Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) reaffirmed its pledge to research excellence as it proudly showcased the scholarly works of its student researchers at the 5th International Research Forum in Education, Sciences, and the Social Praxis (IRFESSP 2024).

Held from April 20 to 22, 2024, at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City, Philippines, the conference gathered 117 participants from various Philippine state universities, private higher education institutions, and international presenters.

HCDC’s delegation, composed of a graduate school student, Marbhen Dominique O. Abendaño and undergraduate students from the Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Science program, namely Daryll Joy P. Placa, Mariel B. Villamor, and Arshel Eunice B. Momo, presented their research studies across various disciplines, including education, curriculum, and instruction, environment research, and health education.

The presented research studies were met with much commendation from attendees, including professors, instructors, and graduate school students, who applauded the relevance, quality, and usefulness of the HCDC research studies.

Joselito D. Dela Rosa, a professor from the University of Northern Philippines, lauded HCDC’s student researchers and their adviser for their exemplary research efforts, emphasizing the effectiveness of their presentation methods and the significance of their research outputs.

“The researches are commendable both in terms of form and substance. Equally laudable are the outputs of their research studies… keep up the good work!” Dela Rosa remarked.

Similarly, Aristotle Piad, Project Manager of the Department of Science and Technology and currently affiliated with Sultan Kudarat State University, praised the well-informed and evidence-based nature of the studies, highlighting their potential impact on conservation efforts for endangered species.

“I hope the [Philippine Eagle] study would be replicated in a national setting, and similar studies are highly recommended, particularly to other endangered species of our flora and fauna,” Piad said.

True to HCDC’s research thrust and commitment to making positive change through education and research, HCDC Center for Research Coordinator Kevin Paul Bonotan expressed his pride in supporting graduate and undergraduate student researchers.

The success of HCDC’s delegation at IRFESSP 2024 accentuates the HCDC’s commitment to academic excellence and reaffirms its role as a foremost institution in fostering research-driven innovation and social impact.