R5 members formalize their research partnership. (From left to right) Dr. Reynaldo Cruz, Research Director of La Consolacion University of the Philippines; Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda, President of Baliuag University; Dr. Luis Ma. R. Calingo, President, Holy Angel University; and Prof. Thelma B. Estera, Division Chief of the Research Office, Central Luzon State University.
Five universities in Region 3 signed a memorandum of agreement on February 29, 2016 in Baliuag University to create a name for them in research. Known as the R5, the consortium members signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in a simple ceremony in Baliwag, Bulacan, attended by presidents and/or their representatives of member institutions. Dr. Luis Ma. R. Calingo, president of the Holy Angel University, graced the occasion while Dr. Tereso A. Abella of the Central Luzon State University; Sr. Imelda A. Mora, OSA of the La Consolacion University Philippines; and Dr. Pacifico B. Aniag of the Wesleyan University-Philippines sent their representatives. Being true to its commitment to strengthen research capability through partnerships and collaboration, Baliuag University, through its president, Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda, pioneered the research consortium that aims to develop and sustain a research culture among member-universities by conducting collaborative researches that meet the objectives of higher education. The parties likewise agreed to share manpower, expertise and resources for their mutual research needs and common benefit. “I am happy that our university is a part of this consortium,” Dr. Calingo said as he signed the MOA. Other signatories, Dr. Reynaldo Cruz of LCUP, Prof. Thelma B. Estera of CLSU, Jefferson C. Mangulabnan of the HAU, and Dr. Flordeliza A. Castro of BU, stood as witnesses in the MOA signing. They likewise expressed their appreciation for having been a part of the venture and pledged their support and commitment to the undertakings of the group.
In extolling the advantages of the consortium, Dr. Lagunda quoted Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro: “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Boosting research capability, forging linkages and creating partnerships are the thrusts of Baliuag University’s President, Dr. Lagunda. This is one of the many ways she responds to the challenges posed by the ASEAN integration and the K-12. “Every problem in life may be solved by research,” Dr. Lagunda said. “Since we are an institution that produces knowledge, we believe that a strong research partnership can open new opportunities as well as challenges that will help us reach our goal—to make an impact in our communities, our country, and the world through collaborative research.” The MOA signing is the culmination of a series of exploratory talks with member institutions that began in August 2013. “Synergy” was the word used then by BU President Lagunda as she exhorted participants on the need to work together to be recognized in the field. Two years later, the same word became the inspiration of member institutions to commit themselves to the noble task of systematically finding answers to mankind’s problems through the power of scientific inquiry.