4 faculty strengthen
DLSU-Manila research program
La Salle University-Manila further underscored its support for
research development by naming four new research faculty grantees for
school year 2000-2001. These are Dr. Rose Marie Clemena of the
Counselor Education Department, Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta and Dr.
Francisco Magno of the Political Science Department, and Wilfredo
Roehl Licuanan of the Biology Department.
Clemena’s paper, “Teacher
Behaviors and Characteristics in Relation to Student Learning
Outcomes: Validating An Innovative In-Service Teacher Education
Model”, primarily aims to validate an in-service teacher development
model exemplified by two components of the Innovative In-Service
Teacher Education Program For Elementary School Teachers (IN-STEP
FEST): teachers’ training and trainors’ training.
The overall merit of this study lies
in its contribution to the meager body of research on teacher
development in the Philippines. Validating the model proposed and
implemented by IN-STEP FEST will, in particular, be valuable
theoretically and empirically as it addresses the need for theory- and
research-based in-service education programs.
Villacorta’s research is titled
“Globalization and Development Alternatives for the Filipino in the
21st Century: Implications for Constitutional Reform”. The study is
being done in response to moves to amend the Constitution for the
purpose of making our economy more globally competitive.
Salle rallies for peace
On the occasion of the
17th death anniversary of Senator Benigno “Ninoy”
Aquino, Jr., De La Salle University-Manila will join a
concerted effort to call for the cessation of hostilities
in Mindanao. Through the initiatives of the DLSU System
and the Inter-University Caucus for Mindanao Peace and
Development, a white rally for peace will be held today,
3:30-6:15 p.m. at the different campuses of member schools
of the Inter-Institution
In his proposal, Villacorta noted
that some of the statements for or against the constitutional change
are emotionally charged or based on non-empirical arguments. It is
time that a dispassionate and objective analysis be made on the
subject of constitutional change in the name of global
Magno’s research, “NGOs and
Forest Governance,” gives focus on the Philippine forestry sector,
of which non-government organizations (NGOs) are being eyed to play an
extensive role in the full-scale implementation of the Community-Based
Forest Management Program. Magno points out that overlaying the
expected roles with the actual strengths and capacities of existing
NGOs would help determine potential constraints and shortcomings in
NGO performance within the context of community forestry program
Licuanan is currently working on the
“Establishment of a Monitoring and Assessment System on Coral
Bleaching”. The project is part of a long-term research program to
produce a detailed, spatially explicit assessment and monitoring of
coral and coral reef distributions and the factors that affect their
health. Such a monitoring systen is needed to better understand the
factors that lead to coral bleaching in the Philippines, given the
oceanographic features of its archipelagic reefs.
It seeks to establish a national
monitoring network on coral bleaching with emphasis on reef condition
and monitoring, and to develop geographic information system-based
risk and susceptibility assessment of bleaching in Philippine reefs
based coral cover and diversity, sea-surface temperature,
sedimentation, and various indices of potential human impacts.
The research faculty position was
established to encourage more faculty to do more relevant research.
The research professors should have a full-time appointment, a rank of
at leasr Associate Professor, a Ph.D. holder, at least one year of
teaching experience at DLSU-Manila, and a good track record in
As research professors, they will be
deloaded 6 units each tern for three successive terms, for a total of
18 units. Apart from this, they will also receive seed funding of up
to P50,000 for their approved projects.
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