As one of the member schools of the Philippine Association for Graduate Education (PAGE) Region III, LCUP was given the honor to host the 2018 Regional Research Convention and Paper Presentation last January 27 at the Kalinangan Auditorium, Main Campus. The theme of the event was “Strengthening Graduate Education Research through Capacity Building.” The program commenced with an opening prayer and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, followed by the welcome remarks of University President Sr. Imelda A. Mora, OSA. Dr. Ruth Balajada-Ducut, PAGE III President, greeted the participants and provided a few practical notes regarding the methods of Research.

Afterwards, Dr. Malcolm Garma, CESO V and DepEd Region III Regional Director, presented DepEd’s research agenda while Dr. Caridad Oli-Abuan, CESO III and Director IV of CHEDRO III, discussed the research itinerary of CHED.

Intermission numbers were performed by the LCUP Singers, Sandayog Dance Troupe, and the LCUP Prime Movers. The election of PAGE III officers was administered over lunch, followed by the announcement of election results and the induction of new officers. Dr. Alvin Nuqui, LCUP’s EVP/VPAA and Dean of Graduate School, was elected as the new PRO while Dr. Ruth Balajada-Ducut was reinstated as the PAGE Region III President. The highlight of the event was the presentation of research papers by the 5 representatives from PAGE III member schools, namely: Rowela Baesa, MAEd, from University of the Assumption; Mark Francis Mallari, MIT, from Angeles University Foundation; Dr. Rigette Ryan Ramos from Don Honorio Ventura Technological University, Engr. Hubert Dungao, MSEM, RME, from Holy Angel University and Maria Corazon Segismundo, MBA, from La Consolacion University Philippines.

Overall, the event was a success and was well attended by Graduate School students and faculty members from the different universities and colleges in Region III.

The goal of the convention is to provide an opportunity for the participants to enhance their research skills and to motivate them to produce meaningful researches and publications. It is likewise a venue for researchers to share their knowledge in research writing by presenting their published papers to a wider audience.