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Researching for the future: LSPU positioned as leading SUC to advance agri, aqua, education industries

Braving the challenge of providing impactful initiatives for the region and nation, the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) championed forward-thinking research innovations in five vital areas of agriculture, aquatics, and education on the final phase of the Capacity Building on LSPU Research Futures Thinking and Foresight at the Lima Park Hotel, Batangas, June 19-21.

Anchored on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the five research proposals delved into advancing the potentials of tilapia, duck, coconut, Laguna de Bay, and tertiary education. 

The faculty-researchers conducted extensive field and literature research on their respective areas to identify gaps, demands, and areas of improvement that LSPU can step up as an agent of innovations for futures-oriented development. 

The intensive three-part workshop was made possible with the support of the Office of Senator Pia S. Cayetano of the Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, Innovations, and Futures Thinking. 

With the Office of the Vice President for Research Development and Extension (OVPRDE), the Aptissimi Development Innovations, Inc., (ADII), in collaboration with the Philippine Futures Thinking Society (PhilFutures), facilitated the capacity-building on futures-based long-horizon research agenda, futures thinking and foresights tools, and crafting of ground-breaking research programs and projects. 

Ms. Ma. Christine F. Reyes, Mr. Raul G. Roldan (tilapia), Mr. Eric N. Aseo (mallard duck), Mr. Darwin Flores (coconut), Dr. Ruperto S. Sangalang (Laguna de Bay), Mr. Godofredo Villapando Jr. (academic futures) served as experts who guided the five research teams in developing their proposals using the principles of backcasting, value creation, and moonshots. 

Mr. Emmanuel De Guia and Ms. Jalaine Joyce Malabanan also extended their expertise on futures thinking in the previous sessions. 

During the opening program, University President Mario R. Briones stressed the importance of the activity for the future generations of learners, employees, and stakeholders.

“We may not be here for the reaping of the fruit of our labors yet we can take comfort in the knowledge that we are plowing the field and watering the land for the brighter future of the next generations, for a sustainable university,” President Briones said. 

Meanwhile, VPRDE Robert C. Agatep explained that the last day of the workshop is not the end of the futures thinking engagement of the LSPU but only the start. He encouraged the participation of everyone in other initiatives of the University aligned with futures thinking and strategic foresight.

The workshop was composed of presentation and critiquing of Phase 2 outputs, lectures on research enhancement through the value of SDGs, presentation of potential funding agencies, moonshot and backcasting process, and presentation of research proposals. 

The final and polished research proposals are set for submission in July this year for potential Senate funding.