PIDS has a new partner in research dissemination— the University of Rizal System in Antipolo City (URSAC)

On 14 December 2006, the second PIDS Corner was launched at the URSAC campus with the active support of the local government of Antipolo City. URSAC is one of 10 campuses of the University of Rizal System and the only state university in Antipolo City. It offers degree courses in business management, public administration, education, tourism, computer technology, food service, as well as postgraduate degrees.

The story of how URSAC was selected as site of the second PIDS Corner is worth mentioning. After all, it was the university itself, through its campus coordinator, Ms. Florence Amarille, who contacted PIDS to explore the possibility of PIDS donating publications for their library. It so happened that PIDS at that time was considering possible sites for its succeeding PIDS Corners. Thus, upon the invitation of URSAC’s campus director, Dr. Rowena Laroza, the PIDS staff headed by Research Information Director Jennifer P.T. Liguton visited the URSAC campus in October to discuss the proposed undertaking and determine the requirements needed.

Since the aim of the PIDS Corners is to make the results and findings of PIDS studies more visible and accessible at the local and community levels, as well as to help expand the base of available development-oriented research materials in those areas, the priority sites are provincial libraries and university/college-based libraries outside of the major metropolises. URSAC’s strategic location in Antipolo City and the ease by which students from other URS campuses and other schools in Rizal province could access the place was one of PIDS’ primary considerations when it decided to put its second PIDS Corner at the URSAC campus. Although the main campus of the URS is located in Morong, the most accessible is still the Antipolo campus. PIDS also saw the commitment and enthusiasm of URSAC’s key officials in building the research capacity of their faculty members and students.

The launching of the PIDS Corner at URSAC was held in conjunction with the unveiling of their concrete multipurpose stage, a donation of the City Government of Antipolo headed by Mayor Angelito C. Gatlabayan, and the launching of URSAC’s newest campus development projects. Present at the event were Antipolo First Lady Josefina G. Gatlabayan, PIDS President Josef T. Yap, URS President Olivia F. de Leon, URSAC Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Hermy D. Estrabo, Dr. Rowena Laroza, Ms. Florence Amarille, and Ms. Jennifer Liguton. Also in attendance from PIDS were Publications and Circulation Chief Sheila V. Siar, Public Affairs Chief Edwin Martin, PIDS Board Secretary Nitz Tolentino, Information Officer Gizelle Manuel, PIDS Librarian Tina Tabayoyong, and Research Analyst Fatima del Prado.
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