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St. Paul University Dumaguete has been commissioned by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the conduct of the Citizen Satisfaction Index Survey (CSIS) covering the two local government units of Bais City and Tanjay City. The survey was aimed at gauging the satisfaction level of the people on the different services of the government such as health services, support to basic education, social welfare services, public works and infrastructure, governance and response, environmental management, agricultural services, and tourism promotion.

SPUD Attends Research and Education Talks in Region 7

Two of the faculty members of the College of Business and Information Technology, Mrs. Grace Alejado and Ms. Ma. Kathleen June Mariño, together with Mrs. Irish Udtohan, the OIC of the Research Office, attended the seminar on Research and Education Talks in Region 7. This was held last September 3-4, 2018 at Silliman University. The event was sponsored by the National University Human Language Technology Laboratory in partnership with Philippine Society for IT Educators (PSITE) Region 7 and Silliman University. There were approximately 25 participants who attended the said event. These were faculty members from different institutions in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental. The dynamic resource person was Dr. Nathaniel Oco, Assistant Director for Research of the National University (Philippines). He is a board member of the Computing Society of the Philippines and chairs the Special Interest Group on Natural Language Processing. He was able to discuss several topics like Challenges in computing, AI and Machine Learning, and Data collection and cleaning. He was also able to share some tips on writing a research paper and showed the participants where they can publish and present it on legitimate sites, journals, and conventions. In between discussions, Dr. Oco taught the participants some exercise like data mining using social media and problem solving using programming.

SPUD Research Office Personnel Met BRET

The Department of Science and Technology sponsored the Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and Philippine Health Research Ethics Board. The said training was hosted by Cebu Institute of Medicine in Cebu City. This training was attended by Mrs. Irish Udtohan and Mr. Cliford Kilat, the OIC and the Research Associate of SPUD Research Office, respectively. The resource persons of the said training were Dr. Salome Vios and Dr. Manuel Emerson Donaldo. The participants were from different medical schools and institutions from Bohol, Cebu, and the entire Negros Island. The said training discussed about the different procedures in conducting ethics review on research studies concerning health and social sciences. The training gave emphasis on topics like Scientific Soundness, Principle of Beneficence and Non-Maleficence, and on Informed Consent. The participants were given workshops through role playing and mini case analyses in groups. The SPUD participants actively took part in the event by presenting the outputs of their respective groups. This training will be of great use for SPUD in putting up its own University Research Ethics Committee since all researches will have to pass through an ethics review to make sure that its research outputs are done in accordance with the standard procedures and are scientifically sound. The participants were given a copy of the book National Ethical Guidelines for Health Related Researches (2017) at the end of the training and certificates.

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