July 25, 2011, 5:04pm
Manila Bulletin

NAVAL, Biliran, Philippines – The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Eastern Visayas has given assurances to support research efforts aimed at advancing the quality of education, reduce unemployment, and the addressing of environmental issues in the region.

RDC chairman and Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla gave such assurance even as he highlighted the need to focus research and development efforts towards local concerns as industry-driven job demands and climate change concerns during the recently concluded International Conference-Symposium on Research and Development Trends for Global Competitiveness held at the Naval State University (NSU) in Naval, Biliran.

Petilla who was keynote speaker for the event emphasized the key role of the academe on research & development as in industries–even in the local scene, saying such research would prove beneficial to local government units in addressing unemployment and the education system to guarantee employability of its graduates.

He recognized the fact, particularly among Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), regarding the perennial problem on budget cuts, of which the governor doubted whether or not the academe could sustain its thrust on intensifying research and development–in aim for global competitiveness.

The International Conference-Symposium was aimed to boost the skills and capabilities of researchers and other interested individuals from academic institutions and industries to gain insights on the significant trends on research and development evident in highly industrialized economies.

Likewise skills and techniques associated with research and development; learn significant findings from completed research projects and studies which can further enhance their stock of knowledge as best sources for literature of further studies; and, present completed research outputs for evaluation and critiquing and eventually qualify for referred journal publication at the Journal for Society and Technology.


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