(From right) Dr. Wahyudi,  Centre Director, SEAMEO Regional Center for QITEP in Mathematics, Prof. Jasper Pastrano, Mrs. Larzy Vangheese, Mr. Aravind RK on a courtesy visit at the office of Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

The Association of Science and Mathematics Coaches (ASMaC) of the Philippines  in collaboration with ISAT U and the Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organization ((SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) in Mathematics conducted the 2018 National Research Conference and Teachers’ Convention on January 24-26, 2018 at Iloilo City.

Prof. Jasper L. Pastrano, ASMaC National President and ISAT U Faculty member, highlighted the purpose of the convention. “This conference is a testament of our continued commitment in enhancing research capabilities of our teachers and students.” He added that the event will provide an opportunity for scholars, to present findings of their research, establish new collaboration and build friendship.

With the theme, Revitalizing Research as a Platform to Education for Sustainable Development, the conference was attended by 159 teacher and student delegates from State Universities and Colleges and public high schools and elementary schools nationwide.

There were two delegates from Mumbai, India- Mrs. Larzy Vangheese, Founder and Principal, St. Mathew’s High School and Junior College and Mr. Aravind RK, Proprietor, CEO/Managing Director at RK Academy Mumbai.  Mrs. Vangheese also presented her study entitled Education for All.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Wahyudi , Centre Director, SEAMEO Regional Center for QITEP in Mathematics in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, articulated on the topic: “Education for Sustainable Development Start from our Classroom.”

In the plenary session, the speakers were Dr. Levi Esteban Elipane, Asso. Prof. of the Philippine Normal University and De La Salle University; Dr. Trinidad M. Lagarto, Senior Education Program Specialist, Student Inclusion Division, Bureau of Learning Delivery, DepEd Central Office; and Prof. Julito Contado Aligaen, Prof. ISAT U, Leon Campus.

Dr. Elipane conveyed the state and the future of Science and Mathematics education in the Philippines. On the other hand, Dr. Lagarto talked on the description of the implementation of the Grade I Curriculum under the K+12 Program while Dr. Aligaen dwelt on understanding the significance of research in the context of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) proposed outline.

The gathering was also a venue for presentation of results of  studies of the participants.  A total of 84 papers were presented in the parallel sessions and the best researches in the different category were also given recognition.