Philippines. On 23 June 2024, the Education Institutions of Higher Studies Commission (ISS-FMA) of St. Mary D. Mazzarello Province (FIL) of Philippines-Papua New Guinea organized the Online Research Forum on: “Building a research culture in the Institutions of Higher Studies”.

At the online meeting, broadcast in live streaming also on Facebook, were present more than one hundred participants from the ISS of India, Africa (Ethiopia), and the Philippines, as well as some members of the ISS-FMA Commission: Sister Ivone Goulart Lopes, ISS-FMA Contact Person, and Sister Lolia Annie, collaborators of the Youth Ministry Sector of the FMA Institute, and Sister Regina Mary of the INM Province.

After the opening prayer, led by Sister Ricajelle Uy, university student of the Mary Help of Christians College of Canlubang, Calamba, Philippines, Sister Maria Asela Chavez, Head of the ISS-FMA Education Commission of the FIL Province, welcomed the participants, underlining Sustainable Development Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda, which focuses on quality education: ensuring a fair and inclusive quality education, and promoting opportunities for lifelong learning for all.

She also recalled that, under Law 7722 of the Philippine Republic or “Law to create a Commission for Higher Education (CHED)”, the Commission has the mandate of “to inspire and enable Filipino Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to become platforms for research and development, innovation and expansion in the pursuit of inclusive social and economic development.”

For colleges and universities, the research component enables a broader educational experience in which students can deepen the effects of applying new thought processes through study and experimentation. Students can take advantage of this experience to test the practical application of their classroom experience through research projects. In fact, they are taught the strategies of information research and evaluation of the quality of the information found and acquire a good capacity for critical evaluation.

The research of three researchers was presented during the webinar:

“The effects of the formative path of the Salesian youth religious groups on the spiritual well-being of the 10th year students of Mary Help of Christians College”, curated by Josh Axhle Jhaye Samodio; “The impact of the Eucharist on the service of young volunteers active in the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer-Mamatid” by Janna Lumbera; “Spirituality as a coping mechanism for mental health: the experiences lived among the students of the College Mary Help of Christians – University Department” by Janica Filaro and Julie Punzalan.

Through a video, a synthesis of the 9th world meeting ISS-FMA, held in Rome from 4 to 6 April 2024. The sharing, awarding of electronic certificates, and final communications followed. The final prayer was led by Hannah Villaver, a student at the Mary Our Help Technical Institute for Women in Cebu, Philippines. Filippine.


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