‘SUCs, LGUs must coordinate to help address poverty’ – BSU research

MALAYBALAY CITY(Bukidnon News/26 August) State universities and colleges must coordinate with local government units to develop human resources in the regions, said one of the recommendations of Bukidnon State University professor Dr. Beverly Bicar in her study on the human capital development in the Philippines and its implications to poverty alleviation.

She said coordination between higher education institutions and LGUs in human resource development “may be forged in order to mitigate the pervading poverty incidence in the country.”

The results of her study showed a “strong linear relationship between the drop out rates in basic education and the poverty incidence in the different regions “signifying that poverty mitigation is crucial element of human capital development.”

Bicar, dean of BSU’sCollegeofTeacher Education, also found that it is crucial in poverty alleviation if the regional development framework is aligned with the program offerings of the higher educational institutions. She also noted that the alignment is also crucial with the LGUs’ provision of job opportunities for college and university graduates.

She presented one of the three researches in the education cluster, among 13 research works of the BSU research and development unit during the multi-stakeholder dissemination forum on August 22. Bukidnon News obtained a copy of the presentations Friday.

The researches, focused on the “Role of the Academe in Poverty Alleviation,” were clustered into education, science, socio-economic, and governance.

According to the abstract of her work, Bicar’s research ascertained how human development relates with poverty alleviation by analyzing the trends in basic and tertiary education in consonance with the prevailing poverty incidence in the country.

It also examined whether the human capital production in the poor regions of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanaocomplements with the regional development agenda of the local government.

Among the grounds for her research as cited in her rationale cited that “gaining employment is fiercely competitive if not scarce, which further escalates the poverty problem even among those who obtained tertiary education.”

She also cited that the high incidence of poverty in the country raises the question whether the “government’s effort to develop its human resources is adequate and effective.”

Bicar’s study concluded that the family’s financial capability accounts for the survival of students in basic education.

The research also concluded that the responsiveness of the human resources to the regions’ developmental needs as well as adequacy in job generation are significant factors of economic growth; and that the quantity and quality of human resources are strong determinants of poverty mitigation.

Napoleon Remonde, member of the National Anti-Poverty Commission regional council representing farmers, however cited the need for BSU’s research to focus on the local situation so that recommendations can be addressed by the local government and other stakeholders.

Remonde, one of the sectoral representatives invited to the forum, hailed BSU’s researches but urged the university to tighten the focus on the local scenario.

Dr. Joy Mirasol, director of BSU research and development unit, said the forum, done for the first time, was meant to validate with the community the findings of their researches.

She said the forum was also held to initiate possible collaborative efforts in the future.

In 2010, BSU’s researches on climate change adaptation won 2nd runner up in the Commission on Higher Education’s Best Higher Education Research Programs. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)