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Bontoc, Mountain Province – Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey attended the 11th Regional Research Symposium & 4th Student Research Congress President’s Night sponsored by Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) on November 25, 2021, at the Teng-ab Pastoral Complex.
In his message, he commended Dr. Rexton Chakas for his exemplary leadership and for continuing to bring MPSPC to greater heights.
“Dr. Chakas, thank you for your service to Bontoc and Mountain Province. We trust that you would continue to lead MPSPC so that it shall become the Mountain Province State University in the soonest possible time. Cheers to MPSU!”, he added.
Mayor Odsey underscored the significance of doing research with and for the community, making research a common life skill among the people, and using the tools of research to re-think our shared priorities as a community.
“Scientific development must be made to serve the people’s needs and aspirations to end poverty and inequality, and to build a better and environmentally sustainable life for all,” he said.
He further said that the academe plays a vital role in the community as it provides a valuable objective insight into improving organizational performance and services of the Local Government Units.
“I am confident that with the help of research by the academe, other towns in Mountain Province and many others in the Cordillera could also successfully pass national assessments like the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) which Bontoc has consistently passed for these past few years,” Odsey remarked.
Furthermore, Mayor Odsey stated that making research a common life skill among the people enhances people’s inherent curiosity to discover new knowledge and validate readily available data and information that may be unreliable and inaccurate.
“Research skills should not belong to a select few; it should be for all—young and old alike. That is the challenge to all of us,” the mayor mentioned.
Finally, he stressed on using the tools of research to re-think our shared priorities as a society especially during this time of pandemic which brought immeasurable misery to countless people in the world.
“Perhaps the most valuable lesson we can take from this experience is how we should re-think our shared priorities as a community or society,” Odsey added.//Christy Mae Che-es, Bontoc LGU