UP ISSI joins Saliksikhay festival

Saliksikhay Conference 2020
Pagdiriwang ng Dangal at Kahusayan sa Saliksik, Malikhaing Gawa, at Ekstensiyon

Saliksikhay, or saliksik (research) and sikhay (diligence), was held last 16-17 January 2020 at Benito Sy Pow Auditorium of the College of Architecture in UP Diliman.

The two-day festival of honor and excellence in research, creative and extension works saw more than 30 presenters delivering different outputs in eight cluster topics: Education and Culture; Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency; Environmental Protection; Food and Agriculture; Housing and Infrastructure; Advanced Science and Technology; Transportation Solutions and Energy; and Health and Wellness.

Joanna Rose Laddaran, of the Research Division, delivered a speech on the Honing Agents for National Disaster Awareness (HANDA) Program: Disaster Preparedness and Business Community Planning for MSMEs, on the first day of event. The HANDA program was designed “to foster a culture of preparedness in the country by teaching MSMEs to be proactive, rather than merely reactive to devastating climate events,” according to Laddaran.

Ms. Joanna Laddaran

Through the HANDA program, more than 2,500 MSMEs nationwide have been trained to develop their own business continuity plans since 2014. The HANDA program is a three-day activity being offered as a regular program by the Training Division of the ISSI with Laddaran as the Resource Person.

On the second day of event, Reynold Ferdinand Manegdeg, Head of Business Enterprise Development Division, presented Towards Integrating Inclusivity in Current Business Relationship in the Coffee Industry: A Study on the Challenges of the Relationship Among Coffee Enterprises in Atok, Benguet.

Mr. Ferdz Manegdeg

Manegdeg explained that the research project, in collaboration with a team of ISSI researchers, “seeks to understand the relationship between small and large enterprises, including the challenges and benefits of the partnership. It also aims to determine and assess factors that influence the partnership in the context of inclusivity and how it impacts the small enterprises’ profitability and productivity.”

Saliksikhay was the brainchild of the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, headed by Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, with the support of the Department of Science and Technology and the University of the Philippines.


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