Maguindanao, BARMM — To strengthen science, technology, and research collaborations between the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and academic institutions in the Bangsamoro region, Minister Aida Silongan visited Mindanao State University – Maguindanao on May 16, 2022, for research linkages and other S & T support.
Bai Hejira Nefertiti M. Limbona, PhD, MSU – Maguindanao Chancellor, Dr. Raquel Santiago-Arenas, Director for Research Services, Dr. Ramjie Odin, Vice-Chancellor For Research, Extension and Development, Gindol Rey Limbaro, Director for Extension Services, Shajara Fatima Dimasingkil, MS of the Tissue Culture Laboratory, Greta M. Noquilla, MSC of the Integrated Laboratory Building, Mariam Dumato, MSCH of the Technology Transfer Building, and other staff welcomed Minister Silongan and other MOST officials.
Last April 28, 2022, Chancellor Limbona and her team visited Minister Silongan at the MOST Regional Office to discuss with Minister the research undertakings MSU has for technology intervention support and collaboration efforts through research and development. She also invited Minister Silongan to visit MSU-Maguindanao’s production site to see the intervention the MOST could offer and provide.
Minister Silongan accepted Dr. Limbona’s invitation and visited MSU-Maguindanao to see the production site, research facilities, exhibits, and discuss other collaboration linkages and support.
“I would like to acknowledge the positive relationship with the university, with whom I have already had very productive discussions. This signals a high level commitment to joint research, implementing and giving life to BARMM research alliances, and I’m delighted to say that real, progress is now happening. This little effort create huge impact and boosts the future economic activity and prospects for sustainable development.” Minister Silongan said during her privilege speech.
Meanwhile, MSU-Maguindanao faculties presented MSU research linkages, technology transfer projects, integrated laboratory, and tissue culture banana plantation during the activity program.
Minister Silongan said that MOST would provide research and technology intervention apt to the institution’s needs. It will carry out through MOST Research and Development (R & D) and the ministry’s Science and Technology Services (STS).
Furthermore, Chancellor Limbona said that these collaborations would be helpful for academe, especially faculties, students, and other communities who need S & T support and collaborative efforts.
“We are very grateful with Minister Aida Silongan. We all know that it’s quite hard looking for an individual who understands research, science and technology, and level of higher education institutions that can support the programs of ours. With these collaboration, we can ensure support and implementation of different undertakings for our beneficiaries.” Chancellor emphasized.
Minister Silongan and other officials are expected to visit more academic institutions and sectors in the Bangsamoro region to discuss collaboration efforts and other undertakings. These efforts are crucial to know the technology needs of different sectors in the region and what support and services could MOST be offered to them.
Nasrodin Buisan, RCh, Technical Management Division Chief, Engr. Abdulwahid Sendad, PME Head, Monawara Abdulbadie, Science and Technology Services Head, Engr. Moammer Tabara, Research and Development Head, and other MOST Officials also joined Minister Silongan on the site visit.