Roughly two weeks after the institution’s accreditation, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) continued to intensify the university’s research culture as it concluded its 6th Research Congress themed “Compete. Innovate. Accelerate.” via Zoom last June 10.

Prof. Kristin Anne Corcega, Vice President for Research and Innovation highlighted that in these times, research is a necessary response that will surely benefit the immediate community, as research is obviously relevant from here on. She emphasized that as an institution “we are in the right places and at the right time.”

On the other hand, Executive Vice President Dr. Sigfredo C. Adajar personally applauded Prof. Corcega for her unending effort to establish the center as a vital office in the institution. In addition, he underscored the important achievements of the office and its significant contribution to where the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo (PLSP) is sitting right now, taking note that research is the backbone of the university.

OVPRI Team before the 6th Student Research Congress

To make sure that the presentation of the studies will be smooth sailing, it was divided into five categories such as thesis, business plan, feasibility study, capstone project, and design project. There was a breakout room for each category that was monitored by designated council members. In connection with that, there will be Best Presenter and Best Paper awards which also include cash prizes of Php 1,000.00 for each recognition per category.

  • Thesis Category

Six papers under this category were meticulously reviewed and presented among the invited panel of evaluators. They were Dr. Elmer C. Escala, Dr. Marc Lester F. Quintana, and Dr. Preciosa D. Villacruel.

Cristino Anacleto M. Orioque II from the College of Arts and Sciences won the Best Research Paper entitled “Manifestation of Social Anxiety Disorder among Detainees in San Pablo City Laguna; A Basis for Probation Rehabilitation Program.

In addition, College of Teacher Education’s John Rovic M. Tuico also presented their study “Holistic Development – Through the Lens of Student Leaders in Higher Education Institution” which won the Best Presenter.

  • Business Plan

The authors of “LOKAL LIKHA” were hailed as the Best Presenter and their paper as the Best Paper. The following students were Dece Lene Abis, Jennylyn D. Ducay, Christine Mae Ebron, Mary Joy Paderagao, and Aira Joy Racoma.

The papers and presentations were evaluated by Ms. Venus S. Palmenco, Mr. Layzon G. Briones, and Dr. Herbert T. Ticzon.

  • Feasibility Study

The Panel of Evaluators was composed of experts to evaluate the research presentations of the following students under the feasibility category. The panelists were Dean Randall Pasco, Ms. Alpha Beth Fofue, and Dr. Chester Owen B. Diokno.

In the Feasibility study category, five groups of participants competed for the best paper and research presentation. “A Feasibility Study of a Clay Pot with a Mixture of Coconut Coir” snatched the best presentation and best paper in this category. Ms. Mary Joy Paderagao, one of the presenters got emotional after winning the best presenter and best paper awards. She mentioned on her Facebook story that this competition was quite challenging. She also added that despite the pressure and challenges along the way, she still managed to conquer it.

  • Capstone Project

Five groups from the College of Computer Studies and Technology (CCST) participants showcased their very own capstone project. The presenters for the capstone category were listed accordingly, Dream Maker, Uniteam, Cybercorps, The Seekers, and Adirah Tech Lynchnobite.

“Customer Relationship Management System with Fraud Detection for Martin’s Food Hub”, a capstone project of the team Cybercorps won the Best Presenter. Followed by the research title, “Point of Sale with The Application of Data Analytics for Carl Shine Motor Parts Store in Candelaria, Quezon” of the team The Seekers who bagged the Best Paper award.

Engr. Solita M. Costales, Ms. Eunice Jamilah D. Villacruel, and Dr. Ronnel A. Dela Cruz served as the evaluators for this category.

  • Design Project

Out of six competing groups, the research entitled “Juanpandemo: Arduino-Based Social Distancing Alarm Device with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Indicator” and “Contact Tracer for San Pablo City Capitol Compound” bagged the two awards as Best Paper and Best Presenter under the Design Project category. Engr. Jake Magpily, Engr. Jane Bañagale and Sir Jordan Puhawan served as the evaluators.

Winners and participants of the activity are expected to be proponents of development and changes that will surely benefit the institution and the community. After all, research shouldn’t remain published as a book but be implemented to be useful.

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