Sunday, November 26, 2023

In a concerted effort to bolster research capacities in the Cagayan Valley region, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region II and Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC), recently initiated and spearheaded an extensive Training for Trainers (TOT) program centered on Basic Research Methods (BRM).

Conducted at Villa Blanca in Tuguegarao City from November 21-23, 2023,  three (3) faculty members from ISU-Echague campus join counterparts from 16 chosen applicants from various institutions to attend the region’s largest gathering for health research consortium.

This year’s BRM TOT marked a significant expansion of the training initiative but also represented a promising step forward in augmenting research capabilities throughout the region.

The three-day program sought to empower and equip trainees with the essential skills and knowledge essential for conducting robust research with wide spectrum of topics, ranging from the intricacies of designing research problem, objectives and significance of the study, the extensive details of searching and skimming related studies and crafting research blue print from study design to the nuances of data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

With a diverse mix of trainees through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, and activity-based hands-on exercises, attendees gained theoretical concepts and practical applicable insights into the research methodologies that form the bedrock of scientific inquiry.

The training served not only to share updated knowledge but also provided a platform for networking and collaboration among professionals in the field. The inclusive environment of the training fostered an exchange of ideas that transcended institutional boundaries, strengthening the spirit of unity in advancing research and development initiatives.

Dr. Jason T. Suquila from ISU-Echague College of Medicine (COM), underscored the significance of such programs in elevating the research landscape in the region., stating “Training initiatives like these are critical in equipping researchers with the necessary tools to tackle complex challenges.”

Dr. Ralliegh F. Vizcarra from ISU-Echague College of Business, Accountancy & Public Administration (CBAPA), emphasized the practical applicability of the knowledge gained during the program. Dr. Vizcarra noted “The emphasis on hands-on learning was particularly valuable. It’s one thing to understand research methodologies in theory, but the practical aspects are equally crucial for effective application.”

Expressing gratitude for the training opportunity, Marianne Antonitte Jane D. Pua from ISU-Echague College of Arts and Science (CAS), said “These initiatives provide a platform for continuous learning and skill development. The insights acquired will undoubtedly contribute to the quality and impact of our future research endeavors.”

Embarking to response with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) particularly SDG 3 (Good Health & Well-being) SDG 4 (Quality Education) & SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals), ISU manifested strong support to the commitment of DOST Region II and CVHRDC in fostering a culture of research excellence, nurturing a dynamic research community in Cagayan Valley. By investing in the skills and knowledge of researchers, the collaborative effort aims to propel the region towards new frontiers of scientific discovery and innovation, ultimately contributing to the betterment of health research and development.