SDRC @ 33 Anniversary Program Held

proceedingsCelebrating the theme “Learning and Leading through Collaborative Research,” the Social Development Research Center held its 33rd anniversary program on March 28, 2012 at Yuchengco Building Room 407. The program was divided into two major parts: a research symposium held during the morning session, and recognition and launching ceremonies in the afternoon.

Welcome remarks were delivered by SDRC Director Dennis Trinidad, who expressed his hope that the Center would succeed in creating “an enabling environment that will foster collaboration among its research fellows.” University President and Chancellor Br. Narciso Erguiza, Jr. opened the day’s event by congratulating the Center for having “come a long way” and continuing “to walk along the path of excellence with such zeal.” He cited the University’s current thrust, for the research community to work “together and by association towards total human development and social transformation.”  proceedings

Panelists for the research symposium were visiting researcher Hanne Borgersen and current SDRC project directors Dr. Antonio Contreras and Dr. Roberto Javier, Jr. Ms. Borgersen, an Industrial Ph.D. Research Fellow of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway, presented an update on her research study on “Authentic Leadership in the Maritime Industry.”  The study revolves around a survey of office and sailing personnel of the Grieg Shipping Group in Bergen, with regard to the concept of “authentic leadership” and in particular “relational transparency” in connection with the safety climate on board the ship.

Dr. Contreras, meanwhile, gave the second presentation in the symposium, entitled “Politicalproceedings Economy of the Use of Knowledge and Research Evidence in Urban Resilience Interventions in the Philippines.” The study defines urban resilience as the capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy, and security of a given urban area. Dr. Javier concluded the symposium with his presentation on the initial findings for the project “Study on the Scholarship and Student Financial Assistance Program in Post-Basic Education in the Philippines.” The study seeks to evaluate the current system of granting financial assistance in the Philippines using public funds in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity considerations.

proceedingsActivities for the afternoon program began with the launching of the new SDRC website,, during which Dr. Trinidad introduced the audience to the site’s major features including, the central section on “What’s New,” Upcoming Events, e-Publications, Useful Info, the News Archives, and a link to the SDRC Portal.

This was followed by the launching of Dr. Ma. Elena Chiong-Javier’s “Holding Their Own: Smallholder Production, Marketing and Women Issues in Philippine Agroforestry,” with special guest Dr. Gelia T. Castillo, Philippine National Scientist and a pioneer in agricultural and rural development, gracing the event. The book contains six pieces whose coverage includes vegetable-agroforestry intervention, the dualistic vegetable supply chain, farm women’s market participation, vermicomposting, and health consequences experienced by women in agriculture in the Philippines.

proceedingsThe final launching was for the Occasional Papers Series, featuring the works of Dr. Rito V. Baring and Dr. Jeane C. Peracullo. The first paper by Dr. Baring, entitled “Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines: Sources of Conflict Between the Church and Its Proponents,” describes how the current debate between the Philippine Church and legal proponents on the proposed Responsible Parenthood Bill in congress is anchored on three problematic attitudes and presuppositions that have served to hinder the resolution of the case. The paper of Dr. Peracullo, meanwhile, entitled “A Filipino Feminist Perspective on the RH Bill Debates,” argues for the primacy of autonomy and self-determination in framing a perspective on the RH debate.

proceedingsThe program concluded with awards of recognition for past SDRC project directors who have made significant contributions to the Center in terms of the number of projects they have brought in and the amounts of funding provided. Giving the response on behalf of the awardees was former SDRC Director and College of Liberal Arts Dean Dr. Robert Salazar, who expressed his confidence that SDRC’s researchers would “continue to regenerate and remain active in research.  Such is 33's sincere devotion to research.”