Geared toward the theme, “Tugon sa Panlipunang Hamon,” the first-ever Virtual Research Capstone Exposition held last June 14 was brought to success by the excellent collaboration of the faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand together with General Academic Strand (GAS) students.
Projects presented in the online exhibit addressed specific community concerns that are anchored in the United Nations’ sustainable development goals such as providing proper and accessible healthcare, creating clean water and energy, climate change action, and zero hunger.
The said Expo consisted of a three-part presentation with accord to the researchers’ respective career fields – Education, Technology and Innovation, Medical and Life, and Engineering and Mathematics field. Critics of the projects were Ms. Kimberly Aborot, Ms. Annie Colobong, and Ms. Shiela Caab.
INFORMATION IS POWER
One of the researchers in the Education, Technology and Innovation field was Mr. David Raphael Villar and his proposed project called Pandemic Live Hazard Radar (PALIHARA) to monitor COVID-19 hot zones and predict their potential spread.
It collects data of five major factors that contribute to infection to produce an accurate situational report of a certain area using a specific algorithm to calculate the spread of the infection. With 100,000,000 cases and 3,000,000 deaths all over the world and the number of vaccines being limited, this innovation could be of great assistance in monitoring and limiting the devastation the virus has caused.
THE WONDER PLANT
Ms. Maria Bernadette Dueñas, on the other hand, presented her study entitled Althernanthera Sessilis (Lupo): A Review of its Botanical, Phytochemical and Medicinal Uses for the Medical and LIfe field.
Lupo is a herbal plant yet many are not aware of it because many think of it as weed or grass. It can be seen in rice and sugarcane fields, roadside, or in damp places.
The purpose of this study is to know the identity, phytochemical compounds, and medicinal uses of Alternanthera Sessilis or commonly known as Lupo. The phytocompounds of its leaves are mainly tannins, alkaloids, steroids, flavonoids, and saponins which are responsible for the therapeutic and medicinal properties of the plant. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, and has wound-healing properties that can be used in treating headache, vomiting blood, vertigo, snake bites, eye diseases, malaria, wounds, sprains, burns, boils, acne, eczema and can also serve as a blood purifier. Treatment is prepared through the decoction of dried and powdered leaves with some salt or the fresh leaves can be used as plasters and applied externally on the skin.
This study raises awareness on the importance of cultivation and utilization of Lupo due to its great pharmacological potentials for medicine use. In this time of the pandemic, it is important to have a strong immune system to prevent our bodies from being sick.
SECURED VACCINES SAVE LIVES
For the Engineering and Mathematics field, Mr. Ceddie Tadlas schemed a Technical Proposal and Design for VacTech: A Cold Storage Facility for Vaccines in Puerto Princesa City.
Vaccine Wastage is a faded potential to save another person who is not protected against viruses and diseases like Measles, Polio, Rubella, Tetanus, and especially the recent COVID-19. The storage temperature requirement ensures the potency of vaccines and when it is not met, its potency lessens, thus needing to throw it away.
VacTech is a facility that focuses on the packaging, logistics, and artificial cooling system to guarantee proper management and handling of vaccines from their storage up to delivery. It is designed to be fit for the tropical climate in our country and holds 535,572 vials, 445,646 diluents, and 20 different types of vaccines. It also has its packing area to process the vaccines in and out of the storage facility, an electrical system with 5,000-10,000 watts in case of an electrical fluctuation which usually happens in our province, and a Temperature Monitoring System (TMS) which is provided to notify people in the facility.
It has an area of 150 square meters with 5 subunits namely Vaccine Storage, Packing Area, Packing Material Storage for syringes and other materials, Loading Bay for transportation, and Storekeeper’s Facility for maintenance. With this facility, it is expected that wasted vaccines will be lessened in our province and save more people’s lives.
All these innovations acknowledge the needs of the communities especially those who belong to the underprivileged sector. It could bridge the gap between disparities in our society. Despite the pandemic, researchers were able to produce a substantial paper independently which reflects their deep understanding of their projects and learnings.
Mr. David Raphael Villar for his proposed project called Pandemic Live Hazard Radar (PALIHARA)
Mr. Ceddie Tadlas presenting his Technical Proposal and Design for VacTech: A Cold Storage Facility for Vaccines in Puerto Princesa City
Ms. Maria Bernadette Dueñas for the study entitled Althernanthera Sessilis (Lupo): A Review of its Botanical, Phytochemical and Medicinal Uses
Althernanthera Sessilis or commonly known as Lupo
Consequently, the education department makes use of the new framework and plan of action, adopting various learning delivery modalities.
And all these commenced with the online remote enrollment system to be in adherence to the guidelines from the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Philippines.
DepEd practices the new enrollment system in compliance with DO 8, 2020 or the Guidelines on Enrollment for School Year 2020-2021 in the Context of the Public Health Emergency Due to Covid-19.
The guidelines in this enrollment policy aim to guarantee sustained access to learning opportunities through the conduct of an enrollment process that is efficient and in accordance with minimum health and safety standards.
PNS’s Scheme for Online Enrollment
Palawan National School, as confronted by the grips of COVID-19, started the enrollment system employing some strategies to cater to the volume of enrollees.
Eventually, PNS has recorded a remarkable increase of 30% in its enrollment rate through the following schemes: Kiosk Enrollment or the Barangay-to-Barangay Enrollment, Dropbox Enrollment, and Virtual Enrollment.
Kiosk Enrollment: Unique in PNS
For those who do not have access to the internet for the online enrollment of the school, PNS saturated 32 barangays in the city wherein the guidance counsellors secured frequent communications with barangay chairmen and barangay in-charge of education committee.
Learner Enrollment and Survey Form or LESF copies were handed in to the barangay officials.
These forms were distributed to the PNS students and parents residing in these barangays, as well as to those who would like to transfer to PNS.
The said enrollment and survey forms were collected by the barangay officials.
PNS Guidance Counsellors then regularly retrieved these.
The entire process is conducted following the guidelines instituted by DOH and IATF to secure the safety of the people involved.
Finally, the retrieved forms were given to assigned enrolling officers for the virtual enrollment.
PNS placed several big boxes at the entrance gate for students and parents who would drop by for enrollment.
This is the institution’s way of catering to the needs of those who cannot access the online enrollment.
LESFs are also made available at the school gate.
The entrants, after filling out the LESF, would drop these forms in the boxes that correspond to grade levels that they intend to enroll in.
The forms here were retrieved by the guidance counselors.
Lastly, the assigned enrolling officers use these forms in enlisting those applicants in the virtual enrollment.
PNS Virtual Enrollment
In the virtual enrollment, parents and guardians filled out the LESF and submitted pertinent requirements such as Birth Certificate, Report Card and 1×1 picture thru the Online Enrollment Portal www.palawannationalschool.com
Then, the Enrollment Coordinators or ECs collected LESF responses and sorted them by grade level and track/strand.
The ECs made a list of enrollees based on the collected responses and posted in the official Facebook page of Palawan National School.
The ECs forwarded the LESF responses to Enrollment Focal Persons or EFPs.
The EFPs then validated all inputted entries in the LESF Template.
Learners who found to have erroneous entries and missing attachments during online submission were contacted assuring that their names match their birth certificate entries against report cards.
If the learners happened to have discrepancies in records/entries will be tagged as temporary enrolled.
The committee of validators reviewed the selected grade level of each enrollees against report card to check enrollment status.
If the learners happened to have incomplete grades will be tagged as Irregular Student.
The members identified the learners as Balik-Aral, Transferee or Old-Student.
Furthermore, they consolidated and forwarded the validated template with LESF entries to the ECs.
Later, EC made a master list of validated entries, summed up LESF responses and regularly reported to the Principal and DO Planning Office.
The previous teacher-advisers tagged their previous students in the LIS-LESF using the validated master list forwarded by the ECs.
The validated LESF entries were also used by the In-charge of sectioning/blocking of students.
Through the consolidated and validated LESF entries, learning modalities of students as a part of the learning continuity plan of Palawan National School were identified.
The results of these enrollment schemes helped the PNS administration in identifying the learning delivery modalities that it would employ in keeping with the Learning Continuity Plan or LCP of the school.
Based on the enrollment and survey report, PNS will offer Online Distance Learning or ODL and Modular Distance Learning or MDL.