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THE DEAL IS SEALED! NMSCST personnel together with Dr. Herbert Glenn P. Reyes, NMSCST President (front row, 4th from left); Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director (front row, 2nd from right; and Dr. Lucille Elna Parreño-De Guzman, NMSCST RD Leader (front row, 3rd from left) as they all pose for the mandatory group photo after the MOA signing on June 17, 2022 as part of the RDLead engagement visit at NMSCST from June 13 – 18, 2022.

Photo: Courtesy of the RDLead Program

RD Leader Dr. Lucille Elna Parreño-De Guzman and the personnel of Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology (NMSCST) met together face-to-face (F2F) for the first since their engagement started in May 1, 2022, under the Year 4 implementation of the RDLead program by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

After coordinating with NMSCST RDLead engagement team, headed Dr. Rowena D, Jaber, Vice President for Research, Innovation & Development Extension Affairs (VP RIDE) and Mr. Rodrin R. Rivera, Director of Research and Development Office, they finally agreed to have Dr. Guzman’s first visit at NMSCST last July 13 – 18, 2022. The visit was pursued to conduct the trainings and activities needed in the delivery of the outputs, particularly under the first tranche (T1) of the engagement. She was joined by the RDLead secretariat during the visit to document the activities. Then, NRCP Executive Director and RDLead Project Leader Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay followed on the 17th of July for a presentation and discussion of various projects and programs of the NRCP, particularly membership and research priorities and the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the RDLead engagement with NMSCST, headed by President Herbert Glenn P. Reyes and Dr. De Guzman.

The visit kicked off on the 13th of July with a tour of the NMSCST campus and its facilities, in line with the research readiness assessment work being done by Dr. De Guzman. The next day (14th July), NMSCST discussed its current state of research and the research areas it wants to pursue. The information provided were noted by Dr. De Guzman as part of her objective to have a deeper understanding on how NMSCST sees itself as a potential player in the regional and national research ecosystem. Further, the participants also brainstormed additional research ideas with the help and guidance of Dr. De Guzman.

The training on proposal development kicked off on the 3rd day (15th June) of the visit and was participated in by faculty and personnel from all the colleges of the NMSCST. After the presentation and lecture by Dr. De Guzman, each college was tasked to develop at least 1 capsule proposal for presentation the next day. The next day (16th July), the team attended an orientation on a newly opened call for proposal that the NMSCST can take advantage of as a new and budding research institution. Mr. Marfy Lita, Project Development Office of the RDLead program conducted the orientation an encouraged the participants to act quickly and learn from experience.

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WE MADE IT! NMSCST faculty and researcher as they show their smiles of relief following the presentation of the capsule proposals as part of the outputs of the Proposal Development Training conducted by NMSCST RD Leader, Dr. Guzman last June 15, 2022. Joining the activity as a panel / critic is Dr. Eureka Teresa M. Ocampo (2nd row, 5th from left), a fellow RD Leader for another institution and a colleague of Dr. De Guzman.

Photo: Courtesy of the RDLead Program

After his talk, the training on scientific writing followed in the afternoon. The participants were provided important reminders, tips, and techniques on how to get published. In closing the activities for the day, the participants were asked to present their capsule proposals as an output of the training the previous day. After each presentation, comments and feedback were provided by Dr. De Guzman, Mr. Lita, and Dr. Eureka Teresa M. Ocampo. Dr. Ocampo is a fellow RD Leader for another institution and a colleague of Dr. De Guzman.

The last day of the activities during the visit was allotted for the presentation of the NRCP projects and programs by Dr. Sumagaysay and the MOA signing ceremony among NRCP, NMSCST, and Dr. De Guzman. A small program was organized to drum up interest among the faculty members to participate in activities lined up for the engagement. Mr. Rodrin Reyes hosted the program and facilitated the open forum to answer questions from the participants. During her talk, Dr. Sumagaysay encouraged the NMSCST faculty to pursue becoming an NRCP member and partake in exploring various research areas under the National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA). She also gave tips on how researchers can up their chances of having their proposals approved.

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NRCP IS READY TO HELP. NRCP Executive Director, Dr. Sumagaysay as she presents the programs and projects of NRCP to the NMSCST faculty and researchers during her visit for the MOA signing event last June 17, 2022.

Photo: Courtesy of the RDLead Program

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STANDING UP FOR COMMITMENT. NRCP Executive Director, Dr. Sumagaysay; NMSCST President, Dr. Reyes; and NMSCST RD Leader, Dr. De Guzman as they pose and flash the newly signed agreement for the RDLead engagement at NMSCST. All three have expressed commitment to support and make the most of the engagement and support for the benefit of the researchers at NMSCST.

Photo: Courtesy of the RDLead Program

Following her presentation, the official MOA signing ceremony followed. The ceremony was led by Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay NRCP Executive Director; Dr. Herbert Glenn P. Reyes, NMSCST President; and Dr. Lucille Elna – Parreño-De Guzman, RD Leader.  Dr. De Guzman reaffirmed her commitment to help and guide NMSCST as it starts to undertake more research related pursuits. Dr. Sumagaysay, on the other hand, affirmed that the NRCP is ready to extend whatever support that may be needed by the NMSCST. Lastly, Pres. Herrera expressed his gratitude for the support extended to NMSCST and commits to support the personnel as they start pursuing research for the benefit of the NMSCST community, northern Mindanao, and the country.