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Members of the NRCP Visayas Cluster in an open forum during their annual convention.

NRCP members in the Visayas region convened recently for their 14th General Membership Assembly and Scientific Conference at the Aklan State University in Banga, Aklan.

The theme for this year’s convention “Philippine Development: Foregrounding Ethical and Moral Values” sent out an important reminder that ethics and morality should be espoused in every step of conducting scientific research to promote both public and social responsibilities.

In her message, newly elected NRCP President Christina Binag tagged NRCP as the “Council of Conscience” and stressed the reasons why it is important that researchers should adhere to ethical norms in research. Dr. Binag added that researchers of NRCP should realize a sense of accountability through meaningful research translation that could aid in the improvement of lives of the majority of the Filipino people.

The scientific conference highlighted four presentations of outstanding research findings targeted at directly benefitting the people or the community. The researches include: Chasing the Treasures of the Marine Sediment: Actinobacteria as Target for Natural Products Discovery by Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay; Science, Governance and Fisherfolk Partnership: Key to Successful Community-based Resource Enhancement by Dr. Nerissa D. Salayo; Marine Reserve Performance in Western Visayas, Philippines by Ms. Jamaica Marina R. Alcedo; and Re-visiting the Outer Membrane Proteins of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by Dr. Antonio E. Lim, Jr.

There were about 60 NRCP members who attended the assembly; majority of which are from the academe and research institutes.

The NRCP, as the country’s premier and oldest collegial body in science, technology, and the arts, is revitalizing its efforts to expand its membership in the regions. Plans and initiatives are underway to integrate the researchers from the regions into the national network of experts.

This annual convention, while being regularly held for some time, is seen as a venue to reinforce networking and collaborative research activities among researchers in the regions.

A similar convention with the same theme will be slated by the NRCP Mindanao Regional Cluster tentatively in Iligan City in November this year.

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