DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) held its year-end Research Congress, Gawad Siyasat, on 04 March 2023 at the Conference Room E, Community Center of the First Companions.

The event aimed to recognize and reward quality research work among undergraduate students, as well as to address pressing societal issues and contribute to the AdvocaSix Mission of the SAMAHAN, which includes Climate Action, Good Governance, Youth Empowerment, Quality Education, Holistic Health, and SOGIESC.

Organized by the SAMAHAN Research & Development Department, under the proposal of former SAMAHAN President Samantha Cayona, the event was held in partnership with the University Research Council, University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council, Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao, and other organizations from the University.

The selection process for research presenters at Gawad Siyasat was rigorous and thorough. Research papers were submitted through endorsements from respective Assistant Deans or Department Chairpersons. Without the former, the presenters submitted their study and were screened by the Gawad Siyasat Research Screening Committee, composed of Dr. Epifania Manapol, Dr. Christine Diaz, and Ms. Rosemary Fernandez. Only research that had already been defended and approved by the respective administrators and faculty was considered, ensuring that the studies showcased at the congress were of the highest quality and represented the most impactful and innovative work from the University’s undergraduate students.

The research congress showcased exemplary thesis outputs from various areas of study. Among the researchers and their studies were:

Social Sciences

Title: The Views, Experiences and Recommendations of Muslim Women in theBangsamoro Region on Divorce

Researchers: Kyeesha Anne S. Daquiz, Kurt Jhaedal A. Lapating, Josiah Abner N. Maliza, Shazney Mae C. Mazo, Jason T. Nazareno, Archel Kaye D. Saguid

Business Management

Title: The Factors Affecting the Customer Satisfaction of Davaoeño Millennials and Gen Z on Homegrown Coffee Shops

Researchers: Kristen Marie A. Suarez, Ricca V. Flores, Jesse James R. Furia, John Michael L. Malones

Social Sciences

Title: An Inquiry on the Constructs, Perceptions, and Implications of the Withdrawal-Substitution Issue to the Selected Sectors in Davao City

Researchers: Nissi Faith A. Basadre, Raul Jose R. Aspera, Vingeelou Omar H. Aton, Bianca Maria Isabela Ozarraga, Michelle Angela M. Ucab

Social Sciences

Title: Hidden in the Darkness: Unfolding The Experiences of the Roxas Night Market Street Vendors on the Implementation of the Night Market and Weekend Street Market Ordinance 089-13

Researchers: Mikaela Abrielle B. Balagot, Francheska Mari B. Alivio, Mae Antonnette B. Balili, Simon Charles B. Diaz, Paula Nicole P. Layos

Social Sciences

Title: Understanding the Role of Socioeconomic Factors in the Mindanawon Tuberculosis Burden

Researchers: Adrianne F. Tobias, Enrico C. Nazario

The event also featured plenary speakers. Mr. Johnny McCann Bassett, a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who shared an economic history of Davao City, and Ms. Maharida Manindar from Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar in Indonesia, who discussed non-verbal communication skills in education.

Trisha Mae Manapol, SAMAHAN R&D Deputy Director and one of the core heads of Gawad Siyasat highlighted the impact of the plenary speakers on the research presenters. “The plenary speakers provided insight on what it is and how they can navigate their research life even after or beyond the university,” she said.

Adhering to strict guidelines, the research congress only accepted submissions from bonafide ADDU students currently enrolled in the 2nd semester of A.Y. 2022-2023. The research presented had already been defended and approved by the administrators and faculty. Researchers chosen to present at Gawad Siyasat received a Plaque of Recognition and financial assistance as an incentive for their hard work and dedication.

Gawad Siyasat: Ateneo de Davao University Research Congress 2023 successfully showcased the dedication and passion of undergraduate researchers, emphasizing the importance of research in addressing societal issues and building a more resilient, innovative, and sustainable future.

Article by the SAMAHAN Research & Development Department

Photos by the SAMAHAN Creative Team