collaborator.”

Dr. Rose Anna Refuerzo, the Dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, expressed her yearning for her faculty members to be helped in publishing papers and outsourcing funding for research.

Thus, the fruitful engagement with the RD Lead Program of NRCP set new directions in the Research and Development endeavors of the University, with the different faculty members expressing their desire to collaborate with the De la Salle University researchers.

Towards the end of the program, the winners of the RD poster were awarded. The Research Poster Exhibit and Competition were categorized into research (Knowledge Generation) and Development ( Technology and Innovation Prototyping).

In the Research (Knowledge Generation) category, the study “Molluscicidal Potential of Tagpo( Ardisia sp.) Aqueous Extract against Golden Apple Snails (Pomacea canaliculata) and Toxicity on Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) by Grechelle N. Socias, Darwin C. Gomez, and Fe T. Piedad of the College of Arts and Sciences emerged as First Place; the study “ Optimization of the Subsequent (Trans) esterification Process of Mahogany (Swietenia Macrophylla) Seed Lipid Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide and Methanol” by Juvyneil Cartel and Joseph Arsenia of the College of Engineering and De la Salle University got the Second Place; and the study ” Saccharomyces Cerevisiae as Feedstock in the Processing of Landfill Leachate for Biofuel Production” by  Ma. Lina A. Dollete, Evelyn Cardoso, Elvira Dolores M. Urgel, Shaquil A. Sebastian, Deither R. Edloy, and Emmanuel B. Macaraya of the College of Engineering garnered Third Place.

For Category B -Development (Technology and Innovation Prototyping), the study titled ” Adoption of Supercritical Fluid Technology in a Developing Country” by Juvyneil Cartel, Alvin Culaba, Asuncion Raquel Casio of the College of Engineering and De la Salle University got the First Place; while the paper ” Assessment of the Effectiveness of Plug Adapter with Voltage Reducer on the Power Consumption of Electric Flat Iron” by Jeff L. Homeres of the College of Education, bagged Second Place; and the study ” Green Powered Walkway with IoT” by  Roi V. Aquiatan, Rico Jay T. Coranes, Ivan Clive C. Legaspi, and Roneil F. Young of the College of Engineering took the Third Place.

An open forum facilitated by the Director of the University Multimedia Development Center, Dr. Leancel M. Homeres set the tone of the arduous desire of the RD Leader, Dr. Argel Bandala, to help the Eastern Visayas State University in its quest to have its NICER Program.

A focus group discussion with the dean and faculty members of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and ECE students capped off the activity.