Last July 1, 2022, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School’s Research Promotion and Coordination Office (MCL RPCO) held the 2022 Student Research Colloquium, wherein MCL student researchers showcased their competitive research studies and presented them to the selected esteemed panel from different areas of research.
The program began with the opening remarks from Engr. Maribel Songsong, MCL’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, MCL’s President and Chief Executive Officer. According to Engr. Maribel Songsong, this year’s theme was “Promoting academic resiliency through research and innovation amidst continuous global transformation.” Stating that now more than ever, there is an increasing need to adapt to our learning and produce innovative research studies that could further improve the current situation. Hence, there is a need for events such as MCL’s 2022 Student Research Colloquium to have a scholarly discussion on certain topics that are pivotal to the ever-changing society.
The panel of judges consists of different professionals from different areas of research. First among the panelists was Dr. Gernelyn T. Logrosa, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao’s (MMCM) Research Director. She was followed by Dr. Jennifer C. Coloma, a Project Development Officer of the ICT Literacy and Competency Bureau of the Department of Information and Communications Technology Philippines. The last judge was Engr. Jejomar C. Carlos, a Project and Program Manager from the Department of Science and Technology and an MCL alumnus.
There was a total of eleven (11) studies that were qualified to be presented, and they were judged based on the following criteria: design and methodology, purpose and impact, creativity and innovativeness, discussion and summary of relevant findings, results and outcomes of the study, and the overall outcome of the entire oral presentation. The lineup consists of the following studies:
1. “Comparative Analysis on PV Tracking Configurations for Optimal Energy Generation Algorithm.”
Authors: William Howard delos Reyes and Collista Marie Macandili
2. “Flexural Strength Performance of Sandwich Panel with Abaca Fiber in Polyurethane Foam Core and Gypsum Board Face Sheet at Elevated Temperature.”
Authors: Oliver Angsalda, Jonathan Argao and Ian Emmanuel Peralta
3. “Mi-Amoro: Development of an IOT-Based Welfare Monitoring and Reporting of Wearable Device for OFW’s From BARMM Region.”
Authors: John Lloyd Juanillo, Aivan Gevin Barcelona, Vince Aira Marquez and Rod Elrei Torres
4. “In-Silico Binding of SARS-COV-2 Virus with Different Drug Molecules using Autodock.”
Authors: Patricia Sofia Capola, Emmanuel Ticzon and Gio Andrey Torres
5. “Deep Learning-Based Face Mask and Face Shield Detection System in Enclosed Public Entryways for COVID-19 Safety.”
Authors: Alexandra Apolinario, Aleena Rose Corales and Davie Dianne Morito
6. “Customers’ Expectations and Perceived Service Quality in Casual Dining Restaurants during the Pandemic.”
Authors: Marie Danielle Arribe, Trisha Rani Chawla and Ena Patricia Kathleen Magno
7. “Electronic Food Nose: A Low-Cost IOT-Based Fish Quality Monitoring System.”
Authors: Jose Antonio Marasigan, Nathaniel Paulo Mercado and Laurence Rivera
8. “Face Recognition on Mask-Occuladed Faces using Periocular Trait and Eye Blinking as Identity Biometrics.”
Authors: John Wilfred Acebedo, Alen Dominic Barundia and James Karl Honrado
9. “Factors Affecting Consumer’s Intention to use E-Wallet in Urban Areas in the Philippines A Structural Equation Modeling Approach.”
Authors: John Renz Dayrit, John Aldrin Selda, and David Brian Vizmanos
10. “The Influence of Tax Knowledge on Tax Compliance Behavior of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Laguna”
Authors: Andrea Jane Arce, Charmaine Gungon and Marianne Vinchelle Pañares
Along with the oral presentation, twenty-seven (27) student researchers were also qualified to present their digital posters. The entrees were judged by three panel members namely, Dr. Roel C. Rodrigo, MCL’s Director for the Learning Environments and Innovations Office (LEIO), Dr. Ronald Allan S. Delos Reyes, a faculty member from the College of Arts and Science (CAS), and Prof. Dennis A. Martillano, a faculty member from the College of Computer and Information Science and an Ad Excellentiam Awardee.
In the end, Patricia Sofia Capola, Emmanuel Ticzon, and Gio Andrei Torres together with their adviser Engr. Conrado Montecarlo and their study titled “In Silico Binding of SARS-COV-2 Virus with Different Drug Molecules Using Autodock”, won the oral presentation. For the poster competition, Francis Darwin O. Bagaporo, Jan Rinhard N. Lampon, and John Aldrin O. Musni from the Mechanical Engineering program won with their research study’s poster titled, “Design and Fabrication of an Integrated Coconut Husk Grinder with Commutable Drive Source for the Production of Coconut Peat”.
Ticzon, one of the oral presentation winners, said in an interview “Ang main goal din naman namin sa research namin is to promote ‘yung knowledge na pwede natin ma-solve ‘yung certain problem ngayong pandemic.” (Our main goal in conducting our research is to promote knowledge that could be a solution to our problem during pandemic). The winners of the oral presentation will receive an Ad Excellentiam award which consists of gift certificates and recognition during their graduation rites.
During an interview, Dr. Articona gave a message for all researchers and all aspiring researchers in the MCL community, he said “Keep on seeking knowledge and be engaged in lifelong learning activities that would benefit you and the people around you,” said Dr. Hermie A. Articona, Director of the Research Promotions and Coordination Office (RPCO) in a separate message for all researchers and aspiring researchers. “As members of the academe, we are at the very forefront of knowledge discovery. So, go beyond your teaching duties and learning activities, and embark on research that would provide practical solutions to existing problems.”
For the next research colloquium, MCL RPCO are expecting to see more interesting studies as they plan to continue encouraging the MCL community to innovate topics and build technologies that may help in creating solution on how to establish a more resilient economy and society.
MCL, in turn, will continue to support all the researchers in the community along with their advocacies. As Dr. Articona mentioned, “Make sure that your research studies would not just end up in shelves. Rather, invest a little more time and effort to bring what you have gained from your research to those who are in need of it. That way, we can impact our society and contribute positively to our immediate communities.”