The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) together with other State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Northern Mindanao and select Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) with the Regional Development Council X in support of evidence-based decision-making through the conduct of specific research and development studies.
The ceremonial signing took place on February 24, 2020 during the Expanded RDC-X Executive Committee (ExCom) Meeting at the Main Conference Room of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Regional Office X (DPWH-X).
The SUCs pledged to undertake the recommendations of the RDC to provide empirical data and academic insights to local development issues. Among the approved research topics of which USTP is involved are the following:
Determining the Factors Contributing to the Substantial Decline of Poverty Rates in Northern Mindanao
Lead Proponent: USTP
Provide empirical evidences on the effectiveness of major government policy reforms, and programs and projects implemented by concerned government agencies and local government units towards reducing poverty
Defining the ELCAC State, its Parameters and Indicators, and Means of Verification
Lead Proponent: Central Mindanao University
Support: NMSC, USTP Claveria, CPSC, NBSC, and DepEd Bukidnon
Objective: Provide a common understanding on the ELCAC and its parameters
Multidimensional Analysis of Determinants in the Academic Achievement of Basic Education Learners in the Northern Mindanao: Its Implication to Higher Education Institutions
Lead Proponent: Bukidnon State University
Support: All SUCs in Region X
Objective: Improve the quality of Basic Education in Northern Mindanao.
The activity is considered a milestone for the region as it embarks on researches that support the policy decision-making process as conveyed by Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III of the National Economic and Development Authority X (NEDA-X) and Vice-Chairperson of the RDC-X in her opening message.
(With reports from NEDA-X)