This was the message of Kalinga Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang during the 28th Regional Symposium on Research, Development and Evaluation Highlights for Agriculture, Aquatic, Forestry and Natural Resources (AAFNR) and 2nd Regional Student Research Congress hosted by the Kalinga State University and participated by researchers from state universities and colleges in the Cordillera Region.
Thirty three papers and 26 posters under professorial category – Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources (AFNR), six social papers and eight technical papers were evaluated. Under Student category, 11 technical papers were evaluated and 12 on AFNR (Social).
He said matured research and its subsequent application stand to benefit communities especially in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, post-harvest technology and geosciences including disaster resilience.
“But more than the application of research and the adoption of technology, they have brought innovations in many fields and have improved lives of Filipinos”, Mangaoang said.
‘Time and again, we have seen how our very lives maybe improved and made comfortable with the introduction of new and better technology. This is how
scientific research can influence our day-to-day lives and there is no way for us to detach ourselves from this reality unless we are willing to return to ancient times.’
Mangaoang, Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology of the 17th Congress, supports the initiative of SUCs through the formation of regional research consortiums that contribute to the attainment of long-term development goals.
“Continuing investing on research and development initiatives will lead our country to industrialization. And the Academe has the capability to launch research and development studies given the regular funding and the panel of experts.”
“Certainly your works will have direct impact on the lives of peoples since you are at the same time solving the problems of communities. And you are also enriching your academic competency,” he added.
“Research also improves the teaching competencies of our classroom teachers and college professors which can significantly enrich the learning process in their respective field of specialization,” said Mangaoang.(JDP/PAB-PIA CAR,