Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office
A ceremonial signing sealed the partnership between the University’s Center for Heritage Studies (CHS) and training center Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. (ETFFI) last February 27 at the Mateo Conference Room. Assistant to the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Development (AVPREPD) Dr. Angelina E. Borican led the PUP delegation, while Executive Director Arch. Carmen Bettina Silao-Bulaong represented ETFFI in this ceremony.
“Nais ko pong iparating na natutuwa ang ating mga executive officials sa collaborative project na ito… Isa sa mga thrusts ng university ay makatulong sa research sa iba pang stakeholders. Ang PUP, being a polytechnic university, maraming skills at expertise na gusto naming linangin sa aming mga estudyante at faculty. Through that ay makatulong din sa society. Masaya kami dahil maraming opportunities for partnership. Sana hindi po ito ang huling project na pagsasamahan natin,” Dr. Borican said on behalf of Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Development (VPREPD) Anna Ruby P. Gapasin.
[“Our executive officials are excited for this collaborative project… Research is one of the important thrusts of the university and we are keen on producing outputs that would help our stakeholders. PUP, as a polytechnic university, is keen on honing the skills and expertise of our students and faculty. Through this, we believe we can contribute positive developments to the society. We are elated with the many opportunities underscored in this partnership. We hope that this would only be the start of many more collaborations between our organizations,” Dr. Borican said on behalf of Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Development (VPREPD) Anna Ruby P. Gapasin.]
In her response speech, Arch. Silao-Bulaong reciprocated the excitement and expressed gratefulness to the university for trusting their institution.
“Escuela Taller partners no less with state universities in our country. We know that we can really count on the knowledge and experience of your faculty and staff. Kami naman po kasi, we are in the industry, we are the ones on the ground. We do experience a lot of problems in bridging the gap between theory and research. Yung practice ng heritage work dito sa bansa ay medyo bago pa. We are really glad na meron kayong Center, very few institutions have been able to put up such a center for research. I think doon po talaga makakatulong ang PUP sa industry. We are really hoping we can further the practice of heritage conservation in our country,” she stated.
[“Escuela Taller partners no less with state universities in our country. We know that we can really count on the knowledge and experience of your faculty and staff. We in the industry, we are the ones on the ground. We do experience a lot of problems in bridging the gap between theory and research. The practice of heritage work here in the country is still nascent. We are really glad that PUP has a Center because very few institutions have been able to put up such a center for research. I think this is where PUP would significantly help the industry. We are really hoping we can further the practice of heritage conservation in our country,” she stated.]
The partnership will focus on heritage conservation research, focusing on the perspectives of niche heritage workers and their involvement in this evolving creative industry. To a certain extent, the research will also examine the socio-economic conditions that influence heritage conservation work in the Philippines using ongoing construction projects managed by Escuela Taller.
CHS Chief Rosemarie Roque hosted the signing ceremony. Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD) Director Dr. Nicolas Mallari also graced the activity. He also expressed his support for this research project adding that “it is not only important that we are able to publish. It is equally important to make a difference on the lives of many people.” Project researchers present include Prof. Joanna Marie Oliquino, Prof. Jun Rivera, and Prof. Stanley Gullab. Witnessing on behalf of ETFFI is their Communication Officer, Mr. Philip Paraan.
Prior to this engagement, ETFFI has been actively working with the University under its extension program, Salin-Kaalaman Tungo sa Kaunlaran in partnership with the College of Architecture, Built and Design Environment (CADBE). Several PUP graduates have also been working with the training center, deepening the ties between the two institutions.
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