To help Bicol University (BU) achieve its goal of attaining SUC Level V, the BU Research and Development Center (BURDC) reviewed its performance, systems, and procedures in a planning session in Guinobatan, Albay on December 16-18, 2016.
Called the “BURDC Year-End Review, Strategic Planning for 2017, and Gender and Development (GAD) R&D Workshop,” the event was attended by center staff, representatives from the discipline-based research centers, college research coordinators, and on-the-job trainees.
According to BURDC Prof. Angelo P. Candelaria, who spearheaded the event, “The year 2016 was a productive year for the center because we achieved most of our targets, but there is still room for improvement. Thus, we are holding this activity.”
To guide the participants in planning for the following year, Planning and Management Office Prof. Erwin E. Torres discussed the indicators for SUCs levelling, normative financing, and performance-based bonus.
Then, BURDC Records and Documents Controller Prof. Gremil Alessandro Alcazar Naz presented the center’s performance vis-à-vis its key result areas (KRAs). He also provided a summary of submitted research proposals, the results of the clientele satisfaction survey, and the needed documents for the ISO audit.
BURDC Director Prof. Ronnel R. Dioneda Sr. further discussed in detail the center’s accomplishments per KRA and compared them with the 2016 workplan. He also discussed the discipline-based research centers’ role in the attainment of the KRAs.
These discipline-based research centers are the BU Regional Center for Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Center for Technology Commercialization and Enterprise Development, Regional Science Teaching Center, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Center for Gender and Development (BUCGD).
BURDC Prof. Yolanda Julieta B. Buama listed the ongoing studies that may me lodged under these new research centers. At present, research management is handled solely by the BURDC but this function will be taken over by the new centers this year.
Then, a workshop on workplan preparation was conducted with the heads of the discipline-based research centers. It was facilitated by BURDC Associate Director Dr. Lester M. Narvaez.
Later, Narvaez and Dioneda facilitated the workshop of the research coordinators, whose outputs were their targets for 2017. Present were the coordinators of the College of Engineering; College of Nursing; College of Industrial Technology; College of Education; College of Agriculture and Forestry; Institute of Physical Education, Sports, and Recreation; Gubat Campus; and Tabaco Campus.
The last session was a lecture by BUCGD Director Dr. Ma. Elaine I. Salazar on how to make research management gender-responsive. She stressed that GAD needs to be strengthened in research management because Republic Act 9710 recognizes, protects, and promotes the equal rights of women in the workplace.
BURDC Director Dioneda said that the activity was a success because the participants managed to look back at the university’s accomplishments and used them as bases for setting the direction and targets for 2017.
“This year-end review was able to identify the gaps, weak points, and areas for improvement. What we learned here will contribute to a productive 2017 for BU,” he added.