Batangas State University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo was one of the plenary speakers in the recently concluded 2016 International Research Colloquium at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel and Event Center, Subic Bay Freeport Zone May 26 – 27, 2016. Dr. Ronquillo presented the research “Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive: A Research Breakthrough in Disaster Response” which was designed and developed by a four-man team headed by BatStateU President himself, who is an ASEAN Engineer; Engr. Albertson Amante, an electronics engineer and Asst. Director for Engineering and Technology Research; Prof. Armando Sinohin, a senior faculty of automotive; and Mr. Eugene Ereno, a University research associate. TOAD is a well-engineered vehicle which can be maneuvered both in land and even on deep waters. Designed for disaster response, TOAD is jointly funded by Batangas State University and the Department of Science and Technology.
With the theme, “Research for a Better World,” the research colloquium, organized by Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, aims to facilitate dissemination of research outputs, create a network of research enthusiasts and demonstrate healthy exchange of ideas from other researchers around the globe.
Other plenary speakers include Dr. Ravi Joshi of India who presented “Emerging Connections Between Research and Countryside Development”, Dr. Portia Grace F. Marcelo (Philippines) who discussed her paper “RxBox: Bridging the Gaps of Health Care through Information and Communication Technologies,” Dr. Ingrid Jacinto-Caspillo (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) who shared her paper “Significant Roles of Research in Health, Peace and Security: Experiences from Middle East Asia” and Dr. David C. Bueno (Philippines) who presented “Research in the Philippines: Current Status, Practices, Research.”