The Mendiola Consortium’s (MC) Continuing Journey to Translational Research
Evelyn V. Flordelis
Research and Development Officer, College of the Holy Spirit of Manila
Dr. Erna V. Yabut
Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluation, Centro Escolar University
Geronimo C. Suliguin Jr.
Director, Research and Publications Center, La Consolacion College Manila
Dr. Tita E. Branzuela
Director, Research and Planning and Development, San Beda College
The Mendiola Consortium (MC), composed of Centro Escolar University, College of the Holy Spirit of Manila, La Consolacion College Manila, and San Beda College – private higher educational institutions in the Philippines, was founded 33 years ago. Presently, MC implements plans and monitors activities on the development of peace culture in Mendiola as well as the increased participation in the restoration of the ecological balance. Environmental Education is the central theme for SY 2008-09.
This paper is about how MC translates its research activities to benefit the community. College of the Holy Spirit of Manila in cooperation with Bahay-Tuluyan, Philippines conducts an outreach program for street children that includes (1) children’s festival, (2) makeover of children’s quarters, (3) art design of ‘Child at Venture Internet Cafe’ and (4) healthcare (World Bank Development Marketplace 2007). Centro Escolar University’s Health and Wellness Towards Better Quality of Life of the Elderly seeks to (1) establish normal values and reference range in the clinical chemistry and hematological parameters; (2) measure the extent of drug utilization; (3) know the healthcare practices and establish the health status in terms of oral health, visual acuity, nutritional intake, mental health, and; (4) promote the quality of life of the older people through factors that enhance life situations. La Consolacion College Manils’s four-year outreach program in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija is a community/sustainable development program in partnership with the local government and aims to provide livelihood to constituents while nurturing the watershed of the Pantabangan Dam. San Beda College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program in Pagsanjan, Laguna aims to establish collaborative activities with private businesses and the local and the local government unit (LGU) to help the partner community. It seeks to promote self-reliance and community development through (1) human empowerment for alternative livelihood (HEAL) and (2) Leaders Education for Advancement (LEAD).